TECH NEWS – For those looking to mine cryptocurrency on a high-end graphics card, a little trickery can get you even more…
A YouTube user called CryptoDonkeyMiner contacted WCCFTech after a post the site published in mid-December. The new firmware update for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti LHR video card series showed that it resulted in a higher hash rate in Ethereum mining. However, if you flash the BIOS for a non-EVGA RTX 3080 Ti GPU brand, performance can increase by up to 21%.
He was the user who discovered the trick, which sounds a bit daring: he loaded a Dell RTX 3090 BIOS on his RTX 3080 Ti GPU, which allowed him to achieve up to 110 MH/s. Here’s his post: “Confirmed: so far, it works for Dell and Alienware GPUs! For those with a Dell RTX 3080 Ti or any other RTX 3080 Ti with a device ID containing 2204 (see GPU-Z’s Device ID field), you should flash your card with this 3090 BIOS and get an Ethereum hash rate above 110 MH/s.
I tried myself. However, nvflash and HiveOS won’t flash, as my ID is 2208. Thanks to Mohammad Fahham for informing me! Warning, as always, flashing your card may brick it, burn your house down, and your cat may die. If you get it to work, please write which model you have! Here are the commands you need to run, so yes, a CMD will be required:
nvflash64 -b backup.rom
nvflash64 –index=5 –protect off
nvflash64 –index=5 Dell.RTX3090.24576.210726.rom
The user also notes that you can remove 64 from nvflash64 if you are not using the 64-bit version. Replace the number five from the index identifier with the one corresponding to your video card. By the way, the details are also available on Reddit.
The performance increase of almost 20 MH/s sounds extremely good to those who are crypto-savvy. Since not many video card companies make GPUs specifically for this purpose, it is still questionable when the price of graphics cards will drop to a reasonable level. The Ethereum Foundation’s move towards Ethereum 2.0 may help.