The simple hack reportedly requires a clean driver install with Nvidia's latest GeForce 370.05 Beta driver
— some report the need to flash the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with a hacked vBIOS
, though in our testing that's not required. Nvidia apparently messed up something in this particular driver that renders its anti-mining algorithm completely useless.
Above, you can see Ethereum mining performance using the 461.81 drivers, topping out at around 28MH/s after tuning. (We set the power limit to 75% and boosted the memory clock by 1250MHz using MSI Afterburner.) With the 470.05 drivers, using the same power and clock settings, we're now getting a consistent 48MH/s. It's also interesting that power use didn't change between the drivers, coming in at around 118W in both cases.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, Nvidia will likely remove the driver and pretend that it never existed. Sadly, the news is everywhere, meaning that cryptominers will be back on the hunt for GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards.