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

After accidentally unlocking its own hash rate limiter in a driver update, Nvidia has announced it will lock new cards again by reducing the mining capacity by 50%.

Graphics card giant Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards in an effort to disincentivize cryptocurrency miners.

On April 29 the company issued the GeForce 466.27 driver that reintroduces RTX 3060 cryptomining limiter.

GeForce 466.27 driver release notes, Source: Nvidia

According to sources reported by computer news site Videocardz, Nvidia will release the new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ models in mid-May which will be almost identical to previous versions of the same cards.

The gaming giant had originally limited the hash on the previous models, reducing mining performance by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of global GeForce marketing at Nvidia, said in a blog post in February:

“We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are clamoring for more.”

Hackers first came up with a workaround, and then in March, a driver update inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter‘ unleashing the card’s true potential of 118 Mh/s, enabling the mining of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.

The new cards are said to be identical in every way except that they will have a new PCI Device ID of 2504. Although the unlocked driver is now in the public’s hands, the new ID is designed to render them useless if used with the 470.05 driver update. It is however virtually certain some miners will attempt to circumvent this, and the previous models were supposedly hard-locked via the BIOS.

GeForce RTX 3060 new PCI Device ID in 466.27 drivers. Source: VideoCardz

The news has received a mixed response among the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W,” stated that the move only seems to sideline small home miners, who are often gamers t:

“Well this is a mixed bag. I want to buy a new gpu for gaming, but I also mine when I’m not actively playing games… I can’t buy a mining gpu because Nvidia seems to only sell them in quantities of several thousand and I have no interest in having 100s of mining rigs.”

User “Mark” suggested the limiter wouldn’t put miners off anyway, adding that “it needs to be 90%+” to “be a real deterrent to miners”  while “Mashed Potato” believes it’s just a money grab:

“They still want miners to buy their cards… but twice as much.”

According to VideoCardz, limits are expected to be set on most RTX 30 series cards, although certain models, like the RTX 3090, may not end up with a limiter due to its high price tag of $1,500.

iBTC 並非有關信息的提供者,不會為客戶或任何第三者對於該信息的(包括但不限於)正確性、品質、準確性、安全性、完整性、可靠性、性能、及時性、報價或持續可用性負責。本頁任何內容都不是投資建議

下載iBTC 手機APP
感受最佳交易體驗