Following Galax’s footsteps, Gigabyte has released the new RTX 3060 graphics cards with Nvidia’s hash rate limiting technology.
@momomo_us on Twitter noticed that Gigabyte released the second revision of its GeForce RTX 3060 portfolio, which includes RTX 3060 Gaming OC 12G, RTX 3060 EAGLE 12G, RTX 3060 EAGLE OC 12G, RTX 3060 VISION OC 12G and RTX 3060 ELITE OC models.
Gigabyte’s official website also confirms that these GPUs come as “Lite Hash Rate (LHR)” variants. This means that graphics cards will offer lower hash rates, become less attractive to crypto miners, and more accessible to PC gamers.
Gigabyte has not yet specified the hash rates of these GPUs, but if it’s like Galax’s RTX 3060 cards with LHR technology, it will likely be limited to 50%, making it unprofitable for Ethereum mining.
Leaving aside the crypto mining issue, Gigabyte’s latest RTX 3060 graphics cards will have all the features you expect. Each card has 12GB of memory on the 192-bit bus, and all have GA106-302 GPUs, 3,584 cores, 112 TMUs and 48 ROPs.
Firms that want to make the RTX 3000 GPU series less attractive to crypto miners seem not to be limited to Gigabyte and Galax companies alone. According to reports, MSI plans to produce a series under the name “Plus”, which will include the renewal of the Radeon RX 6000 GPUs.
Apart from that, it seems that branding can be confusing with the new revision graphics cards. While Galax has equipped its latest graphics cards with the name “LHR”, Gigabyte preferred a simple name “Rev 2.0”. Additionally, TechPowerUp notes that there will be no packaging difference to prevent crypto miners from purchasing graphics cards from non-mining channels.