NVIDIA: Cryptocurrency mining limiter is hack-proof

Posted on Thursday, Feb 18 2021 @ 21:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Earlier today NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 3060 will have software protection to make the card less interesting for miners. The green team says it implemented an anti-mining algorithm that nearly cuts the card's mining hash rate in half.

Early tests on cards that are already circulating among miners indicate it's a BIOS-level protection. PC Gamer has some more info and reports NVIDIA is confident that its limiter cannot be hacked. The GPU maker also confirmed this limiter will not be rolled out for existing cards.
Specifically, Nvidia tells PC Gamer that it believes "the software cannot be hacked to remove the limiter."


The RTX 3060 will be the only card to come with the limiter in place from its arrival on February 25, Nvidia tells us, as it is "not limiting the performance of GPUs already sold."
It will be interesting to see if AMD chooses to follow the same strategy with its upcoming Radeon RX 6700 series.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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