Cryptocurrency miners have defeated Nvidia's Lite Hash Rate (LHR) technology
Nvidia's LHR technology is no longer a barrier for crypto miners
Published: 8th May 2022 | Source: Nicehash |
Nicehash's Quickminer software has a full LHR bypass for Nvidia graphics cards
Nvidia's anti-mining Lite hash Rate (LHR) technology has been defeated, allowing cryptocurrency miners to "unlock" the full Ethereum mining performance of Nvidia's latest RTX 30 series graphics cards. Nicehash, with their Quickminer application, has fully unlocked the mining potential of most of Nvidia's latest GPUs, making LHR enabled RTX 30 series graphics cards just as effective as non-LHR RTX 30 series products.
LHR is an anti-mining technology from Nvidia that was designed to reduce demand for their graphics cards from non-gaming users. When users of LHR enabled RTX graphics cards mined Ethereum, Nvidia's LHR tech would kick in and dramatically increase the graphics card's performance. This made Nvidia's GPU less appealing to cryptocurrency miners, but it did little to alleviate Nvidia's GPU shortages.
Thankfully, rising energy costs and increase cryptocurrency mining difficulty have impacted the profitability of cryptocurrency mining, making the purchase of new graphics cards for cryptocurrency mining a poor business prospect. While Nicehash's full LHR bypass will increase the profitability of Ethereum mining on LHR enabled GPUs, it is not enough to cause another GPU shortage.
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Nicehash has eliminated LHR for most, but not all, RTX 30 series GPUs
Nicehash has noted that Nvidia's RTX 3050 and RTX 3080 12GB graphics cards are not affected by their new LHR bypass. This suggests that Nvidia's newest GPUs utilise a newer version of their LHR anti-mining technology. Nicehash has stated that these graphics cards use LHRv3 (LHR version 3).
When describing their LHR unlocking tool, Nicehash only stated simply that it is "a kind of magic".