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We were really impressed with Intel's latest high-performance notebook CPUs from the Tiger Lake-H family when we got to try them out in a test platform. Intel arguably produced the single fastest x86 notebook CPU on the planet, with blistering single-threaded speed and heavy multi-threaded prowess. However, we were itching to get our hands on a retail sample with these CPUs so we could verify that shipping products were just as fast. Enter ASUS and the powerful ROG Zephyrus M16, a brand-new model of sleek gaming notebook with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics and one of Intel's latest Core i9 processors.  ASUS didn't just incorporate Intel's latest mobile platform and call it a day, though. The... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, there have been various reports that the GPU crunch is starting to subside across Europe, with a resultant decrease in currently astronomical street prices. Although we haven't seen significant price erosion here in the United States, a new report suggests that NVIDIA is poised to ramp production for at least one of its current generation GPUs: the GeForce RTX 3060. The GeForce RTX 3060 was introduced in mid-February and was the first Ampere GPU to introduce the [easily defeated] cryptocurrency mining limiter. However, a new report from ITHome alleges that NVIDIA is boosting production of these GeForce RTX 3060 Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GPUs, in part, as a response to demand... Read more...
AMD is looking to make a splash in the mobile gaming market with its recently introduced Radeon RX 6000M lineup for laptops. Based on the same second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture as its desktops Radeon RX 6000 series, the mobile GPUs look promising on paper. How do they perform in the real world, though? Some leaked benchmarks of a supposed Radeon RX 6600M may give us an idea. That is one of three mobile GPUs that comprise the Radeon RX 6000M series at the moment, the other two being the Radeon RX 6700M and Radeon RX 6800M. Here's a quick and dirty specification comparison of the three... Radeon RX 6800M: 40 CUs, 2,300MHz game clock, 12GB GDDR6, 192-bit bus, 96MB Infinity Cache... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 was the first Ampere graphics card to introduced a cryptocurrency limiter. In early testing, the limiter gradually reduced the hash rate of the GPU arm around 41 MH/s to 26 MH/s or lower, in the hopes of making them less attractive to Ethereum miners. However, enthusiasts quickly found multiple workarounds to defeat the limiter, restoring its original mining performance. NVIDIA is back again with Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GPUs, and the folks over at Expreview have gotten their hands on the Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 LHR Apocalypse GOC, which is exclusive to the Chinese market. According to the site, which performed a wide variety of real-world gaming and synthetic benchmarks,... Read more...
Just over a week ago, NVIDIA officially announced the [impending] launch of Lite Hash Rate (LHR) versions of its popular GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. The LHR Series aims to improve the availability of gaming cards for enthusiasts by making them less appealing to cryptocurrency miners. In this case, LHR cards use a combination of software and hardware to cut the Ethereum mining hash rate in half. Galax is one of the first OEM partners to get onboard and has made the GeForce RTX 3060 D6 12GB LHR available. This second revision of the GeForce RTX 3060 has all the same performance characteristics as the original model introduced earlier this year, but with the mining restrictions enabled... Read more...
Gigabyte today made its new Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GeForce RTX 3060 cards official. We've heard about upcoming GPU revisions for the GeForce RTX 30 Series with a second-generation Ethereum limiter onboard, but Gigabyte is among the first to post actual product pages confirming the change. NVIDIA's GeForce 466.24 driver confirmed that this change was on the way, stating, "This driver updates the hash limiter for the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB and is required for product shipped starting mid-May." Gigabyte's LHR series is currently limited to its GeForce RTX 3060 family, which includes the following cards: Aorus GeForce RTX 3060 ELITE 12G GeForce RTX 3060 GAMING OC 12G GeForce RTX 3060 VISION OC 12G GeForce... Read more...
In recent days, we've heard increasing rumors that NVIDIA will release a new revision GeForce RTX 30 Series "GAxx2" GPUs that feature an enhanced cryptocurrency mining limiter. Today with the release of the GeForce 466.24 driver, NVIDIA confirmed those rumors surrounding a mid-May launch. If you look at the release notes for the GeForce 466.24 driver, you'll find the following passage: "This driver updates the hash limiter for the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB and is required for product shipped starting mid-May." The folks at VideoCardz dug deeper into the new driver and discovered that the latest revision of the GeForce RTX 3060, which will carry the GA106-302 GPU, has a unique Device ID. While the... Read more...
