Nvidia is struggling with a shortage of video cards, which is aggravated not only by a pandemic and a shortage of components, but also by miners, because due to the growth of rates, mining of cryptocurrency has again become a very profitable business. To do this, the GeForce RTX 3060 cards released in February 2021 forcibly degraded the mining performance. The hashrate for Ethereum mining has been halved.
In early March, after the cards went on sale, it became known that the restriction could be circumvented. So, the Japanese edition PC Watch confirmed that Chinese enthusiasts achieved a speed of approximately 50 MH / s from the RTX 3060 for Ethereum. Since the restriction does not apply to other cryptocurrencies, for example, on the RTX 3060, it does not matter you can mine Conflux with a hash rate of approximately 45 MHES / sec.
As it turned out now, circumventing the restrictions for Ethereum is actually Nvidia’s own fault. The fact is that the company accidentally lifted the restrictions by releasing a new driver for developers (Nvidia beta 470.05).
“The developer driver included code used for internal development by mistake, it removes the hash rate limiter on the RTX 3060 in some configurations, – recognized in the company and added that now this driver has already been removed.
Of course, removing the driver from the site will hardly help, since many people have downloaded it, and this version is still easy to find on the Internet.
Interestingly, last month Nvidia spokesman Brian Del Rizzo wrote on Twitter, that it’s not just the driver: “it’s a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 chip and the BIOS (firmware), which will prevent the hashrate limiter from being removed.”