I’m sure you’re aware of the current situation when it comes to PC gaming hardware, particularly the graphics card situation. Production supply is rough on both sides of the fence however what few cards do manage to break through onto the market are then stockpiled and bought at gouged prices by large scale cryptocurrency miners…. or retarded consumers with more money than brains.

When it comes to NVIDIA’s latest Ampere based RTX GPUs however, they are highly sought after as they provide the best hash rates up to a given point.

So much so that NVIDIA have reportedly made $175 Million dollars selling hardware directly to such large scale cryptocurrency miners, so it seems rather unorthodox for NVIDIA to simply burn money by not taking advantage of the situation, and well they’ve gone and fucked this up for you too.

While even AIB partners are capitalizing on potential gains by raising their prices or perhaps advertising mining farms that utilize their hardware much like what ZOTAC has done just days ago.

NVIDIA is certainly no stranger to anti-consumer business practices, though sadly they’ve amassed such a large scale sheeple fanbase that it’s highly unlikely anyone actually gives a shit.

Because under the pretense of NVIDIA “graciously” helping the PC gaming community out, NVIDIA have decided to nerf crypto mining performance of its RTX 3000 graphics cards moving forward, the nerf would otherwise impact upon the GPU’s mining performance by half.

As you’re able to see from this video by “CryptoLeo” which showcases a still unreleased RTX 3060 graphics card’s mining performance, and undoubtedly the massive hit in its effective hash rate.

From the video you’re able to see the mining performance of the RTX 3060 paired with a Pascal based 1080Ti which never was good for this sort of task to begin with anyway.

However you can clearly see a rather quick and severe drop in the hash rate for the RTX 3060 (GPU 0) as it would appear that the graphics card has detected that it is mining Ethereum and has enacted upon its anti-mining mechanics.

Overall the RTX 3060 would otherwise have been able to mine Ether at 41.5 MH/s easily but quickly drops off down to 27.2 MH/s which is a decline of 34% that would undoubtedly make the card much less profitable to mine from.

Being that the RTX 3060 is the latest of the Ampere family it makes the most sense that it would be the first to implement such hardware or most likely driver changes to impact it’s mining performance as unreleased hardware doesn’t exactly function all too well when its “review” or “NDA” drivers aren’t actually available yet.

This new technology, according to NVIDIA’s Director of global PR for GeForce the nerf in potential hash rates somewhat works together between the drivers, the GPU core itself and the BIOS which could potentially mean that NVIDIA would otherwise gear up for an additional revision of its RTX 3000 series components that are nerfed when it comes to crypto currency mining.

So why have NVIDIA nerfed the mining performance of its graphics cards you may ask, what ulterior motives does Jensen Huang have for his loyal customers?

Because let’s face it. If NVIDIA nerfed the mining performance by half across all RTX 3000 graphics cards he’d be releasing the shackles off the PC gaming consumers however he’d be throwing away all that money that they would’ve undoubtedly have gained from a divided market in turmoil.

Well that’s because NVIDIA wants to sell you their trash binned silicon in the form of dedicated mining hardware without the gimp, and for a premium at that.

That’s right, NVIDIA have announced their plans to launch what they call “CMP HX” or Cryptocurrency Mining Processors.

Designed for professional mining operations
NVIDIA CMP allows a fully open, airflow-optimized bracket and is configured to allow a greater number of GPUs to be controlled by one CPU.

Optimized for best mining performance
NVIDIA GPU architecture allows you to mine more efficiently and recoup your mining investment faster.

Available from authorized partners
Available from authorized partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, and PC Partner.

NVIDIA’s “CMP HX” series clearly offers you the various cores found from their GeForce products but considering the vast difference in hash rate when comparing the 90HX (GA102) or the 50HX (GA104) versus their GeForce counterparts it’s pretty damn obvious that these dedicated mining hardware uses absolute bottom of the barrel yields as clarified from a maximum of 10GB of on-board VRAM for maximum penny pinching.

