Nvidia RTX 30 Series: New models to suppress crypto mining

Nvidia RTX 30 Series: New models to suppress crypto mining

Nvidia RTX 30 Series

According to current reports, Nvidia will soon be launching several revised versions of the RTX 30 graphics cards on the market. These new models are equipped with a crypto mining limiter and could be delivered to the first customers as early as June 2021.

The upcoming GPUs will be referred to by Nvidia as LHR chips (Lite Hash Rate). If customers want to find out which card they purchased, they either have to look at the code name or the "PCI Device ID" of the GPU. The existing names - such as RTX 3080 - will not change. An exception is probably the RTX 3090. Nvidia will continue to deliver this without a crypto mining limiter, as it is the most expensive graphics card in the current series in terms of price the market situation for the RTX series improves and more players can get a GPU model. An official announcement from Nvidia is still pending. A short time ago, the manufacturer wanted to use software to limit mining with an RTX 3060. However, the attempt failed after a new driver was shipped without the limiter. It remains unclear what exact changes will be made to the GPUs to suppress mining. However, nothing should change in the performance of the graphics cards. We'll keep you up to date when there's news about Nvidia's RTX range.

Source: Videocardz

Nvidia Will Re-Release RTX 30-Series Cards With More Limited Crypto Mining, Report Claims

A report from hardware outlet VideoCardz states that Nvidia's upcoming reissue of its RTX 30-series cards will include chips that will limit their ability to mine cryptocurrency. According to the report, Nvidia's GAxx2 chips will ship in the middle of May, and they will feature 'LHR' chips, which stands for 'Lite Hash Rate.'

The report notes that Lite Hash Rate is not a marketing term, but a term used internally to describe GPUs to company partners. While these sellers will know which cards include the LHR chips, it will be invisible to the customers buying the chips, hence the 'quiet launch' mentioned in the piece. It also claims that these new chips will offer the same performance as cards that are already on the market.

In fact, performance might actually increase thanks to the on-board 'ResizableBAR' feature, which allows the GPU to transfer data to the CPU more effectively than normal. According to Nvidia, existing 30-series GPUs require a VBIOS update to take advantage of that feature, which also requires compatible hardware.

This isn't the first time that Nvidia has tried to use a limiter to prevent crypto miners from snapping up its supply. The company's RTX 3060 card included a measure designed to prevent Ethereum mining, which was subsequently removed by a beta driver issued by Nvidia. Based on this report, it would seem that Nvidia is investing much more effort into stymying would-be miners as it attempts to deal with the ongoing GPU shortages caused in part by crypto bubbles. However, a source told VideoCardz that the RTX 3090 may not include the crypto limiter due to the card's high price tanking its perceived profitability to miners.

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