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RTX 3060 Ether mining accidentally unlocked by Nvidia’s own update



A software program update launched by Nvidia inadvertently bypassed the Ether (ETH) mining block the agency positioned on its own GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card.

A spokesperson for Nvidia confirmed on Tuesday that the newest 470.05 driver update was mistakenly launched with code supposed to be used solely by Nvidia builders, which allowed for the removing of the hash price limiter.

“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” mentioned an Nvidia spokesperson, as reported by The Verge.

In February, Nvidia determined to deliberately hamper the Ether-mining effectiveness of its RTX 3060 sequence graphics playing cards to stop a demand-induced scarcity precipitated by crypto miners. A 3-way handshake between the {hardware}, the software program and the pc firmware was supposed to make sure that the cardboard acknowledged when it was getting used to mine Ether and reduce its computational energy in half, from 50 megahertz per second to 25 MH/s.

However the again door that allowed the cardboard’s hash price limiter to be bypassed got here from the software program facet, and it was launched by Nvidia itself. The offending beta update has since been pulled by the software program firm, however variations of it have already made it out onto the web.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Andreas Schilling of tech web site HardwareLuxx examined experiences that customized edits to a pc’s BIOS had been required to bypass the hash price limiter. After testing driver 470.05 with a customized and commonplace BIOS, Schilling confirmed that no particular modifications had been required and that Nvidia’s driver eliminated the hash price limiter itself.

Whereas the information solely compounds the distress of avid gamers ready to improve their graphics playing cards, the gaffe by Nvidia may not essentially lead to Ether miners consuming up the following provide of GPU shipments. In accordance with Hexus, the newest experiences recommend that the affected driver can solely unlock one RTX 3060 at a time, rendering it unsuitable to be used in massive mining-farms, in the interim not less than.

Preliminary rumors urged a customized modification had bypassed the RTX 3060’s hash price limiter final Wednesday, permitting it to mine Ether at full capability. It was later revealed that the mod had not enabled the cardboard to mine Ether particularly however had been rigged to allow the mining of one other GPU-mineable cryptocurrency, Ravencoin (RVN).