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NVIDIA’s long-fabled update to its flagship Ampere graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, will not be able to mine Ether at its full potential. The claim stems from notable leaker kopite7kimi, who followed up on a previous tweet regarding the proposed specifications of the Titanium model with the insinuation that it’d carry the same cryptocurrency mining limiter that debuted in the recently released GeForce RTX 3060, which cut its mining efficiency by around 50 percent. VideoCardz has also claimed that NVIDIA will be introducing its limiter to the as-of-yet unannounced GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.

“This information should not be a surprise to anyone, because NVIDIA hinted that future RTX 30 releases may have this technology built into the firmware,” VideoCardz wrote. “We already independently confirmed that NVIDIA has recently provided this update on RTX 3080 Ti to AIBs. What Kopite did not post yet is that this feature will also launch for (as it is now listed in the roadmap) GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.”

“According to our information, NVIDIA will be focusing on RTX 3080 Ti as soon as it releases. The card is not expected to replace the RTX 3080, but the focus will be on the Ti variant. NVIDIA expects that the mining limiter will be a big factor that will ultimately discourage miners from buying this model.”

Similar to the standard GeForce RTX 3080, NVIDIA’s supercharged Titanium variant will leverage the GA102 GPU but supposedly feature an increased CUDA Core count of 10,240 (versus 8,704) and 12 (versus 10) gigabytes of GDDR6X memory on a 384-bit interface. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card is expected to launch sometime in April.

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11 Comments

  1. Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that the mining versions will be at current scalper prices for regular versions?
  2. Unless they can provide enough supply to make scalping nonprofitable there’s no amount of limiters that will make a difference. Whatever people make from mining is pennies compared to the thousand plus made per sale of each scalped card at current prices.
  3. As of yesterday the 3060 has been hacked to defeat the limiter. Appears most MSI cards, and some PNY/Palit cards, when flashed with a specific MSI bios and using dev drivers bypasses the limiter. People getting 46-48 Mh/s on 3060’s.
  4. Well, sad to say, I read more on all the supply issues going on. I probably read it before and forgot but it came up again in numerous places around the internet this weekend. Taiwan is in an epic drought right now and have been since around 2019-2020. It’s so bad that TSMC is having to truck in water to the plants for orders. So in the end, between scalpers and miners, there’s that going on as well.
  5. Well, sad to say, I read more on all the supply issues going on. I probably read it before and forgot but it came up again in numerous places around the internet this weekend. Taiwan is in an epic drought right now and have been since around 2019-2020. It’s so bad that TSMC is having to truck in water to the plants for orders. So in the end, between scalpers and miners, there’s that going on as well.

    I did not have drought on my bingo card

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