Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Nvidia again limiting crypto mining on its RTX-3060 gaming graphics card

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Graphics card large Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash price limiter on its RTX 3060 collection graphics playing cards in an effort to disincentivize cryptocurrency miners.

On Thursday, the corporate issued the GeForce 466.27 driver that reintroduces RTX 3060 crypto mining limiter.

GeForce 466.27 driver launch notes. Supply: Nvidia

Based on sources reported by pc information website VideoCardz, Nvidia will launch the brand new “Lite Hash Charge” fashions in mid-Could, which will probably be virtually an identical to earlier variations of the identical playing cards.

The gaming large had initially limited the hash on the earlier fashions, decreasing mining efficiency by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of worldwide GeForce advertising and marketing at Nvidia, stated in a blog submit in February:

“We designed GeForce GPUs for players, and players are clamoring for extra.”

Hackers first got here up with a workaround, after which in March, a driver replace inadvertently unlocked this “limiter,” unleashing the cardboard’s true potential of 118 megahashes per second and enabling the mining of Ether (ETH) and different cryptocurrencies.

The brand new playing cards are stated to be an identical in each method besides that they’ll have a brand new PCI Machine ID of 2504. Though the unlocked driver is now within the public’s palms, the brand new ID is designed to render them ineffective if used with the 470.05 driver replace. It’s, nonetheless, just about sure some miners will try to bypass this, and the earlier fashions have been supposedly hard-locked through the BIOS.

GeForce RTX 3060 new PCI Machine ID in 466.27 drivers. Supply: VideoCardz

The information has acquired a blended response among the many gaming group. VideoCardz discussion board consumer Eric W stated that the transfer solely appears to sideline small dwelling miners, who are sometimes players:

“Nicely this can be a blended bag. I wish to purchase a brand new gpu for gaming, however I additionally mine after I’m not actively enjoying video games… I can’t purchase a mining gpu as a result of Nvidia appears to solely promote them in portions of a number of thousand and I’ve little interest in having 100s of mining rigs.”

Consumer Mark suggested the limiter wouldn’t put miners off anyway, including that “it must be 90%+” to “be an actual deterrent to miners”  whereas Mashed Potato believes it’s only a cash seize:

“They nonetheless need miners to purchase their playing cards… however twice as a lot.”

Based on VideoCardz, limits are anticipated to be set on most RTX 30 collection playing cards, though sure fashions, just like the RTX 3090, might not find yourself with a limiter as a consequence of its excessive price ticket of $1,500.