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Anti-crypto clamping of the RTX 3060 tested

Anti-crypto clamping of the RTX 3060 tested

Yesterday’s announcement by Nvidia concerning a restraint of the new RTX 3060 to make it less effective on cryptos mining has raised many questions.

While this can be hailed as Nvidia’s first real effort to prevent the mining from further disrupting the market, within our community, on our Discord server, many have mocked the proposed solution. Indeed, NVIDIA announced that the GeForce RTX 3060 drivers will be able to detect if the user is extracting crypto-money. This will automatically limit performance by 50%, making mining on this card unprofitable. The first obvious comment was that the drivers bypass each other, tinker with each other…and are not really needed in mining farms.

However, CryptoLeo gives us another insight into the solution deployed by Nvidia.

The clamping of the cards in the bios and not in the driver

As you can see in the video below, just moments after startup, the hash rate went from 41.5 MH/s to 26-24 MH/s. Since the author of the video does not have drivers for this card, this would suggest that the anti-mining algorithm is not present in the software, but rather implemented in the BIOS itself. This solution could therefore clearly take place in other cards than the RTX 3060. Then obviously, we can also consider bios customs to bypass the system set up by Nvidia, it’s technically possible but it still considerably reduces the ease of use of the “classic” cards in the mines. Because the other remark comes from the solutions that Nvidia intends to propose to the minors themselves.

The Crypto Mining Processor HX series not really credible?

First of all, the performance of these HX cards in relation to their consumption raises questions. The “big” RTXs are always more profitable if you consider these figures. Finally, many people talk about the impossibility of re-circulating cards after a GPU usage cycle in a mine. Indeed, many miners take into consideration the possible resale price of the cards when calculating their break-even point. With Nvidia HX solutions, the cards will probably not be re-injectable on the second-hand market. If all these remarks are relevant, it should also be remembered that for the moment Nvidia has not communicated on the prices of its Crypto Mining Processor HX series. When these elements will be official, we will be able to have an idea.

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