What you should know
- NVIDIA has been using measures like hash rate limiters to discourage crypto miners from purchasing its consumer-facing GPUs.
- Miners have continued to circumvent these safeguards.
- Miners have figured out how to get around NVIDIA’s latest mining disincentive by mining two cryptocurrencies at the same time.
NVIDIA has been working hard to show that the greatest GPUs for crypto mining aren’t the best GPUs for crypto mining at all, and that consumer-facing graphics cards should be designed for everyday consumers, not crypto millionaires. Analyst figures show that around 25% of GPUs went to crypto miners and scalpers in the first quarter of 2021, prompting the company’s attitude.
NVIDIA has implemented hash rate limiters in several of its cards to thwart miners. Our previous coverage on the subject explains what a hash rate is, but here’s the crucial takeaway: Crypto mining relies on hash rates, and limiting them reduces a GPU’s capacity to dig for cryptocurrency effectively and efficiently.
As a result, miners must figure out how to mine cryptocurrency when NVIDIA is attempting to stifle it. And the most recent answer to that ever-changing question is decidedly counterintuitive.
According to Tom’s Hardware, a new solution to the hash rate limiting dilemma has been discovered. It basically does more of the disallowed activity to get around NVIDIA’s forbidden activities list. That’s correct: The software (dubbed T-Rex) allows you to bypass limiters by mining two coins instead of simply one. The compromise is that you can’t devote 100% of a card’s energies to a single currency, but you can optimize the card’s overall production.