Nvidia says GeForce RTX 3060 is meant for gamers, not crypto miners

From CNET: Nvidia on Thursday said it's taking steps to make sure its upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card ends up in the hands of gamers. The RTX 3060 will be able to detect aspects of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm and limit its hash rate by around 50 percent, the company said in a blog post. This will make the GPU less efficient at mining the digital coin.

Nvidia unveiled its newest entry-level chip in January at CES 2021. The RTX 3060 is meant to entice those who are still using older-generation chips, and Nvidia said it offers 10 times the performance of 2016's GTX 1060 and twice the performance of 2018's 2060. The RTX 3060 launches on Feb. 25, Nvidia said on Thursday, and will start at $329.

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