Some frustrated consumers are implying that Nvidia intentionally released the drivers to attend to the miner community. The 3060 card reduces the hash rate of a miner when compared to a 3090, but is still a solid purchase for miners.
The 3060 draws 170W versus the RTX 3090’s 350W demand, cutting electricity by more than half. The 3090 offers 10,496 CUDA cores versus the 3060’s 3,584 CUDA, but at an MSRP of 1/4 of the price of a 3090, many websites recommend the RTX 3060 Ti has the best mining GPU. The 3060 Ti offers a slight advantage over the standard 3060 in terms of performance.
Ultimately, this means that the RTX 3060 is going to likely be facing the same shortages as all other cards within the Ampere series. Nvidia’s attempted protections have fallen short, whether by a bad actor or accident, and the driver is readily available on third-party websites.
Nvidia confirms it accidentally unlocked rtx 3060 ethereum mining
Some people encounter problems with ZOTAC and Inno3D graphics cards though.
‘앗, 나의 실수.
마더보드 직결과 더미가 있어야지 채굴락 해제가 됨.
ASUS, Palit, EVGA, GALAX, Gigabyte, MSI에서 동작하고,
ZOTAC, Inno3D는 문제가 있는 것으로 보고됨.
이하 저의 의견.
RX6700XT를 대비해서 락 해제했다.
뭐.. 이런 말이 있지만,
저는 그냥 말그대로 실수라고 봅니다.
일반에게 공개한 것도 아니고,
개발자 등록해야지만 접근 가능한 개발자용 드라이버를
채굴자들이 테스트 해볼지는 미쳐 생각을 못한 거라고 봅니다. ㅎㅎ
Confirms it accidentally rtx ethereum mining
This claim has so far not been confirmed:
The new rumour running around is that this VBIOS + the 370.05 BETA drivers removes the mining lock. Haven’t been able to confirm this on my end (card slowed down after ~7 minutes).
Test at your own risk: https://t.co/zyq8YYP41Z
— Kristy-Leigh Minehan (@OhGodAGirl) March 14, 2021
With the ETH mining lock removed, RTX 3060 may begin to attract miners. This is clearly not good news to gamers and NVIDIA. The company is also working on RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti, both expected to feature the same anti-mining technology.
Nvidia made a big deal about reducing the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card last month. A special system was supposed to make the RTX 3060 undesirable for cryptominers, but Nvidia has now confirmed that it has accidentally unlocked those restrictions with a new driver.
“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations,” says an Nvidia spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
“The driver has been removed.”
While Nvidia has now removed the driver, the genie is out of the bottle. Nvidia’s latest 470.05 beta driver automatically unlocks performance for most RTX 3060 cards, boosting hashing rates for Ethereum mining.
Earlier this week, we learned that crypto-miners have managed to bypass the RTX 3060’s mining hash rate limiter. It turns out that bypassing the limit is now even easier, as Nvidia released a beta driver without mining protections in place.
Unlike other Nvidia graphics drivers, once you had the GeForce 470.05 beta driver installed, the RTX 3060’s Ethereum mining hash rate wouldn’t drop as expected.
Initial reports claimed that a special BIOS was also needed, but HardwareLuxx and ComputerBase have confirmed that the GeForce 470.05 beta driver alone is enough unlock the RTX 3060’s mining capabilities.
Nvidia confirmed its mistake in a statement, saying: “A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development which removes the hash rate limiter on RTX 3060 in some configurations.
Nvidia opened Pandora’s box on the GeForce RTX 3060
Even with the removal of the driver, damage has been done to Nvidia’s plan to keep miners away from the GeForce RTX 3060. In fact, it can be said to have exploded right away.
Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the 470.05 driver hit the public through third-party websites.
And that’s exactly what happened, although we’re not going to link them here.With it available without the need to sign up for any kind of program, those who are so inclined can easily set up an Ethereum mining machine.
The only saving grace in this whole situation is that the driver still doesn’t allow multi-card mining. However, there are certainly those who will find a way to achieve this with the RTX 3060.
Nvidia just needs to hope that a bug like this doesn’t happen again.
Github, coming from Phoenix Miner developers. They claim that they are working on a big update for NVIDIA kernels, some of which are showing ‘encouraging signs that 3060 hash rate lock could be partially lifted’:
Phoenix Miner Dev Team on RTX 3060 ETH Mining, Source: Github
There are many unconfirmed reports on social media, including videos, allegedly showing RTX 3060 with Ethereum mining hash rates above 40 MH/s:
3060 crack eth drivers up to 45M pic.twitter.com/l5cMSCn8a8
— Linmb (@Bj3OfZG5Yt8qdlR) March 11, 2021
ETH Mining perforamnce of 40+ MH/s can allegedly be achieved, even after 41 minutes, the user from DCInside claims:
RTX 3060 ETH Mining, Source: DCInside
There are also reports that using a specific NVIDIA WSL driver (470.05 BETA) will in fact remove the restrictions on ETH mining.
Update: Two german publications have now confirmed Ethereum mining limiter can be removed simply by using a special driver.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ethereum mining restrictions have been broken
The editorial team from PC Watch confirms that a hack developed by miners does indeed work.
There have been reports last week that Ethereum mining restrictions on the Geforce RTX 3060 have somehow been broken, despite NVIDIA claiming that they are unhackable. Initial reports were wrong, the screenshots that have started to flood the tech forums have in fact been showing a different alternative cryptocurrency, such as Ravecoin.
They make it sound as if they were some poor mom and pop shop. I admit things got better in the more recent past, about the time the HPC package was released.
But for years they didn’t care about fixing things: not supporting current gcc, or even fixing bugs in the CUDA samples. I’ve reported a bug here in this forum, and it’s still not fixed in the current CUDA release.
It seems nobody from NVidia is reading these forums. VERY negligent in every way. So, if this is really compay-internal dysfunctionality obsession (as it manifests otherwise), this may have been a “legit” case of “oh, we forgot”.
Earlier this week, the Ethereum mining limiter installed on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 was found to have been hacked. What made it more interesting is the fact that Nvidia itself was responsible for the fix.
A driver update available only to those on the Nvidia Developer Program removed the limiter. The 470.05 driver allows a GeForce RTX 3060 to mine Ethereum at a maximum speed of almost 50 MH / s (millions of hashes per second).
Nvidia has come out and confirmed the driver that disabled the crypto mining limiter. In a statement released Tuesday night, the company blamed the controller load for an internal error.“A developer driver inadvertently included code used for internal development that removes the hash rate limiter on GeForce RTX 3060 in some configurations,” said Nvidia.