The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is considered to be one of the best graphics card for mining cryptocurrencies. It can deliver up to 60 MH/s on Ethash algorithm for a total power consumption of only 130 W, which makes it by far the most efficient GPU for mining Ethereum.
Unfortunately, almost all custom designed GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards come with a built-in cryptocurrency limiter, which is why they have the “LHR” label in their name. The built-in mining limiter makes all the new RTX 3060 Ti cards much less energy efficient and profitable compared to the original, non-LHR models. However, with certain tweaks and proper software, this built-in mining limiter can be 100% bypassed, allowing even the RTX 3060 Ti LHR to deliver unprecedented mining performance. In this guide we’ll explain 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 that 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). What’s worse is that 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 sometimes be found at Amazon, but is very expensive and usually out of stock.
As of May 7th 2022 all LHR cards can now be fully unlocked! If you plan to mine Ethereum with the RTX 3060 Ti LHR we strongly recommend using the latest version of NBMiner or NiceHash QuickMiner. These miners fully bypass the card’s built-in mining limiter, thus allowing the card to achieve its maximum mining speed.
However, despite its disappointing out-of-the-box Ethereum mining performance, the RTX 3060 Ti LHR is still a fantastic GPU for mining. Even without any tweaking, the RTX 3060 Ti LHR is able to mine altcoins like Ergo (ERG) at the same spees as the GeForce RTX 3070 LHR, while costing less. The card is also quite good for mining coins such as Conceal (CCX), Ryo (RYO), and Ravencoin (RVN).
In February 2022, NVIDIA started producing new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR cards (Revision 2.0) featuring the GA103 chip. In practice, these cards perform the same as the older RTX 3060 Ti cards featuring the GA104 chip. The only difference is that these cards have a larger GPU die, and can boast with slightly better mining performance. In this guide we’ll solely focus on this new variant of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Revision 2.0), since cards with the older GA104 chip are slowly being discontinued.
It’s also worth mentioning that in the last couple of months a fantastic progress has been made in unlocking LHR cards for mining. Miners like NBMiner and NiceHash QuickMiner can now fully unlock LHR cards, making them extremely profitable, while other cryptocurrency miners, such as lolMiner or GMiner now offer dual mining support which allows users to simultaneously mine two coins at the same time.
This means that with the correct overclock settings and software, the RTX 3060 Ti’s base Ethereum mining hashrate can now be increased from the initial 30 MH/s to 64 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 the 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 Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Elite 8G (REV2.0) graphics card. 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 (RTX 3060 Ti LHR Revision 2.0):
- Make sure you have the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR R2.0 card (has GA103 chip). Use GPU-Z to check that.
- Lock the GPU core clock to 1,500 MHz (use MSI Afterburner, NVIDIA SMI, or miner config batch file)
- Set the Memory Clock offset to +1,600 MHz (use MSI Afterburner, NVIDIA SMI, or miner config batch file)
- Set Power Limit to 100%
- Set Fan Speed to Auto
Ethereum Mining Performance & Benchmarks
In order to examine our card’s mining performance, we’ve tested five different miners: NBminer 41.0, NiceHash QuickMiner v0.5.4.0 RC, GMiner 2.91, lolMiner 1.48, and T-Rex 0.25.9. All tests were performed with applied overclock settings, and on PC running Windows 10 with installed NVIDIA’s 512.59 graphics drivers. Down below you can see our benchmark results.
