Thursday, January 20

the RTX 3080 Ti would be designed from the start to annoy minors


With its upcoming RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia would continue to put a damper on cryptocurrency miners. This new map, which has not yet been formalized, would also have a blocked hash rate in order to reserve it for players and creatives.

Like the RTX 3060, the RTX 3080 Ti would have a hash rate restricted by Nvidia

Like the RTX 3060, the RTX 3080 Ti would have a hash rate restricted by Nvidia // Gamesdone: Nvidia via WCCFtech

Tipped for a launch somewhere in April, the RTX 3080 Ti is less and less mysterious. After the leak last month of a significant part of its specifications, now Kopite7kimi, known on Twitter for its often accurate information, has cracked a few more details about the next high-end graphics card from Nvidia.

We learn in particular that the chip would also rely on a limited hash rate aimed at making it much less interesting in the eyes of cryptocurrency miners, more and more demanding in GPU computing power following the strong (but volatile) growth of the price. Ethereum.

A useless GPU for miners

This information is doubly credible: Nvidia has announced that it will curb the hash rate of its next GPUs (leaving old and already launched ones alone), and it has already done so in software with its recent RTX 3060, announced a few days ago. The idea? Make these new chips relatively useless for cryptocurrency mining and make them very unprofitable investments for miners, in order to reserve them as a priority for players and creatives … that is to say the audiences they are aimed at. ‘origin.

It will have 12G 19Gbps VRAM and an ETH mining nerf too.

– kopite7kimi (@ kopite7kimi) March 4, 2021

At the same time, Nvidia has however announced the launch of four cards specially dedicated to mining. As we explained, these cards will offer an Ethereum hash rate of 25 MH / s at 125 Watts and can reach up to 86 MH / s at 320 Watts. According to WCCFTech, the RTX 3080 Ti could be limited to 45-50 MH / s, ie the hash rate of an RTX 3070… but on a card which promises to be much more expensive. His interest in minors would therefore be greatly reduced.

12 Go de GDDR6X à 19 Gbps ?

Still according to Kopite7kimi, the RTX 3080 Ti would have 12 GB of video memory in GDDR6X for the rest. Its memory would benefit from a speed of 19 Gbps and 912 GB / s of bandwidth thanks to a 384-bit memory bus. The memory of the RTX 3080 Ti would therefore not be faster than that of the classic RTX 3080 (limited to 10 GB of GDDR6X in 320-bit), but it would benefit from better bandwidth and a better bus.

For comparison, the RTX 3090 for its part has 24 GB of GDDR6X, a 384-bit bus (again) for a speed of 19.5 Gbps.

The RTX 3080 Ti could also count on 10,240 CUDA cores and its TGP would go up to 320 W. If its launch in April is confirmed, we should have news from Nvidia in the next few weeks.


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