Broken PlayStation 5 console chips could be showing up on cryptocurrency mining rigs

Where do PS5s go when they die? They don’t go to heaven where angels fly – looks like AMD has other plans for departed game consoles. AMD may be taking the APUs (the combined CPU and GPU chip) from broken Playstation 5 consoles and repurposing them for expensive crypto mining equipment.

ASRock BC-250 mining rig, which has 12 AMD BC-250 mining boards, may have faulty Sony Playstation 5 console APUs, according to leaker Komachi by Tom’s Hardware. There is no CPU listed on the product page, which means that one of the CPUs in the PS5 APUs is likely handling non-mining related tasks. The device uses 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, which coincidentally is how the PlayStation 5 is configured.

One of the reasons crypto miners opt for systems like this is that the performance of BC-250 cards is not hampered by an LHR limiter (which has been the cause of a recent ransomware attack) as on Nvidia’s RTX 30 series cards, which is intended to prevent crypto mining. Although this has not allegedly hurt cryptocurrency miners a lotmust be said.

ASRock Mining Rig is currently selling for nearly $15,000 on a Slovenian online retailer. An AMD BC-250 card can generate around $2 a day in ETH (at its current value) after accounting for electricity costs, which means miners can see returns in less than two years of mining Ethereum. With Ethereum’s proof of stake transition coming ‘soon’ (allegedly), what kick cryptocurrency minersperhaps investing in an energy-wasting mining operation is not the best long-term investment.

This isn’t the first time Sony’s supplier AMD has used pieces of dead PS5s in other products. O AMD 4700S Desktop Kit it was a motherboard whose chip package was identical to what you would find in the next-gen console.

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With something like 10 million Playstation 5s in the world, it makes sense that a percentage of them are bricked but still have a useful APU. However, appearing on crypto mining rigs for sale in Slovenia was not where I expected to see the Playstation 5’s faulty silicon end up. AMD declined to comment on this story.

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