RX Vega s inventory problems aren t due to cryptocurrency miners, PC Gamer

Limited supply at launch is normal, and there are better options for mining.

Yesterday, AMD’s long-awaited Vega architecture ultimately arrived te the form of the RX Vega 64, with the RX Vega 56 slated to arrive on August 28. Spectacle is good, however ter my testing it still falls behind the GTX 1080 Founders Edition. Pricing is a bit of a mess, however, with the standalone RX Vega 64 basically MIA right now&mdash,I witnessed a $500 card at Newegg yesterday morning, but it has since disappeared. Not that it truly matters, because all of the Vega 64 cards are presently out of stock. Some would say AMD (or at least the retail outlets) are intentionally hiking the price by $100, but this is all business spil usual, particularly for a very anticipated high-end graphics card.

Last summer, when the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 launched, it wasgoed virtually unlikely to find those cards at anything close to MSRP for a duo months. And that wasgoed even including the higher prices of the initial Founders Edition cards. Many other graphics cards are presently out of stock or selling at very inflated prices, however, thanks to the upsurge ter cryptocurrency mining. The Radeon RX 570 and Radeon RX 580 proceed to sell at more than $100 overheen their initial launch prices (ter some cases almost twice the MSRP), GeForce GTX 1070 is way above its official $379 MSRP, and GTX 1060 6GB cards are also overpriced. All of this is thanks (or no-thanks) to miners. Into this high request, limited supply graphics card market, AMD has launched Vega, which went out of stock almost instantly. Many are keen to point the finger at miners once again, the source of all our gaming woes.

Here’s the reality check: despite rumors and claims of Vega doing 70-100 MH/s (ter Ethereum), te practice it’s far less extraordinaire right now. Using Claymore’s version 9.8 miner, at stock I measured around 31MH/s on the Vega 56 and 33MH/s on the Vega 64 (I’ve seen a few claims of 35MH/s for Vega 64 at stock). That compares to typical show of existing GPUs, using the same software, of 24MH/s for the RX 570 4GB, 27MH/s on RX 580 8GB, 21MH/s for GTX 1060 6GB, and 29MH/s on GTX 1070. Higher is better, so that means Vega is the best solution now, right? Not so prompt.

Mining isn’t just about raw mining spectacle, but also the power requirements and cost of the hardware. Most professional GPU mining is done on equipments with six graphics cards each, to maximize profits&mdash,because you have to pay for the surplus of the PC parts spil well. Cost of power and is power use are also factors, the latter of which requires a fatter (more expensive) PSU, or at least numerous smaller PSUs. Putting six 1060 6GB cards te a equipment with a good 800-1000W PSU isn’t a problem, and six 1070 or RX 570/580 cards te a equipment with a 1000-1200W PSU would also work. But when Vega 64 can draw around 275W of power vanaf card, you’d be looking at 2000W PSUs, or five GPUs with a 1500W PSU, or a pair of 1000W PSUs.

Te other words, it simply becomes more economical to run extra PCs using less power-hungry GPUs. Even if the Vega 64 were readily available right now for $500, that’s $Three,000 ter GPUs, plus another $800 ter the remainder of the PC, for a equipment that could do perhaps 210MH/s and use 1650W. That’s better hashing spectacle than 170MH/s with six 1070 cards, but the 1070 equipment would only use around 900W. Using the current going rate of $283 for Ethereum, that’s around $14 vanaf day ter gross profits from Vega 64, minus $Four ter power costs ($0.Ten vanaf kWh), versus $11.50 gross and power costs of $Two.20. The Vega equipment would still be more profitable at approximately $Ten vanaf day vs. $9.30 vanaf day, but even at the inflated $450 pricing of GTX 1070, going with Nvidia would be the better buy&mdash,$Three,300 total for the mining equipment compared to $Trio,800 with Vega cards. At $0.70 vanaf day ter extra profit, it would take about two years before the Vega equipment would come out ahead. (Assuming current pricing and difficulty trends remain the same, which of course they won’t.)

But wij can take that a step further. Six GTX 1060 3GB cards, the cards that seem strangely neglected, will do around 120MH/s, and you can buy those cards for $210 each (or $230 each at Amazon/Newegg). You’d only need a good quality 750W PSU, which means the total mining equipment cost would be $1,700 (or $1,800 with the more expensive 1060 cards). You’d be able to earn around $8.20 gross, and $6.90 nipt. Build two of those for less than the price of a single Vega equipment and you’d have a higher total hashrate and better profitability.

What does this mean for Vega 64 and mining? Realistically, it would need to do at least 40MH/s and preferably 45MH/s te Ethash before it becomes a good graphics card for mining. That could still toebijten, with firmware updates, fresh drivers, and/or optimized mining software, but it remains a future potential rather than a current factor. Evidently the way HBM/HBM2 presently works, it’s not optimal for random access and this thresholds mining spectacle. It’s possible that updated firmware could improve the situation, but that remains a future possibility rather than something presently implemented. Even then, other factors can make the RX 570/580 or GTX 1060/1070 more attractive overall.

Which is a long-winded way of telling that RX Vega 64 cards are more likely out of stock because slew of gamers were interested te buying an AMD Vega card. I’m sure some miners bought them spil well, ter hopes of fresh mining software suggesting substantially higher hashrates (perhaps for other hashing algorithms like Equihash), but initial supply of Vega cards wasgoed never going to please the market request, with or without miners.

All of this comes at the same time that Bitcoin broke the $Four,000 mark for the very first time ter its history, and while that might seem unrelated to Ethereum mining, the higher price of Bitcoin tends to carry overheen to many other cryptocurrencies. Long-term, I also don’t expect to see blockchain currencies vanish, something echoed by both AMD and Nvidia CEOs. Jensen Huang recently stated ter an Nvidia earnings call, ” Cryptocurrency and blockchain are here to stay. The market need for it is going to grow, and overheen time, it will become fairly large.” He goes on to say that the GPU is fantastic at cryptography, it’s a market not likely to go away soon, and that Nvidia plans to suggest miners a SKU that’s optimized for mining. AMD’s Lisa Su has also recognized the influence of coin miners, when she noted the “elevated request for cryptocurrency” and the lean stock of AMD GPUs during an analyst call.

The good news is that with enlargened request from all corners for GPUs&mdash,whether they’re used for graphics, machine learning, cryptocurrency, or other tasks&mdash,wij can expect spectacle to proceed to increase, and prices should druppel overheen time spil well. Wij’re presently ter a petite blip of constrained supply and elevated request, but thesis things eventually get sorted out. Miners may be gobbling up GPUs right now, but the profit from those sales will eventually feed into better graphics cards for gamers.

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