NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti gets hash rate limiter

Posted on Friday, Mar 05 2021 @ 09:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
With everything that's going on in the world right now, and what chips being in major short supply, it seems GPU roadmaps change even more than usual. There are still some SKUs missing in both AMD's and NVIDIA's current-gen GPU lineups -- partly because it doesn't make sense to release even more chips in a time when you can't even fulfill the demand for the high-end models.

As I covered yesterday, the true retail pricing of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series is far above the official MSRP. Since the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, prices have come down a little, but they're still way above January levels. With exception of the RTX 3090 flagship, most Ampere-based video cards are selling for 250 to 300% of the MSRP.

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti to limit Ethereum mining performance

With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, NVIDIA took measures to make the chip less attractive to cryptocurrency miners. The RTX 3060 GPU is the first GPU to feature an anti-mining algorithm, when it detects Ethereum mining it nerfs the hash rate -- which makes mining less profitable.

NVIDIA hinted this anti-mining algorithm would be expanded to other, new video cards and there's a rumor right now that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could be next in line. Twitter leaker kopite7kimi reports and VideoCardz writes it will also be applied to the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.

According to the latest leaks, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will get a GA102 GPU with 10240 CUDA cores. Originally, the plan was to equip the chip with 20GB GDDR6X memory on a 320-bit memory bus -- but this plan has changed to 12GB GDDR6X with a 384-bit memory bus. The 12GB GDDR6X is reportedly clocked at 19Gbps.

The launch date of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti has already been changed three times. Originally, the 20GB card was supposed to launch in December. Now the goal is to launch the 12GB edition in April.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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