NVIDIA’s initial efforts to limit cryptocurrency mining algorithms went in vain as with the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. Now the company plans to silently feature a brand new Ampere GPU on the same graphics card which will re-impose the same limits and even add additional restrictions against miners.
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 With Ampere GA106-302 GPU Will Reimpose Cryptocurrency Mining Limits
In a report by HKEPC (via Igor’s Lab), it is reported that NVIDIA is already working on a brand new version of the GA106 GPU. This new GPU will be known as GA106-302 and will replace the existing GA106-300 GPU featured on the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. The primary reason to produce this brand new GPU is to restrict cryptocurrency miners from unlocking the full mining hash-rate capabilities of the graphics card.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 was the first graphics card from the green team to impose such restrictions to counter the gaming graphics card shortage. In principle, the mining limiter would have worked by limiting the hash rate in the most profitable cryptocurrency algorithm, for example, ETH or Ethereum, making it unviable for miners to purchase the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card in terms of a value proposition.