Within the waters off Hong Kong Worldwide Authorities on April 2, Hong Kong Customs detected suspicious figures offloading cartons from a fishing boat to a close-by speedboat. Whereas the boys efficiently fled, the authorities reportedly detained the fishing vessel and located there a big batch of apparently smuggled items: the whole lot from dried shark fins and cosmetics to electronics.

Notably, amongst these items — value an estimated $31 million in complete — had been reportedly a stash of over 300 Nvidia CMP 30HX graphics playing cards; a brand new line of GPUs devoted to cryptocurrency mining, which Nvidia released earlier this year with a purpose to be sure that its different GPU {hardware} will stay primarily utilized by avid gamers.

“To deal with the particular wants of Ethereum mining, we’re asserting the NVIDIA CMP, or, Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, product line for skilled mining,” Nvidia defined in mid-February. 

The CMP 30HX gives an Ether hash charge of as much as 26MH/s and is reportedly primarily based on earlier 12nm Turing structure. It comes with none show outputs, as it’s not meant for use for graphics workloads. The 30HX is claimed to have been retailed at over $700, a worth level that has been met with some derision by tech reporters, as a consequence of its unfavorable comparability with different, cheaper GPUs that can be utilized for cryptocurrency mining.

Some have speculated that the smuggled playing cards had been en route to China, the place a number of regional authorities have made moves to prevent cryptocurrency mining operations, though no proof as but exists to substantiate this declare.

Again in Hong Kong, the official announcement signifies that the 43-year-old proprietor of the fishing vessel has been arrested, with an investigation into the foiled operation ongoing. Underneath Hong Kong’s Import and Export Ordinance, anybody discovered responsible of smuggling faces a most positive of $2 million and a jail time period of seven years.