This is not the first time that Nvidia has tried to nerf mining performance on the RTX 3060. The company first rolled out a new driver that was intended to liming the hash rate by 50 percent in February.
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“We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers, and gamers are clamouring for more,” says Matt Wuebbling, head of global GeForce marketing at Nvidia, in a blog post announcing the change. The company also announced a new product, the Nvidia CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor), a dedicated GPU meant specifically for cryptocurrency mining.
The update was short-lived because Nvidia managed to accidentally unlock its own limit in a beta driver released in March, undoing the previous work. Nvidia confirmed that the new driver was a mistake, but it was already too late.
The new GeForce 466.27 driver, though, brings back the original limit and notes that it’ll be required for all future RTX 3060 cards starting in May. Nvidia may be looking to add hash rate limits to other cards, too.