The rumored Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could be Nvidia’s next graphics card to get intentionally crippled performance in digital currency mining, following the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060.
Regular GPU spec leaks @ kopite7kimi tweeted that along with 12GB of video memory, the next card would include an “ETH mining nerf.”
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That points to the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti receiving the same treatment as the RTX 3060: a limit imposed on the GPU’s “hash rate”, which would make it ineffective at mining the Ethereum digital currency.
This is probably Nvidia’s latest attempt to deal with the massive shortage of stock for the RTX 30 series, which is not helped by demand from miners – take a look at our guide on where to buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and you will see how hard it is to find these letters.
Just before the launch of the RTX 3060, Nvidia announced both the hash rate cap and its own range of GPUs built specifically for mining – the Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) range. Unfortunately, this did not have the stock-saving effect we were hoping for, as the RTX 3060 was largely sold out less than two weeks after launch.
It will have 12G 19Gbps VRAM and an ETH mining nerf as well.March 4, 2021
Still, Nvidia stays the course. It has already been hinted that future GeForce RTX 30 series cards could get a hash rate reduction similar to the RTX 3060.
For example, Nvidia spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo clarified that the downsizing is “not just a driver issue”, it is specific to the RTX 3060, which opens up the possibility that future cards will have similar measures built into their firmware. .
Hi Ryan. It is not just a question of drivers. There is a secure handshake between the controller, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter.February 19, 2021
VideoCardz It also reported that Nvidia released a firmware update to its board partners, specifically to add the hash rate cap to the yet to be announced RTX 3080 Ti. It’s unclear if older cards like the RTX 3080 could also be upgraded to make them less attractive to miners, although the same measure can also be applied to the rumored Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.
We don’t know much about this particular card, which would sit between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, but the RTX 3080 Ti is still set for an April release.
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