NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Nerfs not only Ethereum hash rate, but also other coin algorithms
Unless this situation happens again, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti shouldn’t see much success among miners, or at least those who want to mine Ethereum and a few other digital currencies. A leaker on Twitter posted preliminary mining results, which show ho-hum hash rates from such a powerful graphics card – just around 57MH / s for Ethereum and 23MH / s for Ravencoin. Not bad in general, but not great either, considering how powerful the GPU is. NVIDIA’s limiter also limits mining performance on Ethereum Classic and Ergo.
The results apply to mining efforts in HiveOS and Windows, with the graphics card running at the original settings. It should be noted that overclocking the GPU increases the hash rate “but not by much”. Also, the aforementioned dev driver doesn’t get around the situation, and neither does a fan trick in HiveOS.
“No, the development driver that works for the 3060 does not work for the 3080 Ti. If I try to install it I get BSOD. No, the HiveOS fan trick does not work,” wrote the leaker.
No more traditional mining, in other words, and by extension, no need to hoard graphics cards to mine Ethereum, even if a hash rate limiter did not exist. That’s why it’s nice to see NVIDIA focusing its hash rate limiter on other digital coins, even if they’re not as popular. However, this does not work on all levels – the leak manager notes that he has seen good results in the Conflux extraction, which uses the Octopus algorithm.
Your best bets for getting a graphics card right now are to (A) try your luck with Newegg’s Shuffle, which is essentially a raffle, (B) join the EVGA queue for the card you’re interested in, and then be ultra-patient, and (C) just be lucky, hoping you’ll visit sites like Amazon and Best Buy when the stock becomes available.