What you need to know
- Galax will release NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics cards with hash rate limiters.
- The RTX 3080 and 3070 have hash rates of around 43MH/s and 25MH/s, respectively.
- The lower hash rates should make the cards less alluring to miners while remaining viable options for gamers.
The latest move in the battle to make the best graphics cards less alluring to crypto miners is lowering hash rates. We've seen companies like NVIDIA try this in the past with little success, but Galax is the next company to try it. Galax will release variants of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 with anti-mining limiters.
Originally reported by VideoCardz, the Galax LHR (Lower Hash Rate) series GPUs will have a significantly lower hash rate than normal RTX 3070 and 3080 GPUs. These hash rate limiters should make the graphics cards less attractive to crypto miners but should still be able to power the best PC games. Details about the new GPUs appear on a Chinese website.
The LHR variants of the RTX 3070 and 3080 appear to have roughly half the hash rate of the standard models. The RTX 3070 has an Ethereum computing power of about 25MH/s, while the RTX 3080 hits about 43MH/s. For context, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT's hash rate is around 40MH/s. The RX 6700 XT is a more budget-friendly option for mining, but it doesn't stack up to the best mining GPUs.
If Galax can successfully make its GPUs poor options for crypto mining, it could result in graphics cards being more available to gamers. It's almost impossible to purchase a high-end GPU at the moment, and that's in large part due to crypto mining.
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Wont do anything to the crypto miner market. At the end of the day, they'll still turn a profit given enough time and that's all that matters to them. As soon as these cards come to market they'll be snapped up because there is no other cards on the market and the miners will just adjust their spreadsheet to account for the slower/more expensive cost of buying mining hardware.
As long as the price of electricity remains stable, mining will be unprofitable even at a slower rate unless they can remove the hash limiter. But, I'm equally skeptical for other reasons. No software fix will ever be effective because there's too much of an incentive for someone to crack it. Hopefully we'll see some crypto government regulations coming out that will tank their value and we can put this nonsense behind us. Crypto is both extremely environmentally destructive from its carbon impact and is making economies more volatile; it needs to go.
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