This year, crypto-currency mining appears to be making a bit of a resurgence, which has caused increased demand for mainstream GPUs, with popular options like the RX 570 and GTX 1060 consistently going out of stock and fluctuating in price. To help satisfy this demand for mining specific GPUs, ASUS has today launched the Mining RX 470 and Mining P106 graphics cards, built to be durable and efficient for digital currency mining.
These are essentially new versions of the RX 470 and GTX 1060, with tweaks to improve the maximum hash-rate at minimum cost power-wise. Given how intensive coin mining can be, these cards are also built with reduced-friction fans, IP5X dust-resistance and Super Alloy Power II components to help lengthen each card’s life-span.
The reduced friction fans use a dual-ball bearing mechanism and claim to offer up to two times longer lifespan. The IP5X dust-resistance rating is also important as it means that dust is unable to enter the fans in a way that will affect the card’s operation. Given that mining cards are expected to run continuously and sometimes in extreme conditions, this should help keep things running optimally for longer periods of time.
According to Asus, the Mining RX 470 and Mining P106 produced 36 percent better megahash rates, so if you are setting up a mining rig, these would be a better option compared to a mainstream graphics card. Both of these GPUs will be available from July onwards. The Mining RX 470 will be available worldwide but the P106 will only be available in China and Eastern Europe. We are still awaiting final confirmation on pricing.
While we are on the topic of mining gear, Overclockers UK has a selection of dedicated mining gear available. These Asus cards will likely join the bunch very soon.
KitGuru Says: Crypto-currency mining was actually fairly popular at Computex this year, with lots of companies exhibiting new hardware designed for this purpose. Hopefully with dedicated mining cards like this on the market, there will be less of a strain on GTX 1060 and RX 470 supply for gamers.