There were already rumors floating around regarding a fresh attempt by NVIDIA to limit Ethereum mining on the RTX 3060 12GB, but now it seems that even more Ampere GPU variants may be getting the same limiter.
If you’ve been keeping up with the chain of events, you’ll know that NVIDIA has been trying very hard to stop its gaming GPUs from being used for cryptomining purposes. Mining limiters – first introduced in the RTX 3060 – has been one of the potential solutions for NVIDIA, aside from creating a dedicated line of cryptocurrency mining processors (CMP).
The first of these software limiters was circumvented very easily due to NVIDIA’s 470.05 dev drivers accidentally allowing cryptominers to bypass them. Now, rumors are suggesting that a resurrection of the restrictive technology through new GA106-302 GPUs may be coming to the RTX 3060. This would end up replacing the GA106-300-A1 GPU in the newer models.
There are now talks of limiters finding their place in the design of more powerful Ampere GPU models, s known Twitter leak kopite7kimi suggests that more of these updated variants may be coming to the 30-series GPU lineup.
The tweet suggests a potential update to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, with its mention of GA102-302/202 along with the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti, with potential GA104-302/202 to boot.
That would be the entirety of the 30-series lineup, and if any of these claims are true, it could be very bad news for cryptocurrency miners (very good news for gamers though). But cryptominers don’t need to feel too bad. Nothing is ever completely ‘un-hackable’ and NVIDIA’s special line-up of mining dedicated processors are all set to be in the market very soon.
With comparatively better hashrates than most gaming GPUs in the market, it’ll definitely be the go-to option for cryptocurrency miners. That is, if they can ever get their hands on them, what with companies buying out massive stocks and the ongoing chip shortage.
NVIDIA Corporation is an American multinational technology company incorporated in Delaware, based in Santa Clara, California. They design graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.
Best known for the “GeForce” lines of GPUs, they are a direct competitor to AMD’s “Radeon” series. NVIDIA has also expanded its offerings with its handheld game consoles Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, and Shield Android TV and its cloud gaming service GeForce Now.