Nvidia has announced that hash speed limits will hit GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. Starting in late May, Nvidia will re-launch these 30 RTX series graphics cards under the “LHR” or “Lite Hash Rate” banner, and says it is working with manufacturers to make sure customers know exactly what they get.
"To help get GeForce GPUs into the hands of gamers, in February we announced that all GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards were shipped with a reduced Ethereum hash rate," the company said. says in a blog post.
"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 cards will start shipping in late May."
New cards will also receive a new identifier, LHR, for Lite Hash Rate. Nvidia says this identifier will be found on all retail product lists and in the same box.
It is not known if he RTX 3060 12GB, the card that comes with the limiter for the first time, will receive an update to reset it once again. Nvidia also does not confirm that all future releases include a limiter, such as rumors GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3050 Ti.
Nvidia confirms that no graphics card produced before the LHR series will receive a cryptocurrency limit.
Nvidia’s hash speed limiter was launched with the 12GB RTX 3060. Detects when a user starts Ethereum mining (by Ether) and slows down the card's computing skills at half its original speed. Nor is it simply a driver limit, but is implemented through the driver, vBIOS, and the GPU itself.
But it started, at the very least, with a rocky start.
While Nvidia believed it was irreparable, the company would be its own downfall. A version of the developer driver, which contains code that bypasses the Ethereum limiter on the RTX 3060, would be released shortly after the card was released, unlocking the encrypted limiter and once again turning the GPU market into a free cryptocurrency for to everybody.
That means we don’t really know to what extent the limiter supports a bit of hacking. We also don't know for sure if he will stand the test of time in the face of a more concerted effort. Nvidia, however, is confident that its renewed push with LHR “will get GeForce cards at better prices to pass into the hands of gamers everywhere” and, for a lot of reasons, we hope it’s right.