Komachi, a notable leaker on Twitter, spotted a listing for a barebones ASRock mining rig outfitted with a dozen AMD BC-250 APUs. According to a Google translation of the product page, this is a certified and tested item designed in “cooperation between AMD and ASRock.”
Who knows what that really means—it could be nothing more than ASRock placing an order with AMD for BC-250 chips, or it could be a slighter deeper collaboration or partnership. Our guess is on the former.
Whatever the case, the tipster reckons the BC-250 chips are discarded Ariel/Oberon parts that were originally bound for the PS5, but didn’t make the cut for whatever reason. Rather than discard the silicon, AMD is finding them new homes, this mining rig being potentially one of them.
Here’s the rated mining performance of the 12 APUs combined, according to the product page…
- 610 MH/s on ETHASH (+/- 3%)
- 245 MH/s on RVN (+/- 3%)
- 610 MH/s on ETC (+/- 3%)
In addition to the 12 purported PS5 APUs, the rig is outfitted with 16GB of GDDR6 memory, two 1200W server power supplies, and five 80mm x 38mm fans housed in a closed Rackmount enclosure. It runs Ubuntu and Team Red Miner out of the box.