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NVIDIA Eyes Ethereum Cryptocurrency Mining

February 18, 2021

GeForce GPUs are for gamers, and gamers are clamoring for more. Yet NVIDIA GPUs are programmable. And users are constantly discovering new applications for them, from weather simulation and gene sequencing to deep learning and robotics. Mining cryptocurrency is one of them.

With the launch of GeForce RTX 3060 on Feb. 25,  NVIDIA is taking an important step to help ensure GeForce GPUs end up in the hands of gamers.

Halving Hash Rate
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.

That only makes sense. Their GeForce RTX GPUs introduce cutting-edge technologies ó such as RTX real-time ray-tracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology, Reflex super-fast response rendering for the best system latency, and many more ó tailored to meet the needs of gamers and those who create digital experiences.

To address the specific needs of Ethereum mining, the NVIDIA CMP, or, Cryptocurrency Mining Processor is a product line designed for professional mining.

CMP products ó which donít do graphics ó are sold through authorized partners and optimized for the best mining performance and efficiency. They donít meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, donít impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers.

For instance, CMP lacks display outputs, enabling improved airflow while mining so they can be more densely packed. CMPs also have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which improves mining power efficiency.

Creating tailored products for customers with specific needs delivers the best value for customers. With CMP,  NVIDIA can help miners build the most efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers.

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