Graphics card giant Nvidia is slowly reintroducing a hash rate limiter on its RTX 3060 series graphics cards. The move comes to disincentivize crypto miners. On April 29 the firm issued the GeForce 466.27 driver that reintroduces RTX 3060 cryptocurrency mining limiter.
Based on sources reported by computer news site Videocardz, Nvidia will unveil the new ‘Lite Hash Rate’ models in mid-May. These models will be almost identical to previous versions of the same cards. After accidentally unlocking its hash rate limiter in a driver update, Nvidia has said that it will lock new cards again by reducing the mining capacity by 50%.
“We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are clamoring for more.”
Hackers first came up with a workaround, and then in March, a driver update inadvertently unlocked this ‘limiter’ unleashing the card’s real potential of 118 Mh/s. It enabled the mining of Ethereum and other cryptos.
These new cards are designed to be identical in every manner except that they will have a new PCI Device ID of 2504. Even though the unlocked driver has found its way into the public’s hands, the new ID is perfectly designed to render them useless in case they are used with the 470.05 driver update.
It is nonetheless nearly certain that some of the miners will try to circumvent this, and the past models were supposedly hard-locked via the BIOS.
The news has awakened a mixed response among the gaming community. Videocardz forum user “Eric W,” said that the move only appears to sideline small home miners, who are mainly gamers:
“Well, this is a mixed bag. I want to buy a new GPU for gaming, but I also mine when I’m not actively playing games… I can’t buy a mining GPU because Nvidia seems to only sell them in quantities of several thousand and I have no interest in having 100s of mining rigs.”
“They still want miners to buy their cards… but twice as much.”
Based on VideoCardz, limits are expected to get set on most RTX 30 series cards, even though certain models, like the RTX 3090, may not end up with a limiter due to its extremely high price tag of $1,500.