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Intel Arc A380 graphics card gets support for Ethereum mining software

The developers have added support for Intel Arc graphics accelerators to the Nanominer 3.7.0 mining software.

Tests of the Intel Arc A380 in Ethereum mining showed that the card has a performance of 10.2 Mhash / s without optimizations at a power consumption of 75 watts. This is lower in mining efficiency than the GeForce GTX 1660.

The problem is that the Intel Arc A380 has a low memory bus width of 96 bits, as well as few graphics cores (there are 8 Xe cores). As a result, Arc A380 achieves an efficiency of 0.136 Mhash/s per watt of power consumed, which is almost three times lower than the average of this parameter for most popular GPU models, which is 0.38 Mhash/s.

Ethereum (ETH) cannot be mined on the Intel Arc A380. Only Ethereum Classic (ETC) mining is available. The DAG size for Ethereum is 5127 MB, but the amount of user-accessible memory on the Intel Arc A380 card is 4832 MB out of 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. Part of the video memory of the card is used for the operation of the graphics processor in the operating system.

The Intel Arc A380 graphics card is based on the entry-level ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe cores running at 2450 MHz. It has 6 GB of GDDR6 video memory and four external connectors: three DisplayPort and one HDMI 2.0.

At the end of July, users found out that the Intel Arc A380 graphics cards do not support Ethereum mining software.

Intel Arc A380 is on sale in the Chinese market. The video adapter starts at $192.

Intel Arc A380 graphics card gets support for Ethereum mining software