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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 LHR graphics cards receive a 40% crypto mining performance boost with updated tool

NVIDIA's LHR algorithm debuted on the GeForce RTX 3060. (Image source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA's LHR algorithm debuted on the GeForce RTX 3060. (Image source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA's Lite Hash Rate algorithm has been broken again, but not by the company itself this time. Instead, a new version of NBMiner has improved the mining performance of GeForce RTX 30 LHR cards by up to 40%, bringing them closer to their theoretical peak hash rates. NBMiner 39.0 is compatible with NVIDIA's latest graphics drivers on Linux and Windows.

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NVIDIA introduced Lite Hash Rate (LHR) a few months ago, which it claimed halved the mining performance of its GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. The technology originally debuted on the GeForce RTX 3060 in February, although NVIDIA published a developer driver that disabled LHR. Subsequently, NVIDIA re-released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 with the mining limiter embedded, having withdrawn the original non-LHR models from sale.

However, NBMiner 39.0 has now increased the mining performance of these LHR cards, seemingly circumventing NVIDIA's LHR somewhat. Apparently, the new version of the software increases the mining performance of LHR cards from 50% to nearly 70%, as Dizzy Mining shows below. In other words, NBMiner 39.0 enables a 40% mining performance improvement for LHR cards. Currently, NBMiner only improves Ethereum mining performance with the Ethash algorithm, albeit without being tied to an NVIDIA graphics driver or a particular OS.

The team behind NBMiner promises to make further improvements in future updates, too. Ultimately, these changes will make LHR cards more attractive to crypto farms again, especially if NBMiner gets closer to an unlocked hash rate. On the one hand, this is not good news for gamers looking to upgrade to NVIDIA's RTX 30 series, as crypto farms could push prices up again. On the other hand, the Radeon RX 6600 XT could prove a more attractive prospect than the RTX 30 series, as we discussed last week.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-08-17 (Update: 2021-08-17)