On the NVIDIA blog they said they are changing their GPU logic to be far less desirable to digital coin miners. The specifically fingered Ethereum which is well known for being GPU minable.

This news will make gamers rejoice that video cards will be back. 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.

Sadly RTX Ampere has been a joke to gamers who had to sit on the sidelines are watch coin miners buy all of the cards in sight. News of steps for gamers is much appreciated but the mess in the marketplace over the gold rush in digital coins is not going away any time fast.

NVIDIA knows all too well that legions of gaming enthusiasts are not happy. NVIDIA came from gaming and its nice that they did not turn their back on us.


At the same time NVIDIA announced a new targeted device aimed at Ethereum miners. 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. The CMP hardware will be available over the next 3-6 months. Available from authorized partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, and PC Partner. More will be made available one the mining hardware is available.

Ethereum Hash Rate26 MH/s36 MH/s45 MH/s86 MH/s
Rated Power125 W185 W250 W320 W
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin2x 8-pin2x 8-pin
Memory Size6GB8GB10GB10GB
Starting AvailabilityQ1Q1Q2Q2

Hash rates assume conventional room temperature with adequate cooling and may vary from stated values. Rated power and connectors are for the reference design. AIB vendors may offer different models.


NVIDIA is a public company and all they care about is selling as much hardware as they can. Gamers and miners are just a wallet as far the company is concerned. Of deeper concern is the global shortage of wafer fabrication facilities. While more factories are being built, it takes years to assemble a complex factory. So supply/demand dynamics apply.

Back then Pascal cards were available, NVIDIA makes a GP106 card with a passive cooler and no video ports. It was designed for mining. The product is not well known as most are not researching the industry daily like we do at the studio.