Graphics giant Nvidia is quietly introducing a hash-rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards to intimidate cryptocurrency miners.
On Thursday, the company released the GeForce 466.27 driver, which reintroduced the RTX 3060 encryption mine specification.
GeForce 466 Driver Release Notes. 27. Source: Nvidia
According to sources posted on the video site VideoCardz, Nvidia will launch new “Lite Hash Rate” models in mid-May that will be almost identical to previous versions of the same cards.
Compared to previous models, the gaming giant initially limited hashing, which reduced mining performance by 50%. Matt Wuebling, Nvidia’s head of global GeForce marketing, said in a blog post in February:
“We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers want more.”
First, the hackers came up with a solution, and then in March a driver update inadvertently unlocked this “limiter”, revealing the card’s true potential of 118 Mbps and letting Ether (ETH) and other cryptocurrencies recover.
The new cards are said to be identical in every way, except that they will contain the new PCI hardware ID 2504. Although the unlocked driver is now in public hands, the new ID is meant to make it unusable when used along with 470.05 driver update. . However, it is almost certain that some miners will try to circumvent this, presumably the earlier models were locked through the BIOS.
GeForce RTX 3060 is the new PCI hardware ID in drivers 466.27. Source: VideoCardz
The news caused a mixed reaction from the gaming community. VideoCardz forum user Eric W. stated that the move seems to only marginalize small domestic workers, who are often players:
“Well, this is an ambiguous situation. I want to buy a new GPU for games, but I also play when I’m not actively playing … I can not buy a GPU for mining because Nvidia only seems to sell it in large quantities. Of the thousands, I am not interested in owning hundreds of mining platforms. ”
User Mark suggested that the cap would not delay miners anyway, adding that it “must be 90% +” to be “a real deterrent for miners”, while mashed potatoes think it’s just a fee:
“They still want miners to buy their cards … but double the price.”
According to VideoCardz, limits are expected to be set for most RTX 30 series cards, although some models, such as the RTX 3090, may not have a limit of $ 1500.