For now, Nvidia plans to solely limit cryptocurrency mining capabilities on the RTX 3060—not any of the opposite graphics cards in its 3000 sequence.
“We’re centered on RTX 3060 at the moment. And we aren’t limiting the efficiency of GPUs already bought,” an organization spokesperson instructed PCMag.
That’s dangerous information for PC players 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.
Probably the most inexpensive entry within the sequence, the RTX 3060, goes on sale subsequent Thursday. So to try to liberate the provides, Nvidia is handicapping the cardboard’s capacity to mine the cryptocurrency Ethereum by way of the GPU’s software program driver. The transfer shouldn’t impression gaming efficiency.
The corporate is not explaining why it received’t convey cryptocurrency mining caps to the remainder of the RTX 3000 sequence. Nevertheless, Nvidia is pushing again in opposition to doubts that the RTX 3060’s anti-cryptocurrency mining restrictions will be simply reversed.
No particulars got, however the firm says it has basically 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 elimination of the hash price limiter,” Nvidia’s spokesperson mentioned.
Nonetheless, you possibly can wager many within the cryptocurrency group will attempt to hack the playing cards. Within the meantime, Nvidia is engaged on one other approach 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 begin arriving this quarter, however they received’t take away any present manufacturing capability for the RTX 3000 GPUs, the corporate mentioned.