Back in February, when Nvidia launched its RTX 3060 graphics card, the company also made a couple of major announcements related to GPU mining. First, the company introduced a mining limiter via driver that cripples the Ethereum mining output of the RTX 3060, and secondly, Nvidia also launched an all-new series of dedicated mining GPUs called the 'Cryptocurrency Mining Processors' (CMP) HX series. However, there may be more to come still.
Citing sources close to it, VideoCardz alleges that Team Green is preparing a new lineup of the RTX 30-series cards. The new series is allegedly named the RTX 3000 Lite Hash Rate (LHR) series, and it will come with a new crypto mining limiter baked in for the 30-series SKUs. So, essentially, we may expect a brand new version of the RTX 3080, the 3070, the 3060 Ti, and the 3060. There might be an RTX 3090 version too but one of VideoCardz' sources says it's unlikely Nvidia will release it as the 3090 is already very expensive.
The site adds that Nvidia won't be naming the final retail versions of the new cards as the LHR series and it will merely be used to help AIB partners differentiate them from the previous batches of non-LHR cards when they receive the new chips from Nvidia.
Speaking of the chips, the GPU IDs of the new LHR chips as well as their non-LHR counterparts are listed below:
|non-LHR version GPU ID||LHR version GPU ID|
|RTX 3060 Ti||GA104-200-A1||N/A|
The new LHR-based cards are reportedly launching in mid-May which may coincide with the company's upcoming RTX 3080 Ti launch. As we have stated in our previous reports, the 3080 Ti and the 3070 Ti are said to feature the mining limiter as well. The new LHR cards will also come pre-installed with the latest VBIOS that enables PCIe Resizable BAR support.