NVIDIA Announces GPUs Dedicated to Cryptomining, Limits ETH Mining Efficiency of GeForce RTX 3060 by 50 Percent

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NVIDIA has announced that it will be doing gamers a solid by halving the cryptocurrency mining efficiency of its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards by around 50 percent. Green team revealed the blow to cryptominers in a press release published this morning, which also included the announcement of a new GPU series designed specifically for mining purposes: the NVIDIA CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor). This lineup features an optimized design that allows users to mine more efficiently and recoup their mining investments faster.

“With the launch of GeForce RTX 3060 on Feb. 25, we’re taking an important step to help ensure GeForce GPUs end up in the hands of gamers,” NVIDIA wrote. “RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent.”

“To address the specific needs of Ethereum mining, we’re announcing the NVIDIA CMP, or, Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, product line for professional mining. CMP products — which don’t do graphics — are sold through authorized partners and optimized for the best mining performance and efficiency. They don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers.”

NVIDIA’s Cryptocurrency Mining Processors feature a lower peak core voltage and frequency for improved mining efficiency, as well as improved airflow thanks to the support of a fully open bracket and lack of display outputs, which allows multiple CMPs to be more densely packed. The flagship 90HX features an Ethereum hash rate of 86 MH/s.

Tsing Mui
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