Amazon just can't seem to help itself when it comes to leaking unreleased ASUS gaming laptops. Over the past week, we've seen the ROG Zephyrus M16 leak on multiple occasions, and now it's time for the TUF Gaming F17 FX706 to get its [early] time in the spotlight. The leak comes via Amazon's Italian-language shopping site and details an Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake-H processor paired with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The Core i7-11800H is a 45-watt processor (configurable) with a base clock of 2.4GHz and a maximum turbo clock of 4.6GHz. Its all-core clock can allegedly reach up to 4.2GHz. The processor also features 8 cores and 16 threads, thanks to HyperThreading technology. The TUF Gaming F17 FX706... Read more...
It looks as though NVIDIA will take another stab at a cryptocurrency mining limiter for its GeForce RTX 3060 after its current solution was defeated via multiple methods. The current GeForce RTX 3060 features the GA106-300 GPU, but a report alleges that a newer revision, GA106-302, is on the way to reenable the limiter. This information reportedly comes from a Taiwanese graphics card manufacturer, which says that NVIDIA has already discontinued the GA106-300. NVIDIA's switch to the GA106-302 thwarts miners on two fronts. First of all, the 470.05 beta driver currently used by Ethereum miners is incompatible with the new GPU revision, which shuts down that popular workaround. HKEPC states that... Read more...
In June 2020, Hewlett-Packard launched an all-new Omen 15 gaming laptop that gave enthusiasts a choice of either AMD Ryzen 4000 or 10th generation Intel Comet Lake-H processors. AMD systems were only available with a GeForce RTX 1660 Ti GPU, while Intel systems could have a GeForce RTX 2060 or GeForce RTX 2070. It looks as though HP is ready to unleash the 2021 version of the Omen 15, and it doesn't look like things are changing much on the outside, which is to be expected given last year's complete redesign. However, inside, the Omen 15 is getting an upgrade to Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 mobile processors. According to a new report, the Omen 15 will be available with AMD's latest Ryzen 7 5800H. The Ryzen... Read more...
NVIDIA hoped that the GeForce RTX 3060 would represent a new era for long-battered gamers, during which cryptocurrency miners wouldn't rain on their parade by hoarding cards. Through a combination of drivers, BIOS, and hardware modifications, NVIDIA limited the Ethereum hash rate of the GeForce RTX 3060 by roughly 50 percent to deter crypto miners. Unfortunately for NVIDIA, a beta driver allowed users to bypass the ETH limiter, and a dummy HDMI plug allowed users to bypass the limiter in multi-GPU rigs. Now, we're learning of a crypto miner that was able to amass a total of seven Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC to install in a single rig. Since the beta driver trick doesn't work in multi-GPU... Read more...
Emtek might not be a name that's familiar to HotHardware readers in the United States, but the brand is quite popular in its home market of South Korea. The company's latest GeForce RTX 3060 offering has us a bit jealous of its design, which doesn't go the boring "reference card" route. The Emtek GeForce RTX 3060 Miracle D6 has a bee-themed design complete with a black and orangish-yellow color scheme. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the card is its honeycomb cutout design over one of the fans. A custom graphics card wouldn't be complete without RGB lighting, so it's no surprise that the "Miracle" logo at the top of the card lights up. Muhammad Ali would be proud, as this card... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned that NVIDIA's cryptocurrency mining limiter on the GeForce RTX 3060 was easily bypassed using the 470.05 beta driver. The limiter can slash Ethereum mining performance by 50 percent or more, which was supposed to reduce the graphics card's appeal to miners. While the beta driver seems to be perfectly fine for use in a single-GPU system, it doesn't kill the limiter if the GeForce RTX 3060 is used in a multi-GPU mining rig. Hardwareluxx discovered that the ETH limiter was still active with the 470.05 beta driver if a GeForce RTX 3060 is used as a secondary adapter, with a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti acting as the primary. In this case, the ETH hash... Read more...
Leading up to the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, NVIDIA made it clear that the GeForce RTX 3060 would have limitations in place to make it unpalatable to cryptocurrency miners. GeForce and Radeon GPUs are popular with Ethereum miners, which has exacerbated the GPU shortage plaguing the industry. NVIDIA's solution was to implement a combination of hardware, BIOS, and driver modifications to slash the ETH hash rate of the GeForce RTX 3060 in half. However, as we found out yesterday, this limiter was effectively disabled without much work on the user's part. A GeForce RTX 3060 owner only needs to install the 470.05 beta driver, which automatically removes the hash rate limiter. ... Read more...
