Nvidia extends cryptocurrency mining restrictions to new GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. After nerfing RTX 3060 scattering speeds Nvidia will launch the new cards with the Lite Hash Rate or LHR tag, which it released in February, to let potential customers know that the cards will be restricted to mining.
“This reduced degree of hash applies only to new cards with an LHR ID and not to cards already purchased.” says Matt Wuebbling, Nvidia’s head of GeForce marketing. “We believe this extra step will get more GeForce cards at lower prices into the hands of players everywhere.”
These new RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 cards will be shipped later this month, and the LHR ID will appear in the retail product information and box. Nvidia originally started hash restrictions with the RTX 3060, and the company is already committed to that does not limit the performance of graphics cards that have already been sold.
Although Nvidia tried to dig mining with the RTX 3060, so did the company accidentally released a beta driver that unlocked hash rates and increased performance. It has been restored newer drivers, but beta drivers are now in the wild.
Nvidia’s new LHR cards are part of a broader effort to make the latest 30-series graphics cards less desirable for cryptocurrency miners. PC gamers have been trying and haven’t gotten new graphics cards in their hands for months due to a major GPU shortage, and miners have been blamed for some of the shortages.
Nvidia offers a separate Cryptocurrency mining processor (CMP) For Ethereum miners. These cards offer the best performance in mining and efficiency, but they do not handle graphics at all.
Nvidia’s move to new cards will undoubtedly raise the prices of existing 30-series graphics cards that don’t have these limitations. It probably means too rumored RTX 3080 Ti card they have similar cryptocurrency mining limits as this card is expected to be announced later this month.