Nvidia ‘Accidentally’ Unlocks Hash Rate Desirable for Cryptocurrency Miners for RTX 3060 in Bid to Discourage Them
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With the GPU scarcity getting worse and gamers just wanting to buy Nvidia RTX 30 series, the company has tried to find a way to discourage Cryptocurrency miners from purchasing the GPUs.
Despite the efforts made by the company, a certain mistake has unlocked the desirable hash rate for cryptominers making the GPUs still good for mining.
Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU accident
Nvidia has extended its efforts when it comes to reducing the total hash rate of general Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 GPUs sometime last month. A special system was recently developed in order to supposedly make the Nvidia RTX 3060 GPUs more undesirable to cryptominers.
However, Nvidia has just confirmed that it has somehow accidentally unlocked those restrictions with a brand new driver.
According to the story by The Verge, Nvidia had given them an official statement noting that a developer driver had inadvertently included the needed code used for internal development, which had removed the total hash rate limiter on the Nvidia RTX 3060 when the company made some configurations.
The driver has reportedly already been removed.
Nvidia Ethereum mining
While the company had just recently removed the driver, the genie has reportedly gone out of the bottle.
Nvidia’s brand new 470.05 beta driver had automatically unlocked certain performance for the general number of RTX 3060 GPUs, which suddenly boosted hashing rates for Ethereum mining. Mirrors within the driver can also easily be found online.
This means that Nvidia won’t really be able to prevent the owners of these RTX 3060 from continuing to use this particular driver sometime in the future. Nvidia had reportedly restricted the RTX 3060 for mining performance as it tried to drive away cryptominers from buying the majority of these GPUs.
Nvidia comments on RTX 3060
However, the GPU maker, seemed quite confident that its brand new restrictions were undefeatable and had even claimed that it wasn’t really just a driver holding back the general performance.
According to Bryan Del Rizzo, the head of communications at Nvidia, said that it is still not just a whole driver thing in a statement last month.
It was also noted that there is actually still a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060, and even the BIOS, which is a firmware that reportedly prevents the general removal of this supposed hash rate limiter. However, Nvidia did not really expect to release a brand new driver that would then accidentally unlock its very own restrictions.
It seems that as of the moment, gamers will still be struggling with the inflated prices of the GPUs, not just due to scalpers but also cryptocurrency miners all buying up the available graphics cards. Nvidia is still looking for ways to limit the sales of its GPUs to cryptocurrency traders and sell its products to its target market, which should be strictly for gamers.
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