TECH NEWS – After the previously announced GeForce RTX 3060, another GPU is rumoured to get a 50% limitation in mining Ethereum, a cryptocurrency, and going by this plan, all new future Nvidia graphics cards might follow suit.
We previously mentioned how the 12 GB VRAM model of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 will get a 50% cut in Ethereum mining performance, as you can get new coins by completing complicated maths problems with your card, as these are required to complete transactions. However, the server farm owners will likely not pick this card due to this performance cut, as Nvidia’s plan behind this move was to make the card available for the players instead.
On February 6, a tweet surfaced, discussing the next high-end Nvidia graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: „Things have changed. Maybe the current spec is 10240FP32, 12G GD6X.” So instead of 10496, 10240 CUDA cores will be on this card, and instead of 20 GB of VRAM, this GPU would come with 12 gigabytes of GDDR6X RAM. Then, a month later, the Nvidia insider replied to himself: „It will have 12G 19Gbps VRAM and an ETH mining nerf too.” So 19 Gbps bandwidth for the VRAM and the Ethereum mining nerf will be present on this card. Ethereum favours bandwidth and compute capability for mining, and since these are something the RTX 30 series have, we can see why Nvidia is doing this.
And since this is the second case, it might no longer be a coincidence when the CFO of Nvidia said that the RTX 3060 12 GB move was just the beginning with the Etherum nerf. If the company does this even with expensive cards, then we can predict that Nvidia is going to have this limitation on all future cards moving forward. (Perhaps this is why they introduced CMPs – cryptocurrency mining processors, we discussed this before.)
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti isn’t even officially announced yet, but it’s possibly launching this year.