Gaming PC elements have develop into such a excessive commodity within the nice stock shortage of 2020/21 that graphics playing cards, RAM, and SSDs at the moment are on the centre of smuggling rings. In a narrative that sounds prefer it’s lifted from one in every of your favorite action-adventure games, a gaggle of suspicious males fled the scene in a speedboat after Hong Kong customs jumped into motion, however the fishing boat they have been loading from couldn’t make the identical getaway.

On-board, the authorities discovered a cargo containing 300 of Nvidia’s new CMP mining-dedicated graphics playing cards, alongside reminiscence, SSDs, smartphones, and a bunch of different items which might be suspected to be smuggled into the nation. It makes you surprise how a lot they managed to get away with earlier than they have been noticed.

The Nvidia 30HX GPUs alone are price $700 every, with a mixed worth of round $210,000. Since they provide an Ethereum hash charge of round 26 MH/s, they’re not significantly spectacular because the GTX 1070 can hit the same charge for an overinflated sum of $500 every. Residents of China aren’t prone to be choosy, nevertheless, as Videocardz notes that some areas have banned crypto mining farms on account of energy surges.

Even if the 30HX is not any match for an outdated client card, it’s nonetheless no slouch as all 300 would be capable of mine an estimated $5,000-worth of Ethereum each week – and the worth of that particular cryptocurrency continues to be climbing.