In a word: A recent BIOS update for EVGA graphics cards increased the mining performance of the RTX 3080 Ti by up to 21%. Non-EVGA 3080 Tis can flash this BIOS, but not without serious risk. The situation could make an already struggling GPU market worse for those who just want to play games.
During the summer, users discovered that EVGA’s factory VBIOS contained a hidden power limit that reduced GPU clock times when using high memory (a mining trait). An EVGA firmware update removes the limitation, improving ripping and rendering performance. It may also positively affect gaming performance, but there hasn’t been any solid confirmation on this.
Bravo_char1 on Reddit last month observed that removing the limit took EVGA’s 3080 Ti XC3 from around 66 million hashes per second (MH / s) to around 80. Users wanting the update should get it through EVGA Precision X, then disable the “Fast Boot” and “CSM Support” features in the motherboard BIOS.
This updated BIOS can also be flashed on cards from other manufacturers. YouTuber Red Panda Mining used to obtain 90MH / s on an Inno3D 3080 Ti. However, Reddit user HelloAtilla warns that flashing on non-EVGA GPUs can brick them.
This new BIOS could make the 3080 Tis even more desirable for miners at a time when most GPUs sell for at least double their MSRP. The latest 3DCenter news aggregator price tracker for December 2021 this week shows Retail prices for German graphics cards have been holding around 200% above MSRP since October, excluding the 3080 Ti. TechSpot’s review from last month shows that the eBay price of the 3080 Ti is inflated by 60%, significantly less than the over 100% inflation seen with all other Amps and most of the Radeon 6000 range.
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