Imagine going to a computer store and finding an NVIDIA graphics card, but it has an “M” at the end of its BOM (e.g., a GeForce RTX-3070M). You, the reader of this website, will surely find this strange because you will know that this is a graphics card for laptops and as such it is not sold separately. However, for users who have no knowledge of hardware, it will look like a modern and very cheap graphics card, a real “candy” to play their favorite games…
NVIDIA RTX 30 laptops have no LHR limitation
The fact is that these graphics cards were not designed to be sold in stores to ordinary users, but rather are products expressly designed to circumvent the limitations imposed by the policy. LHR (light hash rate)
Handy board “RTX 3070M” 🤣🤣 https://t.co/ouCgCxvlwQ pic.twitter.com/Hhk9i026Fa
— I_Leak_VN (@I_Leak_VN) May 26, 2022
So some Chinese OEMs are removing the GPU from gaming laptops (probably to later sell them as “regular” laptops with integrated graphics), mounting a graphics heatsink, soldering the outputs and video and magic! They have a desktop GPU and without the limitations of LHR, although it is true that, as you may know, these GPUs are less powerful than their desktop variants.
All in all, the LHR limitations imposed by NVIDIA were undoubtedly a great attempt, but as always happens, ways have already been found to avoid it, so we could say that the sale and production of these Laptop GPU
In the end, it’s a situation that, again, ends up hurting the players. There may now be more gaming graphics card stock and prices have already stabilized at what we might consider acceptable levels, but it’s also a fact that these OEMs are pulling the GPU out of laptops from game to create cheap desktop graphics, we see the stock of laptops with gaming graphics cards cut.
Are these graphs worth exploiting?
In Chinese stores where these graphics cards are sold, their mining performance is displayed. Given the price at which electricity is at the moment, and the devalued price of crypto-currencies, many miners have closed their farms because at the moment it is not profitable, or very little. However, since these RTX 30 laptop GPUs have great mining performance, are cheap, and have low power consumption, they do it again. profitable to mineat least relatively.
We will see what the problem is and if NVIDIA decides to act, but of course and as always when we talk about problems similar to the one related to mining, it is something that ends up negatively affecting the ecosystem of the game .