The new Nvidia Lite Hash Rate graphics cards will only appear in third-party versions of its GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti GPUs, as Nvidia does not plan to make Founders Edition versions with the Ethereum hash speed limiter.
The green team announced today, via a blog post, that all new RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060 Ti cards shipped since late May will come with a limiter that halves Ethereum's card mining performance when the Dagger Hashimoto algorithm is detected for Ethereum. The limiter was first introduced when the RTX 3060 was launched, and after an accidentally released disc made it a debatable point, a new driver hinted that Nvidia would re-enable the limiter on all products it s 'sent from mid-May.
The new GPUs in the Lite Hash Rate (LHR) series will be designated as such by Nvidia graphics card partners, with the LHR identifier listed in detail and in the boxes themselves. It looks like this will only apply to cards originally sold without the limiter, as Nvidia has not specifically mentioned the RTX 3060 in this version.
This and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti boxes we’ve seen in various leaks make no mention of any brand in the LHR series. But it also looks like Founders Edition cards from the original triumvirate of the RTX 30 series won’t get LHR treatment either.
"Founders Edition is a limited production graphics card that sells at MSRP," Nvidia told us this afternoon, "and at the moment we don't plan to make versions with LHR."
This could effectively indicate that the RTX 3080, 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition cards were completely at the end of life with no hope of return. But given all the rumors floating around recently, which await us with an update to the 2021 RTX 30 series, and the fact that they’ve been rare as chicken teeth since launch, it doesn’t really seem like a big mistake.
As long as this dual-axial fan design gets a new twist with an RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition et al, I’ll still be happy.