Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 hash charge limiter was unhackable, sadly the inexperienced staff freely distributed a developer driver which eliminated the limiting code, successfully releasing its personal workaround. I might not have needed to be the one that needed to inform that to Jen-Hsun. The corporate has now eliminated that driver from its obtain website within the hope that it will probably squeeze that individual genie again into the bottle it got here from.
This can be a main challenge for Nvidia, provided that it went to such lengths to introduce the hash charge limiter with the intention to give avid gamers one of the best probability of with the ability to bag a brand new Ampere card forward of the massed ranks for cryptocurrency miners.
It could have been one factor if some enterprising coder had managed to discover a means round “the secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS” but it surely’s one other factor solely for Nvidia to self-publish the workaround.
“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for inner growth which removes the hash charge limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” reads the terse official assertion from Nvidia we have acquired. “The motive force has been eliminated.”
Now that the motive force is out within the wild, and prone to be shared advert infinitum throughout the globe between mining communities, the Ethereum hash charge limiter on the RTX 3060 is now virtually irrelevant. There are some caveats to the driver-based workaround, a couple of hoops it’s important to leap by means of with the intention to get multiple card operating the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm with out the efficiency halving.
You possibly can’t use riser cables, for instance, and so these huge interconnected mining rigs are out of the query and you are going to want a single motherboard with a complete bunch of PCIe slots to have the ability to get greater than only one RTX 3060 operating at its prime ~50MH/s mining charge. You additionally want to make use of dummy HDMI connectors to persuade every card it is doing one thing legit.
However given the revenue to be gained from mining coin de jour, Ethereum, these are doubtless hoops miners might be completely happy to leap by means of, whether or not giant or small-scale.
Fairly what this implies for future graphics card releases from Nvidia continues to be a little bit of a thriller. The large query might be whether or not the present driver may also enable Ethereum mining on one thing just like the proposed RTX 3080 Ti, one other card recommended to reach with a hash charge limiter. Hopefully figuring out what code is on the market will allow Nvidia to dam that dev driver getting used, complete or partially, to mine with future GPUs.
We are able to solely hope.