Nvidia’s sophisticated anti-mining limiter has been fully cracked. The process was slow and gradual. Although it was evident, the crack came at a time when gamers do not need to be bothered by miners. Nvidia launched the Low Hash-Rate cards earlier in 2021 intending to prevent miners from scooping up all of the stock to maximize profitability. These were times when mining profitabilities had soared high. Break-even points would happen within months. But, current profitabilities have plummeted. And, with the shift of Ethereum from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to Proof-of-Stake (PoS), gaming graphics cards would become obsolete for mining purposes.
Who Came Up With the 100% LHR Unlock?
Nicehash came up with this new algorithm. Previously, NBMiner had come up with up to 70% performance unlocker on LHR cards. The T-Rex miner had come up with clever solutions like simultaneous mining of two different cryptocurrencies to improvise on the performance unlocker of NBMiner. However, none of these solutions was a complete unlocker and tapping on the industry demand for one, a group by the name “Sergey” came up with a supposed LHR mining unlocker which turned out to be a virus.
But, Nicehash’s implementation is legit and it works.
Nvidia has significantly improved their anti-mining algorithm since its introduction back in 2021 with the RTX 3070 Ti and the RTX 3080 Ti cards. The company has come up with LHRv2 and LHRv3 cards with its newer launches. The newly launched RTX 3080 12GB and the RTX 3050 come with the latest LHRv3 algorithms, and the 100% low hash-rate unlocker is ineffective on these cards.
We do not know whether Nvidia will address this development with software and/or driver update. The company can also come up with a newer variant of the anti-mining limiter to make it more difficult for miners to break the algorithm. For now, all cards with LHRv2 and older algorithms can mine at 100% efficiency with full profitability.