Last month, Nvidia made a major effort to reduce the fragmentation rate of mining Ethereum on its new graphics card, the RTX 3060. The special system created was intended to make the RTX 3060 unwanted by cryptominers.
However, as Nvidia has now stated, the company accidentally unlocked these restrictions with a new driver program.
«A programmer driver accidentally included code used for internal development, which removes the hash rate limit on the RTX 3060 in some configurationsSaid an Nvidia spokesman at The Verge. «The driver program has now been removed. "
Although Nvidia removed the driver program relatively quickly, the "damage" has already been done. The latest beta driver program, Nvidia 470.05, automatically unlocks performance for most RTX 3060 cards, increasing hash rates for Ethereum mining.
Copies of the driver can be easily found online and Nvidia will not be able to prevent RTX 3060 owners from continuing to use this driver in the future.
Nvidia initially limited the mining performance of the RTX 3060, in an effort to keep cryptominers out of the card market. The GPU maker seemed confident that its limitations could not be overcome, even claiming that it was not just the driver program that was limiting performance.
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«It is not just the driver» said ο Bryan Del Rizzo, head of communications at Nvidia, last month. «There is a secure collaboration between the driver program, the RTX 3060 silicon and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents the hash removal restrictions.»
Nvidia clearly did not expect to release a driver program that would accidentally unlock the limitations of its graphics card.