According to an HKEPC article, NVIDIA is ready to redeem itself after the fiasco related to the anti-mining limiter implemented in the GeForce RTX 3060. The manufacturer is reportedly preparing one new variant of the GA106 GPU able to effectively limit the potential of the card in mining the criptovaluta Ethereum.
Citing an unspecified Taiwanese graphics card manufacturer as a source, HKEPC claims that NVIDIA has discontinued production of the GA106-300 GPU, the chip on which the GeForce RTX 3060 is based. Therefore, the upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 will be equipped with the new GA106- chip. 302, which should make it impossible to use the GeForce 470.05 Beta driver leaked in recent weeks, which allowed to bypass the block for mining. Furthermore, it appears that NVIDIA has implemented additional protection mechanisms, so removing the limitation won’t be as easy as before.
Barring any delays, NVIDIA is expected to ship the GA106-302 GPUs in May, which means that subsequent GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will be equipped with the new chip. In this way, miners will have to be very careful which GeForce RTX 3060 to buy, as it will be possible to come across a variant equipped with the new “locked” chip. Furthermore, this move could drive up the price of cards still based on the original GPU, further discouraging their purchase.
Although HKEPC only talks about the GeForce RTX 3060, the famous leaker
thinks NVIDIA could replicate the same operation with GPU GA102 e GA104, used for the GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080 e GeForce RTX 3070. Therefore, it seems that the manufacturer has decided to continue to fight miners in a massive way in the market for consumer video cards dedicated to gamers.
After all, NVIDIA recently launched the linea CMP with excellent results, so the ultimate goal is definitely to push miners towards these products. For example, Hut 8 Mining Corp. has already placed orders worth $ 30 million and NVIDIA itself already expects an estimated revenue of up to $ 150 million from CMP sales during the first quarter, tripling previous forecasts.
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