After several months of GPU shortage faced by consumers due to miner hoarding, NVIDIA has finally decided to roll out new RTX 30 series graphic cards with ‘unhackable’ drivers.
This major move from NVIDIA comes in by limiting RTX 30 series to almost half their performance while mining without affecting their actual potential. Due to the ongoing semi-conductor shortage, RTX cards have touched skyrocketing prices, forcing consumers to switch to older gen GPUs.
NVIDIA’s attempt to limit mining on their RTX 3060 cards went sideways when their own beta drivers were found to offer a workaround to the mining limiter patch. NVIDIA has further implemented additional mechanisms to their silicon to prevent that from happening again in their RTX 30 series cards set to come after May.
NVIDIA’s Revamped Production
According to a report from HKEPC, NVIDIA is all set to revamp its production of the all-new ‘unhackable’ GA106-302 silicon with additional security measures to stop miners from hoarding RTX series cards. The GA106-302 silicon die will be rolling out in the new RTX lineup of cards starting with the 3060 in June.
Hopefully, the new batch of RTX cards from NVIDIA will land in the hands of actual consumers instead of mining farms. This does mean that if you are planning on starting to mine Ethereum or any other crypto anytime soon, there’s bad news for you.
What about miners?
When it comes to mining, the PC community has always had a hard spot for it. Mining completely destroys the supply chain of components ( like the situation we are living in right now ), which infuriates consumers and forces suppliers to mark absurd prices.
If you’re in the market for a GPU right now, first of all, good luck finding one, and if you do, here is one example of how absurd the prices are at the moment. The price for a GTX 1660 super from MSI at the moment is close to Rs.55,000, almost double the amount at which it was released for.
It is still unclear though if NVIDIA is going to roll out a limiter to older RTX and GTX cards at the moment. Stay tuned to TechQuila to know more or build your own mining setup until the dust settles and before it’s too late.