It could seem that Nvidia’s soon-to-be-released GeForce RTX 3050 options the corporate’s Lite Hash Charge algorithm, or LHR for brief. This is similar expertise that Nvidia launched with the RTX 3060, and has continued to make use of on playing cards to dissuade cryptocurrency miners from shopping for them. Whereas there have been workarounds and hacks of the limiter, in addition to unlucky driver leaks, it nonetheless stands as probably the greatest deterrents for crypto miners.
As with every new card from Nvidia as of late, the RTX 3050 is predicted to ship with the LHR algorithm in place. Though this may’t actually be confirmed in some way till the playing cards truly hit the cabinets. There’s additionally the truth that even with the limiter, some playing cards stay tempting for miners, as they will nonetheless flip a reasonably fast revenue.
A supply from China was highlighted by Videocardz, as to the mining efficiency figures for the RTX 3050. These have been backed up with a screenshot exhibiting the cardboard managing 20MH/s for a mere 4 seconds earlier than dropping right down to 12.5MH/s at 73W. That equates to round 500 days of mining to get the return on funding on the cardboard, assuming it prices $250.
This makes the RTX 3050 a garbage card for any miners seeking to choose up an inexpensive graphics card, significantly in gentle of the current cryptocurrency crash that has seen billions wiped off the crypto markets. Certainly, loads of playing cards that have been worthwhile, at the moment are not wanting fairly so tasty proper now.
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Dangerous information for miners, however excellent news for players, as this could imply there are extra graphics playing cards for the factor they have been designed for, i.e. taking part in video games. There’s just one query left now: Is the RTX 3050 any good at truly taking part in video games? We’ll discover out on January 27th when the card is officially released.
It is value noting that AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT, launched final week, additionally got down to frustrate cryptocurrency miners by delivery with solely 4GB of VRAM. The one draw back being this additionally impacted PC players, as loads of fashionable video games demand extra VRAM for high-res texture packs and extra. Hopefully, Nvidia’s strategy with LHR, however nonetheless packing 8GB of VRAM pays off the place AMD’s failed.