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A few bits of NVIDIA news to cover today with some small and some big news including drivers, hardware and open source.

Firstly, on the driver front, NVIDIA recently released the Linux 465.31 driver as part of their "New Feature Branch". It's a small release adding in support for the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU and the GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, plus a bug fix that "could cause AddressSanitizer to report a heap-buffer-overflow during initialization of the OpenGL and Vulkan libraries".

Onto something bigger: NVIDIA are trying to get "GeForce Cards into the Hands of Gamers". How? Well, they announced a reduced hash rate for newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060 Ti graphics cards to make them "less desirable to miners". This is somewhat similar to what they did when they announced the RTX 3060. These new cards will start shipping in May, with the reduced ETH hash rate and they will be clearly labelled as either "Lite Hash Rate" or "LHR" and listed on the boxes and will not apply to cards already purchased.

What do you think to this move to reduce Ethereum mining on GeForce cards? Let us know in the comments!

In a bit of open source news, NVIDIA recently upgraded their NVIDIA DesignWorks Samples to do some cleaning up work, along with a relicensing from BSD-3 to Apache 2.0. These samples include work developers can use for Ray Tracing with Vulkan, OpenGL shader-based occlusion culling, order-independent transparency in Vulkan and lots more.

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Eike 19 May
It sounds like a perversion to reduce the capabilities of technology, but I guess that's something that has to be done in order to, well, get "GeForce Cards into the Hands of Gamers".
TheRiddick 19 May
NVIDIA often limit functionality on their consumer cards, same with AMD.
Hori 19 May
Sounds pretty stupid to limit the capabilities of a GPU...

First of all: Why make a great tool bad? Yeah, I don't like the situation that we're in even one bit, and I don't agree with crypto in general, but still.

And secondly: It's useless - the miners are not going to say goodbye to their methods of making insane amounts of money (I'm talking here about BIG miners, not your average one mining at home). If they stand to loose millions you can bet that they're gonna spend a lot to break those limitations, and they are pretty much guaranteed to succeed.
The limitations that Nvidia are trying to put in place are a cat-and-mouse game, and they are at a big disadvantage. Their only advantage (of being the ones to write the code, drivers, and design the hardware) pales in comparison to the hordes of miners out there willing to invest into breaking that limit.

The best they can achieve is a bit of delay - but even that is probably not the case. Miners are still going to buy those in anticipation of a hack.

Nah... this is not helping gamers one bit!


Last edited by Hori on 19 May 2021 at 9:50 am UTC
MayeulC 19 May
I'm just going to quote this HN comment, which I found quite interesting:

QuoteThis won't really do anything for availability or reducing scalper pricing. Miners are a sizeable proportion of sales but far from the majority. Gamers will be able to buy more of these GPUs but less of the non-LHR or AMD GPU's. GPU prices won't actually change.

The real reason Nvidia is doing this is that when mining profitability inevitably drops, either because of a crypto price crash or Ethereum moving to Proof of Stake, the miners will flood the used market and ruin Nvidia's profits for a few quarters. Nvidia is trying to get miners to buy mining-only cards, because those can't be sold to gamers down the line. They'd rather mining cards become e-waste in a few years than get resold.

People think Nvidia is doing this to try to help them get better prices now, but really Nvidia is trying to extract more money from gamers in the long term.

As for doing that in the first place, I'm a bit torn on that one. This is obviously a stab at user freedom (as if you had any when you buy nvidia...). But I have little sympathy to miners. When in doubt, grab popcorn (like Epic vs Apple).


Last edited by MayeulC on 19 May 2021 at 11:31 am UTC
a0kami 19 May
Got a friend of mine a whole new rig, except he's been stuck with his geforce 750 for 7 months now.. The situation is ridiculous.
ShabbyX 19 May
Why not just ... manufacture more cards?!
Eike 19 May
Quoting: ShabbyXWhy not just ... manufacture more cards?!

Because there's a general shortage of Integrated Circuit manufacturing at the moment?!?
Beamboom 19 May
Quoting: ShabbyXWhy not just ... manufacture more cards?!
Because supply shortage of components. It's not uncommon in computing manufacturing at all.
Vishar 19 May
just make card with radicullus hight Hash Rate no need for ray-tracking direct X OpenGL vulcan and other technologies (money)
just simple card that only good at Hashing and much more cheaper that gaming one
Eike 19 May
Quoting: Visharjust make card with radicullus hight Hash Rate no need for ray-tracking direct X OpenGL vulcan and other technologies (money)
just simple card that only good at Hashing and much more cheaper that gaming one

Such cards do exist and one for Ethereum is expected soon. So situation might get better.
...or somebody invents yet another crypto coin for speculation and environment destruction, because, why the heck not?!?
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