While Nvidia assured us it won’t nerf the crypto mining performance of GPUs already sold prior to the release of the RTX 3060, it never said future purchases of existing models wouldn’t carry the same restrictions. New rumours suggest that Nvidia could re-release its entire Ampere range of graphics cards with different model numbers to re-introduce a stronger crypto mining limiter.
Nvidia’s had a tough time trying to dissuade crypto miners from snapping up its new GeForce GPUs, initially suppressing Ethereum mining in February before accidentally releasing a beta driver that stripped the limitations. With an official driver floating around and plenty of mods circumventing the constraint, team green’s current anti-mining efforts are null and void.
HKEPC reports that Nvidia has new plans to combat the practice, with an RTX 3060 refresh on the way carrying a GA106-302 codename rather than the original GA106-300 designation. With a new PCI Device ID attached, older drivers would be rendered obsolete and won’t work for anyone that purchases the new variant, and the new drivers would ship with stronger crypto mining limitations baked in.