Graphics card giant Nvidia is quietly reintroducing a hash rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards in an effort to discourage cryptocurrency miners.
On April 29, the company released the GeForce 466.27 driver which reintroduces the RTX 3060 cryptomining limiter.
According to sources reported by computer news site Videocardz, Nvidia will release the new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ models in mid-May, which will be nearly identical to previous versions of the same cards.
The gaming giant originally limited the hash on the previous models, reducing 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 are crying out for more.”
Hackers first came up with a solution, and in March a driver update inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter’, unleashing the true potential of the 118 Mh / s card, enabling mining of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.
The new cards are said to be identical in every way, except they will have a new PCI device ID of 2504. Although the unlocked driver is now in the public hands, the new ID is designed to make them useless when used with the 470.05 update driver. However, it is almost certain that some miners will try to get around this, and the previous models were supposedly hard-locked via the BIOS.
The news has received a mixed response from the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W” stated that the move only seems to sideline small miners, who are often gamers:
Well, this is a mixed bag. I want to buy a new gpu for gaming but i’m mine too when i’m not actively playing games … i can’t buy my gpu because nvidia only seems to sell them in quantities of several thousand and i have no interest in it have hundreds of mining platforms. “
User “Mark” suggested the limiter wouldn’t deter miners after all, adding that “it must be 90% +” to be “a real miner deterrent”, while “Mashed Potato” believes it’s just a cash grab:
“They still want miners to buy their cards … but twice as much.”
According to VideoCardz, limits are expected to be set on most RTX 30 series cards, although certain models, such as the RTX 3090, may not get a limiter due to the hefty $ 1,500 price tag.