Chinese Baidu forums have featured images of cryptocurrency miners amassing dozens of new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards. Considering that the store release date is only a few days away, it is quite surprising that the miners managed to get so many units so early. In the photos above you can see a cryptocurrency farm using up to 8 GeForce RTX 3080 cards, probably the iChill variant from Inno3D. According to the miners themselves, the NVIDIA RTX 3080 chip is almost 3-4 times faster than the RTX 2080 in terms of Ethereum mining capacity. According to Chinese forum users, the results are at the level of 115 Mh / s, while the RTX 2080 is capable of delivering about 30-40 Mh / s.
Photos of RTX 3080 cards used to mine cryptocurrencies appear on Chinese forums. These cards are supposed to offer great mining performance, which will make them popular with miners. This is not good news for players.
The situation is very worrying, because the high efficiency and surprisingly low price will attract miners who will buy new cards en masse. Unfortunately, all reports say that the availability of the Ampere GPU is to be severely limited for the first few months, which is related to the low yield in Samsung factories and the need to refine the production technology. NVIDIA is unsure of Samsung’s maximum production capacity, and given that they are aiming for the highest production efficiency possible, they want to reduce the number of wafers produced until Samsung’s yield is maximized.
Both Ethereum and Bitcoin prices have started to bounce off the day in the last 6 months. Currently, the Eth is trading at around $ 347, while Bitcoin is just over $ 10,000. Looking at this state of affairs, it can be expected that the market will soon run out of cards for willing, which will cause prices to rise. In the least optimistic variant, we will have to wait until 2021 for a wider availability of RTX 3000 series cards.