A surge in crypto mining interest has led not only to users seeking out the best mining GPUs, but since graphics cards are so hard to find in stock and the GPU price index for cards on eBay is just crazy, mining with laptops is becoming a thing. In fact, we have even seen mining farms that only use notebooks. Now, MSI is trying to advertise its latest GE76 Raider notebook as a mobile mining machine.
In an official blog post MSI describes how it plans to use one of its latest gaming notebooks, the 17.3-inch GE76 Raider with Intel's Core i9-10980HK processor and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 GPU inside, for mining for one month. To mine, MSI will use the NiceHash platform (see how to mine Ethereum) as well as the Excavator miner with the DaggerHashimoto algorithm.
MSI admits that one of its top-of-the-range gaming notebooks is hardly the most cost-efficient mining option, but since it is hard to get a higher-end graphics card, miners may still want to try it.
MSI claims that its GE76 Raider has a hash rate of around 52.8 MH/s, which is just a little below that of a desktop GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. Assuming that the laptop consumes 240W of power and the cost of power is $0.12 per kWh, then the machine will bring about $134.08 in profits per month, according to CryptoCompare.
MSI does not talk about the long-term effects of using its laptop for mining and whether the components are built to endure years of 24/7 use. Yet, it sends a clear signal to to potential buyers that its gaming notebooks could be used for mining.
I feel like I'm watching a train wreck happen, live, and the situation just keeps getting worse. I'm now in this weird place where I eagerly await Intel's entrance into and disruption of the dGPU market.
I would like to hope that by summer things will start getting better, but I agree. I've never seen anything like this and I've been building PCs for almost 1/2 my life now. It's truly insane what is happening to the GPU market and I hope NVIDIA and AMD start correcting the ship before it hits the iceberg, though it might be too late for that.
This is even worse than the 2018 shortage and at least that one got corrected. It may be a while before this one gets corrected.
If they were better than a 1050ti from a second tier AIB manufacturer and available they would be top of the market.
If they ship with firmware/software that allows simultaneous use with the IGP then they would be pretty interesting.
They are already binned for low power use.