Sapphire is allegedly selling custom crypto mining AMD GPUs directly to miners

Sapphire is allegedly selling custom crypto mining AMD GPUs directly to miners

It’s well understood by now that the best graphics cards are hard to come by due to the ongoing chip shortage and unprecedented demand from both gamers and crypto miners. However, a recent report by El Chapuzas Informatico (via Videocardz) claims that GPU manufacturer Sapphire is making and selling crypto mining cards.

The report contains images and specifications of two graphics cards, namely the Sapphire GPRO X080 and GPRO X060. The company’s GPRO series of GPUs are billed as products for the commercial market, similar to Nvidia’s RTX A2000 and AMD’s Radeon’s Pro cards. However, the specifications shared by El Chapuzas Informatico specifically highlight the ‘reference Ethash Performance’, which is used to describe a graphics card’s performance when mining the Ethereum crypto currency.

Both cards supposedly use variants of AMD’s RDNA 2 microarchitecture, with the GPRO X080 using the Navi 22 GPU found in the RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT, with an MSRP of €750. Meanwhile, the GPRO X060 uses the Navi 23 XL GPU found in the RX 6600, and costs €550.

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