Back in February 2021 due to the rapid increase in the number of crypto miners, the GPU shortage problem was at its prime.
To combat the issue Nvidia introduced the RTX 3060 graphics card with built-in cryptomining hash limiters.
The limiter was accidentally removed by NVIDIA themselves a few weeks later. That said, with the recent GeForce 466.27 driver update the cryptomining limiters have been reintroduced.
Well, the GeForce 466.27 driver will force the graphics card to run with this limiter activated.
Every new RTX 3060 model will be equipped with GA106-302 GPU and it will carry a new PCI Device ID of 2504.
As a result, the models with 302 GPU won’t run on older drivers and as stated earlier the new drivers have cryptomining limiters built-in.
Anyone who tries to downgrade an RTX 3060 graphics card driver will now be unsuccessful and forced to buy the NVIDIA CMP HX series instead.
In addition to the RTX 3060, Nvidia will soon implement limiters for every 30 series graphics card namely RTX 3060 TI, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080. Do note that, RTX 3090 won’t be launched with cryptomining limiters.
It’s clearly a piece of bad news for crypto miners and good news for gamers and the entire PCMR.
On the other hand, AMD is trying to capture the attention of miners by avoiding cryptomining limiters on its graphics cards.
Consequently, anyone interested in buying a graphics card for mining can invest in AMD’s options.
Due to graphic demanding titles like CyberPunk 2077, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and many more gamers are always on the lookout for newer graphics cards.