This $14,800 Asrock mining rig is powered by 12 PlayStation 5 chips

midian182

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In brief: A cryptomining server made up of APUs believed to be based on the PlayStation 5's processor has been spotted. Created by Asrock and AMD, the rig features twelve AMD BC-250 cards and is able to offer a 610 MH/s rate, but it comes with a hefty price tag: $14,800.

Twitter leaker Komachi highlighted the mining server, which he believes is made up of defective PlayStation 5 Ariel/Oberon SoCs. This wouldn't be the first instance of AMD repurposing the PS5 silicon; it's almost certainly part of the 4700S (and 4800S) Desktop Kit, a small motherboard that uses the rejected PS5 processor.

The Asrock Mining Rig Barebone 610 Mhs 12x AMD BC-250 is for sale in Slovenia for €13,499, which works out at around $14,800. It boasts twelve AMD BC-250 mining APUs, five 80mm fans, 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, and two 1200W power supplies.

Tom's Hardware notes that a single AMD BC-250 is capable of just over 50 MH/s, which lines up with Asrock's claim of its server hitting 610 MH/s. Assuming each APU costs $999, mining profitability blogs say the ROI (return on investment) for each card is around 440 to 530 days, writes VideoCardz, though it depends on factors such as the fluctuating price of Ethereum and electricity costs in a user's region.

For comparison, the only Nvidia cards not locked with its LHR limiter are the RTX 3090 and the newly launched Ti variant. In the case of the former, it can mine Ethereum at 120 MH/s while consuming 300W. Buying five of these to reach the same level as AMD's mining server would cost around $11,000, but you'd also need plenty of other components added to the overall cost.

Last month, Intel unveiled a 3,600-watt ASIC Bitcoin mining rig based on 300 Bonanza Mine BMZ1 chips with a total system hash rate of 40 terahashes per second.

h/t: Tom's Hardware

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Dimitriid

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You know, ASIC devices were previously popular because supposedly reputable companies like AMD (Or Nvidia) wouldn't get involved in providing silicon to such helpful and edifying endeavors as pyramid schemes, rug pulls and war time avoidance of financial sanctions but hey, it's 2022 and nothing matters anymore and even Lisa has decided to put AMD on the fast track to BURN THE EARTH TO ENABLE ACTUAL CRIMES THROUGH ETHEREUM!

YAY!
 

QuantumPhysics

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You know, ASIC devices were previously popular because supposedly reputable companies like AMD (Or Nvidia) wouldn't get involved in providing silicon to such helpful and edifying endeavors as pyramid schemes, rug pulls and war time avoidance of financial sanctions but hey, it's 2022 and nothing matters anymore and even Lisa has decided to put AMD on the fast track to BURN THE EARTH TO ENABLE ACTUAL CRIMES THROUGH ETHEREUM!

YAY!


I used to wonder why the government doesn't simply step right in and make these things illegal.

But when you're printing money as fast as we are, and handing out welfare checks, you begin to search for ways to hide the true cost of inflation.

As long as those welfare checks are in Dogecoin, Shiba, Kishu and the other ponzi schemes, it can't hurt the market.

Imagine how much damage would be done if people were buying real assets with this money instead of watching it evaporate each bear market?
 

DZillaXx

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I used to wonder why the government doesn't simply step right in and make these things illegal.

But when you're printing money as fast as we are, and handing out welfare checks, you begin to search for ways to hide the true cost of inflation.

As long as those welfare checks are in Dogecoin, Shiba, Kishu and the other ponzi schemes, it can't hurt the market.

Imagine how much damage would be done if people were buying real assets with this money instead of watching it evaporate each bear market?

I don't think you've checked out your local Home Depot or Menards. Especially around the time stimulus checks when out.

Not as much money went into crypto as you think it did. Most of that money went into peoples homes, and the housing market show it.

Crypto isn't going anywhere, and expect it to blow up once more in the next few years. This is the way.
 

Irata

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If they are selling partially defective PS5 APU to miners that would otherwise go to the landfill, that‘s perfectly fine for me. Anything that reduces the need to use regular GPU is welcome.
 

Dimitriid

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If they are selling partially defective PS5 APU to miners that would otherwise go to the landfill, that‘s perfectly fine for me. Anything that reduces the need to use regular GPU is welcome.
Banning all coin exchanges that allow crypto holders to cash out in any form of legal tender out of their scheme would also result in an immediate, explosive availability of resources: recycling as a concept it's ok.

Recycling as a way to enable questionable to outright criminal enterprises that directly damage the environment, kinda pointless: it just makes AMD more money, helps nobody but a handful of fairly early crypto holder and damages almost everybody else.
 

Irata

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Banning all coin exchanges that allow crypto holders to cash out in any form of legal tender out of their scheme would also result in an immediate, explosive availability of resources: recycling as a concept it's ok.

Recycling as a way to enable questionable to outright criminal enterprises that directly damage the environment, kinda pointless: it just makes AMD more money, helps nobody but a handful of fairly early crypto holder and damages almost everybody else.
Not disagreeing on your stance on crypto.

Seeing how it‘s currently still a thing, I‘d rather miners can use otherwise unusable parts than buying up graphics cards or processors that we can use.
 

Dimitriid

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Not disagreeing on your stance on crypto.

Seeing how it‘s currently still a thing, I‘d rather miners can use otherwise unusable parts than buying up graphics cards or processors that we can use.
The tech enthusiast in me kinda understands and even concedes this point, truly. It's just that I've taken another perspective and the scarcity has taught me that

1) You truly don't need most of the tech and we're all let a hobby turn into a market demographic bent of a pointless tech arm race. In other words: a 1050 it's still enough to game just fine, modestly but ok levels of performance as what it should be which is a hobby

2) Even if 1) wasn't the case at all there's things that are a lot more urgent and important: I rather get stuck with outdated hardware for many more years than to continue to indirectly and implicitly support something as damaging as Crypto.