NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX 3000 LHR (Lite Hash Rate) Series with Cryptocurrency Mining Restrictions

Light hash rate? How about NO hash rate.

But I digress, NVIDIA have officially announced their half-assed effort in combatting the plague of cryptocurrency miners buying up any and all stock of GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards (that NVIDIA totally didn’t sell directly to).

Aside from that it seems NVIDIA will be preparing to usher out revised silicon for all of their graphics cards released prior to the GeForce RTX 3060 towards their AIB partners with the same sort of limiter found on said RTX 3060.

Now we’ve seen once before that the “handshake” between silicon and software on the RTX 3060 was complete and utter fucking bullshit having been purposefully defeated by NVIDIA themselves alongside a $5 HDMI dummy plug to allow for cryptocurrency mining at full hash rates with multiple RTX 3060’s.

NVIDIA really seems to want to have their cake and eat it too considering they’ve been selling RTX Ampere graphics cards behind closed doors directly to miners whilst also bringing old generation shit out of retirement alongside repackaged RTX 3000 graphics cards to sell to miners with their CMP HX series which has already proven to be very profitable, with what once was a GTX 1660 Super generally being sold for $700 USD as a “CMP 30HX”.

Suddenly NVIDIA now seems to have had a change of heart where they wish to re-release the RTX 3080/3070/3060 Ti with the same sort of mining restriction to potentially allow for more graphics cards getting into the hands of gamers.

Written in an NVIDIA blogpost explains into further detailing about NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 “LHR” graphics cards:

GeForce products are made for gamers — and packed with innovations. Our RTX 30 Series is built on our second-generation RTX architecture, with dedicated RT Cores and Tensor Cores, delivering amazing visuals and performance to gamers and creators.

Because NVIDIA GPUs are programmable, users regularly discover new applications for them, from weather simulation and gene sequencing to deep learning and robotics. Mining cryptocurrency is one of them.

Halving Hash Rate

To help get GeForce GPUs in the hands of gamers, we announced in February that all GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards shipped with a reduced Ethereum hash rate.

Today, we’re taking additional measures by applying a reduced ETH hash rate to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. These cards will start shipping in late May.

Clear Communication to Gamers

Because these GPUs originally launched with a full hash rate, we want to ensure that customers know exactly what they’re getting when they buy GeForce products. To help with this, our GeForce partners are labeling the GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti cards with a “Lite Hash Rate,” or “LHR,” identifier. The identifier will be in retail product listings and on the box.

This reduced hash rate only applies to newly manufactured cards with the LHR identifier and not to cards already purchased.

GeForce Is Made for Gaming

GeForce RTX GPUs have introduced a range of cutting-edge technologies — RTX real-time ray tracing, AI-powered DLSS frame rate booster, NVIDIA Reflex super-fast response rendering for best system latency, and many more — created to meet the needs of gamers and those who create digital experiences.

We believe this additional step will get more GeForce cards at better prices into the hands of gamers everywhere.

So all’s truly well and good yeah? NVIDIA plans to get these LHR cards out to market by the end of May, however sadly and more ironically there’s no mention of the RTX 3090 getting an Lite Hash Rate revision which is probably quite obvious considering it’s more or less your “enthusiast” shill grade card that provides unrivaled hash rates among the entire lineup.

With no actual hash rate performance figures released by NVIDIA if it’s anything like the RTX 3060 where effective peak ETH hash rates are basically halved it must be said that at least the RTX 3080 will still be providing adequate mining profitability even when halved as it can easily get over 100 MH/s when tweaked, halving this would still net you with well over 50 MH/s which currently will still provide you with a solid daily profit.

And of course both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti LHR will still net you with over 30 MH/s despite being halved which honestly is still quite alright albeit if you can grab either card for their actual MSRP now that mining takes a backseat role.

So despite NVIDIA’s poor efforts to shun crypto miners with these Lite Hash Rate revision cards they’re still quite feasible for the given task, that being if NVIDIA or a third party manage to breach their laughable prevention methods for a second time. Although I’ll honestly commemorate any effort to drive graphics card prices down marginally.

Honestly why go through such effort to limit their hash rates by just half when NVIDIA could just as easily write the cards off when it comes to crypto mining entirely. Why only when mining Ethereum and not other shitcoins instead?

This is really just a marketing ploy to gain favorable praise from the gorillions of gaymers abandoned by Jensen Huang and his pursuit for his crypto shekels.