Nvidia is attempting once more to restrict the usage of its RTX 3060 graphics playing cards for mining Ethereum, with a brand new replace as soon as once more including a hash limiter to the GPU, via VideoCardz.com.
If that sounds acquainted to you, that’s as a result of it’s not the primary time that Nvidia has tried to nerf mining efficiency on the RTX 3060 — the company first rolled out new drivers that had been supposed to restrict the hash charge of Ethereum mining by round 50 p.c in February.
“We designed GeForce GPUs for players, and players are clamoring for extra,” says Matt Wuebbling, head of world GeForce advertising at Nvidia, in a weblog submit asserting the change. The corporate additionally introduced a brand new product, the Nvidia CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor), a devoted GPU meant particularly for cryptocurrency mining.
Nevertheless, that replace was short-lived, with Nvidia managing to unintentionally unlock its personal restrict in a beta driver launched in March, undoing its earlier work. Nvidia would go on to verify that the brand new driver was a mistake, nevertheless it was already too late — the up to date driver was out within the wild, and RTX 3060 house owners had been capable of obtain it and keep away from the brand new restrictions.
The brand new GeForce 466.27 driver, although, brings again the unique restrict and notes that it’ll be required for all future RTX 3060 playing cards beginning in Might. Nvidia could also be trying so as to add hash charge limits to different playing cards, too.
A separate VideoCardz.com report notes that the corporate is engaged on an up to date model of “LHR” (Lite Hash Fee) GPUs throughout the opposite RTX 30-series playing cards (together with the RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, and 3080 fashions), with a purpose to assist discourage cryptocurrency miners from snapping up the restricted inventory earlier than gaming-focused clients can. Solely the top-of-the-line RTX 3090 could also be exempt, because the $1,500 price ticket already makes it of restricted worth for mining duties.