Recently, Nvidia has been releasing mining-edition GPUs to satiate the huge demand for mining-capable cards. The first GTX 1xxx-based model to come out was the P106, which is basically a GTX 1060 without the display ports. Then, we had the P104 which is the GTX 1070 with memory optimized for mining. Eventually Nvidia is leaving the best for last.
The P102-100 is a mining version of the GTX 1080 card. We love our 1080 because they can hash quite well even when dual mining. What about the P102-100?
P102-100 Expected Hashrate
Let’s start by mentioning that little is known about the P102-100. One of the few things we are certain of is that Inno3D is already manufacturing a batch of those. They have even posted some hashrate estimates on their site. This also means that the card is indeed a thing and that we should expect similar news from MSI, Gigabyte and other manufacturers soon.
We also have one photo of this upcoming GPU. As you can see, the card features no display ports, as well as it comes with no backplane that would allow us to attach the card to a rig. This is quite unfortunate and hopefully other manufacturers will consider adding a backplane to their designs – for instance, Zotac cards apparently do include a backplane.
All of the above means that the resale value of the card is absent. With no display ports, gamers won’t be interested in the card. That being said, will you want to sell it if the expected hashrates are real?
- Ethereum (Ethash): ~47 MHS
- Zcash (Equihash): ~660 Sol/s
- Monero (CryptoNight): ~879 H/s
P102-100 GPU Specifications
What we see here is a 2.5 times improvement over the Ethereum hashrate of a GTX 1080. Eventually, this card was tailored to mine Ethereum and maybe one more coin as a secondary. I wonder about the price of those cards.
As it usually happens with mining cards, they come with 3 months warranty. Here are the specs:
- GPU: P102-100
- CUDA Cores: 3200
- Base Clock: 1582 MHz
- Memory Clock: 11 Gbps
- Physical Memory Size: 5 GB
- Memory Type: GDDR5X
- Memory Interface Width: 320-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 400 GB/s
- Bus Support: PCIe Gen1 x4
- Card Size: 21.5 cm length, 12.5 cm height, dual slot
- Max TDP: 250 Watt
- Power Connectors: 2x 8-pin PCI-E
Buy P102-100 Mining Video Cards
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The P102-100 might become the next important difficulty bomb. Knowing how well previous mining-oriented cards sold (with more than 300k P104 being sold in February alone), we might expect Ethereum difficulty levels to skyrocket soon. I’ll try to get my hands on those cards and test them as soon as possible.
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