Nvidia’s controversial hash rate limiter for RTX 3060 was considered unhackable. But now, less than three weeks after release, we’re getting something else. The source behind the software needed to unlock the full mining capacity of the card? Nvidia itself.
Nvidia seeking to meet the retail shortage of its new RTX 3000 series graphics cards last month, made a bold decision of artificially limiting the performance of GeForce RTX 3060 for cryptocurrency mining.
For those who haven’t accompanied, a rich set of electronic equipment such as graphics cards, processors, and video game consoles has been in limited quantity since before the holidays, partially due to the pandemic’s effect. With graphics cards, in some cases, it is not only gamers that want them.
It seems the cryptocurrency enthusiasts who are mining Ethereum, attracting to Nvidia’s latest generation of GPUs. A single RTX 3070 card can yield a return of more than $180 per month mining ETH, as per one mining calculator.
Before its February 25 release, the company announced that the RTX 3060 would use a software driver to identify mining and limit its performance by about 50 percent.
The official line from NVIDIA is that this is a driver thing. Given what they're trying to do, I doubt they're telling us everything. One way or another we'll find out soon enough.
— Ryan Smith (@RyanSmithAT) February 18, 2021
According to VideoCardz.com, HardwareLuxx and ComputerBase have pointed out that the Ethereum hash rate limiter can be drawn worthless using the GeForce 470.05 beta driver, which is open for developers under Windows Insider Program.
According to some previous reports, you might need a hacked BIOS to turn the limiter off, but a new report suggested only a beta driver is required.