Nvidia is launching custom GPUs made for cryptocurrency miners

February 22, 2021

Upcoming RTX 3060 will have its hash rate limited.

Nvidia is still struggling to keep up with demands from users who weren’t able to purchase the latest RTX 30 series GPUs, which were mostly brought by cryptocurrency miners. It has been an ongoing problem for some, who are still waiting to get their hands on the new GPU. This, along with scalpers selling the cards at a higher price, were some of the reasons why stocks are currently limited.

But as Nvidia is preparing to launch the upcoming RTX 3060 this week, it has noted that this card will be designed in a way that limits its capability once it detects that it is being used for mining. This could force cryptocurrency miners to avoid this GPU which in turn could allow more stocks to be available for users who would want to use it for gaming.

A hash rate limiter will be applied on the RTX 3060 that limits its performance when used for mining, with Nvidia going into detail that a secure handshake between the RTX 3060 silicon, BIOS, and driver will take place. This process will prevent anyone from removing the hash rate limiter. It wasn’t made clear if the feature will be added to other RTX 30 series GPUs as well.

Additionally, Nvidia mentioned that it is releasing a new CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor) that will cater specifically to cryptocurrency miners. Like its GPUs, the CMPs can be sold through authorizes partners and will be optimized to deliver the best mining performance. The CMPs will not have display outputs and can be designed to have a lower peak cor voltage and frequency.

Since Nvidia can’t accommodate the demand for the RTX 30 series GPUs, it has even brought back older generation cards like the GTX 1050 Ti and the RTX 2060 as an alternative. Nvidia’s RTX 3060 is scheduled to release on February 25th.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.