Nvidia RTX 3060 Restock Comes Back With a Crypto Mining Limiter
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU will once again comes with a hash rate limiter in an attempt to stop cryptocurrency miners from picking up all the stock. This limiter tries to reduce the GPU’s mining performance by around 50%.
The graphics card manufacturer released a new driver (GeForce 466.27) that reintroduces a crypto mining limiter that is very similar to the one included on the GPU at release. The original limiter met a sad end after Nvidia’s own beta drivers were discovered to partially disable it, and miners led to fully avoid it not long after.
Nvidia is taking the fight to the crypto miners with a “Lite Hash Rate” model of its pre-existing RTX 30-series cards. According to VideoCardz these will take the same name as the GPUs already on the market but the internals will be somewhat different. Nvidia is hoping this hardware tweak will make them unappealing to people buying the cards solely to mine cryptocurrency.
Nvidia’s head of marketing, Matt Wuebbling, said in February, that Nvidia “designed the GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are clamoring for more.” These new measures confirm that this is very much still the company’s view on users using the GPU for crypto mining.
The new cards that go on sale next month will have a limiter built-in from scratch, modders may find another way to bypass the hash limit being put on already-sold cards with the 466.27 driver update. We won’t be surprised if a hack is found quickly after, which would improve the value of the original batch of cards.
Nevertheless, buying any model of the RTX 30-series is been almost impossible since its release as the global chip storage continues to have a huge effect on just about every piece of in-demand technology. Struggling with scalpers is bad enough but with the crypto miners’ demand as well, it’s no wonder gamers looking to update their PC are disappointed with the stock situation.
I hope these limits, as well as the revised version of the cards due for release in the coming weeks, will make getting an RTX 3060 less of a hassle.