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. “The driver has been removed.”
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. The reaction of game consumers and more will be strong if a solution like this comeswhen the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is released. They better have a firmer handshake instead this time, that’s for sure.