It took a full year, but Nvidia’s Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GPU technology has finally been completely ignored. Much like the restraint bolt on a Star Wars droid, the LHR was Nvidia’s hardware-based attempt to thwart cryptocurrency miners and get “more GeForce cards at better prices into the hands of gamers”. Now, after a ton of back and forth with hackers, and even Nvidia itself, a full bypass has been confirmed.
This is great news for anyone intending to use their GeForce RTX 3080 for mining cryptocurrencies, but perhaps not so good for those of us who are still waiting for the GPU market to even out so we can finally play Elden Ring on ultra graphics settings.
A while ago we saw Nvidia stumbles with its mining limiter, when they accidentally published the wrong driver and gave everyone the full hash rates. This was quickly reversed, but then NBMiner managed to hack Nvidia’s mining limiter to increase it to 70% efficiency.
Still, no one has managed to push this to 100% without mining two cryptocurrencies at the same timeso far.
According video cardz the new bypass comes from NiceHash as it is QuickMiner (Excavator), with support for NiceHash Miner coming soon. It was confirmed by the team in Benchmark.pl to give miners 100% efficiency on an RTX 3080 Ti card at least. That’s 117 MH/s higher than the previously recorded 85-88 MH/s.
Some commentators note that they have tried it on different 30-series cards, and the results are mixed. Some claim that their RTX 3060 LHR Zotac is not getting improved hash rates, with one of them having tried the suggested “reinstall with RC version” to no avail.
The other big prank? It only supports the DaggerHashimoto (Etash) algorithm.
Still, this isn’t as limiting as having to hash two cryptocurrencies simultaneously, or as devastating as accidentally downloading an encryption-hungry virus onto your PC – some alleged full LHR unlocks have been disguised to distribute malware to unsuspecting cryptocurrency miners.
At the beginning of this year, Lapsus$ hackers even threatened to publish an LHR bypass if Nvidia didn’t live up to its terms, but as the apparent group of teens behind hacker group appear to have been arrestedlooks like they didn’t get the chance.
Either way, creating such a hack could mean unhealthy things for gamers still waiting for the chance to get a current-gen GPU. even in front of increased GPU inventory levels and the potential for price break-even, this limiter is likely to bolster the cryptocurrency miner’s interest in Nvidia’s Series 30 cards. While cryptocurrency mining profitability has dropped lately, we may not feel the worst again.