Nvidia’s RTX 30 series graphics cards have been subject to endless speculation, rumors, and even ridicule since the company first announced it would ship its latest GPUs with a built-in Ether (ETH) mining limiter.
Through a series of missteps, the mining limiter on Nvidia’s RTX 3060 card was first undone by savvy hackers and then completely removed by one of Nvidia’s own driver updates.
The latest in a string of leaks now suggests that Nvidia’s next major GPU release – the RTX 3080 Ti – can ship without a cryptocurrency mining limiter at all. Leaked screenshots first discovered by VideoCardz.com show the 3080 Ti mining Ether with a hash rate of 118.9 Mh / s; that’s more than quadrupling what the paralyzed cards were originally supposed to do.
It’s worth noting that there is no confirmation that the GPU in the screenshots is the same that Nvidia is preparing for release. The leaked model could be one that existed before the company decided to implement its mining limiters.
Also, Nvidia’s previous missteps in releasing its anti-crypto cards have led the company to consider a full overhaul of its 30-series range, so the performance of the card in question is not necessarily representative of the card expected to be in the shelves. May.
With a potential hash rate of 118.9 Mh / s, the RTX 3080 Ti is a very profitable card for Ether miners, even in Western countries.
Average electricity costs in China are rounded to $ 0.08 / kWh per household, meaning the GPU could recoup a profit of about $ 378 per month or $ 4,611 per year.
In the United States, where electricity averages about $ 0.13 / kWh per household, the card would still yield a healthy profit of $ 4,488 per year, or just over 2 ETH based on current prices. The GPU is expected to cost around $ 999 upon release, but another crazy rush from cryptocurrency miners could see demand outstrip supply again, again resulting in a higher price.