Nvidia is extending its cryptocurrency mining limits to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics playing cards. After nerfing the hash rates of the RTX 3060 for its launch in February, Nvidia is now beginning to label new playing cards with a “Lite Hash Fee” or “LHR” identifier to let potential prospects know the playing cards shall be restricted for mining.
“This diminished hash charge solely applies to newly manufactured playing cards with the LHR identifier and to not playing cards already bought,” says Matt Wuebbling, Nvidia’s head GeForce advertising and marketing. “We consider this extra step will get extra GeForce playing cards at higher costs into the fingers of avid gamers all over the place.”
These new RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 playing cards will begin delivery later this month, and the LHR identifier shall be displayed in retail product listings and on the field. Nvidia initially began hash limiting with the RTX 3060, and the corporate has already dedicated to not limiting the performance of GPUs already sold.
Whereas Nvidia tried to nerf mining with the RTX 3060, the corporate additionally accidentally released a beta driver that unlocked hash charges and elevated efficiency. That’s been reinstated with more recent drivers, however the beta drivers are out within the wild now.
Nvidia’s new LHR playing cards are a part of a broader effort to make its newest 30-series GPUs much less fascinating to cryptocurrency miners. PC avid gamers have been attempting and failing to get their fingers on new graphics playing cards for months because of the nice GPU scarcity, and miners have been blamed for a part of the shortages.
Nvidia affords a separate Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) for Ethereum miners as an alternative. These playing cards embody the most effective efficiency for mining and effectivity, however they received’t deal with graphics in any respect.
Nvidia’s transfer to nerf new playing cards will undoubtedly drive up costs for current 30-series GPUs that don’t have these restrictions in place. It’ll additionally seemingly imply the rumored RTX 3080 Ti card can have comparable cryptocurrency mining limits in place, as this card is predicted to be introduced later this month.