Recent data has indicated PC graphics cards are beginning to return to some sense of pricing normalcy after months of elevated cost when compared to RRP. This perfect pricing storm has been created by insatiable cryptomining demand set against the backdrop of limited supply due to ongoing component constraints.
Nvidia has introduced light hash-rate (LHR) models to make its latest GeForce GPUs less attractive to miners, and AMD says it is working hard on improving supply for gamers.
In an interesting move that flies in the face of gamer-first strategy espoused by GPU manufacturers, Biostar today announces the iMiner A588X8D2 pre-built mining system.
Designed as a turnkey solution for cryptocurrency miners who don’t want the hassle of sourcing individual cards and attendant equipment, iMiner A588X8D2 arrives with eight AMD Radeon RX580 graphics cards installed in a system powered by an Intel Celeron G4900 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and naturally supports a wide range of cryptocurrencies.
Biostar estimates a 232MH/s hash rate for this ensemble, which suggests iMiner A588X8D2 is tuned correctly – each card, from our experience, manages 30MH/s at around 85W total board power. No indication is given on the PSU size, but we don’t imagine it will be over 1,000W.
Rig profitability depends upon the exact value of the mined cryptocurrency and cost of electricity. Rough calculations suggest, at today’s prices, mining Ethereum at 232MH/s returns $8.50 a day, though at 750W total power, the running cost is $5.50 in the UK, resulting in a $3-per-day profit.
Biostar offers no pricing details but does go on to say it “guarantees availability in large quantities for any interested parties. It is a great opportunity for mining enthusiasts and professionals to get their hands on professionally assembled mining equipment in bulk.”
Just how wise a move this miner is when cryptomining is fast becoming a pariah in PC circles is up for debate.