For now, Nvidia plans to solely limit cryptocurrency mining capabilities on the RTX 3060—not any of the opposite graphics cards in its 3000 collection.
“We’re targeted on RTX 3060 presently. And we’re not limiting the efficiency of GPUs already offered,” an organization spokesperson informed PCMag.
That’s dangerous information for PC avid gamers nonetheless making an attempt to snag an RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, or 3080, which proceed to promote out in minutes—even six months after the preliminary launch, thanks partly to cryptocurrency miners in want of highly effective GPUs.
Essentially the most inexpensive entry within the collection, the RTX 3060, goes on sale subsequent Thursday. So to attempt to unencumber the provides, Nvidia is handicapping the cardboard’s skill to mine the cryptocurrency Ethereum by way of the GPU’s software program driver. The transfer mustn’t affect gaming efficiency.
The corporate is not explaining why it gained’t convey cryptocurrency mining caps to the remainder of the RTX 3000 collection. Nonetheless, Nvidia is pushing again towards doubts that the RTX 3060’s anti-cryptocurrency mining restrictions will be simply reversed.
No particulars got, however the firm says it has primarily locked entry to the “hash price limiter” that intentionally halves the RTX 3060’s mining effectivity by 50%. “There’s a safe handshake between the motive force, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that stops removing of the hash price limiter,” Nvidia’s spokesperson stated.
Nonetheless, you’ll be able to guess many within the cryptocurrency group will attempt to hack the playing cards. Within the meantime, Nvidia is engaged on one other method to dissuade miners from shopping for up the RTX 3000 inventory. It is making ready to introduce graphics playing cards particularly designed for cryptocurrency mining.
These Nvidia CMP playing cards are slated to start out arriving this quarter, however they gained’t take away any present manufacturing capability for the RTX 3000 GPUs, the corporate stated.