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Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti is available online right now

The Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti has been released and available for lucky enough to find one. Announced earlier this week alongside the forthcoming RTX 3070 Ti, the 3080 Ti serves as the costly successor to the GeForce RTX 3080, a great graphics card that made 4K gaming affordable.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti has an impressive 1440p and 4K performance, albeit in a smaller, quieter package with half the VRAM. It certainly is not cheap at $1200, but given the ongoing GPU shortage and the exorbitant street prices of most GPUs right now, the RTX 3080 Ti might be more affordable at MSRP.

While we expect availability to be limited at launch and throughout the year, several retailers currently have the RTX 3080 Ti in stock. Best Buy announced yesterday that it would give customers a chance to purchase an NVIDIA Founders Edition of the card at select stores today.

Customers hoping to pick it up at launch will need to line up early and secure a ticket at 7:30 AM local time before it officially goes on sale at 9:00 AM local time. If you’re reading this now, the chances are good that you’re already too late.

Nvidia is nerfing new RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3080, and 3070 cards for Ethereum cryptocurrency mining. SeiMaxim offers RTX 3090 GPU cards for cryptocurrency mining that LHR does not limit. The RTX 3090 GPU is available with dedicated and virtual servers equipped with Intel Xeon Silver CPU.

You will get RTX 3080 Ti from five manufacturers, Gigabyte, Asus, EVGA, and MSI. If you’re looking to purchase the RTX 3080 Ti online, your options are limited. The cards will go on sale at B&H Photo, Newegg, Micro Center, and Amazon. However, we expect the stock to sell out fast. You might have luck getting one online through MSI, PNY, Zotac, or EVGA’s site.
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Nvidia nerfing new RTX 3080Ti, 3070Ti, 3060Ti for cryptocurrency mining

Nvidia applies its cryptocurrency mining limits to newly released GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards. Other cards affected are RTX 3080, RTX 370, and RTX 360. After nerfing the hash rates of the RTX 3060 for its launch in Q1 2021, Nvidia is now starting to label new cards with a “Lite Hash Rate” or “LHR” identifier to let potential customers know the cards will be restricted for mining.

As per Matt Wuebbling, Nvidia’s head GeForce marketing, this reduced hash rate only applies to newly manufactured cards with the LHR identifier and not to cards already purchased. He further said that “We believe this additional step will get more GeForce cards at better prices into the hands of gamers everywhere.”

The new RTX 3080 Ti card will start shipping in a few days, and the LHR identifier will be displayed in retail product listings and on the box. Nvidia originally started hash limiting with the RTX 3060, and the company has already committed to not limiting the performance of GPUs already sold.

While Nvidia tried to limit Ethereum mining with the RTX 3060, the company also accidentally released a beta driver that unlocked hash rates and increased performance. That’s been reinstated with more recent drivers, but the beta drivers are out in the wild now.

Nvidia offers a separate Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) for Ethereum miners instead. These cards include the best performance for mining and efficiency, but they won’t handle graphics at all. Nvidia’s move to nerf new cards will undoubtedly drive up prices for existing 30-series GPUs that don’t have these restrictions in place.

SeiMaxim offers RTX 3090 GPU cards for cryptocurrency mining that LHR does not limit. The RTX 3090 GPU is available with dedicated and virtual servers equipped with Intel Xeon Silver CPU.