ASRock to re-enter crypto mining sphere
ASRock plans to begin selling four graphics cards (GPU) specifically designed for cryptoc mining, CoinDesk reports.
Taiwan-based ASRock Inc. is a manufacturer of motherboards, industrial PCs and home theater PCs. It’s led by Ted Hsu, was founded in 2002 and is currently owned by Pegatron.
The company unveiled its Phantom Gaming Series last week, based on AMD’s RX series. An ASRock America employee told CoinDesk that four of the cards – all of which are versions of the RX570 series – are ‘for mining only’.
A fifth RX570 8G OC version is the gaming-oriented version of that product, the employee added.
The move signals that ASRock – which released a mining-specific motherboard back in 2013 – is looking to capitalize on the demand for GPUs by miners, who use the tech in the energy-intensive mining process.
ASRock’s original H110 Pro BTC+ was specifically designed for crypto mining. The 13 onboard PCIe slots facilitated very speedy GPU mining, while the additional power connectors provided advanced system stability while mining.
Growing demand for GPUs
The growing demand for GPUs to use for mining has caused companies such as AMD and Nvidia to make great sales (though both firms have said that cryptocurrency miners only form a small part of their customer base). Even to the point where certain GPUs were almost impossible to get hold and still are at times. The big companies simple can’t make enough of them to cater for the demand.
This, in turn, caused a backlash against not only the miners buying out the stocks but also against the companies themselves. Many gamers argue that they should be given priority over miners, having served as the company’s core clientele before mining became popular.
Indeed, some companies responded by requiring customers to prove that the GPU they desire is for personal use only in an effort to quell the disdain.
The RX570 series will run AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, According to a report from PCGamer, which detailed the reveal. This is notable because just before the announcement, AMD updated the same driver to better handle cryptocurrency mining processes.
Additionally, this update occurred on the same day that Bitmain, the world’s largest maker of bitcoin mining hardware, revealed a new application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) dedicated to cryptos like Ethereum along with other ethash-based coins.
Bitmain’s Antminer E3, which is expected to ship in July, quickly sold out upon release.