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Nvidia RTX 3060 mines Ether at full energy as miners allegedly bypass hash limits

03/10/2021

Nvidia’s plans to separate gaming and mining demand could possibly be foiled after a customized modification allegedly bypassed the RTX 3060’s Ether mining limitations.

Nvidia’s try to shift Ether (ETH) miners away from its new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card by limiting its hash fee seems to have been short-lived.

Screenshots posted by tech leak Twitter account I_Leak_VN present a stack of eight RTX 3060 graphics playing cards working at far above Nvidia’s 20-25 MH/s mining restrict, whereas reportedly utilizing Ethereum’s Dagger-Hashimoto mining algorithm.

On the identical day, a cryptocurrency-focused Fb group from Vietnam posted a graphic asserting that the RTX 3060 had certainly been bypassed, and will now attain its full energy of fifty MH/s due to a mod.

Breaking Nvidia’s enforced limits on Ether mining was apparently achieved utilizing a customized modification, in keeping with experiences on March 10. This flies within the face of a current announcement by Nvidia’s international director of public relations, Bryan Del Rizzo, who mentioned on Feb. 21 that safe interactions between the GPU {hardware}, the motive force software program, and the pc firmware would forestall the removing of the hash fee limiter.

“It’s not only a driver factor. There’s a safe handshake between the motive force, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that stops removing of the hash fee limiter,” Del Rizzo wrote on Twitter.

Nvidia’s imposition of the hash fee limiter was designed to make its playing cards much less enticing to cryptocurrency miners — particularly these mining Ether. This adopted vocal considerations expressed by gaming aficionados, who had been involved about struggling one other GPU scarcity as a result of demand from miners. In accordance with Nvidia, Ether was focused particularly as a result of it having the very best international mining yield amongst GPU-mineable cash.

Alongside its resolution to restrict the effectivity of Ether mining, Nvidia additionally introduced the pending launch of a graphics card created particularly for cryptocurrency mining. Dubbed the CMP line, the playing cards had been to be marketed to miners, and had been to be stripped of the show outputs deemed pointless for crypto mining.

However with the emergence of the aforementioned modification, these plans may now be up within the air and will lead to a mad rush by would-be miners to snap up extra items of the RTX 3060. Nvidia’s future plans are additionally thrown into query, provided that it meant to launch the upcoming RTX 3080 Ti with the identical Ether mining limitations.

Nvidia didn’t instantly reply to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.