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$ 5,000 Nvidia graphics card with no DirectX support or video outputs. A detailed review of the CMP 170HX has appeared

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The Nvidia CMP 170HX is a unique graphics card, and today we have the opportunity to take a look at its full review.

Recall that the CMP 170HX is a specialized video card for mining. Only, unlike other adapters in the line, this one is based on a GPU that is not intended for the consumer market.

$ 5,000 Nvidia graphics card with no DirectX support or video outputs. A detailed review of the CMP 170HX has appeared

The heart is a huge GPU GA100, but in the case of the CMP 170HX, it seems that partially defective chips are used. Firstly, there are only 4480 active CUDA cores (out of 8192), and secondly, there is only 8 GB of memory against 40 or 80 GB of Nvidia A100 accelerators. But this is HBM2e memory with a bandwidth of 1.5 TB / s! As a result, Ethereum mining performance exceeds 160 MH / s.

We can learn some very interesting things from the review. For example, the GPU along with the memory is covered with a giant heat-distribution cover. Perhaps the largest among video cards. And the CMP 170HX is not only devoid of any video outputs, but in general it is not technically capable of running games, or even speeding up any calculations, since there is no support for the DirectX or Vulkan APIs and calculations with CUDA support do not work. In Windows, the card is defined as an RTX 3090, and it is allegedly even loaded by the system, but it is not clear what exactly, since applications cannot use the accelerator.

It remains to add that such a card costs about $ 5,000.

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The most powerful video card, but for a lot of money. The first prices for the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti appeared

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The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card is likely to be without reservation the most powerful graphics card on the market. But how much will you pay for this in an era of scarcity and markups?

The most powerful video card, but for a lot of money.  The first prices for the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti appeared

As the first offers show, approximately from 3600 to 4500 dollars. Video cards have already appeared in a number of European stores, where you can see just such a price range. Moreover, almost all prices relate to the MSI Suprim X model, it’s just that prices vary greatly in different countries and different stores.

The most powerful video card, but for a lot of money.  The first prices for the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti appeared

Of course, there will be other adapters that can be purchased somewhat cheaper, but in general, the order of prices is already clear. Recall that the video card is still only expected to be on sale, and there is evidence that Nvidia has postponed the launch.

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Prices for Radeon RX 6500XT video cards in French stores are twice as high as those recommended by the manufacturer

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After numerous reports that the new entry-level AMD graphics card will go on sale for at least 300 euros, the source has finally received confirmation in the form of real retailers offers. Prices were even higher than expected.

More specifically, the price of Radeon RX 6500XT video cards in French stores is twice the price recommended by the manufacturer. The Gigabyte RX 6500 XT EAGLE (without OS) can already be found at prices ranging from 351 to 378 euros.

Prices for Radeon RX 6500XT video cards in French stores are twice as high as those recommended by the manufacturer

Prices for Radeon RX 6500XT video cards in French stores are twice as high as those recommended by the manufacturer

In case anyone forgot, we are talking about a Navi 24-based card with 1024 shader units, equipped with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory connected to a 64-bit memory bus. The card is equipped with a PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and does not have AV1 decoding and H264/265 encoding. According to AMD’s calculations, the RX 6500XT will have to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 16 series models, which currently sell for between 260 and 300 euros.

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10,752 CUDA cores, 1900 MHz frequency and 1 kW consumption for two hours of play. MSI Reveals Specs of GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Graphics Card

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The start of sales of the new flagship Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, which debuted at CES 2022, was expected next week, however, according to the latest rumors, the novelty has been postponed due to hardware and BIOS problems. However, manufacturers are starting to add these video cards to their product catalogs on their official websites. This is what MSI did, which gives us the opportunity to evaluate the characteristics of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

10,752 CUDA cores, 1900 MHz frequency and 1 kW consumption for two hours of play.  MSI Reveals Specs of GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Graphics Card

We already knew that the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti will have 10,752 CUDA cores, but now the GPU frequency is known. In gaming and quiet modes, it is 1880 MHz, in extreme mode (it requires installed MSI Center software) – 1900 MHz. For comparison, the frequencies of the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X are 1860-1875 MHz, respectively.

10,752 CUDA cores, 1900 MHz frequency and 1 kW consumption for two hours of play.  MSI Reveals Specs of GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Graphics Card

21 GHz memory has already been mentioned, but another interesting point concerns the power subsystem. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti was credited with a new 16-pin connector, transmitting power up to 600 watts. But MSI decided to use three standard eight-pin connectors in the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X. Apparently, this was done for better compatibility with current power supplies in PC gamers.

Finally, another important point: the power consumption of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is 480W! That’s 30W more than the current flagship. For a couple of hours of playing, such a video card will wind up 1 kW on the energy meter. Accordingly, the power of the recommended power supply is also 1 kW. The last thing to note: the weight of the video card is 1905 grams – 10 grams more than the GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X.

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