NVIDIA has promised that the latest Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards will remain a preferred choice for gamers. The GPU maker will intentionally throttle the Graphics Card’s performance if used for Mining Cryptocurrency.
‘GeForce Is Made for Gaming’, and not for other purposes, announced NVIDIA. The company’s GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards will not be an attractive choice to crypto miners owing to the rather surprising design modification.
GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards To Detect Purpose And Act Accordingly:
Nvidia has confirmed that the company will throttle the RTX 3060’s Ethereum mining performance by 50 percent. This will make the graphics card less attractive to cryptocurrency miners. NVIDIA has claimed that their RTX 3060 “software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm”, preventing the RTX 3060 from reaching its peak performance levels when mining Ethereum.
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Incidentally, the company does value the Cryptocurrency mining industry. Hence, to meet the needs of cryptocurrency miners, Nvidia will be creating CMP (Crypto Mining Processors) to help satisfy the market’s demand for mining performance.
How Will GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards For Crypto-Mining Differ From Their Gaming Counterparts?
NVIDIA’s CMP products will lack display outputs and cannot output graphics. These limitations will render the Graphics Cards useless for gaming. However, they will be highly suitable for mining cryptocurrency.
CMP products will be designed to maximize cryptocurrency mining efficiency while having no impact on NVIDIA’s supply of GeForce/gaming products. Needless to mention, with these design choices, NVIDIA has made a bold statement that their GeForce products are for gamers, not cryptocurrency miners.
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This move should alleviate the concerns of a lot of gamers, who have been unable to purchase new gaming products for months. The severe lack of supply was largely due to the insatiable demand of cryptocurrency miners.
It is not immediately clear how effective Nvidia’s crypto-blocking drivers will be with their RTX 3060. However, the company has taken a strong stand for its largest and most dedicated customers. Gamers are now hoping others will follow suit.