Nvidia’s new 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti graphics cards will launch with Ethereum hash rate limiters built in when they go on sale later this month. Nvidia announced the pending release of the new cards during its Computex 2021 livestream on Monday, where it unveiled specifications and release dates for both models.
Of particular interest to cryptocurrency enthusiasts is Nvidia’s decision to launch the cards with in-built limiters aimed at curbing their Ether-mining utility.
The company had previously pledged to create a crypto-specific card designed for mining Ether (ETH) and other GPU-compatible cryptocurrencies. The move was designed to pull demand away from would-be crypto miners, but Nvidia’s insistence on releasing all of its newer GPUs with crypto-limiters suggests this plan may not be as definitive as first expected.
Nvidia most recently declared in its Q1 earnings report that it couldn’t accurately gauge the demand coming from cryptocurrency miners. That’s despite black market prices of its 3000 range selling for up to 300% higher