Nvidia Trying To Limit GPU Sale For Miners

According to representative of Nvidia in Germany, gamers are first for the company
22 January 2018   354

A major GPU manufacturer Nvidia appeared to some European retailers with a request to take measures to limit the sales of video cards that are in high demand among the miners. This is reported by TechSpot with reference to the statement of representatives of the German division of the company.

In particular, the company recommended retailers not to sell more than two video cards for mining in one hand. According to representatives of Nvidia, such a step will avoid a deficit in the market.

For NVIDIA, gamers come first. All activities related to our GeForce product line are targeted at our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers’ needs as usual.
 

Boris Böhles

Nvidia Germany

He also noted that the company is concerned about the continued agiotage in the market. The agiotage was provoked by miners who actively buy video cards for mining.

At the same time, the representative of Nvidia stressed that these are only recommendations from the manufacturer. Consequently, the company can not directly monitor sales of video cards.

Meanwhile, despite a marked decrease in the rates of many cryptocurrencies produced on video cards, the prices for devices continue to grow.

GPU Prices
GPU Prices

Nvidia does not have its own factories for the production of semiconductors and, therefore, the company can not increase the production of video cards in the short term.

As noted by ComputerBase, several European retail and online stores have already set the appropriate limits. So, the German retailer Caseking already sells in one hand no more than two video cards. British Overclockers and Scan and at all allow buyers to purchase no more than one top-end video card at a time.

FCC Demanded a Miner to Turn Off his Mining Hardware

The FCC concluded that the mining rig was generating spurious emissions and causing harmful interference on T-Mobile’s broadband network
21 February 2018   58

According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notification, it has received a complaint from T-Mobile with regards to “interference to its 700 MHz LTE network in Brooklyn, New York” during last year. The commission’s agents confirmed that the “radio emissions in the 700 MHz band were emanating from…an antminer s5 bitcoin miner.”

In the notification, the FCC states that ‘the device was generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile’s broadband network and causing harmful interference”.

The commission issued a warning to the owner of the mining hardware Victor Rosario. He was not allowed to continue the operation of the device because it caused harmful interference. A violation of the Federal laws cited above and could subject the operator to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action to seize the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

According to the FCC, it has not made a determination as to whether or not other Antminer S5s produce disruptive emissions in the 700 MHz band. It also emphasizes that it does not wish to suggest that all Antminer S5 devices are noncompliant but it aware that devices can be modified in a manner that creates harmful interference.