Nvidia: RTX 3060 vBIOS Prevents Removal of Hash Rate Limiter

Yesterday, excellent news from Nvidia landed — namely that it is putting the brakes on hashing performance of the RTX 3060. Whether this tech will also come to other GPUs in the lineup is currently unclear. To make it up to miners, Nvidia is coming out with a special line of CMP ‘Cryptocurrency Mining Processor’ GPUs. But could RTX 3060 miners simply bypass the artificial limiter? In a Twitter conversation between Ryan Smith from AnandTech and Nvidia’s spokesperson Brian Del Rizzo it seems unlikely, for now.

With Nvidia artificially limiting Ethereum hashing performance on the RTX 3060, which has already been seen in action, a few questions are raised. Most notably, whether it’s not simply possible to override the artificial limiter through the use of different software or drivers, thereby making the entire exercise futile. Sure, it might deter a small group of miners, but it won’t do much to deter large-scale operations that gobble up tons of GPUs. 

Good News: The Limiter is Implemented at a vBIOS Level





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