A Chinese OEM is reportedly manufacturing desktop cards equipped with RTX 3060 Laptop GPUs for miners. It was recently reported by the Chinese website CNBETA via Tom’s Hardware.
The actual story reported by the website claims that the RTX 3060 Laptop GPU is being added to desktop RTX 3060 cards. It will provide a much higher crypto mining hash rate because laptops were never a subject for NVIDIA Lite Hash Rate algorithm treatment.
We have heard rumors about RTX 3060 6 GB models previously but we were not expecting them to appear in this way. These OEM-looking cards also have a fake NVIDIA logo. They feature a dual-fan cooling solution, a fancy backplate, and a single HDMI output.
Chinese websites are selling these cards for around 540 to 570 USD in bulk. It seems that this is a thriving business.
The mining software recognizes the GPUs as a Laptop variant, which implies that it features 3840 CUDA cores (7% more than desktop variant) and 6 GB memory. These cards offer around 50 MH/s of ETH hash rate, which is around 38% faster than desktop RTX 3060 with LHR.
It is very astonishing how this is possible that an unknown Chinese brand is selling Laptop GPUs as desktop models, clearly targeted at miners. NVIDIA is expected to take action soon, but it will also convince NVIDIA to launch the official RTX 3060 6GB desktop variant previously planned.