Tech experts claim that the GPU released back on February 19, 2019, is better suited for cryptocurrency mining than gaming. Experts say that the GPU considered a powerhouse at the time it was released, is more powerful in mining than titles like RTX 3080 and RX 6900 XT. According to gaming guru blog PCgamer.com, AMD Radeon VII can achieve 100MH/s with a bit of tweaking and coding. The performance is merely close to the very coveted mining GPU GeForce RTX 3090.
The Radeon VII graphic card can run games like Battlefield V at 4K resolution with frame rates well above 60Hz. One gaming technology analyst showed AMD Radeon 7 outran the Radeon RX 6900 XT in mining and was not far behind in gaming, despite having the highly acclaimed 7nm Navi 21 GPU power.
Ditch Gaming, Try Cryptocurrency Mining?
Whether it’s Nvidia or AMD, GPU makers seem not too supportive of selling their products to cryptocurrency miners. Nevertheless, GPUs’ mining capabilities, such as the Radeon VII, give gamers a run for their money.
The GPU can achieve a 90MH/s hash rate without tweaking, which is three times AMD RX Vega 64’s performance. Its high bandwidth memory(HBM) clocks a surprising 1TB/s, a performance that Etherum miners would certainly love.
However, the Radeon VII can also run gaming titles like Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. The GPU’s proficiency in both gaming and mining has created somewhat of a tussle between the two consumers. Nvidia has gone as far as to halve harsh rates of the GeForce RTX 3060 to drive away cryptocurrency miners who are stripping GPUs from gamers.
GPU Production Turmoil
Earlier this week, Nvidia confirmed they accidentally unlocked the hash rate limiter with a driver update. Additionally, news of the RTX 3060 being cracked by Chinese experts to mine Ethereum has made rounds. The Chinese cryptocurrency miners claim to have broken the hash rate limiter and can now use the GPU to acquire ETH.
According to gamerdebate.com, RTX 3060 runs highly demanding games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 at above 65 fps. The processor was released in late February this year and is currently valued above $300. It is too soon to say whether the prices will hike, but miners will surely be interested in digging in their pockets to acquire a brand new GeForce RTX 3060.
The company is urging miners to stick to cryptocurrency mining processors to stop the fiasco. According to Nvidia’s website, the RTX 3060 was released solely for gamers, and halving the hash rates will ensure the GPU remains in gamers’ hands.