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Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker claims to restore the full cryptomining performance of hamstrung GeForce GPUs

Cryptominers may soon be able to comfortably unlock the full hashrate performance of most Nvidia RTX LHR GPUs (Image: Christian Wiediger)
Cryptominers may soon be able to comfortably unlock the full hashrate performance of most Nvidia RTX LHR GPUs (Image: Christian Wiediger)
(Update: Malware warning) A public beta of the nifty little piece of software for cryptominers will be released in the coming few days, and it could possibly impact the prices of all Nvidia's RTX GPUs with the infamous hashrate limiter.

Nvidia's hash rate limiter, which is integrated in most of its graphics cards that are being sold by regular retailers these days, has apparently done very little in regard to the astronomical prices and scalping issue which has made a new GPU unattainable for a large number of gamers. Even though the cryptomining boom may be over, a new utility could possibly worsen this frustrating situation once again.

According to a report by Tom's Hardware, a developer named Sergey is about to release a public beta of the "first fully automated BIOS modifier for RTX cards with LHR v2 lock", which is supposed to be able to restore the full cryptomining performance of most hashrate limited Nvidia RTX GPUs by modifying their BIOS. In addition to the BIOS modification, a custom graphics driver is also provided to unlock the full hashrate of these graphics cards.

The aforementioned developer has apparently already tested this procedure and achieved massively improved cryptomining performance on many notable Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs which are commonly used for Ethereum-based mining. These purported hashrates can be found in the table below, and they for example include the RTX 3070 LHR and RTX 3080 LHR which are supposedly able to hit 57 MH/s and 100 MH/s respectively with the modified BIOS and drivers. Of course, there are no guarantees that the workaround will in fact work, but in that case users can apparently easily revert to the original drivers and BIOS of their Nvidia RTX graphics card. But as always, cryptominers may install this utility at their own risk, as the legitimacy of such unverified software should always be put into question.

GPUHashrate after unlock
RTX 3060 LHR V2up to 49 MH/s
RTX 3060 Ti LHRup to 61 MH/s
RTX 3070 LHRup to 57 MH/s
RTX 3070 Tiup to 69 MH/s
RTX 3080 LHRup to 100 MH/s
RTX 3080 Tiup to 115 MH/s

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Update

According to numerous user comments as well as a tweet by VideoCardz.com, the Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker unfortunately contains malware and should not be installed under any circumstances.

Source(s)

GitHub via Tom's Hardware, Image: Christian Wiediger

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-02-22 (Update: 2022-02-23)