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Full Version: Pure Brute Force has Higher Hash Rate Than Fixed Chars
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When I run hashcat with -a 3 -m 12700 HASH.hash ?a?a?a?a?a?a?a?a (len 8), I get about 280MH/s. However, when running the same with some chars prepended (eg: abcde?a?a?a?a?a?a?a?a {len13}), my hash rate goes down to about 200MH/s.

Why is this? Is there a way I can run it with the higher has rate but also prepend my chars?

This is a known limitation due to the way work is distributed to the GPUs. There are a few tricks you can use if your algorithm is a primitive algorithm that supports various constructions. In your case, there's nothing you can do.
Ahh. Ok. Thanks for that insight.