Last Updated on November 7, 2021 by ViCadia
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is considered to be one of the best graphics card for mining ever made. Delivering up to 60 MH/s for a total power consumption of only 130 W, it is by far the most efficient GPU when it comes to mining Ethereum. Unfortunately, almost all new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards now come with a built-in cryptocurrency limiter, hence the “LHR” label in their name. The built-in mining limiter makes new RTX 3060 Ti cards much less profitable and energy efficient than the original, non-LHR models. However, with certain tweaks and proper software, even the RTX 3060 Ti can deliver fairly good mining performance. Read more to learn how.
On paper, the RTX 3060 Ti LHR is identical to the original RTX 3060 Ti (non-LHR). Both cards feature 4,864 CUDA cores, as well as 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and can deliver up to 16.2 TFLOPS of FP32 performance. However, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR comes with a built-in mining limiter, meaning it can deliver only around 30 MH/s while mining Ethereum, which is almost 50% less compared to the original GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (non-LHR). To make matters worse, the original RTX 3060 Ti is almost impossible to obtain these days, since many AIB manufacturers stopped producing it. The only non-LHR RTX 3060 Ti you can buy these days is the Founders Edition model, which can be sometimes found at Amazon, but is quite expensive and usually out of stock.
Notice: We strongly recommend using the latest version of NBMiner or GMiner if you plan to mine Ethereum with the RTX 3060 Ti LHR. These miners partially bypass the card’s built-in mining limiter, thus allowing the card to deliver up to 34% better mining hashrate.
However, despite its disappointing Ethereum mining performance, the new RTX 3060 Ti LHR is still a pretty decent GPU for mining. When it comes to mining Ergo (ERG), the RTX 3060 Ti LHR performs roughly the same as the GeForce RTX 3070 LHR, while costing less. It is also quite good for mining altcoins such as Conceal (CCX), Ryo (RYO), and Ravencoin (RVN).
In last couple of months great progress has been made in unlocking LHR cards for mining. Many cryptocurrency miners, including NBMiner, GMiner, and T-Rex miner, now offer software solutions which partially bypass the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti’s built-in mining limiter. This means that with the correct overclock settings and software, the RTX 3060 Ti’s base Ethereum mining hashrate can now be increased from initial 30 MH/s to 45 MH/s. In this guide we’ll show you the best overclock settings for mining with the RTX 3060 Ti LHR, and examine which miner performs best with this card.
Best Overclock Settings for Mining ETH with GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR
Before you start mining Ethereum with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR, we recommend overclocking the graphics card in order to improve its mining performance as much as possible. However, it must be noted that you should use overclocking at your own risk! ViCadia.com does not take any responsibilities related to overclocking or performing any adjustments to your computer. You have been warned!
Before you begin mining with your RTX 3060 Ti LHR, first download the latest version of the MSI Afterburner and HWiNFO64. To manually adjust core clock, memory clock, and power limit parameters for your GPU, use the MSI Afterburner. For keeping a close eye on core clock and VRAM temperatures, we recommend using the HWiNFO64 tool. If you notice any strange behavior from your GPU, reset to the original settings right away!
For purposes of this guide we’ve used ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC graphics card (features Hynix memory). Down below you can find overclock settings which worked best for us. These OC settings may not necessarily work for your card! Each AIB model of the RTX 3060 Ti LHR behaves slightly different.
