Unlike Nvidia, AMD will not limit its cryptocurrency mining capabilities to its graphics cards. “We do not have any plans to introduce mining restrictions on Radeon graphics cards at this time,” the company said in a statement.
The statement confirms the claims of the Product Manager, Nish Neelalojanan, who during an update on the new Radeon 6700XT that told PC Gamer that “we will not prohibit any (other) processing, not just mining.”
Competitive company Nvidia has launched a digital cryptocurrency cutter along with the new RTX 3060 cards, in the hope that it will prevent professional “gold diggers” from buying the cards. Ironically, Nvidia accidentally uploaded a software upgrade that removes the cutter it claims was “unhackable.”
Nvidia’s adoption of the use of the Ethereum cutter in future RTX cards has risen a question of intense concern. On the one hand it can help with the increased demand of products, but on the other hand it deprives users of the freedom to generate a small profit from their systems.
However, AMD states that there is no reason to add a restriction to its cards, emphasising that its core architecture is not optimised for the production of cryptocurrencies.
“All our improvements will be, as always, first for gaming, and we have improved everything for gaming. It is clear that gamers will make a huge profit from these (improvements) which will not be ideal for mining work, “Neelalojanan said in the relevant update to PC Gamer.
However, the new AMD RX 6800XT and 6900XT cards are some of the most cost-effective cryptocurrency cards following the Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090, according to Kryptex, and based on rumours, the new 6700XT is expected to have a similar production rate with the RTX 3060 Ti.
The main problem of AMD and Nvidia at the moment is the low availability of products. The RTX 3060 remains silent amid the global shortage of semiconductors. Many malicious speculators sell the RTX 3060 for $700 to $1000, twice the normal price.