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



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

GeForce 466.27 driver launch notes, Supply: Nvidia

In accordance with sources reported by laptop information web site Videocardz, Nvidia will launch the brand new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ fashions in mid-Could which will likely be virtually equivalent to earlier variations of the identical playing cards.

The gaming large had initially restricted 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 weblog publish in February:

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

Hackers first got here up with a workaround, after which in March, a driver replace inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter’ unleashing the card’s true potential of 118 Mh/s, enabling the mining of Ethereum and different cryptocurrencies.

The brand new playing cards are stated to be equivalent in each approach besides that they may have a brand new PCI Machine ID of 2504. Though the unlocked driver is now within the public’s fingers, the brand new ID is designed to render them ineffective if used with the 470.05 driver replace. It’s nevertheless nearly 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 obtained a combined response among the many gaming group. Videocardz discussion board consumer “Eric W,” said that the transfer solely appears to sideline small dwelling miners, who are sometimes players 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.”

Person “Mark” advised the limiter wouldn’t put miners off anyway, including that “it needs to be 90%+” to “be a real deterrent to miners”  whereas “Mashed Potato” believes it’s only a cash seize:

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

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