Nvidia, the American multinational technology company, has announced the pending release of RTX 3070 and 3080 Ti cards during its Computex 2021 livestream on May 31 (Monday), where it revealed specifications and release dates for both models.
It has been reported that 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.
However, 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.
The report said that most recently, Nvidia 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 than retail, having accumulated millions of dollars in estimated secondary market sales already. While the 3060, 3070, and 3080 (including its Ti models) will all feature the specially designed Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GPUs, Nvidia made no mention of the 3090 series of cards.
Nvidia has not given up on restricting miner access to new graphic cards. @Nvidia’s new 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti will launch with Ethereum hash rate limiters built-in when they go on sale later this month. https://t.co/XiZR7Ba4nc (Reporting via @gregthomson88) — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) June 2, 2021
Positioned at the higher end of Nvidia’s product range, the 3090 occupies a high enough price point that its demand by either gamers or miners is generally limited to begin with. A comparison of the 3080 Ti and the 3090 reveals the former to be much the same as the latter. The only difference is that the 3090 packs 24GB of video RAM compared to the 3080’s 12GB.
Likewise, it’s supply conundrum as it relates to Ether miners will likely dissipate over the course of the next 6–12 months, as Ethereum moves away from its proof-of-work consensus algorithm toward proof-of-stake.
Thus, graphics cards will become irrelevant in regards to the production of ETH coins. While this would appear to detract from the value of the cards in the long run, the short-time frame left in which to profit from ETH mining will likely result in another spike in demand, and a subsequent supply shortfall.