Nvidia CMP or Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) product line has been announced for professional miners. The new range of GPUs has been designed and optimised for optimum mining performance and efficiency. Nvidia also says that the software drivers of its upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs 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. This is done so that people don’t use Nvidia GeForce GPUs for cryptocurrency mining and the shortage of GPUs for gamers is addressed.
The new Nvidia CMP range is the company’s new product line for professional mining. Nvidia on its blog said that the Nvidia CMP processors don’t do graphics and will be sold through authorised partners such as Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, and PC Partner. Nvidia CMP processors will be available in the first and second quarters of this year.
Nvidia CMP 30HX processor will come with 26MHps Ethereum hash rate, 125W rated power, 1×8-pin power connectors, and 6GB of RAM. The Nvidia CMP 40HX processor will come with 36MH/s Ethereum hash rate, 185W rated power, 1×8-pin power connectors, and 8GB of RAM. The Nvidia CMP 50HX processor will come with 45MHps Ethereum hash rate, 250W rated power, 2×8-pin power connectors, and 10GB of RAM. And the most premium Nvidia CMP 90HX processor will come with 86MHps Ethereum hash rate, 320W rated power, 2×8-pin power connectors, and 10GB of RAM. Nvidia CMP 30HX and Nvidia CMP 40HX will be available sometime in Q1, whereas the Nvidia CMP 50HX and Nvidia CMP 90HX processors will be available sometime in Q2 this year.
The company says the new Nvidia CMP lacks display outputs, enabling improved airflow while mining so they can be more densely packed. The Nvidia CMPs also have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which is said to improve mining power efficiency.
Essentially, with Nvidia CMP, the company aims to help miners build efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers. It adds, “Nvidia CMP don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers”.
NVIDIA is primarily taking this step as an attempt to salvage the GeForce RTX 3060 which is going to hit stores on 25th February. The company has been facing monumental demands for its current line of RTX 30-series cards including the RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and the RTX 3090. We’ve heard reports of scalpers deploying bots to automatically buy GPUs in bulk to sell them off at extremely high prices on eBay.
While the company suggests that the drivers of the RTX 3060 would downgrade the mining capability of the GPU, Bryan Del Rizzo, Global Director, Public Relations at NVIDIA has given some more information in a blog. According to Mr. Rizz, there will be a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 chip, and the BIOS (firmware) that would prevent the ability to remove the hash rate limiter. This means that it won’t be possible to use an older version of the driver to restore the originally intended hash rate.
A few days ago, NVIDIA had announced its plans of releasing stock of its older GPUs– the GTX 1050 Ti and the mid-range RTX 2060 as another measure to control the growing demands of the GPU market. Certain retailers in Europe were recently spotted listing the upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 at more than double the original cost of $329. If you are looking for one of the new NVIDIA RTX 30-series graphics cards, keep an eye on our restocks guide.