It might be not possible to purchase a graphics card proper now, however the brand new Sport Prepared 466.27 drivers launched in the present day simply tipped off Nvidia’s subsequent counterstrike within the battle in opposition to cryptocurrency miners. The corporate by chance cracked its personal anti-mining “hashrate limiter” launched alongside the GeForce RTX 3060 but it surely’s coming again for a second spherical of restrictions, and these ones may very well be much more in depth.
Within the “new options” part of the 466.27 driver launch notes, you’ll discover the next be aware: “This driver updates the hash limiter for the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB and is required for product shipped beginning mid-Might.”
That alone could be intriguing sufficient, however simply yesterday, respected leak web site Videocardz reported that Nvidia plans to begin delivery a “Lite Hash Charge” sequence for the GeForce RTX 30-series graphics playing cards beginning in mid-Might. These refreshed silicon iterations gained’t carry out any in another way in gaming workloads than the unique variations of the RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080, and 3090, nor will they be marketed as new merchandise with new names, if Videocardz’s report proves true (and the be aware in Nvidia’s new drivers actually provides credence to it). However the brand new, barely tweaked GPUs would require new drivers, and it seems like they’ll sport Nvidia’s newest anti-mining know-how. Videocardz studies the brand new silicon with an older identify will even add in native Resizable BAR help for elevated efficiency in appropriate programs.
We’d additionally anticipate these options (together with the up to date hash limiter) to return inventory in any new GeForce releases as properly, such because the long-rumored RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti.
“RTX 3060 software program drivers are designed to detect particular attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and restrict the hash fee, or cryptocurrency mining effectivity, by round 50 p.c,” Nvidia’s Matt Wuebbling stated whereas saying the primary doomed iteration of the know-how. Any graphics card that may’t bypass the hash limiter, new or outdated, could be considerably much less worthwhile for mining cryptocoins.
Industrious miners might very properly wind up cracking Nvidia’s impending anti-mining options, as a result of there’s some huge cash floating round Ethereum, Bitcoin, and different cryptocurrencies, and massive cash lets mining farms pay builders devoted to crafting customized software program as wanted. Nvidia, conversely, desires miners paying up for its new CMP HX crypto playing cards as a substitute. But when Nvidia’s countermeasures show profitable, PC players might lastly have the ability to begin shopping for GPUs usually—although mining isn’t the one purpose graphics card value a lot proper now.