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Nvidia’s “Turing” graphics card might be made for crypto mining


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If Ampere goes there and Volta goes there, then where does Turing go? To the mines perhaps.

Take it with a grain of salt, but there are some vaguely compelling rumours that Nvidia might be releasing a card designed for the crypto mining market. The Ampere card (whose very existence is a rumour) is rumoured to be launching in April, supposedly to replace the previous generation Pascal architecture.

At the same time, a Reuters article on cryptocurrency mining cards has whispered the code name "Turing," and pegged it for unveiling in March.

Digital Trends connects the dots thusly:

"That leads us to the three code names: Volta, Ampere, and Turing. What we do know is that Nvidia's new Volta architecture resides in the Tesla V100 graphics card. We also know that Nvidia typically doesn’t create different architectures for different markets. If anything, Nvidia creates one generational architecture and produces a handful of different, tweaked chips based on that design for multiple markets."

"Everything going forward most likely is still Volta. But the Ampere and Turing code names may be used to describe cards for two different markets given the new landscape: gaming and cryptocurrency mining. Previous rumors pointed to Ampere code-named gaming cards while Turing likely references to cryptocurrency mining cards."

It seems to make sense. Especially makes sense when you consider the natural connections between Turing – probably the world's most famous cryptographer – and cryptography. And then the connection between cryptography and cryptocurrency.

In more mercenary terms, it also makes sense based on Nvidia head Jen-Hsun Huang's assertion's that "Crypto is a real thing, it’s not going to go away... and crypto was a real part of our business this past quarter."

Nvidia and AMD have recently been emotionally-if-not-financially struggling with the problem of card shortages, and have found themselves relatively powerless to do much about it. Giving the miners what they want might be a sensible solution to let gamers get their game on, and miners get theirs.

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