NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 GPU mining hashrate may be less than you think

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EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XCSource: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central

Best answer: You can expect to see a hashrate of around 24MH/s with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with stock settings. If you manage to work around NVIDIA’s limit, you’ll double the output to 50MH/s.

NVIDIA handicapped the RTX 3060

Using DaggerHashimoto and filing around with the stock driver from NVIDIA, you can easily enjoy a temperature of between 50-60C and meet an approximate hashrate of 25MH/s. This was using driver 465.89. Power draw was measured at 100W, which is very good and offers an efficiency rating of about 241.19kH/J.

The GPU is actually capable of hitting far higher figures for the hashrate (45-50MH/s), but NVIDIA purposely handicapped the GPU to make it less appealing to crypto miners amidst the shortage of GPUs gamers are currently experiencing. This means that while it’s one of the best mining GPUs on paper, you will need to go through a few hoops to get there.

Taking into account an electricity charge of $0.10 per kWh of electricity, you can expect to see approximately $11.50 per day. Add in the cost of running the mining PC as a whole and this will drop to about $11. This will turn into $77 per week, $334 per month, and $4,004 per year. These numbers may not be accurate depending on crypto pricing.

How to unlock the RTX 3060

There’s a way to unlock the full performance of the RTX 3060 and this can be achieved by using a specific version of an NVIDIA driver. According to reports from those with the RTX 3060, the driver version you need to use is 470.05 beta, which can be found online. You may need to manually install the driver through Device Manager.

You will be running the risk of damaging your GPU by using anything other than the latest official drivers, especially when not downloaded from NVIDIA directly.

Earn a passive income from your gaming PC

If you’re wanting to turn your gaming PC into a stream of passive income, all you need is the best graphics card you can afford and the PC itself. It’s possible (and more lucrative) to go it alone, but I prefer to let software handle mostly everything for me, which is why I recommend NiceHash.

I’ve already gone into detail on how to mine crypto and earn passive income with your gaming PC, but all you need to do is download and run NiceHash, create an account, and let it do the rest for you. You can then transfer profits paid to you in Bitcoin to a wallet of your choice.

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