The message with which Nvidia presented LHR video cards is undoubtedly noble: the company deliberately transferred all representatives of the Ampere line to new GPUs with half the performance when mining Ethereum in order to discourage miners from them – after all, the high demand for video cards was explained precisely by the activities of cryptocurrency miners. … Following this logic, the demand for LHR video cards should be much lower, because now only gamers form it, and, therefore, the price should also decrease. But that’s in theory. But in fact, the same GeForce RTX 3060 was as expensive as it was.
In South Korea, sales of the GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 LHR (1-Click OC) 3D card began – the name itself indicates that this is an anti-mining version, the price of which, logically, should not be very high. But in fact, the novelty is offered for … $ 966. That’s three times Nvidia’s RRP! It turns out that it is not the miners that are to blame for the rise in prices for video cards, but the shortage: if Nvidia released 3D cards in large quantities, it would be enough for everyone – both cryptocurrency miners and gamers. But since the volume of production of video cards is still small, even cutting off miners from the target audience does not affect the cost – it is still very high.
As for the video card itself, the GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 LHR (1-Click OC) is one of the simplest versions of the RTX 3060 in the manufacturer’s lineup. It is equipped with a cooling system with two fans, and its GPU runs at 1777 MHz by default. But with the help of Xtreme Tuner software, the GPU can be slightly overclocked – up to 1792 MHz. Apart from hardware protection against mining, this model is no different from its predecessor.