|RTX 3060 Ti LHR (OC)||Hashrate (avg.)||GPU Temp.||Fan Speed||Power||Efficiency|
|64.4 MH/s||50°C||90%||157 W||410.2 kH/J|
|NiceHash QuickMiner 0.5.4.0 RC (ETH)||61.0 MH/s||50°C||100%||155 W||393.5 kH/J|
|47.3 MH/s||49°C||93%||152 W||311.2 kH/J|
|47.5 MH/s (ETH)|
1,300 MH/s (TON)
|53°C||92%||184 W||258.1 kH/J (ETH)|
7.06 MH/J (TON)
|50.0 MH/s||51°C||94%||157 W||318.5 kH/J|
|49.4 MH/s (ETH)|
1,443 MH/s (TON)
|58°C||93%||192 W||257.3 kH/J (ETH)|
7.51 MH/J (TON)
|49.4 MH/s (ETH)|
678 MH/s (TON)
|58°C||93%||195 W||253.3 kH/J (ETH)|
3.47 MH/J (TON)
As you can see, the new NBMiner 41.0 and NiceHash QuickMiner are pretty much destroying all competition. This is no surprise, given the fact that these two miners are featuring 100% LHR unlocks. In our tests, the NBMiner was able to deliver a whooping 64.40 MH/s hashrate, while the QuickMiner fell slightly behind it, with 61.0 MH/s on average. Both of these results are simply amazing, and we are thrilled to see the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR performing so great.
Speaking of other miners, there isn’t much to say about them, since both NBMiner and QuickMiner made them all obsolete. The T-Rex miner was able to deliver 47.3 MH/s which, up until now, was considered to be a pretty good result. However, given the fact that T-Rex miner consumes almost the same amount of power as the latest NBMiner, but is able to provide 20 MH/s lower hashrate, using it now seems completely pointless. The same thing could be said about GMiner and lolMiner.
Speaking of efficiency, both NBMiner and QuickMiner were clear winners here, with NBMiner taking the first spot, and QuickMiner falling in the second place. Regarding other miners, our results were all over the place, and it is hard to provide and sound conclusion. In the end, it all depends on how you want to mine Ethereum with your RTX 3060 Ti.
If you want to solely mine Ethereum as efficiently as possible, then NBMiner is a clear choice, since it can deliver an incredible 410 kH per watt (which is by far the best result among all tested miners). On the other hand, if you want to mine Ethereum simultaneously with other coins, lolMiner and GMiner still seem like decent alternatives. Down below you can see a performance efficiency chart that provides a much better insight in differences between tested miners.
As you can see, efficiency varies wildly between miners and mining modes. Even in single mining mode, we can see a significant performance difference between the latest version of NBMiner and NiceHash QuickMiner (both of which feature 100% LHR unlocks). In our tests, the former proved to be faster and more energy-efficient, while the latter consumed slightly less power on average.
In dual mining mode, the power efficiency gap between GMiner 2.91 and lolMiner 1.48 was much less palpable, but both of these miners consumed much more power than the latest NBMiner or NiceHash QuickMiner in the single mining mode (155 W vs. 190 W). Efficiency-wise, GMiner 2.91 proved to be slightly less power-hungry than lolMiner 1.48. However, lolMiner was able to beat GMiner 2.91 in ETH+TON dual mining mode, since it could deliver 1,443 MH/s while mining TON. The only downside here was the increased power consumption which reached very high 192 W.
Overall, our latest test results show that even dual mining mode proves to be pointless when NBMiner and NiceHash QuickMiner are able to fully unlock the RTX 3060 Ti’s mining potential and deliver incredible mining hashrate speed. With such performance, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR can now mine at the same speed as the original, non-Ti model, if not even better. To us, this sounds quite amazing.
Miners rejoice! After months of waiting we now finally have miners with 100% LHR unlocks. This is absolutely lovely news, and we are thrilled to see our LHR cards hashing out those coins at amazing speeds. Just like the original, non-Ti model, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR proves again to be one of the best graphics cards for mining cryptos. By being able to deliver 64 MH/s for a total power consumption of 155 W, this is by far one of the best mining GPUs out there.
It is important to note that different RTX 3060 Ti cards feature memory modules from different chip manufacturers. Cards with Samsung’s memory modules tend to mine somewhat better, meaning that they can deliver up to 64 MH/s on average, while cards with Hynix’s memory modules are able to deliver between 58-60 MH/s. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’ll be buying a new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti card soon.
We’ll continue updating this guide with new information and benchmark results once new miners with 100% LHR unlocks start rolling out. Be sure to get back here once in a while for more news and updates. We hope you liked our guide, and that you found the information here useful. If you have any thoughts that you want to share with us, feel free to post a comment below.
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