NVIDIA prepping more GPU revisions with hash rate limiter?

Posted on Friday, April 16 2021 @ 10:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday news hit the wire about a new GA106-306 GPU revision from NVIDIA. This chip would allegedly introduce a new and more advanced hash rate limiter to make the GeForce RTX 3060 less attractive to cryptocurrency miners. NVIDIA tries to make this model less attractive for mining purposes by implementing an algorithm that roughly cuts the performance in half when it detects Ethereum mining. Unfortunately, NVIDIA accidentally released driver code that bypassed the hash rate limiter, resulting in the need for a new chip revision.

Now word is going around that other NVIDIA Ampere GPUs may get a revision too. Well-informed Twitter leaker kopite7kimi claims NVIDIA may also be working on new variants of the GA104 and G102. Basically, if this is true, this means a hash rate limiter is on the way for the GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 lineups.

Rumors about these revisions have been circulating since February so it will be interesting to see if NVIDIA is indeed doubling down on its anti-mining effort for the GeForce cards. In the meantime, the company is pushing CMPs for miners and that effort is turning out to be more succesful than the green team expected.

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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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