Galax confirms Nvidia is preparing the launch of RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 graphics cards with LHR chips. For now, these chips are only featured in Galax’s Black General FG and Metal Master FG graphics cards, but other cards equipped with these chips are expected to release soon.
As seen on the product description of the RTX 3070 Black General FG, the RTX 3080 Metal Master FG, RTX 3080 Metal Master OC FG, and the RTX 3080 Black General OC FG, these cards will feature the new Nvidia LHR GPUs, which mean they have a crypto mining limiter.
According to Galax, these cards’ mining performance is cut by half, with the RTX 3070 card mining Ethereum just at 25MH/s, while the RTX 3080 models at 43MH/s. It might be possible to improve mining performance slightly, but these GPUs will likely still be inferior compared to Nvidia’s new CMP HX cards.
As for the remaining specifications of these cards, everything is as expected. The RTX 3070 Black General FG is clocked at 1725MHz and comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14Gbps. The RTX 3080 Metal Master FG features a boost clock of 1710MHz, while the RTX 3080 Black General OC FG and RTX 3080 Metal Master OC FG are clocked at 1740MHz. The three RTX 3080 cards have 8GB of GDDR6 memory at 19Gbps.
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KitGuru says: Although Galax launched similar graphics cards with a new name to differentiate the non-LHR and the LHR chips, we are still unsure if other brands will do the same.