NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 “Lite Hash Rate” series to begin shipping mid May

Published: 28th Apr 2021, 10:12 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA LHR series

We received an update on the upcoming GAxx2 NVIDIA GPU series featuring a new cryptomining limiter. 

NVIDIA has provided an update to its partners in regard to upcoming xx2 chips. Those GPUs will feature a new cryptocurrency mining limiter and most likely RezisableBAR support without a need for a vBIOS update.

NVIDIA is expecting GA1XX-xx2 chips to start shipping in the middle of May, which means that first customers may receive their cards in June. Our sources have been quite clear that NVIDIA has no plans to differentiate LHR chips from existing models. All cards will feature the same product names and the only way to distinguish LHR from non-LHR chips is by looking at the GPU. Eventually, graphics card monitoring tools should be able to recognize which version is used. After all, GAxx2 GPUs will have a different PCI Device ID and they will require a new driver. The tools should also report on ReBAR support.

It’s worth noting that Lite Hash Rate is not a marketing term, but rather a term used to describe new GPUs to board partners. NVIDIA has been quite clear that those chips will offer the exact same performance in games as the cards already on the market (that’s not taking ReBAR performance uplift into account).

With the ‘quiet launch’ of the RTX 30 LHR series, the supply of Ampere GPUs is expected to improve. NVIDIA has not yet provided an explanation of what exactly has been changed that would limit mining performance on the new chips. The previous attempt to introduce a software limiter with RTX 3060 has spectacularly failed after NVIDIA ‘accidentally released a driver without it. This SKU will also receive a new version with a reintroduced crypto limiter.

One of our sources says that RTX 3090 might be the only card that will not feature the crypto limiter, which is simply not needed as mining profitability on this SKU is low due to the high price of the card itself. However, this SKU is still expected to receive a new GA102-302 GPU, which suggests it might simply be a ReBAR update.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Roadmap
Q3 2020Q4 2020Q1 2021Q2 2021
GeForce RTX 3090
GA102-300
PG163/PG132 SKU 30
GeForce RTX 3090
GA102-302
PG163/PG132 SKU ??
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
GA102-225
PG132 SKU 18
GeForce RTX 3080
GA102-200
PG133/PG132 SKU 10
GeForce RTX 3080
GA102-202
PG133/PG132 SKU ??
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
GA104-400
PG141 SKU 10
GeForce RTX 3070
GA104-300
PG142 SKU 10
GeForce RTX 3070
GA104-302
PG141 SKU ??
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
GA104-200
PG190/PG142 SKU 20
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
GA104-202
PG190/PG142 SKU ??
GeForce RTX 3060
GA106-300
PG190 SKU 60
GeForce RTX 3060
GA106-302
PG190 SKU 51



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