Enter the CMP

NVIDIA seems to have adopted a two-pronged approach towards solving its GPU availability challenge and the high demand from cyptocurrency miners.

The first step by halving hash rate or cryptcurrency mining efficiency of the new mainstream GeForce 3060 CPU to be launched on February 25. Drivers for the new card will be designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate by around 50 percent.

In a blog post, Matt Wuebbling, VP of Global GeForce Marketing at NVIDIA, pointed out that this is “an important step to help ensure GeForce GPUs end up in the hands of gamers”.

But, this doesn’t mean that NVIDIA is cutting off miners. It is introducing the NVIDIA CMP (cryptocurrency mining processor) to address the specific needs of Ethereum mining.

With this dedicated GPU for professional mining, cryptocurrency miners do not need to compete with gamers for gaming GPUs or go about hoarding NVIDIA GeForce 30 series-based laptops.

CMPs will come without display outputs. With better airflow while mining, they can be more densely packed. CMPs have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, improving mining power efficiency.

Available from March, CMPs will be sold through authorised partners such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Palit, and PC Partner.

“Creating tailored products for customers with specific needs delivers the best value for customers. With CMP, we can help miners build the most efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers,” said Wuebbling.