In an interesting development for Nvidia, sourced from a well-known leaker with an impressive track record, the company is planning to incorporate hash rate limiters in all its future products.
This might be another move in the company’s crusade to reserve more of its GPUs for gamers. But in a potential ‘two birds with one stone’ move, it could also be a way to direct miners to its new line of mining-focused GPUs.
Hashrate, or hash power, is defined as the speed or the total processing power of the Bitcoin network. A limiter works to cull the hash powers of a device, a GPU in this instance, which in turn affects the device’s Ethereum mining capabilities. Nvidia’s latest launch, the RTX 3060, employs the very same limiters to slow down the GPUs hash rate as soon as any Ether is detected, and is said to be “unhackable.”
This drive to employ limiters could also include the rumored RTX 3080 Ti. The leak suggests that it will arrive with 10,240 CUDA Cores and 12GB of GDDR6X, will run at 19 GBPS and could also include 3060’s hash limiter.
If you were to exclude the 3060 and the still unsure 3080 Ti, there are a bunch of “old”, already in manufacture options like the RTX 3090, 3080, 3070, and 3060 Ti that miners can look at. But will Nvidia add hash limiters to these old devices? As of now, the company says it won’t. Although, one thing is for sure: if you’re looking to get your hands on a GPU, you’re in for a long wait.
Now, it is no secret that Nvidia’s RTX line-up is a favourite for cryptocurrency miners, so employing limiters could mean disappointment for a multitude of cryptocurrency folk. But with miners, and even gamers, fighting tight GPU supplies in the market, it is not clear who the employing of hash limiters will benefit.
Gamers can buy GPUs regardless, but what’s stopping miners from hoarding RTXs due to lack of options? Will this push miners to “break” the limiters on these upcoming GPUs leading to a supply crunch yet again? Additionally, it is also rumoured that Nvidia’s new mining GPUs are old-gen Pascal GPUs that will not match up to current tech and only translate to more e-waste.
So, if these new GPUs fail to satisfy miners, where else will they turn but to old RTXs and the like? A lot seems to be up in the air at the moment and only Nvidia can help make sense out of things. How and when will we hear from the horse’s mouth, however, is a mystery yet to be solved.
Nvidia Corporation is a multinational technology company incorporated in Delaware and based in Santa Clara, California.
Known for producing some of the best Graphical Processing Units (GPU) in the market, the company also provides parallel computing solutions to researchers and scientists worldwide. Not to mention, they also produce mobile computing chipsets in the form of Tegra Mobile Processors. The company was founded on April 5, 1993; almost 27 years ago, and competes with AMD (Mainly in GPUs), Intel, and Qualcomm (Processing Chipsets).