NVIDIA is about to launch its mid-range GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card and with it, is cryptocurrency mining drama — NVIDIA introduced its new GeForce drivers will restrict mining efficiency by 50% and now now we have clarification on how precisely that’s occurring:

NVIDIA’s Director of International PR, GeForce, Bryan Del Rizzo, tweeted a reply to AnandTech’s Ryan Smith who was speaking about NVIDIA’s driver-line crypto mining block and that he doubts “they’re telling us the whole lot” and that “a technique or one other we’ll discover out quickly sufficient”.

BDR replied with: “Hello Ryan. It isn’t only a driver factor. There’s a safe handshake between the motive force, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that stops removing of the hash fee limiter“.

Evidently NVIDIA is digging rather a lot deeper into this crypto mining nerfing shenanigans, with an precise safe handshake going down between the NVIDIA GPU, the GeForce driver, and the BIOS of the graphics card itself. That is way more than only a tweaked GeForce driver, however the begin of one thing a lot greater.

NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 with its Ampere GPU and 12GB of GDDR6 reminiscence was trying like an actual crypto mining champion, rivalling the higher-end GeForce RTX 3070 in crypto mining talents. It is smart for NVIDIA to start out its GPU crypto gimping with the brand new GeForce RTX 3060, however this is not going to cease there.

This may have far greater reverberations all through the GPU mining neighborhood, and the GPU neighborhood generally — as I mentioned in my other article on the subject: ” Now I am not advocating mining right here, however it is not good that NVIDIA will get to inform you — the patron who has paid for the graphics card — what you’ll be able to, and might’t do together with your GPU. For those who spend $300 or $1500 on a brand new graphics card it is best to have the ability to do regardless of the hell you need with it, at most efficiency on a regular basis… proper?”

Within the article, I added: “I am positive a {hardware} repair for that is coming… blocking the GPU from getting used for crypto mining, after which the age of {hardware} modding graphics playing cards will start, once more”

If this retains going, and graphics playing cards are nonetheless onerous to seek out this yr (spoiler alert: they are going to be) then a completely new technology of software program and {hardware} mods and tweaks are going to occur.

I suppose we’ll see this crypto gimping on NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics playing cards going into the long run, in addition to paving the way in which for the corporate to unleash a observe as much as Ampere this yr with crypto mining nerfed GeForce RTX 30 SUPER or GeForce RTX 40 sequence launch.

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