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

Graphics card big Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash fee limiter on its RTX 3060 sequence 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 keeping with sources reported by laptop information website Videocardz, Nvidia will launch the brand new ‘Lite Hash Charge’ fashions in mid-Might which will likely be nearly equivalent to earlier variations of the identical playing cards.

The gaming big had initially restricted the hash on the earlier fashions, decreasing mining efficiency by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of worldwide GeForce advertising at Nvidia, stated in a weblog put up in February:

“We designed GeForce GPUs for players, and players are clamoring for extra.”

Hackers first got here up with a workaround, after which in March, a driver replace inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter’ unleashing the cardboard’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 nonetheless nearly sure some miners will try to avoid this, and the earlier fashions had been supposedly hard-locked by way of the BIOS.

GeForce RTX 3060 new PCI Machine ID in 466.27 drivers. Supply: VideoCardz

The information has obtained a blended response among the many gaming group. Videocardz discussion board consumer “Eric W,” said that the transfer solely appears to sideline small residence miners, who are sometimes players t:

“Properly this can be a blended bag. I need to purchase a brand new gpu for gaming, however I additionally mine once I’m not actively enjoying video games… I can not purchase a mining gpu as a result of Nvidia appears to solely promote them in portions of a number of thousand and I’ve little interest in having 100s of mining rigs.”

Consumer “Mark” prompt the limiter wouldn’t put miners off anyway, including that “it must be 90%+” to “be an actual deterrent to miners”  whereas “Mashed Potato” believes it’s only a cash seize:

“They nonetheless need miners to purchase their playing cards… however twice as a lot.”

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