Seen and unseen: Nvidia unlocks Ethereum mining on its RTX 3060s, but then removes the driver that unlocked it
If you are trying to buy from yourself one of Nvidia’s new graphics cards and you don’t get it, you are not alone. Added to the global shortage of chips is the fact that these cards once again targeted by cryptocurrency miners, especially now that the value of many of them is in record numbers.
Nvidia launched his RTX 3060 precisely with that option capped, but a few hours ago a driver appeared that fully enabled Ethereum mining. Within hours, Nvidia removed the driver, which was nevertheless distributed to other unofficial sources.
An oversight that gives free rein to the miners (with limitations)
When the company launched this graphics card, it did so with the express intention that it would not be so interesting to cryptocurrency miners. It limited its capacity for these processes through its software drivers, but also announced the launch of Nvidia CMP, some graphics entirely intended for miners.
This is supposed to improve the situation for gamers trying to get hold of some of the RTX 3000 family graphics and especially for those looking for the RTX 3060, the most affordable, but now that strategy has been exposed.
The reason is the launch of some official controllers, the 470.05, which allowed to take advantage of the full potential of the RTX 3060 to mine cryptocurrencies. Without those drivers the capacity was limited to 50% by default, but with them it was possible mine cryptocurrencies at 100% of the capacity of these cards.
Nvidia officials withdrew those drivers after a few hours, and explained that “a driver for developers inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter [para minería de criptodivisas] on RTX 3060s in some configurations. The driver has been removed. “
The controller, of course, only worked for a single RTX 3060, not being useful for “rigs” with multiple graphics cards. Still, although Nvidia has removed the driver from its official website easy to find right now from other sources to download and use it.
Via | Videocardz