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


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Graphics card giant Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash rate limiter for its RTX 3060 series graphics cards to discourage cryptocurrency miners.

On April 29, the company released the GeForce 466.27 driver, which re-introduces the RTX 3060 cryptomining limiter.

GeForce 466.27 Driver Release Notes, Source: Nvidia

According to sources on computer news site Videocardz, Nvidia will release the new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ models in mid-May, which will be almost identical to previous versions of the same cards.

The gaming giant originally capped the hash of previous models and reduced mining performance by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of global GeForce marketing at Nvidia, said in a blog post in February:

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

Hackers had first found a workaround, and in March a driver update accidentally unlocked this “limiter”, which unlocked the card’s true potential of 118 Mh / s and enabled the mining of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.

The new cards are said to be identical in all respects except that they have a new PCI device ID of 2504. Although the unlocked driver is now in the public hands, the new ID is intended to make it unusable when used with the 470.05 driver update. However, it is almost certain that some miners will try to work around this, and the previous models were reportedly hard-locked via the BIOS.

GeForce RTX 3060 new PCI device ID in 466.27 drivers. Source: VideoCardz

The news has received mixed feedback from the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W” stated that the move only seems to put little miners out of the way, who are often gamblers.

“Well, that’s a mixed bag. I want to buy a new GPU for gaming, but I also mean when I’m not actively playing … I can’t buy a mining GPU because Nvidia only seems to sell them in quantities of several thousand and I’m not interested in hundreds of them Mining equipment. “

User “Mark” suggested that the Limiter wouldn’t scare miners off anyway, adding that “it has to be 90% +” to be “a real deterrent for miners,” while “Mashed Potato” believes that it’s just a money robbery:

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

According to VideoCardz, most RTX 30 series cards are likely to have limits, although certain models, like the RTX 3090, may not have a limiter due to the high price tag of $ 1,500.