Earlier this month, Nvidia confirmed plans to re-introduce the RTX 3060, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 with ‘Lite Hash Rate' GPU revisions to reduce crypto-mining performance and get more graphics cards into the hands of PC gamers. Now, these LHR graphics cards are starting to land in the hands of users and Ethereum mining performance has been tested.
Chinese hardware site, Expreview, got their hands on an LHR version of the RTX 3060. This was originally the first graphics card to utilise Nvidia's anti-mining tech, but a beta driver unlocked full Ethereum mining performance shortly after launch. This new revision solves that issue with additional measures in place.
Through testing, it was determined that the new LHR version of the RTX 3060 does have its Ethereum mining performance capped to around 20 to 22 MH/s. It was also confirmed that switching to LHR chips has brought no negative performance impact to gaming.
Nvidia has begun separating mining card sales from GeForce by introducing these anti-mining measures on gaming GPUs and releasing new ‘CMP' graphics cards specifically for crypto mining.
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KitGuru Says: Revised LHR graphics cards are starting to roll out. Hopefully this means we start to see better graphics card availability for the second half of 2021.