Nvidia made an enormous deal about reducing the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card final month. A particular system was imagined to make the RTX 3060 undesirable for cryptominers, however Nvidia has now confirmed that it has by accident unlocked these restrictions with a brand new driver.
“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for inner growth which removes the hash charge limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” says an Nvidia spokesperson in a press release to The Verge. “The motive force has been eliminated.”
Whereas Nvidia has now eliminated the motive force, the genie is out of the bottle. Nvidia’s newest 470.05 beta driver automatically unlocks performance for most RTX 3060 cards, boosting hashing charges for Ethereum mining. Mirrors of the motive force can simply be discovered on-line, and Nvidia gained’t have the ability to forestall RTX 3060 homeowners from persevering with to make use of this driver sooner or later.
Nvidia initially restricted RTX 3060 mining efficiency in an try and steer cryptominers away from buying the playing cards. The GPU maker appeared assured that its restrictions couldn’t be defeated, even claiming it wasn’t only a driver holding again efficiency. “It’s not only a driver factor,” said Bryan Del Rizzo, Nvidia’s head of communications, final month. “There’s a safe handshake between the motive force, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that forestalls elimination of the hash charge limiter.”
Nvidia clearly wasn’t anticipating to launch a driver that might by accident unlock its personal restrictions.