Friday, February 19th 2021

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Anti-Mining Feature Goes Beyond Driver Version, Could Expand to More SKUs

Yesterday NVIDIA announced the company's first Crypto Mining Processor (CPM) that serves the purpose of having a dedicated processor only for mining with no video outputs. Alongside the new processors, the company has also announced that in the next driver update the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU will get Etherium mining performance halved, limiting the use of this GPU SKU by miners. However, up until now, we have thought that NVIDIA is limiting the mining performance of this card by simply having a driver detect if crypto mining algorithms are in place and limit the performance. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. According to Bryan Del Rizzo, director of global PR for GeForce, more things are working behind the driver.

According to Mr. Del Rizzo: "It's not just a driver thing. There is a secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter." This means that essentially, NVIDIA can find any way to cripple the mining hash rate even if you didn't update your driver version. At the same time, according to Kopite7Kimi, we are possibly expecting to see NVIDIA relaunch its existing SKUs under a different ID, which would feature a built-in anti-crypto mining algorithm. What the company does remains to be seen.
Sources: Bryan Del Rizzo (Twitter), @kopite7kimi (Twitter) #1, @kopite7kimi (Twitter) #2, via VideoCardz
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104 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Anti-Mining Feature Goes Beyond Driver Version, Could Expand to More SKUs

#101
xorbe
If it's the new normal, then (1) discrete/integrated GPUs are dead to gamers, or (2) each game will require a unique licensed key/blob to execute on a GPU eventually, aka hello PCs-turned-console.
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hat
Enthusiast
xorbe
If it's the new normal, then (1) discrete/integrated GPUs are dead to gamers, or (2) each game will require a unique licensed key/blob to execute on a GPU eventually, aka hello PCs-turned-console.
No thanks, I'm not a fan of such services but I'd literally rather pay for GeForce Now.
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#103
InVasMani
I defiantly have mixed feelings on this. While I think it's great to have anti mining hardware built in I worry about the implications of this being much like Intel's CPU's that are non-K versions. Not being able to bios mod would be viewed as a big negative to me personally because I like to optimize the hardware further with undervolting the different p-state profiles carefully to fine tune performance you both get some additional overclock performance headroom for 3D full load and save power on lower p-state's under lighter GPU workloads.

I do fully feel anti mining hardware built is a positive thing though especially taking into consideration cryptojacking. Being able to hard lock your own hardware from unauthorized tampering is essential in my eyes it's already being abused by some and will become more widespread if it isn't retroactively deterred and prevented.
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nguyen
InVasMani
I defiantly have mixed feelings on this. While I think it's great to have anti mining hardware built in I worry about the implications of this being much like Intel's CPU's that are non-K versions. Not being able to bios mod would be viewed as a big negative to me personally because I like to optimize the hardware further with undervolting the different p-state profiles carefully to fine tune performance you both get some additional overclock performance headroom for 3D full load and save power on lower p-state's under lighter GPU workloads.

I do fully feel anti mining hardware built is a positive thing though especially taking into consideration cryptojacking. Being able to hard lock your own hardware from unauthorized tampering is essential in my eyes it's already being abused by some and will become more widespread if it isn't retroactively deterred and prevented.
Cross flashing between RTX cards are still possible I think, or even between CMP cards, just not between RTX and CMP.
Nvidia have blocked BIOS modding since Maxwell
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