NVIDIA Partners Launching Mining Focused P106-100 and P104-100 Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2017 - 11:29 PM |
Tagged: pascal, nvidia, nicehash, mining, gp106-100, gp104-100, cryptocurrency

In addion to the AMD-based mining graphics cards based on the RX 470 Polaris silicon that have appeared online, NVIDIA and its partners are launching cryptocurrency mining cards based on GP106 and GP104 GPUs. Devoid of any GeForce or GTX branding, these cost controlled cards focused on mining lack the usual array of display outputs and have much shorter warranties (rumors point at a 3 month warranty restriction imposed by NVIDIA). So far Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Inno3D, MSI, and Zotac "P106-100" cards based on GP106 (GTX 1060 equivalent) silicon have been spotted online with Manli and Palit reportedly also working on cards. Many of these manufacturers are also also planning "P104-100" cards based on GP104 or the GTX 1070 though much less information is available at the moment. Pricing is still up in the air but pre-orders are starting to pop up overseas so release dates and prices will hopefully become official soon.

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These mining oriented cards appear to be equipped with heatsinks similar to their gaming oriented siblings, but have fans rated for 24/7 operation. Further, while the cards can be overclocked they are clocked out of the box at reference clock speeds and allegedly have bolstered power delivery hardware to keep the cards mining smoothly under 24/7 operation. The majority of cards from NVIDIA partners lack any display outputs (the Colorful card has a single DVI out) which helps a bit with ventilation by leaving both slots vented. These cards are intended to be run in headless system or with systems that also have graphics integrated into the CPU (miners not wanting to waste a PCI-E slot!).

  Base Clock Boost Clock Memory (Type) Pricing
ASUS MINING-P106-6G 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6 GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz $226
Colorful P106-100 WK1/WK2 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz ?
EVGA GTX1060 6G P106 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz $284?
Inno3D P106-100 Compact 1506 Mhz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz ?
Inno3D P106-100 Twin 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz ?
MSI P106-100 MINER 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz $224
MSI P104-100 MINER TDB TBD 6GB (GDDR5X) @ ? ?
ZOTAC P106-100 1506 MHz 1708 MHz 6GB (GDDR5) @ 8 GHz ?

Looking at the Nicehash Profitability Calculator, the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 are rated at 20.13 MH/s and 28.69 MH/s at DaggerHashimoto (Etherium) mining respectively with many users able to get a good bit higher hash rates with a bit of overclocking (and in the case of AMD undervolting to optimize power efficiency). NVIDIA cards tend to be good for other algorithms as well such as ZCash and Libry and Equihash (at least those were the majority of coins my 750 Ti mined likely due to it not having the memory to attempt ETH mining heh). The calculator estimates these GPUs at 0.00098942 BTC per day and 0.00145567 BTC per day respectivey. If difficulty and exchange rate were to remains constant that amounts to an income of $1197.95 per year for a GP106 and $1791.73 per year for a GP104 GPU and ROI in under 3 months. Of course cryptocurrency to USD exchange rates will not remain constant, there are transactions and mining fees, and mining difficulty will rise as more hardware is added to the network as miners so these estimated numbers will be lower in reality. Also, these numbers are before electricity, maintainence time, and failed hardware costs, but currently mining alt coins is still very much profitable using graphics cards.

AMD and NVIDIA (and their AIB partners) are hoping to get in on this action with cards binned and tuned for mining and at their rumored prices placing them cheaper than their gaming focused RX and GTX variants miners are sure to scoop these cards up in huge batches (some of the above cards are only availabe in large orders). Hopefully this will alleviate the strain on the gaming graphics card market and bring prices back down closer to their original MSRPs for gamers!

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What are your thoughts on all this GPU mining and cryptocurrency / blockchain technology stuff?

Source: Videocardz

June 27, 2017 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Nicholas (not verified)

It will be a minimum 1 year warranty if you're in Australia.

June 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

That's good, might be lojger than 3 months int he EU as well.. Too bad electricity and parts are probably more expensive down in Australia :(.

June 27, 2017 | 11:49 AM - Posted by George12 (not verified)

Don't do it. It's really not worth it. The price of electricity will swallow up any profit you think you will earn.

June 30, 2017 | 03:54 AM - Posted by Mikael Arhelger (not verified)

Yes, keep telling people not worth it ... Just like trading Forex is not worth it, buying gold is not worth it - nothing worth it. Take no risks; Not worth it!

June 27, 2017 | 02:26 PM - Posted by amadsilentthirst

George12 trolling or misinformed? you decide.

For real people
Electricity costs are roughly 10% of the total profit.

Even today using a 1080ti, (inefficient and powerhog) and when all altcoins and bitcoin are at a month low, so profits from hash are 40% lower than before.....

You can still earn more than twice as much as you would pay in electricity.

June 27, 2017 | 03:47 PM - Posted by pdjblum

thanks for this feedback

very informative

June 27, 2017 | 05:47 PM - Posted by listmanb (not verified)

who can afford to buy a lot of 1000? us part time miners are going to get screwed, farms will eat up cards pushing the difficulty up way to quick. As far as profits and power goes, I pay 0.29 a kw and still keep 60% of what I'm mining, your argument is a joke. Mining is still profitable for now but I wouldnt count on mining ETH much longer... 6 moths? POS is coming like it or not. 1070's are looking better with that in mind, they do a better job on zcash and zcash seems to be creeping up pretty well.

June 27, 2017 | 07:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous Dude (not verified)

I wonder if these cards will work as a secondary GPU for SLI or DX12 multi-adapter. Could be a cheap way of going in since you only need the display connectors to be on the primary card anyway.

June 27, 2017 | 10:08 PM - Posted by Mr.Gold (not verified)

I had the same question... For a different reason.

miner also factor resale value. If the card has gaming value, it will be easier to resell. and get more money out of it.

June 27, 2017 | 10:57 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

I would hope so but am not sure. Perhaps with a BIOS mod :-).

June 28, 2017 | 09:20 AM - Posted by SanityAgathion (not verified)

Do you think those may be viable for putting them into external enclosures on Thunderbolt ports? Where those enclosures would not have display connected, but picture would display on laptop's/AIO's connected display instead.

Similar to what ATI XGP was capable of doing, where card connected to the XGP port (essentially a PCI-E x8) would accelerate graphics and then return signal to laptop's display.

June 29, 2017 | 01:33 AM - Posted by Vince (not verified)

Could one of these Nvidia mining cards be used as a PhysX card? If so, it ??might?? make sense if you could pick one up used after the next mining crash.

July 10, 2017 | 10:31 AM - Posted by Mikael Arhelger (not verified)

Datasheets are available?

November 13, 2017 | 05:47 AM - Posted by geoffry (not verified)

only MSI has 1 year warranty for P106. all other brands only provide 3 month warranty. I know because I bought a lot from www.bitbitminer.com

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