The wait is over as MSI has announced its CMP 50HX mining card. This launch marks the completion of NVIDIA’s promise to launch CMP 50HX and 90HX three months after the launch of CMP 30HX and CMP 40HX in Q1 2021.
The launch proves that NVIDIA wasn’t lying when they said that CMP HX cards are unfit to carry the GeForce branding. The CMP 50HX is the first TU102 based card to have 3584 CUDA cores which are relatively less than the RTX 2080 Ti with 4352 cores which is the most cut down TU102 based card. As per MSI’s specs, the card had 1024 cores missing from the full TU102 silicon which brings the performance down to 11 TFLOPs.
The memory specs have also been changed. The card features 10GB GDDR6 RAM across a 320-bit interface which means the card lacks behind by 1024 Megabytes in comparison to RTX 2080 Ti. Due to the reduction in core count and RAM, the power requirement dropped to 225W compared to the 250W the RTX 2080 Ti requires. However, the card still requires a dual 8-pin power connector.
As far as the design is concerned, the CMP 50HX is most likely based on an RTX 2080 Ti AERO or RTX 2080 AERO, and the same PCB from the TU102 based model is used. However, the blower-type cooler with a small Plexi window is clearly from the non-Ti AERO. MSI has kept the backplate, but they completely removed display connectors hence, a lot of resources are required to turn the CMP 50HX into a GeForce card.