Here are the overclock settings that worked best for our card:
- Lock the GPU core clock to 1350 MHz (use MSI Afterburner’s Curve Editor or edit miner config file)
- Increase Memory Clock value to +1050 MHz (via MSI Afterburner)
- Set Power Limit to 100%
- Set Fan Speed to Auto (you can also decrease it, but don’t go below 65% because the system will crash)
Ethereum Mining Performance & Benchmarks
In order to examine our card’s mining performance, we’ve tested five different miners: NBminer 39.5, GMiner 2.70, lolMiner 1.33, T-Rex 0.24, and miniZ v1.8y4rc2 miner. All tests were performed with applied overclock settings, and on PC running Windows 10 with NVIDIA’s 471.68 graphics drivers. Fan speed, GPU core temperature, VRAM temperature, and total board power draw were recorded via HWiNFO64 v7.14. Down below you can see our benchmark results.
|RTX 3060 Ti LHR (OC)||Hashrate (avg.)||GPU Temp (avg.)||Fan Speed (avg.)||Total Power Draw||Eff./Watt|
|NBMiner 39.5 |
|40.10 MH/s||42°C||80%||102 W||393.1 kH/J|
|40.30 MH/s||41°C||80%||102 W||395.1 kH/J|
|42.00 MH/s||44°C||80%||129 W||325.6 kH/J|
|42.50 MH/s||44°C||80%||122 W||348.3 kH/J|
|42.60 MH/s||45°C||80%||129 W||330.2 kH/J|
Practically all miners perform roughly the same with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR, however, there are some minor differences worth discussing about. If you take a close look at our table above, you can see that NBMiner 39.5 performs the worst (at least when it comes to raw mining hashrate), while the miniZ miner performs the best. It’s also worth noting that the performance difference between NBMiner and GMiner is almost non-existent, so it’s safe to say that these two miners perform almost the same.
When it comes to efficiency, the situation is much more complicated. Here, both NBMiner and GMiner take the crown, since with these two miners the RTX 3060 Ti LHR consumes only around 102 W of power, while with the miniZ and T-Rex miner it consumes almost 130 W of power. Increased power consumption also causes increased heat production, so it’s no wonder that the RTX 3060 Ti runs somewhat hotter with miniZ and T-Rex miners. Down below you can see a performance efficiency chart that provides a much better insight in performance differences between tested miners.
As you can see, the GMiner is the best miner to go with if you own an RTX 3060 Ti LHR. This miner can deliver the best efficiency, and it features a developer’s fee of 0.65%, which is a bit less compared to NBMiner’s fee of 1%. Of course, if pure mining performance is all you care about, then consider going with the lolMiner. Not only it’s more efficient than the T-Rex miner, but it also features a lower developer’s fee of only 0.7%. Compared to GMiner, with lolMiner you can expect increased power consumption and somewhat worse mining efficiency, but on average your card will hash at speed of roughly 42.5 MH/s.
MiniZ is also pretty good miner when it comes to raw performance, however, the time you’ll spend tinkering around it doesn’t really justify its high hashrate. You see, miniZ comes with a ton of options which will force you to spend hours until you find the best settings that will suit your needs. In general, miniZ runs quite unstable and causes a lot of system crashes, so be prepared if you decide to choose this miner. Of course, if you like to constantly optimize and test your GPU’s mining performance, then miniZ is the best, but if you just want to mine as efficiently as possible, then GMiner seems like a much better choice.
Overall, none of the tested miners delivered any spectacular performance gains, however, all of them were able to partially unlock RTX 3060 Ti’s mining potential, and increase its mining hashrate by up to 33%. Truth be told, this performance boost isn’t too shabby, but it still leaves a lot to be desired, especially since the non-LHR GeForce RTX 3060 Ti can deliver 60 MH/s @ 130 W without any tweaking.
You should also take great care whether your RTX 3060 Ti LHR features Samsung’s or Hynix’s memory modules. Cards with Samsung’s memory modules tend to perform somewhat better, meaning that they can deliver around 45 MH/s, while cards with Hynix’s memory modules are able to deliver between 37-42 MH/s.
Despite its limited mining performance, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR seems like a card with a lot of potential, and we are hoping to see developers of cryptocurrency miners to discover new solutions which will allow them to fully unlock LHR cards. We hope you liked this guide, and that you found this information useful. If you have any thoughts which you want to share with us, feel free to post a comment below. Happy mining!