Graphics giant Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards in an effort to deter cryptocurrency miners.
On April 29, the company released the GeForce 466.27 driver which re-introduces the RTX 3060 cryptomining limiter.
According to sources reported by computer news site Videocardz, Nvidia will launch the new “Lite Hash Rate” models in mid-May which will be almost identical to previous versions of the same cards.
The gaming giant initially limited hashing on previous models, reducing mining performance by 50%. Matt Wuebbling, GeForce Global Marketing Manager at Nvidia, said in a blog post in February:
“We’ve built GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are crying out for more.”
Hackers first came up with a workaround, then in March a driver update inadvertently unlocked this “ limiter ” unleashing the true potential of the 118 Mh / s card, allowing the extraction of d ‘Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.
The new cards are said to be identical in all respects except that they will have a new PCI device ID of 2504. Although the unlocked driver is now in public hands, the new ID is designed to make them useless if it is. is used with the driver 470.05 update. It’s pretty much certain that some miners will try to work around this, however, and previous models were supposed to be hard-locked through the BIOS.
The news received a mixed response from the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W” said the move only seems to rule out underage home minors, who are often t:
“Well, that’s a mixed bag. I want to buy a new gpu for gaming, but me too when I am not actively playing games … I cannot buy a mining gpu because Nvidia seems to only sell them in quantities of several thousand and I don’t I have no interest in having hundreds of mining rigs. “
User “Mark” suggested the Limiter wouldn’t turn off minors anyway, adding that “it has to be 90% +” to “be a real deterrent to minors,” while “Mashed Potato” thinks that it’s just a grab of money:
“They still want minors to buy their cards… but twice as much.”
According to VideoCardz, limits should be set on most RTX 30 series cards, although some models, like the RTX 3090, don’t end up with a limiter due to its hefty price tag of $ 1,500.