A GeForce RTX 3070 will mine Ether with a hash rate of around 55 MH/s while the 50HX is listed as only being capable of providing 45 MH/s at an embarrassing 250W, while even an RTX 3080 is capable of exceeding 95 MH/s while the top tier 90HX can only do 86 MH/s with a 320W TDP value.

Literal garbage. Garbage products for a garbage market.

Just another way of NVIDIA to recycle defective trash yields onto a market so eager to consoom their products, so much so they’ll buy literally anything at whatever price is asked. The perfect target audience for a company who wants to pump out a nice hot log of shit.

An NVIDIA blog post goes further into detail regarding their actions to introduce these CMP products and why they’re outright gimping mining performance on retail GeForce products:

“We are gamers, through and through. We obsess about new gaming features, new architectures, new games and tech. We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are clamoring for more.

Yet NVIDIA GPUs are programmable. And users are constantly discovering new applications for them, from weather simulation and gene sequencing to deep learning and robotics. Mining cryptocurrency is one of them.

With the launch of GeForce RTX 3060 on Feb. 25, we’re taking an important step to help ensure GeForce GPUs end up in the hands of gamers.”

Halving Hash Rate

“RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent.

That only makes sense. Our GeForce RTX GPUs introduce cutting-edge technologies — such as RTX real-time ray-tracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology, Reflex super-fast response rendering for the best system latency, and many more — tailored to meet the needs of gamers and those who create digital experiences.

To address the specific needs of Ethereum mining, we’re announcing the NVIDIA CMP, or, Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, product line for professional mining.

CMP products — which don’t do graphics — are sold through authorized partners and optimized for the best mining performance and efficiency. They don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers.

For instance, CMP lacks display outputs, enabling improved airflow while mining so they can be more densely packed. CMPs also have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which improves mining power efficiency.

Creating tailored products for customers with specific needs delivers the best value for customers. With CMP, we can help miners build the most efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers.”

 

Because that’s what this is all about right, preserving GeForce products for gamers. Well in a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t because this sort of answer to the mining epidemic of the current GPU market would otherwise fuck over their own gaming customers who can no longer utilize their products to do some low scale part-time crypto mining to potentially recoup some of the cash they’ve otherwise been gouged to spend in order to obtain their expensive product.

We’ve already seen the RTX 3060 specifically gouged to high hell at prices of over 600 Euro.

Whether or not NVIDIA will also enable their anti-cryptomining nerf upon the other various RTX 3000 graphics cards that have already been released but if it is truly on a hardware level more than likely this won’t be the case. But we’ll just have to wait in see.

Crypto firms and large scale miners have the money and manpower to potentially crack beyond NVIDIA’s set restrictions moving forward on a firmware level, if not that at least their pockets are so deep they’ll just start purchasing GeForce products based on their silicon revisions.

If for instance NVIDIA does also nerf its mining performance with the GeForce drivers that come with the RTX 3060’s release on the 25th the only ones really impacted would be the retail consumer, because those who are mining on a larger scale don’t give a fucking shit about driver optimizations for say Hitman 3.

Because the consumer who uses their GPU to both game and mine (like I do myself) would be the only ones hurt by NVIDIA’s restriction because at a certain point they won’t have a choice but to update their drivers to a future version with the nerf in place as they wouldn’t be able to properly run a future title. They’re at a loss if this is the case.

Until we get proper answers on the 25th I’ll maintain my stance that NVIDIA are going to be fucking over general PC gamers who mine part-time as a means of regaining some the money they otherwise wouldn’t have had to spend buying their GPUs in a market plagued by NVIDIA’s incompetence and greed. While the crypto miners get fucked over as they’re being forced fed absolutely HORRID silicon in equally horrible packaging with zero resale value when the market goes tits up once more.

And you can bet your ass that NVIDIA will be charging an arm and a leg for these “exclusive” non-gimped CMP HX products for miners.