Intel executives confirmed that their new line of graphics processing cards will have no limitations for cryptocurrency mining, although they will not have special capabilities for it either.
Intel representatives, Raja Koduri, General Manager for Graphics and Systems Acceleration; Roger Chandler, Vice President; and Jeff McVeigh, Vice President, commented middle Gadgets360 your plans regarding the launch of the new graphics cards (Graphic Processor Unit, GPU) Arc Alchemist.
In the interview, Intel indicated that they would not be including software or hardware configurations that could limit cryptocurrency mining with these GPUs. Nevertheless, they have not been designed to fulfill this function either, while the public gamer or a video game fan is your target market.
Asked whether Intel will limit cryptocurrency mining on the Alchemist family of GPU cards, both Roger Chandler and Raja Koduri they answered no.
What I will say is that Intel Arc and the Alchemist family of products were designed to be used primarily by gamers and creators. As for locks against software and things like that, we haven’t designed this product with any settings that specifically target miners. As for future actions to block miners, this is not a priority for us, this is a product that will be on the market and people will be able to buy it freely.
Roger Chandler, Vice President.
Intel enters as “third player” in the GPU market
For his part, Raja Koduri commented in another section of the interview that does not ensure that they can meet the high demand of the GPU market, and that they will move cautiously about having to increase the supply.
Intel took a neutral position on this possible functionality of the new Arc Alchemist GPU cards, when competitors like Nvidia have limited some of their cards so that they cannot be used for cryptocurrency mining.
Nvidia has made this decision for several of its products because there is a high demand among miners for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which depletes the existence for the public. gamer, which Nvidia is targeting. However, some have managed to reverse or evade these blocks, as we reported in CriptoNoticias.
This could imply that a phenomenon similar to that of Nvidia or AMD cards is repeated, which on previous occasions were depleted by cryptocurrency miners, leaving the market gamer deprived of these products.
Nvidia has chosen to separate products from the cryptocurrency niche, such as the RTX 3090 GPU, and for its part, AMD would have a chip ready that added to its GPUs, could enable them to mine cryptocurrencies, according to the companies.
Nevertheless, Intel leaves the doors open, entering to compete in the market of GPU cards for gamers that Nvidia and AMD have dominated during the last years.
This occurs in a context where global supply chains are congested, and there is an important microprocessor shortage and electronic components, which makes the race between these competitors more bloody.