Nvidia’s notorious LHR limitation on its high-tier RTX 30 series graphics cards has been bypassed. This was evident and was eventually going to happen and it did. To know more in-depth about the whole scenario, please continue reading further.
The latest NBMiner bypass
The bypass was possible with the recent update that came out to NBMiner. This update is able to partially bypass the LHR limitations that were implemented by the company. The bypass enables a boost of up to 70% of the card’s mining potential. The usual limit of the mining power is 50%, which makes it a 20% upgrade. And according to a real scenario test by I_Leak_VN on Twitter, on an RTX 3060 Ti LHR card with the latest NBMiner update, the card was able to successfully hit 40.5MH/s hashrate than its standard 30MH/s hashrate. This gives us an overall 35% improvement over the previous standard stats.
What is Nvidia’s Hashrate limiter?
Back in mid of May 2021, Nvidia announced that they will start implementing a 50% hashrate limiter to their newly manufactured RTX 30 series cards, i.e. RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, and 3080. This was a part of their commitment to shipping graphics cards to gamers worldwide. The Q1 2021 has seen a huge upwards leap in demand for PC parts worldwide and the current pandemic was one of the reasons why. The demand for PC parts was mainly for work from home, PC eccentric jobs, gamers, and, obviously, the ever-growing fashion of Cryptocurrency mining purposes.
The situation shifted towards a more problematic zone due to the unavailability of Nvidia’s latest RTX 30 series line-up when the crypto miners and re-sellers landed in the game. This caused a decline in the true use and purpose of those cards, that is high-end, no-compromise gaming experience. The modern cryptocurrency mining industry requires the best mining capable silicon, which the RTX 30 Series proved to be worthy of. Now, to help combat this, Nvidia created a special product line-up, solely dedicated to crypto mining. They are called Cryptocurrency Mining Processors (CMP) and the CMP cards announced were the 90HX, 50HX, 40HX, and 30HX. Alongside this, they put a limit to the Ethereum hash rate to 50% of the card’s total mining potential, starting with the RTX 3060.
Post-performance with NBMiner bypass with other Competitor Cards
This was a decent step to normalize the market demand for a gaming graphics card for gaming purposes.
However, those who already own the RTX 30 series cards with the NVIDIA 50% hash rate limiter were not ready to give up yet. And eventually, the bypass came into action and proved to be actually working by giving a 35% hash rate boost to the RTX 3060 ti cards. With this, the RTX 3060 Ti has become one of the leading competitors in the top Ethereum mining GPUs of 2021. It ranks along with its predecessor cards like NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT from its rival brand. The RTX 3090 gives the best performance while the AMD Radeon RX 580 stands out as the best budget card in terms of Ethereum mining.
Those who already own the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti, with the Nvidia’s hash rate limiter for mining purposes, are on the greater side of the news. This bypass will apply to all of the LHR graphics cards of this series. While gamers and other miners that are looking to invest in such a card are still not fortunate enough. You see, the market demand for the RTX 30 series cards is still high with its availability being scarce in most places. The problem with scalpers and resellers is still a great deal of annoyance. Finding an RTX 3060 Ti for a decent price is a tough job. The listings on sites like eBay and Craiglist have a highly inflated price margin. Some reports state that the average online price of an RTX 3060 Ti from scalpers can be twice as much of their maximum retail price (MRP). Thus getting it at a decent price is out of the question for many miners and gamers. Getting a card like that for a price like $750 to $800 is not ideal for miners too. The average daily income by mining from one of such cards will date the miner back up to 9 to 10 months to break even on their investment.
Miners who own one of such LHR cards are still lucky, all thanks to NBMiners. Their impressive bypass will ease up the work for many and raise a few honest smiles. The 35% hashrate boost will come in clutch in the long run, as we all know, the prices of cryptocurrency are highly prone to change with the market. If the prices go up, all of these will yield good and quick results.
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