Talk about a useless attempt. NVIDIA thought they had something good going with the launch of its mining focused lineup of graphics cards that was unveiled prior to the launch of the GeForce GTX 3060.
These units came with an algorithm designed to cut the mining hash rate of the card in half, specifically for the Ethereum cryptocurrency. It did not take long for enthusiasts to bypass these limits, which was apparently easy.
And now, it looks like the chip giant may be backtracking on its decision.
As reported, the latest drive update to version 470.05, currently in beta, the mining hash rate has been unlocked automatically on the RTX 3060 — no BIOS updates or other changes are required.
It is not yet clear whether the company is intentionally walking back on its decision to limit the mining performance of the RTX 3060, or if this is an issue with the beta driver. In any case, people who are looking to use the cards from cryptocurrency mining now have an easy way to do that.
The original goal was to prevent cryptocurrency miners from hogging all the stock of the card, blocking gamers from getting the cards.
At the same time, the launch of dedicated mining GPUs without display outputs to cater to the mining segment is something that tanked the resale value of these cards. The lack of display outputs rendered these graphic cards completely useless if cryptocurrency mining became less profitable.
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