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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 goes out today, new Linux driver released

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NVIDIA will today release the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card as their entry-level next generation Ampere, plus they have a new Linux driver release to go with it.

On the driver side the 460.56 release is already live with support added in for the GeForce RTX 3060. Not only that though this release also has the following fixes:

  • Fixed a bug with indexed ray payloads in Vulkan.
  • Fixed a bug where calls to vkCreateDevice could fail on Ampere GPUs when ray tracing extensions were enabled and the application was running within the Steam Linux Runtime.
  • Fixed a regression that could cause display corruption when using a scaled resolution after resuming from power management suspend.

For the release of the hardware, it's probably going to be another "paper launch" as we fully expect stock of the GeForce RTX 3060 from NVIDIA to sell out pretty darn quickly just like all the other releases have done so. Thanks in part to high demand and scalpers continuing to buy up as much as they can to sell on for a profit - amongst other things. However, NVIDIA are trying to cut down on crypto miners using standard GPUs by limiting the hash rate of the cards through a mix of a "secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter" (source) plus dedicated cards for miners. So hopefully in future we will see more cards available for standard consumers and gamers.

Here's a reminder of the specifications stacked up against the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti:

    GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GeForce RTX 3060
GPU Engine Specs: NVIDIA CUDA® Cores 4864 3584
  Boost Clock (GHz) 1.67 1.78
  Base Clock (GHz) 1.41 1.32
Memory Specs: Standard Memory Config 8 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6
  Memory Interface Width 256-bit 192-bit
Technology Support: Ray Tracing Cores 2nd Generation 2nd Generation
  Tensor Cores 3rd Generation 3rd Generation
  NVIDIA Architecture Ampere Ampere
  Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6 Yes Yes
  HDMI 2.1 Yes Yes
  DisplayPort 1.4a Yes Yes
  NVIDIA Encoder 7th Generation 7th Generation
  NVIDIA Decoder 5th Generation 5th Generation
Thermal and Power Specs: Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 93 93
  Graphics Card Power (W) 200 170
  Required System Power (W) (2) 600 550

Yes that's correct, the standard model of the 3060 has more VRAM.

The GeForce RTX 3060 goes live for sale at around 5PM UTC / 9AM PST. Exact pricing is yet to be confirmed with NVIDIA previously stating they should start around $329

Will you be looking to get one? Let us know in the comments what you think to this latest card from NVIDIA.

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gabber 26 Feb
Quoting: furaxhornyxThe money spent on your GPU is paid off in Ethereum, right ? But this is "virtual value", are there any store or things you can actually buy with this ?

Whether crypto is more or less real then fiat ($ etc.) is another debate. True, there is no government "backing" crypto. But there is also no government printing crypto and thus devaluing the currency.

Fact is: you can easily trade between cryptos, trading them against fiat requires some verficiation. Even paypal gets into the action, AFAIK you can trade BTC already in the US with paypal. And just some weeks ago Tesla announced their plans, this pushed the price of BTC > 50k$ for the first time.

If you want to give it a shot I would recommend to
- open an account on a trading site (i.e. Coinbase )
- get the address of your ETH-Wallet (receive, eth)
- start the miner with this address as the target
- check on https://ethermine.org/ if it works (may take 30 mins to show up)
- adjust payout threshold to 0.05 (-> it may take some days before you reach this level)

I'm sure you'll find some stores online in your country which accept crypto. Here in Switzerland one of the biggest retailers (digitec/galaxus) accepts Crypto. So I could theoretical buy GPUs with crypto for mining crypto xD
Arehandoro 26 Feb
Mining is an environmental disaster.
gabber 26 Feb
Quoting: ArehandoroMining is an environmental disaster.
Funny reading this on a website called "gamingonlinux".
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: furaxhornyxThe money spent on your GPU is paid off in Ethereum, right ? But this is "virtual value", are there any store or things you can actually buy with this ?

Whether crypto is more or less real then fiat ($ etc.) is another debate. True, there is no government "backing" crypto. But there is also no government printing crypto and thus devaluing the currency.
In fact I think there's an odd relationship between the price of crypto and governments printing fiat currency. I've come to the conclusion that the current rise in eg Bitcoin prices is basically just a subset of the massive bull market in stocks, with both of them fuelled by the gargantuan bailouts various governments pushed into the financial sector because Covid gave them an excuse to stop the markets from tanking. So cryptocurrencies are in fact growing face value precisely because central banks are printing money and giving that money mainly to the wealthy who use their money for speculation in stocks, cryptocurrencies, real estate and whatnot.
For more than ten years now what we've been seeing is an odd sort of compartmentalized inflation. Normal stuff like food or cars don't change in price that much because real people don't have any more money, but things you invest in and things like Picassos that are a cross between investments and really high-end consumer goods do, because central banks are giving financiers tons of easy money to throw at them.

Crypto is basically a thing people can speculate in, and we are in an economic phase where speculation is the main event. It may be possible to use crypto as actual currency, but that's not currently the point--crypto is tulips. But so are most other things right now, so there's no shame in it.
Arehandoro 27 Feb
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: ArehandoroMining is an environmental disaster.
Funny reading this on a website called "gamingonlinux".

Care to elaborate why?
gabber 1 Mar
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: ArehandoroMining is an environmental disaster.
Funny reading this on a website called "gamingonlinux".

Care to elaborate why?

Because gaming is more pointless then mining...
dvd 1 Mar
Well another reason not to buy nvidia.
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: ArehandoroMining is an environmental disaster.
Funny reading this on a website called "gamingonlinux".

Care to elaborate why?

Because gaming is more pointless then mining...

Is it so with gaming because generally speaking one doesn't make a profit? Because that is a horrible excuse.
Pikolo 12 Mar
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: Arehandoro
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: ArehandoroMining is an environmental disaster.
Funny reading this on a website called "gamingonlinux".

Care to elaborate why?

Because gaming is more pointless then mining...
Tell that to people who go on VR vacations instead of flying - that's a very simple and significant environmental benefit from gaming.
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