The GPU market has been in a tailspin over the last several months, and now, the coveted cards are showing up in the hands of Chinese smugglers. TVP News reports that the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department intercepted a fishing boat outside of Hong Kong International Airport, busting a smuggling ring that was transporting up to 300 Nvidia CMP 30HX graphics cards. In a scene ripped straight from Mission Impossible, Hong Kong authorities chased the group of smugglers in a speed boat in the early hours of the morning. Although the smugglers got away, the owner of the boat loaded with goods did not. Among typical fodder for smugglers, including exotic foods, skincare products, and smartphones, the Hong Kong authorities seized 300 unmarked graphics cards in the 2 a.m. raid. The cards appear to be Nvidia's Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP), or more specifically, the CMP 30HX. The 30HX is the lowest of the range, with an advertised Ethereum hash rate of 26 MH/s. Although the CMP 30HX isn't available in the U.S., it has been spotted for $723 at a retailer in Dubai. That's $219,600 worth of graphics cards. For some context, a GTX 980 and a GTX 1660… Read full this story
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