Nvidia’s Latest RTX 3060 Limits Ether Hash Rate by 50%, Introduces CMP for Professional Mining
Nvidia is limiting the Ethereum hash rate by 50% with its latest RTX 3060 software drivers, shared by the company on Thursday. It noted,
“RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent.”
The company that designs graphics processing units for the gaming and professional market said they took this decision because GeForce GPUs were designed for gamers and,
“We are gamers, through and through. We obsess about new gaming features, new architectures, new games, and tech.”
As such, to ensure GeForce RTX 3060, to be launched on Feb. 25th ends up in the hands of gamers, their mining efficiency has been limited.
GeForce RTX GPUs introduce RTX real-time ray-tracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology, Reflex super-fast response rendering for the best system latency, and other cutting-edge technology tailored to meet the needs of gamers.
However, it doesn't mean they won’t cater to the cryptocurrency miners. To meet the specific needs of Ethereum mining, the company has announced NVIDIA CMP or Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, a product line for professional mining.
CMP products are optimized for the best mining performance and efficiency but don’t do graphics and do not meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU.
These products lack display outputs and enabling improved airflow while mining means they can be packed more densely. Furthermore, they have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, improving mining power efficiency.