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The most powerful Nvidia graphics card for mining runs the risk of being left unclaimed. With a price over $ 11,000, it is more profitable to buy several GeForce RTX 3090

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Over the weekend, there was a rumor that Nvidia could release the most powerful graphics card for mining – based on the 7nm GPU A100. This 3D card appears to be a clone of the Nvidia A100 for PCIe, designed for use in data centers. A video accelerator with 40 GB HBM2 and an impressive memory bandwidth of 1555 Gb / s would really appeal to miners, if not for one “but”: the cost of such a model overrides any economic sense from its purchase and further use.

It looks like GPU A100 

If the graphics card for miners on the GPU A100 really turns out to be just a renamed Nvidia A100 for PCIe (without any simplifications in terms of CUDA cores or memory subsystem performance), then the price of such a model will be no less than the $ 11,000 that is asked for an accelerator for centers data processing. For this money (we now take into account only the recommended price, and not the real market price), you can buy seven GeForce RTX 3090. At the same time, the estimated performance of the “mining monster” is only 200-300 MH / s – this hash rate is covered by three GeForce RTX 3090s. Even if take into account that the average GeForce RTX 3090 is now sold for $ 3,000, it is still more profitable to buy four such models instead of one “monster” and will receive “more cash rate for the same money.” So if Nvidia does not come up with the cost of a promising top-end video card for miners, then it may be completely unclaimed by cryptocurrency miners.

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What’s missing in the new MacBook Pros yet? Support for external video cards did not appear here either.

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As you know, the first Apple laptops on the SoC M1 do not support external video cards. We now know this is true for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros as well.

Despite the presence of Thinderbolt 4 ports, Apple’s new laptops lack support for external graphics cards, and the company has yet to explain this limitation. Perhaps it is primarily due to the Apple Silicon architecture.

Of course, we have already seen that, at least for the M1 Max, using an external video card may be pointless, but we will not mention the M1 Pro and the original M1.

Whether support for external video cards will appear in future Apple laptops with its own platforms is anyone’s guess. It is possible that GPU performance in Apple Silicon will grow at such a rate that discrete adapters will really not be useful in the corresponding bundles.

Recall also that the new MacBook Pro also lacks support for the latest standards for SD memory cards.

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Finally, Windows 11 users have the full power of Ryzen processors. Both performance issues have been resolved

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AMD and Microsoft have finally resolved both Ryzen and Epyc CPU performance issues when running Windows 11.

Microsoft has already released the patch in the Insider Build, now it’s available to everyone. Recall that it solves the problem of high latency in the L3 cache.

AMD, in turn, has released a patch that solves the problem of UEFI CPPC2 with incorrect work of the task scheduler for processor cores.

In the case of the first patch, you need to install a Windows update, but the second one needs to be downloaded from the AMD website yourself. More precisely, you do not need to download a patch, but a fresh driver for the motherboard chipset – the patch is part of it.

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Top mobile graphics cards can’t handle the Apple M1 Max SoC? The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

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The graphics core of the Apple M1 Max SoC is characterized by a performance of 10.4 TFLOPS, which puts it on a par with the GPU in the PlayStation 5 or, for example, with the GeForce RTX 2080. True, the performance in TFLOPS depends solely on the number of ALUs in the GPU and the frequency, so that this indicator has little to do with real performance. But now we can finally appreciate the real power of the M1 Max.

Not in games yet, but in a benchmark, but this is already something. In this case, we are talking about the GFXBench test software, and the competitors for the new Apple platform were the Apple M1 SoC, the Radeon RX 6800M and the mobile GeForce RTX 3080. The last two cards roughly match the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3070, respectively.

Top mobile graphics cards can't handle the Apple M1 Max SoC?  The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

As you can see, the GPU in the M1 Max is often faster than both very powerful discrete graphics cards, which is impressive. More precisely, out of nine tests, M1 Max was the clear leader in four and outperformed AMD and Nvidia cards by a narrow margin in another. In addition, of the remaining four tests, the Apple solution lost insignificantly, and in two more it was at the level of the Radeon card. In fact, only one test showed a very large gap between the M1 Max and discrete graphics cards.

As for the comparison with the M1, where the GPU cores are four times less, here the gain is always very large, although sometimes it is still less than twofold.

Of course, you need to wait for tests in games to put an end to this confrontation, but here it is worth understanding two aspects. First, the powerful GPU in the MacBook Pro isn’t needed for gaming. Secondly, we are still talking about a single-chip system with a very low power consumption by the standards of a CPU or GPU, which at the same time is able to compete and surpass full-fledged CPUs and GPUs.

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