Laptop RTX 3070 GPU spotted inside a desktop graphics card, and of course it’s for mining crypto

Here’s a curious case of a GPU switcheroo. There are RTX 3070 graphics cards up for sale in Asia with mobile RTX 3070 chips in them—the kind intended for gaming laptops, not discrete graphics cards. Well, it could be someone who had an abundance of laptop GPUs to hand and no laptops to put them in, but of course, it actually appears a play to bypass any cryptocurrency mining restrictions and make more money.

A Facebook post (opens in new tab) from Vietnam, spotted by leaker I_Leak_VN (opens in new tab), outlines someone’s hands-on impressions of the so-called RTX 3070M. They mention that “this GPU was previously only used for laptops, now they have packed it into cheap VGA.” There’s no clear branding visible on the shroud. However, it’s likely manufactured by a GPU OEM partner in China as it’s also been spotted on the Chinese marketplace Taobao and Aliexpress.