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

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A software program replace launched by Nvidia inadvertently bypassed the Ether (ETH) mining block the agency positioned by itself GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card.

A spokesperson for Nvidia confirmed on Tuesday that the most recent 470.05 driver replace was mistakenly launched with code meant to be used solely by Nvidia builders, which allowed for the elimination of the hash fee limiter.

“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for inside growth which removes the hash fee limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” stated an Nvidia spokesperson, as reported by The Verge.

In February, Nvidia determined to intentionally hamper the Ether-mining effectiveness of its RTX 3060 collection graphics playing cards to stop a demand-induced scarcity attributable to 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 minimize its computational energy in half, from 50 megahertz per second to 25 MH/s.

However the again door that allowed the cardboard’s hash fee limiter to be bypassed got here from the software program facet, and it was launched by Nvidia itself. The offending beta replace 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 tested experiences that customized edits to a pc’s BIOS had been required to bypass the hash fee limiter. After testing driver 470.05 with a customized and normal BIOS, Schilling confirmed that no particular modifications had been required and that Nvidia’s driver eliminated the hash fee 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 subsequent provide of GPU shipments. In response to Hexus, the newest experiences suggest 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 meanwhile no less than.

Initial rumors suggested a customized modification had bypassed the RTX 3060’s hash fee 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).