Items tagged with mining

There's some really good news for crypto-miners this week, though it could be not-so-good news for gamers again. NiceHash, a crypto mining app developer and service provider, announced they have managed to unlock NVIDIA's Light Hash Rate (LHR) GPUs to reach 100% efficiency. Almost a year ago NVIDIA announced their... Read more...
Say it with us—"Le sigh!" That's about the only reaction we can muster to news that Ethereum's much-anticipated shift to a proof-of-work model, and with it a long-overdue ease on GPU mining, is delayed...again. Prior to this latest delay, the full transition to Ethereum 2.0 was supposed to take place this June. Not... Read more...
Custom hardware from AMD powers the latest generation game consoles from Microsoft (Xbox Series X|S) and Sony (PlayStation 5), but not every APU designed for these systems makes the cut. What do you do with these excess chips if you're AMD? Find ways to recycle the partially defective hardware, such as injecting them... Read more...
Wouldn't it be great if cryptocurrency mining had absolutely zero impact on the shortage of PC graphics cards? The answer will depend on who you pose that question to, and the actual situation is far more nuanced than it suggests. However, if you're of the opinion that mining should solely be performed on ASIC... Read more...
If you’ve been maddened by the difficulty buying a new GPU, this may make it worse. One full-time cryptocurrency miner has offered a peek into his mining server farm, and it’s made up almost entirely of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs. Jaxson Davidson has offered a glimpse into “building 1/4” of his mining farm. In... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks, we invite Andy from eTeknix to join us for a lively discussion about crypto-mining and GPUs, limited or unlimited hash rate products, shortages, and how the industry should best solve this problem?! Show Notes: 01:52 - HotHardware Destiny 2 Talon Gaming PC Giveaway With... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining seems to be just one factor behind the shortage of graphics cards on the market today, and many gamers have rejoiced at anything that might make cards more accessible. Limiting mining on consumer cards is a big deal for manufacturers, too, since they want to sell their own specialized CMP lineups... Read more...
Last week we learned that NVIDIA's Ethereum crypto mining limiter might have possibly been broken. However, we quickly discovered that a GeForce RTX 3060 using the Octopus algorithm with the Conflux alt-coin was incorrectly cited as mining for ETH. Now, there is more evidence that the inevitable has finally... Read more...
The graphics card shortage we find ourselves in this year is at least partially caused by cryptocurrency miners snagging mass amounts of cards with bots, or by other means. That sort of GPU gluttony does not come without consequences, however, as Iran is now finding out. With over a dozen large crypto-mining... Read more...
One of the biggest criticisms of cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin in particular, is the highly volatile nature of digital coins. However, that's for investors and miners to worry about. A larger concern that is starting to draw increased attention is the power usage that comes from mining cryptocurrencies on a large scale... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining is a phenomenon that many gamers and even some cities are having issues with. Gamers aren't happy because the miners are buying up all the graphics cards out there and making them hard to find and driving prices up. Some cities aren't happy because the miners are slurping up vast amounts of... Read more...
Plattsburgh, New York is city that has just over 30,000 residents, and those citizens recently saw their power bills unexpectedly increase due to a problem that is starting to affect more people in the United States. We're talking about cryptocurrency mining, of course. Plattsburgh has placed an 18-month ban on new... Read more...
The effect that cryptocurrency mining has had on the graphics card market has been so extreme, very few people could have predicted it. GPUs that were as easy to purchase as a gallon of milk became as hard to find as the hottest deal at Best Buy on Black Friday. In addition to the rarity, inflated pricing has been... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Paul, and Dave get in the mood for V-Day and also chat about AMD's Raven Ridge Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs, a rumored NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 performance benchmarks, creepily clever dog robots, a couple of... Read more...
In the span of a few short years, cryptocurrency mining went from being virtually unknown to making making waves in the tech community. While mining may not have caught on with mainstream audiences yet, the entire market has been affected by the new-age gold digging. GPU prices are particularly affected, with many... Read more...
It looks as though it isn't just the Dow Jones that is having a crappy day in the financial world. Bitcoin, which was trading at close to $20,000 in late 2017, has come crashing down to earth in the past few weeks. Just last week, there panic coursed through the market which caused the cryptocurrency to drop below... Read more...
The effect cryptocurrency mining has had on the PC gaming industry, specifically the now sky-high cost of graphics cards, is profound. However, someday mining algorithms may change enough such that GPUs aren't the only non-specialized compute engines capable of processing cryptocurreny hash algorithms effectively, or... Read more...
We know all too well about the dangers of cryptocurrency mining malware that can invade our PCs. We've also seen unscrupulous websites that run mining software in the background, sapping valuable resources. Now, it seems as though we need to be on the lookout for mining malware that can invade our... Read more...
All statistics are notable in their own right, but once in a while, one comes along that seems downright mind-boggling. Take this one: 500 million people are currently affected by unauthorized cryptocurrency mining. Remember when pop-up ads were the biggest offense? That's child's play. If you run into a website... Read more...
It has been hard for months now for PC enthusiasts and gamers to find the video cards they want, because miniers have been buying them up to mine whatever their preferred cryptocurrency might be. Back in late September, we talked about prices for GeForce GTX 10 Series video cards possibly climbing due to a DRAM... Read more...
What is a blockchain? When considering cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, it's best to first understand the underlying technology and framework that makes their existence possible. At its core, a blockchain is a what is described as a "shared ledger" technology that is used to record the complete history of transactions that have been Read more...
If you’ve been keeping up with the cryptocurrency market at all over the past few years, then you’ll recognize Bitcoin as the posterchild for the digital currency movement. However, in recent months, Ethereum has been surging in popularity as more miners have discovered the relative ease in which money can be made... Read more...
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