Given that gamers are unsuccessfully competing against cryptocurrency miners for GPUs due to the lack of graphics cards, Nvidia is making some changes that will make the entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 less attractive to miners.
Don't worry, the prices for the basic graphics card in Nvidia's RTX 3000 series will remain unchanged, but Nvidia is capping the hash rate of the RTX 3060 to make it less attractive to use as a miner.
"With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 on February 25th, we're taking an important step to ensure that GeForce GPUs get into the hands of gamers," the company wrote in a blog post, noting that "we are GeForce GPUs for Players have developed and the players demand more. "
The hash rate limits are controlled by Nvidia's GeForce software drivers, which detect when the card is being used for Ethereum mining. Once the drivers determine that a mining algorithm is at play, Nvidia claims it would limit the hash rate, which would then cut mining efficiency for cryptocurrency by around 50%.
"That only makes sense," said the company in defending its solution. Nvidia claims that it will only apply smart driver-based hash rate limits when it detects mining algorithms to make the player-designed GPU less attractive to cryptocurrency miners and allow more gamers and creatives to get the $ 399 graphics cards to snap up if they wish. “Our GeForce RTX GPUs offer state-of-the-art technologies such as RTX real-time ray tracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology, super-fast reflex response rendering for the best system latency and much more, which are tailored to the needs of gamers and gamers those who create digital experiences. "
Nvidia's latest move is good news for the gaming community as pre-order prices for the RTX 3060 have skyrocketed ahead of the card's availability on February 25th. The desktop GPU was originally announced earlier this year during Nvidia's CES 2021 presentation. It will feature the same amp architecture and second generation ray tracing core design as the other RTX 3000 series GPUs from Nvidia.
Not only has Nvidia solidified the RTX 3060 as a gaming arsenal, but they also announced a new Nvidia CMP card, which stands for Cryptocurrency Mining Processor. Without a dedicated cryptocurrency mining card, miners turned to dedicated gaming GPUs to get the job done. With the new CMP card, however, Nvidia hopes miners have a powerful tool to do the job and leave the GeForce RTX cards to gamers.
According to Nvidia, the CMP cards are not designed for graphics, and the CMPs also lack display outputs. This helps to improve airflow and cooling during mining, and the design is intended to allow the cards to be packed tightly together in a mining rig.
"Creating bespoke products for customers with specific needs gives customers the best value," the company stated. "With CMP, we can help miners build the most efficient data centers while keeping the GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers."
Nvidia's CMPs are sold through authorized partners, although the company did not reveal how much these mining-specific cards will cost.