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


Graphics card large Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash charge 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 line with sources reported by laptop information web site Videocardz, Nvidia will launch the brand new ‘Lite Hash Price’ fashions in mid-Could which can be nearly an identical to earlier variations of the identical playing cards.

The gaming large had initially limited the hash on the earlier fashions, lowering mining efficiency by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of world GeForce advertising and marketing at Nvidia, stated in a weblog submit 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 an identical in each means besides that they are going to 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 just about sure some miners will try to bypass 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 combined response among the many gaming neighborhood. Videocardz discussion board consumer “Eric W,” stated that the transfer solely appears to sideline small house miners, who are sometimes players t:

“Effectively this can be a combined bag. I need to purchase a brand new gpu for gaming, however I additionally mine after I’m not actively taking part in 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 no real interest in having 100s of mining rigs.”

Person “Mark” suggested 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 line 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 attributable to its excessive price ticket of $1,500.