Thursday, April 15th 2021

NVIDIA to Introduce a New GeForce RTX 3060 GPU SKU with Ethereum Mining Limiter

Some time ago, NVIDIA introduced its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with GA106-300 Ampere GPU SKU. The GPU was the first to feature NVIDIA's latest additions like Resizable BAR and crypto mining algorithm limiter that limited the performance of the card while mining. However, despite NVIDIA's intention to keep the card out of the hands of crypto miners, there has been a lot of flaws in the plan. A lot of people discovered that the card still managed to turn in profits with the limiter enables. Later, NVIDIA accidentally released a driver that actually removes the limiter and enables the GPU to mine at full capacity, making the company's efforts useless.

Today we have new information that NVIDIA will launch an updated GeForce RTX 3060 GPU SKU that features a different ID, in the quest to limit card's mining performance. According to HKEPC, NVIDIA is producing updated GeForce RTX 3060 GKU SKUs with GA106-302 ID that should launch sometime in May, which are supposed to replace the GA106-300 SKUs now present. The software and the drivers will use the new ID to identify new SKUs and limit the performance of the card at mining tasks such as Ethereum mining. That way, it ensures that no driver version or bypass can trick the software to enable the card to use its full mining power and it shall render it unprofitable. Additionally, kopite7kimi, a known hardware leaker, claims that NVIDIA is also preparing updated GPU SKU IDs for GA104 and GA102 GPUs, with GA102-302/202 and GA104-302/202 variants supposedly coming.
Sources: HKEPC, @kopite7kimi (Twitter), via VideoCardz
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95 Comments on NVIDIA to Introduce a New GeForce RTX 3060 GPU SKU with Ethereum Mining Limiter

#76
80251
Legacy-ZA
Yes indeed.

I had a EVGA GTX1070, but I sent it back for RMA when Metro Exodus released, my textures weren't displaying correctly. They found fault with the card apparently, but they wanted to replace it with an inferior product and didn't cover Dead on Arrival within the limited warranty time remaining, so I asked for a refund, I only got half my money back.

After that I got a RTX 2060, ironically, I still had that texture issue. Here I got my full refund back and bought a new monitor while waiting for the new RTX 3000 series which was just a couple of months away and at the same time also upgrade my other components as there is clearly something wrong with either the CPU or RAM. In the meantime I am using my very old GTX660Ti which keeps crashing my games.

So yeah, now I have corrupt textures with a card that keeps crashing games.

I refuse to pay scalper prices, so now I wait, for 5 more years if need be but I will not be coerced into buying at these price levels and no, I will never buy second hand again due to miners.

In any case, it's pointless to upgrade the CPU/Mobo and RAM if I can't buy a GPU. By the time I can snag a GPU, the new Ryzen and Intel platforms will launch. I am annoyed but I have a lot of patience.
EVGA wanted to replace your GTX 1070 with an inferior product? I had always heard EVGA had a good RMA process so that's disappointing to hear.

At least GTX 660Ti's are still cheap. 980Ti's can still be had for less than MSRP. 1070's, 1080's, 1070ti's and 1080Ti's are all going for > MSRP now.
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#77
Krumix
Seeing this happening, I think my old GTX 960 2GB can hold on until the end of this year before I buy a new one :|
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#78
xorbe
qubit
@xorbeIt doesn't matter that it's not a bios flash. The point is to get past the restriction which these dummy plugs do, doesn't matter how.
No, you've changed the goal posts. You said CRACKED. This is the corner case work around which I already mentioned.
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#79
hat
Enthusiast
Krumix
Seeing this happening, I think my old GTX 960 2GB can hold on until the end of this year before I buy a new one :|
The 960 was a respectable 1080p card in its day. Probably still is if you don't need to run at max ultra settings. Plenty of older games to explore too that will run without a hitch on any modern system.
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#80
Legacy-ZA
80251
EVGA wanted to replace your GTX 1070 with an inferior product? I had always heard EVGA had a good RMA process so that's disappointing to hear.

At least GTX 660Ti's are still cheap. 980Ti's can still be had for less than MSRP. 1070's, 1080's, 1070ti's and 1080Ti's are all going for > MSRP now.
Yes, well, I reside in South-Africa, to this day, I am still not sure if this is the fault of the local supplier (most likely, what isn't corrupt and greedy here these days) or that they themselves got shafted by EVGA and as a consequence, passed the problem to me. Regardless, I got the middle finger. I am now in the EVGA queue system, I will try and get a card this way and ship it via MyUS, should there be a problem with it one day, I will use this corridor without the middle man, then this will finally be made clear to me as to where the problem was, should be interesting, but hopefully, it will never come to that. I too also only heard good things about EVGA before I bought my GTX1070, this is why paid the premium price on the card here locally, they were a good $100 more expensive than the others.
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#81
TheOne
EVGA's queue still has people from last year waiting to receive a card.
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#82
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
xorbe
No, you've changed the goal posts. You said CRACKED. This is the corner case work around which I already mentioned.
I didn't change the goal posts. I really can't be bothered with this. You're just pedantic now.
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#83
R-T-B
nguyen
Those very gamer and part-time miner, blinded by money, would often go out and source additional GPUs so that they can make more money, contributing to the scarcity of GPU LOL.
Not in this market.
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#84
trog100
the thing is nvidias declared intention to nerf the upcoming range of more powerful cards is in the short term gonna jack up the price of existing cards.. initially it will do more harm than good..

trog
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#85
lynx29
Nvidia didn't know that April fools only lasts 1 day this month, they think it is a month long theme... the poor lads... :roll:
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#86
RandAlThor
TheOne
EVGA's queue still has people from last year waiting to receive a card.
I signed up for a 3060 the day it came out, 3 minutes after it came out. Still nothing, EU queue. So people who ordered 3 minutes from launch still don't have their cards ...
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#87
TheDeeGee
Prices should be locked, regardless op supply and demand.

Money ruins everything.
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#88
64K
TheDeeGee
Prices should be locked, regardless op supply and demand.

Money ruins everything.
Nvidia can't lock the prices.
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#89
lynx29
64K
Nvidia can't lock the prices.
There are really only two main places scalpers can exist, Craigslist and Ebay, would be simple matter of those two companies stepping up the plate and banning any new tech product over $200 MSRP from being listed on there site for at least 8 months post launch. But they have no financial incentive to do so, which is where government should step in and place a ban similar to as I informed it out there.
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#90
RandAlThor
lynx29
Owning Callandor isn't enough for you? You always have to have more Rand... what a shame.
Bah, it has a flaw. Can only use that if a woman melds the flows. Balefire for you !
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#91
Flanker
RandAlThor
Bah, it has a flaw. Can only use that if a woman melds the flows. Balefire for you !
Probably shouldn't have broke Choedan Kal then?
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#92
RandAlThor
Flanker
Probably shouldn't have broke Choedan Kal then?
Like i care. *Says while in a threesome with Min, Aviendha and Elayne*
( In a dreamshard obviously, they would never go for it together heh )
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#93
jksoftware
ncrs
What do you mean? You're against the free market? :)
I am 100% against scalping yes.. It should be completely illegal. Idiots stealing the product from store shelves from those of us who actually want to USE IT in order to resell at these crazy inflated prices should be thrown in jail.
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