The P106-100 is based on the Nvidia GP106 GPU (GeForce GTX 1060). It is basically the same card with a couple of modifications:
The Mining P106-100 features no display outputs whatsoever and it has no backplate.
Other than that, the specs are what you probably expected: the new GPU features GDDR5 6GB video memory with a core clock of 1506 MHz that can be boosted to up to 1708 MHz. The 6 PIN Power connector remains the same.
Gigabyte P106-100 mining edition hashrate
Cryptomined assembled a rig that consists of 6 MSI P106-100 Miner and then tested it with both Ethereum and ZCash. The power draw mentioned below includes the consumption of the motherboard.
Claymore’s Dual Ethereum GPU Miner
- 20 MH/s, 750 W – Base Clock
- 24 MH/s, 830W – 800 MHz Memory and 100 MHz Core Overclock
EWBF ZCASH miner
- 290 Sol/s – Base Clock, 830W
- 310 Sol/s, 830W – 220 MHz overclock
The P106-100 performs as GTX 1060 6GB card
The “miner” tag on the MSI P106-100 does not mean that it is better at mining than its gaming counterpart (the GTX 1060). Same goes about the power draw – while power draw depends on the configuration (amount of overclocking and undervolting), we can say for sure that the Nvidia P106-100 does not stands too far away from the GTX 1060 either.
Gigabyte P106-100 6G Features
Powered by NVIDIA P106-100
Integrated with 6GB GDDR5 192bit memory
WINDFORCE 2X with Blade Fan Design
Built with 4+1 power phases
3 months warranty
Core Clock Boost: 1708MHz/ Base: 1506MHz in Gaming Mode
WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System
The WINDFORCE 2X cooling system features two 90mm unique blade fans, alternate spinning fan design, pure copper composite heat-pipe, heat pipe direct touch technology, semi-passive 3D active fan, and protection back plate together delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures.
WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System-Fans
90mm Unique Blade Fan Design
The airflow is spilt by the triangle fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the air flow by 23% over traditional fans.
Alternate Spinning Fan Design
Optimize air flow by the alternate spinning fans that reduce air turbulence and effectively dissipate the heat.
3D Active Fan
The semi-passive fans will remain off when the GPU is under a set loading or temperature for low power gaming. It allows gamers to enjoy gameplay in complete silence when the system is running light or idle.
The composite heat-pipe combines both thermal conductivity and phase transition for efficiently managing the transfer of heat between two solid interfaces which increases 29% of cooling capacity.
Heat Pipe Direct Touch
The pure copper heat pipe is shaped to maximize the direct contact area to the GPU.
Ultra Durable Components
Engineered with the highest-grade chokes and capacitors, this graphic card delivers outstanding performance and durable system lifespan.
Built for OverClocking with 4+1 power phases
Compared to founders edition, the 4+1 power phases on the card make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature and provide more stable voltage output.
Gigabyte P106-100 6G mining edition Specification
Graphics Processing NVIDIA P106-100
Core Clock Boost: 1708MHz/ Base: 1506MHz
Process Technology 16 nm
Memory Clock 8008 MHz
Memory Size 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Bus 192 bit
Card Bus PCI-E 1.1
Card size H=37 L=223 W=121 mm
PCB Form ATX
Recommended PSU 400W
Power Connectors 6 pin*1
Once the GPU mining gold rush is over, no one will be able to re-sell their MSI P106-100s and get part of their money back. This fact negatively affects the ROI of the card. Besides that, this Miner edition of the GTX1060 is expected to have shorter warranty period, which is not a good thing either. It is almost certain that the warranty for the MSI P106-100 will be only 1 year instead of three.
However, there are pros too. First of all, the MSI P106-100 will probably be more accessible than the GTX 1060 because fewer people will want it. If you do your math right and choose the right coins to mine, you might still be able to profit with this new GPU. The MSI P106-100 is not an ASIC, which means that you will be able to use it with any upcoming GPU-friendly algorithm. There are new ICOs every day; no one said that we won’t have a new GPU mining rush anytime soon.
The second and most important pro is that the MSI P106-100 should be more durable than their gaming counterparts. Thanks to their enhanced dual-bearing fans and dust-resistant cooling system, the MSI P106-100 is designed to function 24/7 for months non-stop.