If you tried Buying a graphics card for your gaming console in recent years has probably seen sky-high prices and low stocks everywhere. That̵
The new $ 299 NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card is expected on February 25, and in the past, affordable and powerful graphics cards sold out immediately, leaving many gamers unhappy. Cryptocurrency miners often only buy them up to maximize the hash results so they can mine coins faster. And that’s what NVIDIA thinks can stop it.
In addition to the graphics card release, Nvidia will release drivers that detect Ethereum mining algorithms and “throttle hash rate or cryptocurrency mining efficiency by about 50 percent.”
Matt Wuebbling, head of global GeForce marketing at Nvidia, explains:
That only makes sense. Our GeForce RTX GPUs introduce the very latest technologies – such as RTX real-time ray tracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology, Reflex super-fast response display for the best system latency, and much more – tailored to the needs of gamers and those creating digital experiences.
In other words, RTX GPUs are for gaming, not mining, and NVIDIA wants to keep it that way. The company hopes the change will stop miners from purchasing the cards, leaving more available to gamers.
To satisfy Ethereum miners, NVIDIA has it NVIDIA CMPor Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, professional mining product line. This processor does not do graphics at all. And they don’t meet the specifications required for a GeForce GPU, so they shouldn’t affect gaming GPU files.
But by skipping display outputs, NVIDIA says the CMP improves airflow while mining, allowing it to be densely packed. Nvidia also promised that CMPs would have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which should help with the significant power requirements associated with Ethereum mining.
NVIDIA hopes that the one-two punch of artificially limited RTX cards through efficient mining and provision of mine-specific chips will alleviate some of the stock shortage issues. We don’t know the price of the new CMPs yet, but that can help determine whether NVIDIA is successful in the long run.