One of the evils that affects gamers today is graphics card shortage. Restrictions applied to deal with the pandemic have hit semiconductor suppliers, preventing them from fulfilling orders on time. Additionally, growing demand, driven by the popularity of cryptocurrency mining, has wiped out the stock. Nevertheless, Nvidia seems to have a solution to this problem: sell a specific product for “professional mining”.
If you are one of the people who has tried to buy a graphics card recently, you may know this scenario better than anyone. Some Nvidia products are virtually impossible to get. As if this were not enough, if you find some stock, the high prices may lead you to rethink the decision. Just a few years ago, the manufacturer of graphics solutions, unable to meet the demand for the RTX 3000, decided to put the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti back on the market.
Nvidia launches a line dedicated to cryptocurrency mining
Now, Nvidia has announced a product line called CMP HX (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor). According to their official blog, these processors are specifically designed for professional mining. The company has specifically targeted Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, after Bitcoin, and the most widely used blockchain on the planet.
The new Nvidia processors arrive in four versions. Power starts at 26 MH / s on the 30HX and goes up to 86 MH / s on the 90X. All lack video outputs, something that allows them to improve cooling in extreme conditions.. They also have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which improves mining energy efficiency.
However, this is not all. Nvidia also promises that its new RTX 3060 cards will be less efficient for mining cryptocurrencies.. The new drivers will reduce the hash rate by 50%. With the introduction of a line dedicated to mining plus the limitation to cards that are not manufactured for that purpose, the firm hopes the GeForce will return to the hands of the gamers.