Around a quarter of the world’s graphics cards are estimated to have been sold to miners during the first quarter of the year. Due to ramaskrin from gamers Nvidia chose to implement a barrier with newly produced graphics cards, which halves the performance when mining Ethereum, among other things. These received the supplement Lite Hash Rate (LHR) and are intended to make the graphics cards less interesting for miners.
Unsurprisingly, a huge amount of work is being done to circumvent the barrier. The closest so far is the software Nbminer, which has managed to unlock 70 percent of the performance of newly produced graphics cards. Another software used for cryptography is T-Rex, which in a whimsical way can fully utilize the full potential of Geforce graphics cards.
By breaking two cryptocurrencies at the same time, it is possible to use 100 percent of the resources the graphics card has available. When the setting is used in the software, 30 percent of the performance can be dedicated to Ethereum (ETH) while 70 percent can be used for options such as Ergo (ERG), Ravencoin (RVN) and Cornflux (CFX). For some reason, the reverse does not work, using 70 percent for Ethereum and 30 percent for alternative cryptocurrencies.
Tom’s Hardware, which reports on the T-Rex software, points out that each cryptocurrency has different requirements for the amount of graphics memory, which is why the solution does not work with all graphics cards in the Geforce RTX 3000 series. As an example, the combination Ethereum and Ergo requires more than 8 GB of memory, while Ethereum with Ravencoin or Cornflux requires more than 10 GB. This means that RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti cannot use the function in T-Rex.
It is clear that completely circumventing Nvidia’s barrier to breaking creep currencies is more difficult than predicted when the graphics giant launched the LHR concept. At the same time as the work is in progress, it is already known that Ethereum in the not too distant future will move away from today’s resource-intensive Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake, which would make it much less lucrative to use graphics cards for mining.