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Empty Internet Cafe Turns To Crypto Mining To Survive

Crypto Coin Mining Internet Cafe
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So we're in a cryptocurrency boom again, and it's total chaos on the GPU market. At this point, we've seen everything, from small-scale at-home miners to massive mining farms, even using laptops in desperate attempts to get hands on hardware to get in on the crypto boom. Meanwhile, a new story via @I_Leak_VN is surfacing about an internet cafe switching to cryptocurrency mining.

Crypto Coin Mining Internet Cafe

(Image credit: LẮP ĐẶT PHÒNG NET - Tin Học Ngôi Sao Facebook)

In a Facebook Post, Internet Cafe Computer Star revealed that it is switching business model to cryptocurrency mining, stating that profits are higher than the internet cafe business model — and this isn't a crazy thought when you consider that they also sell PC components and so have ready access to RTX 3080s for mining.

Crypto Coin Mining Internet Cafe

(Image credit: LẮP ĐẶT PHÒNG NET - Tin Học Ngôi Sao Facebook)

A single RTX 3080 GPU can generate quite significant daily profits after some tuning (and even without where power is cheap), which with the electricity prices in Vietnam (where Star internet cafe is located), can generate a pretty good income — especially if you already have the space, computers, and electric infrastructure for it. Whereas a single PC would normally bring in a small income per day in use by a customer, a series of GPUs connected to that PC can easily exceed that income, at least with the current profitability levels on Ethereum Mining.

The continuing effects of COVID-19 are a factor, of course. With many countries still enforcing business closures and social distancing measures, most of the PC stations at the cafe were sitting empty. No doubt once mining profits drop and COVID-19 infections come down, the internet cafes can return to their previous business model.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • delaro
    Until the city notices the power usage and forces them to pay a premium.
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  • Phaaze88
    And the madness continues...
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  • Jim90
    "Internet Cafe Computer Star revealed that it is switching business model to cryptocurrency mining, stating that profits are higher than the internet cafe business model — and this isn't a crazy thought when you consider that they also sell PC components and so have ready access to RTX 3080s for mining. "

    --> "and this isn't a crazy thought when you consider that they also sell PC components and so have ready access to RTX 3080s for mining. "
    --> I'm sure their "PC component" customers would like a 'quiet' word!
    --> Tom's, why on earth would you air a story as 'insane' - on many levels - as this...???!!!!
    --> Perhaps a comment, from the "average Joe's" perspective might be in order?!

    --> Would be wise to reconsider all this recent mining free airtime...no?
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  • macgeek
    This might seem like a dumb question, but how do they connect that many GPUs to a single motherboard? I can understand two or three, maybe even four, but how do you connect eight GPUs to a single motherboard?
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  • hotaru.hino
    macgeek said:
    This might seem like a dumb question, but how do they connect that many GPUs to a single motherboard? I can understand two or three, maybe even four, but how do you connect eight GPUs to a single motherboard?
    Mining isn't limited by PCIe bandwidth, so they just hook up the cards to an x1 to x16 slot.converter. The converter is just there to provide the data lines while the external x16 slot has external power for the 75W base requirement.
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  • escksu
    macgeek said:
    This might seem like a dumb question, but how do they connect that many GPUs to a single motherboard? I can understand two or three, maybe even four, but how do you connect eight GPUs to a single motherboard?

    Each GPU just need 1x PCIE to work. Since CPU has 16-20 PCIE lanes, you can theoretically install 16-20 cards per board. If you use PCIE switches, even more.

    Of course, how well it will work is another thing.
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