Some miners purchase GPUs and don’t take any additional steps like undervolting before starting to mine cryptocurrencies, which results in a fried GPU. They then try to RMA the GPU to receive a refund or a new GPU.
Reddit user KiKiGGG posted on the subreddit NVIDIA about a sticker on an Inno3D GeForce GTX 1060 6GB iChill X3 V2.
The sticker says that the product is not designed for Crypto Mining, and Inno3D reserves the right to void the product’s warranty if any damage is associated from mining cryptocurrencies.
The GTX 1060 6GB iChill X3 V2 is clocked at 1,556MHz (Base Clock) which boosts up to 1,771MHz.
Certain model GPUs have run out in stock because of the high demand of them by cryptocurrency miners (especially Ethereum and ZCASH), and thus Inno3D took a step to stop miners from purchasing GPUs which are mainly for Gaming purposes.
Other companies have taken similar steps, with ASUS releasing a motherboard with support for 19 GPUs, Sapphire releasing mining specific GPUs, and AMD releasing beta drivers which improve mining performance.
Graphics Card memory prices have increased by 30% in the last month because of the cryptocurrency mining craze (mostly Ethereum).
(Picture from VMX-Labs)
But how do they know if mining was done?
The big question is, how do they really know if mining was done on the GPUs? Thing is, they don’t. Mining and Gaming both stress GPUs to their absolute max (they are designed to) but in mining, the duration of the GPU being fully utilized is higher, most miners do 18-24hrs a day.
Mining and Gaming both stress GPUs to their absolute max (they are designed to) but in mining, the duration of the GPU being fully utilized is higher, most miners do 18-24hrs a day.
It’s more of a scare-tactic and probably won’t stop miners for buying the GPU.