Unlike Nvidia, AMD Won’t Block Crypto Miners From Using its Graphics Cards
While one is free to do what they want with the RDNA 2, it is best fit for gamers as “there are going to be limitations from an architectural level for mining itself.”
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), the semiconductor company, has confirmed that it is not blocking mining operations on its graphics cards, reported PCGamer. This confirmation came after Nvidia’s limited Ether mining on its GPUs.
“The short answer is no,” said Nish Neelalojanan, a product manager at AMD, during a Radeon RX 6700 XT pre-briefing call. “We will not be blocking any workload, not just mining for that matter.” He added,
“However, mining specifically enjoys, or scales with, higher bandwidth and bus width, so there are going to be limitations from an architectural level for mining itself.”
As we reported last month, Nvidia said it is limiting the Ethereum hash rate by 50% with its latest RTX 2060 software drivers because they are designed for gamers, and Nvidia is “gamers, through and through.”
When it comes to AMD, their RDNA 2 isn’t the best crypto miners; they are primarily designed for gaming, which means their “Infinity Cache and a smaller bus width were carefully chosen to hit a very specific gaming hit rate.”
“All our optimization, as always, is going to be gaming first, and we've optimized everything for gaming. Clearly gamers are going to reap a ton of benefit from this, and it's not going to be ideal for mining workload. That all said, in this market, it's always a fun thing to watch.”
However, both Nvidia and AMD are struggling to meet the global demand as with the rising prices of cryptocurrencies, the need for mining hardware has been rising exponentially.
Chip shortages are also affecting the industries relying on semiconductors, which is expected to continue throughout this year and even into next year.
Christopher Rolland, a financial analyst at Susquehanna, warns that we risk heading into “danger zone” territory for lead times in terms of chip orders, where wait times are now exceeding 14 weeks, not seen since 2018.
Samsung, the world’s biggest computer-chip manufacturer, has also warned of a “serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips.”