Last month, Nvidia made a big deal by reducing the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card. A special system supposedly to make the RTX 3060 undesirable for crypto miners but Nvidia has fast in taking action. The company has now confirmed that it has accidentally unlocked those restrictions with a new driver.
In a statement to The Verge, an Nvidia spokesperson said “A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations. The driver has been removed.”
Since Nvidia has removed the driver, the genie seems to be out of the bottle. Nvidia’s latest 470.05 beta driver automatically unlocks performance for most RTX 3060 cards which boosts hashing rates for Ethereum mining. Currently, mirrors of the driver can be found online. In the future, Nvidia won’t be able to prevent RTX 3060 owners from continuing to use this driver.
In an attempt to steer cryptocurrency miners away from purchasing the cards, Nvidia restricted RTX 3060 mining performance The company was more or less confident that its restrictions couldn’t be defeated. In simple words, it is somewhat clear that Nvidia was not expecting to release the driver that would accidentally unlock the restrictions which were strategically created.
Last month, Bryan Del Rizzo Nvidia’s head of communications said “It’s not just a driver thing. There is a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter.”