Last week we learned that NVIDIA's Ethereum crypto mining limiter might have possibly been broken. However, we quickly discovered that a GeForce RTX 3060 using the Octopus algorithm with the Conflux alt-coin was incorrectly cited as mining for ETH. Now, there is more evidence that the inevitable has finally happened. The folks over at PC Watch claim to have cut through NVIDIA's ETH restrictions, and it is simple to achieve. According to the report [via Google Translate], "The specific method is not introduced here, but it does not require modification of the driver or BIOS, and anyone can easily do it with a little effort."  Given that there doesn't appear to... Read more...
Before the GeForce RTX 3060 officially launched, NVIDIA made the somewhat surprising announcement that the GPU would have a built-in hash rate limiter when mining for cryptocurrency. According to NVIDIA, this was done to limit the appeal of the GeForce RTX 3060 to crypto miners and leave more supply for the intended audience: gamers. NVIDIA said that it implemented the hash rate limiter through a combination of BIOS, driver, and hardware modifications, which would "detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm" and cut performance by up to 50 percent. In the real world, CryptoLeo witnessed a roughly 38 percent reduction in Ethereum mining performance with... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching its latest Ampere-based GPU today, targeting the sweet-spot of the PC gaming market, the GeForce RTX 3060. The GeForce RTX 3060 was announced post-CES 2021, all the way back in mid-January, but cards are going on sale today. In addition to the relatively early initial reveal, NVIDIA is doing a few other things a bit differently with this launch. For one, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention last week’s announcements regarding specialized CMP HX mining GPUs and the GeForce RTX 3060’s intentionally gimped mining hash rash rate, when it comes to the Ethereum algo at least. On top of those two things, which have been the source of much debate, NVIDIA has... Read more...
Earlier this month, NVIDIA confirmed that its new entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 would launch on February 25th. Last night, the company added a bit more clarity to the launch, revealing that the first retail cards would be available starting today at noon EST. The GeForce RTX 3060’s imminent availability is welcome news to budget gamers out there attracted to the $329 retail price that NVIDIA has bestowed upon the GeForce RTX 3060, but scoring one for that price may be nearly impossible. A quick trip over to Best Buy shows that the retailer currently has three GeForce RTX 3060 cards listed as “Coming Soon,” and none of them are anywhere close to $329. The cheapest card available... Read more...
We have just one more day to go before NVIDIA releases its GeForce RTX 3060 to retail, which will be the most affordable version of Ampere thus far. Well, provided retailers and NVIDIA's add-in-board (AIB) partners stick to the MSRP, or thereabouts. As it pertains to the latter, Gigabyte has introduced an Aorus GeForce RTX 3060 Elite graphics card in the mold of its "Neonpunk" design language. What exactly is Neonpunk, in the eyes of Gigabyte? Straight from the horse's mouth, "Neonpunk style emanates in the darkness from the glimmer of high quality metals, showcasing futuristic aesthetics in the darkness of the night. The new era of esports has arrived." So, um, make of that what you will. It... Read more...
In just a few more days, NVIDIA will release its most affordable graphics card based on Ampere yet, that being the GeForce RTX 3060 (not to be confused with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti). And as you might expect, retailers are ready to go. Or at least one of them is, with pictures showing multiple retail boxes from various different brands stuffed onto metal racks. These are all custom models from NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners, including ASUS, MSI, and Zotac. The pictures highlight five different models in all, with what appears to be dozens of retail cards ready to be sold to the public when the launch date—Wednesday, February 25—rolls around. The folks at Coreteks posted several... Read more...
On Thursday morning, NVIDIA made two big announcements regarding GPUs. The company revealed that it will be launching the Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) HX GPU Series specifically for the mining community. According to NVIDIA, the GPUs used in these cards "don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers.” The second big announcement, and one that was a bit more concerning to those that like to mine for cryptocurrency on the side, was that the incoming GeForce RTX 3060 is going to be handicapped with respect to mining performance. NVIDIA can "detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency... Read more...
The launch of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 is just around the corner, which means that budget gamers are probably eagerly anticipating an upgrade. NVIDIA first announced its newest mainstream graphics cards in early January, and it will officially launch on February 25th. However, one thing that many people have wondered is just how hard will it be to obtain a GeForce RTX 3060. After all, given its $329 price tag, it's sure to be a hot ticket item. Well, NVIDIA is trying to alleviate at least some demand to make sure that the GeForce RTX 3060 gets into the hands of enthusiasts and not cryptocurrency miners looking to make big bucks on the side. In this case, NVIDIA is altering... Read more...
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