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Mining harms your GPU in the sense that one of its by-products is producing excess heat. However, mining is not alone in placing stress onto a GPU. Similarly, overclocking your GPU too often — whether for better hash rates or better gaming performance — can also cause irredeemable damage to the GPU. In fact, some cryptocurrency miners even suggest mining is less harmful to your graphics card than playing the latest AAA game is. As miners seek to reach the highest possible hash rate, the GPU may reach high temperatures but will remain at a consistent one with a consistent workload.
In contrast, as playing games see the GPU fluctuate between rapid cooling and rapid heating depending on the load, this could cause more damage in the long run. However, the major cause of damage to a graphics card — whether used for gaming or mining — is not taking proper care of the hardware components.
This is actually something of an oddity; GPU workloads have historically been floating-point heavy because textures are stored in half FP16 or full FP32 precision. The issue is made more confusing by the fact that when Nvidia started pushing CUDA, it emphasized password cracking as a major strength of its cards. The first reason AMD cards outperform their Nvidia counterparts in BTC mining and the current Bitcoin entry does cover this is because the SHA algorithm utilizes a bit integer right rotate operation.
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The Lite Hash Rate (LHR) mining limiter was implemented by Nvidia as a deterrent to cryptocurrency miners gobbling up the limited GeForce. The high energy consumption resulting from Bitcoin mining has led to many stakeholders criticizing the space. In recent times, the demand for a. Chipmaker Nvidia's (NVDA) Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP) revenue fell to $24 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ending Jan.