American Simon Byrne has installed a small mining of six NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 video cards in the trunk of his BMW i8. This was reported by Tom’s Hardware portal.
The graphics cards are controlled by the ASUS B250 Mining Expert motherboard and the power is provided by EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2. The car can power devices up to 3.6 kW, while the farm consumes about 1.5 kW. However, during its operation a lot of heat is generated, both from the video cards and from the inverter, so that the farm can only exploit cryptocurrency with an open trunk, otherwise it will heat up.
Byrne also owns a fixed farm of 78 of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards. When asked why he needed mining in the trunk, he replied that in this way he wanted to “annoy the players”. The price of RTX 3080 in stores exceeds € 150,000, with a recommended cost of € 63,500. This gap was due to a deficit at the beginning of sales, as well as the growth in the cost of cryptocurrencies in early 2021. In mid-January, the price of a bitcoin exceeded $ 40,000 and then from a slight drop, it stabilized at more than $ 30,000.