Nvidia is trying to prevent scalpers from buying all its GPUs so that gamers can actually get their hands on it, but it appears that even their latest effort to block this is in vain!
Nvidia’s past experience with the release of the RTX 3000 series cards has been horrendous, and in a frantic effort to improve the situation with their latest launch of RTX 3060, they have added a block to crypto mining on the driver level to their all new cards, and made separate cards for crypto miners!
The card will drop down the mining performance of ( Here’s the catch ) Ethereum by up-to 50% using software detection methods. While this may seem great, there is the fact that software blocks get bypassed sooner or later, and the only crypto-currency affected is Ethereum! So you can actually mine Bitcoin and the other stuff just fine on these cards.
Still, to lure miners, Nvidia has made a separate “CMP” ( Crypto Mining Processor ) line-up which doesn’t have the gaming features, but is all set to “mining goes brrr”. The CMP line-up will lack any display outputs, and have specifically been made in such a way that you can’t game on them ( As these cards are basically the ones which didn’t qualify for the RTX 3060 line-up ).
Nvidia is also ensuring CMPs have lower peak core voltage and frequency to improve the big power requirements associated with Ethereum mining. “With CMP, we can help miners build the most efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers,” says Wuebbling, Head of GeForce Marketing at Nvidia.
So what do you think? Will the GPUs still go into the hands of scalpers? Let us know in the comments below!