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Against crypto miners: Nvidia halves GeForce RTX3060's hashrate

Against crypto miners: Nvidia halves GeForce RTX3060’s hashrate

During periods of sharp rise in prices for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, so-called mining is seeing renewed boom. Graphics chips or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) count the hashes to protect the blockchain – anyone who finds the exact hash value for a new block is rewarded with a crypto-currency.

Especially with regard to ethereal, large mining farms rely on thousands of graphics cards, increasing the chances of such a reward. This is at the expense of PC gamers who can no longer afford affordable models. To oppose this, wants According to the Nvidia announcement Reduce the mining performance of the upcoming GeForce RTX 3060.

The driver must recognize the mining software and control it when using system power. It only works with GeForce RTX 3060 because the model is not yet available, so the driver with official support is not yet available. GeForce drivers are available for all other models for several months, so miners can rely on the older version if there is a limit.

At the same time Initial Nvidia Die Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP), So special releases of the GeForce RTX3000 series should go to miners only. Like the 2017 with the P100 series, the CMP models also have no image releases, so they are only suitable as accelerator cards, but not for gaming.

They use the same graphics chips as the GeForce graphics cards, but most come with lower clock frequencies and power limits, so they run much more efficiently. According to Nvidia, these GPUs are not compatible with GeForce graphics cards and will create additional groups – the company does not provide details. The names 90HX, 50HX, 40HX and 30HX are based on hash rates during Ethereum mining. Reminds me of the 90hx GeForce RTX 3080 with 86 MHz per second.

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Approximate specifications of CMP cards. Like the GeForce RTX series, they use 3000 ampere graphics chips.

(Image: Nvidia)

Partner manufacturers are expected to sell the first models this quarter. 90HX and 50HX will follow in the second quarter of 2021. Prices are not yet known.

[Update, 18.02.21, 19:20 Uhr:] According to Nvidia, GPUs are used in CMP models and may not be compatible with GeForce graphics cards. We have adjusted the message accordingly.


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