Proper earlier than NVIDIA shipped out its new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card final month, the corporate announced that the GPU’s cryptocurrency mining capabilities can be nerfed at launch. A consultant for the corporate had stated that there can be a safe handshake between the motive force, the RTX 3060 chip, and the BIOS (firmware) to limit customers from eradicating the hash fee limiter, particularly in case you are mining for Ethereum. NVIDIA additionally stated that it wouldn’t be attainable to rollback to an older model of the motive force to revive the cardboard’s authentic mining functionality.
Miners haven’t needed to wait too lengthy, although, as final week there have been reports in regards to the profitable elimination of the mining restrictions on the Geforce RTX 3060. Whereas these turned out to be incorrect because the alleged screenshots confirmed a distinct cryptocurrency altogether, new confirmations have now questioned NVIDIA’s uncrackable restriction. A number of experiences declare as soon as once more, saying that they will mine for Ethereum on the card’s full potential.
As first reported by PC Watch, the Ethereum mining restrictions will be bypassed with out the necessity to modify the motive force or BIOS.
“The editorial division was capable of affirm the truth that restrictions might be circumvented by interacting with associated events. The precise technique will not be launched right here, but it surely doesn’t require modification of the motive force or BIOS, and anybody can simply do it with somewhat effort.”
Apparently, it’s attainable to bypass the RTX 3060’s hash fee limiter by merely utilizing the GeForce 470.05 beta driver that NVIDIA distributed to builders by means of the Home windows Insider Program. As ComputerBase and discussion board posts by customers on Guru3D and DC Inside level out, putting in the beta driver robotically unlocks the mining efficiency for many RTX 3060 GPUs.
In the course of the announcement of the brand new mining restriction, NVIDIA additionally introduced a brand new product line made particularly for mining Ethereum and different cryptocurrencies. CMP, or Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, was launched by the corporate to particularly tackle Ethereum mining wants whereas making certain the RTX 3060 leads to the fingers of avid gamers, as meant to. However the launch of this beta driver — whereas doubtless unintentional — jeopardizes the launch of this new product line.
Replace 1: Driver Pulled
As anticipated, NVIDIA by chance unlocked the total Ethereum mining potential of the RTX 3060 within the driver replace. In a press release to The Verge, an NVIDIA spokesperson stated that “a developer driver inadvertently included code used for inside improvement which removes the hash fee limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations. The driving force has been eliminated.” Sadly, you possibly can’t put the genie again within the bottle, and there’ll doubtless at all times be mirrored copies of this driver floating round someplace on the Web.