Is Asus just showing off? Gadget “experts,” say it is not that useful.
Asus announces its plans to release a new crypto mining graphics card in May 2021. Asus users can expect an Asus CMP 30HX, a
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU modified version as it seems. Apparently, this launch succeeds Gigabyte’s announcement of releasing their cryptomining GPU with similar hardware from Nvidia.
One thing that this GPU boasts is RGB lighting. This distinguishing feature is lacking in other mining cards. While this feature is the highlight of the release, gadget “experts” criticized it for aesthetic purposes only. They claim that it targets those aesthetically-minded miners who want to show off their rigs. Given that this mining GPU cannot be used for gaming since it does not have a display output, it proves that it is not a tool with practical components.
According to some “experts,” Asus will launch the Asus CMP 30HX a month from now in May 2021. Its price range is at $799 (approximately £599 / AU$1,099). The price is definitely more expensive than RTX 3080, but it has worse specs disappointingly. Therefore, Asus users are doubting whether the mining card is worth purchasing. The question surrounds the internet, “To whom is Asus releasing the cryptomining card for?”
Probably the most obvious response users found is the difficulty of buying Nvidia’s RTX 30 series of GPUs. Most specifically, the said GPU is high at their suggested retail price. To those looking for an RTX 3080, purchasing it might make the gamers and miners out there spend a huge amount over an aftermarket card. It is indeed not the most anticipated proposition for the users.
The price point of Asus CMP 30HX of $799 now becomes an option. In fact, it might seem more affordable.
The market: will it sell?
Asus is invading the market with cryptoming GPUs, meaning companies like Nvidia are searching for gaming GPUs such as the RTX 3080 to free up its availability in the market. However, these mining GPUs are less dedicated and powerful. The question poses that it will sell when it is sold at too expensive, considering it lacks excellent features.
Consistently, Asus CMP 30HX’s case does not provide miners a powerful GPU mining as well. Considering that the card has a hash rate of 26MH/s, it falls short to be considered less expensive and more available cards similar to AMD’s Radeon RX 480 and GTX 1070 Ti.
Still, the market is not complacent. Underestimating the interest in Asus cards like CMP 30HX should not be the norm, however. To reiterate, it has RGB lighting, its most highlighted feature. At the same time, it is considered a throwaway by many, many cryptominers who are inclined to pride themselves on these aesthetically pleasing mining rigs. These communities have high chances to buy the card after all regardless of its high price and practicality.
In general, however, it is not practical. For most users, maximizing profit is the top priority. Thus, purchasing an expensive GPU would contradict their profits. Overall, the allure of Asus CMP 30HX’s RGB lighting is not enough to convince them to buy.
Asus is one of the popular gadget companies whose main target is gamers and crypto miners. It is a surprise for many that they could release a graphics card that does not fall into technicalities but of aesthetics. For more Asus products, laptops and are available online.