Nvidia wants to make the RTX 3060 undrinkable for cryptocurrency miners. After an inconclusive first test mainly focused on software, the chameleon brand would be on the verge of doing it again by replacing the 3060’s GPU with a new variant designed specifically to limit the card’s mining potential.
Nvidia is concocting a new version of the GPU used for the RTX 3060. Called GA106-302, the latter would take the place of the GA106-300 chips currently in use and would aim to restrain – finally effectively – the card against cryptocurrency mining. To do this, this new version of the GA106 Ampere chip would receive a new PCI identifier (PCI Device ID) sufficient to make any existing driver unnecessary. A way for Nvidia to make up for its mistake last month.
A few weeks ago, the brand inadvertently published the beta of a pilot containing the keys to unlock the RTX 3060. The latter had inherited at its launch an algorithm supposed to reduce considerably the hash rate for Ethereum . An algorithm which, in any case, did not diminish the profitability of the RTX 3060 that much for cryptocurrency mining.
Second round for Nvidia
As specified HKEPC (via VideoCardz), this “new” GPU GA106-302 will also benefit from ” additional mechanisms »Aiming to hamper the wishes of minors more durably. It’s a safe bet, however, that they will sooner or later find a new way to get around them.
According to the Hong Kong site, Nvidia would have recently taken the decision to switch to this new variant of the RTX 3060 GPU. The delivery of the first cards concerned should therefore take place in May, but no difference should be made with the cards under GA106-300 chip already produced. Nothing changes for the final consumer, therefore… with the exception of minors.
I’ve said before, maybe not GA106 only.
For example, we would meet GA102-302/202 and GA104-302/202. https://t.co/pGghHbikbV
– kopite7kimi (@ kopite7kimi) April 15, 2021
Note that a leaker, kopite7kimi, often well informed, goes further than HKEPC by indicating that Nvidia intends to launch anti-mining variants for other GPUs, including GA102 and GA104 (respectively used for RTX 3090, 3080Ti, 3080 and RTX 3070, 3060 Ti, 3080 MaxQ, 3070 MaxQ). Nvidia would then extend this measure to most of its catalog.