We already know Nvidia has started to sell its GeForce RTX 30 LHR (Low Hash Rate) graphics cards designed to combat cryptocurrency mining. According to recent sources, GALAX became the first graphics card manufacturer to confirm the custom designs of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 LHR (Lower Hash Rate) series. The manufacturer launched two cards under this category which are based on the new Ampere GPU SKUs.
The GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 LHR and GeForce RTX 3070 LHR graphics cards are custom designs and nothing is changed except the underlying GPU SKU which has been updated to GA102-202 (LHR) for the RTX 3080 and GA104-302 (LHR) for the GeForce RTX 3070. These GPUs will limit the hash rate of the card to 50% in cryptocurrency mining algorithms, making them unprofitable in such cases.
Following are all the new NVIDIA Ampere GA**2 SKUs that you can expect:
- NVIDIA RTX 3090 – GA102-300-A1 -> GA102-302-A1
- NVIDIA RTX 3080 – GA102-200-A1 -> GA102-202-A1
- NVIDIA RTX 3070 – GA104-300-A1 -> GA104-302-A1
- NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti – GA104-200-A1 -> GA104-202-A1
- NVIDIA RTX 3060 – GA106-300-A1 -> GA106-302-A1
Currently, the standard variants of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 can deliver up to 100-110 MH/s in ETH, while the RTX 3070 gives you around 55-60 MH/s in ETH. But with half hash rate, and RTX 3080 will end up with less than 50 MH/s & the 3070 to fall below 30 MH/s, as reported by GALAX itself.
This would mean that cryptocurrency miners will have to look for other more profitable graphics chips such as the CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor) lineup from NVIDIA.
GALAX has titled the new GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 LHR series graphics cards as the FG series. Since GALAX has outed its LHR lineup, we can also expect other manufacturers to follow suit and release their own GeForce RTX 30 LHR series cards.