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Nvidia officializes limitation to mine at RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti

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Nvidia announced radical hash rate limits that will be added to the GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. Starting in late May, Nvidia will re-launch these RTX 30 series graphics cards under the banner ‘ LHR ‘, or “Lite Hash Rate”, and says it is working with manufacturers to ensure that customers know exactly what they are buying, so that graphics cards go into the hands of players.

“To help put GeForce GPUs in the hands of players, we announced in February that all GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards were shipped with a reduced Ethereum hash rate,” the company said in a blog. “Today, we are taking additional steps by applying a reduced ETH hash rate to the newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. These plaques will begin shipping at the end of May. ”

The new GPUS will also receive a new identifier, LHR, for Lite Hash Rate. Nvidia says that this identifier will be found on all product lists and in the box itself, so that miners also know that these graphics cards will not perform as expected for mining. For this, Nvidia has its CMP graphics cards (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor), exclusively for cryptocurrency mining.

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It is not known whether the 12GB RTX 3060, the first GPU with the limiter, will receive an update to reactivate the limiter. Nor does Nvidia confirm that all future releases will come with a limiter, such as GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3050 Ti cards.

No video card produced before the LHR series will receive a cryptocurrency limit via update, Nvidia said.

Nvidia’s hash rate limiter launched with the RTX 3060 12GB detects when a user starts mining Ethereum and decreases computing skills to half its original speed. It is not simply a driver limit, it is implemented in the driver, vBIOS and the GPU itself. However, it turned out to be Nvidia itself with a programmer driver version, containing code that bypassed the Ethereum limiter on the RTX 3060, which was released shortly after the card’s release, unlocking the encoded limiter.

This means that we don’t really know how well the limiter can handle some hackers. Nor do we know for sure whether it will stand the test of time against more concentrated effort. Nvidia, however, is confident that its renewed momentum with LHR “will put more better-priced GeForce cards in the hands of players everywhere” and we hope you are right.

Source: Nvidia

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