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

After accidentally unlocking its own hash rate electrical circuit in an exceedingly driver update, Nvidia has proclaimed it’ll lock new cards once more by reducing the mining capability by 50%.

Graphics card giant Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards in an effort to disincentivize cryptocurrency miners.

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

GeForce 466.27 driver release notes, Source: Nvidia

According to sources according by laptop news web site Videocardz, Nvidia can unleash the new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ models in mid-May which can be virtually the image of previous versions of identical cards.

The gaming giant had originally limited the hash on the previous models, reducing mining performance by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, head of world GeForce selling at Nvidia, aforementioned in a very web log post in February:

Hackers first came up with a workaround, and then in March, a driver update inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter’ unleashing the card’s true potential of 118 Mh/s, enabling the mining of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.

The new cards are same to be identical in each approach except that they’re going to have a brand new PCI Device ID of 2504. though the unfastened driver is currently within the public’s hands, the new ID is meant to render them useless if used with the 470.05 driver update. it’s but nearly sure some miners can decide to circumvent this, and therefore the previous models were purportedly hard-locked via the BIOS.

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

The news has received a mixed response among the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W,” stated that the move only seems to sideline small home miners, who are often gamers t:

User “Mark” suggested the limiter wouldn’t put miners off anyway, adding that “it needs to be 90%+” to “be a real deterrent to miners” while “Mashed Potato” believes it’s just a money grab:

According to VideoCardz, limits are expected to be set on most RTX 30 series cards, although certain models, like the RTX 3090, may not end up with a limiter due to its high price tag of $1,500.

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