Nvidia’s new beta driver unlocks RTX 3060 Ethereum cryptocurrency mining

Nvidia’s new beta driver unlocks RTX 3060 Ethereum cryptocurrency mining


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Nvidia implemented a special system to reduce the hash rate of Ethereum mining on its new RTX 3060 graphics card last month. It was supposed to limit mining performance by around 50 percent, but multiple reports now claim cryptominers have bypassed the protection.

Japanese site PC Watch first revealed that Nvidia’s protections can be bypassed without needing to modify a driver or BIOS. ComputerBase has since confirmed PC Watch’s report and revealed that Nvidia’s latest 470.05 beta driver is automatically unlocking performance for most RTX 3060 owners. Andreas Schilling, an editor at Hardwareluxx, has backed up these findings.

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