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Nvidia plans to ship "Lite Hash Rate" RTX 3000 GPUs with improved anti-mining measures in mid-May

How fast will the crypto miners hack the LHR chips? (Image Source: TechSpot)
How fast will the crypto miners hack the LHR chips? (Image Source: TechSpot)
The Lite Hash Rate limiters along with support for Resizable BAR will be included with revisions for the RTX 3060 / Ti, 3070 and 3080, plus the soon to be released 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti models. Sources claim that the RTX 3090 might not get the anti-mining measures, but there should be an updated version that at least features ReBAR.

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According to a report coming from Videocardz, Nvidia has recently notified its AIB partners on the upcoming GAxx2 chips that are supposed to integrate more reliable crypto mining limiters. Additionally, these Lite Hash Rate revisions will support ResizableBAR out of the box, without any need for a vBIOS update. Nvidia plans to start shipping the first LHR chips by mid-May, and retailers should hopefully have fresh batches of cards some time in June.

Apparently, Nvidia is instructing AIB partners to include no particular LHR branding for the upcoming revisions. All new cards will retain current product denominations and, initially, the only way to distinguish LHR cards from non-LHR is by stripping the coolers and inspecting the SKU codes on the chips. However, these cards are said to include new PCI Device IDs that can only be recognized by new drivers, so specialized GPU monitoring and testing tools will eventually detect the exact SKU plus the ReBAR feature.

Nvidia did not provide too many details regarding the exact way in which the crypto mining limiter is supposed to work. It did, however, mention that the gaming performance will not be affected in a negative way. Team Green is probably trying to be more discrete this time, seeing how well things turned out with the RTX 3060 software limiter. Previous models, including the RTX 3060 / Ti, 3070 and 3080 plus the upcoming 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti should get the LHR feature. Things are not exactly clear when it comes to the RTX 3090. A Videocardz source claims that this model might not feature the improved anti-mining measures, but it should at least get the ReBAR update.

While solving the crypto mining problem could appear as a decent step towards fixing the GPU shortages, we are not sure if these particular measures can have a relevant impact when scalpers and the global chip shortages are still threatening the supply integrity.

 

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List of SKUs getting the LHR feature (Image Source: Videocardz)
List of SKUs getting the LHR feature (Image Source: Videocardz)

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Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1507 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-04-28 (Update: 2021-04-28)