Last month, Nvidia made a huge deal about them reducing the hash rate of Ethereum mining. They did this for their all-new RTX 3060 graphics cards which is a special system supposed to make the RTX 3060 undesirable for crypto miners.
However, the company has only recently confirmed that with a new driver they have accidentally unlocked those restrictions.
Nvidia spokesperson, in a statement, 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.”
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While the company has now successfully removed the driver, the damage is already done. The company’s latest 470.05 beta driver has automatically unlocked performance and boosts the hashing rates for Ethereum mining for most RTX 3060 cards.
Mirrors can easily be very easily found online of the driver and the company will not be able to prevent RTX 3060 owners from continuing to use these drivers.
Originally, the company has restricted the RTX 3060 mining performance to steer crypto miners away from purchasing the cards. Despite this, the makers of GPU were confident that its restrictions couldn’t be defeated. In fact, they even claimed that it wasn’t just a driver holding back performance.
“It’s not just a driver thing,” said Bryan Del Rizzo, Nvidia’s head of communications. “There is a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter.”
Nvidia was not intending to release a driver who would accidentally unlock its restrictions.