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Nvidia called the release of the RTX 3060 driver version without mining restrictions an accidental mistake

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Nvidia called the release of the RTX 3060 driver version without mining restrictions an accidental mistake

Shortly before the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, Nvidia announced that it had specifically lowered the efficiency of the RTX 3060 graphics card to deter Ethereum miners from buying up the cards.Later, a beta version of driver 470.05 for the GeForce RTX 3060, which removes restrictions on Ethereum mining, appeared on the company’s website. As Nvidia states, this driver was released by accident.

“Code was inadvertently added to the developer driver, which is used for internal development and removes the RTX 3060 hashing speed limitations in some configurations. The driver has now been removed.” reported Nvidia

Nvidia originally limited the effectiveness of the RTX 3060 in an attempt to keep miners from buying the cards. The graphics processor manufacturer was confident that its limitations could not be circumvented. Nvidia clearly didn’t expect to release a driver that would accidentally unlock its own limitations.

The driver allowed Ethash to mine at 46-50 Mhash/s, but certain conditions had to be met to do so, or the graphics adapter’s performance would drop to the normal 23-26 Mhash/s built into Nvidia’s limiter. For example, the video card had to be the main one in the system, it had to have a monitor plugged in. Also, the driver only worked under Windows 10, and the system must be cleared of previously installed Nvidia drivers.

Although Nvidia has now removed the link to the driver, its mirrors can be found online.

The Nvidia RTX 3060 went on sale Feb. 25.

February 18, 2021 Nvidia launched solutions based on a specialized GPU called CMP HX (Crypto-mining processor) for professional mining. The company wants to leave the GeForce series graphics cards to gamers.

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