Nvidia’s RTX 30 sequence of graphics playing cards have been topic to never-ending hypothesis, rumors and even ridicule because the agency first introduced it might ship its newest GPU’s with a built-in Ether (ETH) mining limiter.
A sequence of missteps noticed the mining limiter on Nvidia’s RTX 3060 card first undone by artful hackers after which fully eliminated by one in every of Nvidia’s personal driver updates.
The most recent in a sequence of leaks now suggests Nvidia’s subsequent main GPU launch — the RTX 3080 Ti — might be shipped with out a cryptocurrency mining limiter at all. Leaked screenshots first uncovered by VideoCardz.com present the 3080 Ti mining Ether with a hash fee of 118.9 megahashes per second — that’s greater than quadruple what the hamstrung playing cards had been initially alleged to be able to.
It’s value noting that there was no affirmation that the GPU within the screenshots is identical one which Nvidia is prepping for launch. The leaked mannequin might be a mannequin nonetheless round from earlier than the corporate determined to implement its mining limiters.
Additionally, Nvidia’s earlier missteps in releasing its anti-crypto playing cards have led to the corporate contemplating an entire overhaul of its 30 sequence vary, so the efficiency of the cardboard in query might not essentially be consultant of the one that’s anticipated to hit cabinets in Could.
With a potential hash fee of 118.9 MH/s, the RTX 3080 Ti stands to be a really worthwhile card for Ether miners, even in Western nations.
In the US, the place electrical energy averages at round $0.13/kWh per family, the cardboard would nonetheless return wholesome income of $4,488 per 12 months, or simply over 2 ETH based mostly on present costs. The GPU is anticipated to price round $999 upon launch, nonetheless, one other mad rush by cryptocurrency miners might see demand outstrip provide as soon as extra, once more leading to a better value.