Around three hundred Nvidia CMP 30HX mining cards have been seized by Hong Kong Customs. The new GPUs are intended to be used for cryptocurrency mining, but there is a ban on crypto mining farms in some Chinese regions.
The initial news came from MyDrivers, which reported the seizure of a large batch of Nvidia CMP GPUs. As explained by Videocardz, the reason behind this could be that earlier in the year, China imposed a ban on mining farms in certain regions, as a number of farms were profiting from cheaper electricity in those areas and causing spikes in electricity demand.
The Nvidia CMP series is set to grow over the course of 2021, starting with the entry-level CMP 30HX. This entry level mining GPU can mine Ethereum at 26 MH/s using a TU116-100 GPU. There are two other Turing-based CMP mining cards planned, based on the TU106 and TU102 GPUs respectively.
Eventually, Nvidia is expected to launch CMP cards based on current generation Ampere GPUs, starting with the CMP 90HX, which will reportedly achieve an Ethereum hash rate of 86 MH/s. According to reports from a couple of weeks ago, there is also a flagship CMP card planned based on the GA100, which will offer twice the crypto-mining performance of an RTX 3090.
KitGuru Says: At the very least, this seizure proves that Nvidia did indeed begin quietly shipping CMP 30HX GPUs in late March as planned. We should hear a lot more about upcoming Nvidia GPUs over the course of Q2 2021, as there are more CMP cards planned as well as indications that we’ll see an RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti.