We weren’t joking when we said both AMD and NVIDIA are working on Cryptocurrency-specific graphics cards. Pictures of NVIDIA’s Pascal 1060-based cryptocurrency-specific GPUs have surfaced on Expreview. These cards look much different than gaming cards as they do not have display outputs, but also lack any fan or active cooling. The entire card is passively cooled by an aluminum heatsink.
Having just a heatsink likely means these cards are designed to have large active cooling in high-airflow cases. The custom PCB design has a single 6-pin PCI-Express power connector, which suggests a reasonably low power draw. Expreview also hints at a “1080 mining edition” being in the works, but we haven’t seen any evidence of that just yet.
Expreview apparently already has a handful of these cards and has set them up in a rack-miner style setup. Wonder how it compared to the insane Cryptocurrency mining rigs of a few years back?