Nvidia has announced that the new RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3060 Ti cards will now feature limits designed to restrict potential cryptocurrency mining. This was previously reported by a number of hardware-focused sites, but this announcement is officially from Nvidia.
It a blog post released by the company, it confirmed the cards will be labeled with an “LHR” marker on the box so potential buyers are aware it has a “lite hash rate.” Cards previously sold by Nvidia will not have their hash rates reduced, which may push the cost of these cards even higher on the secondary market.
Not long ago, Nvidia included a limiter on its RTX 3060 card, which released back in February. However, the company accidentally released a driver that bypassed the measures and ended up boosting the card’s hash rates. Whoops.
These LHR measures are part of a bigger effort by Nvidia to de-incentivize crypto miners from grabbing all the cards up for this purpose. This has left a huge gap for everyone else who wants one to upgrade their gaming PC. The crypto mining combined with the massive shortage of semiconductors has led to this decision by Nvidia, but it’s unknown if these measures will be effective.