Best GPU for Mining

The Best GPU for Mining Cryptocurrency

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If you’re looking for a simple answer as to what is the best gpu for mining cryptocurrency, then regretfully I can’t deliver – the answer is always more complicated.

The first question you need to ask yourself, is which algorithm are you going to mine?

For those new to the game, there are two main mining algorithms right now Equihash and Ethash (with the main coins being zcash & ethereum respectively).

Ethash in general uses more memory of a GPU but less of the core while being a little bit more energy efficient. Equihash uses more of the core and less on the memory but will use more electricity.

I’ve also tried to keep affordability in line for the cards as well.

Now that you have decided the main algorithm to mine – we can get on to the list.

Best GPU for Mining Ethereum or Ethash

Most people may have heard of Ethash/Ethereum so we’ll begin with this one.

If you’ve bounced around on other sites you may have noticed that some will recommend the AMD line of GPU’s as they have traditionally been the better processor type to obtain the highest hashrates.

What is happening over time is that DAG (directed acyclic graph) file size is increasing over time. The Ethereum DAG was created as part of the proof of work algorithm a new epoch number is counted for approximately every 30,000 blocks.

This increasing DAG epoch affects the Radeon cards in a larger fashion than it does the NVIDIA GPU’s…at least it did until AMD came out with a new mining driver that limits the decline of their cards quite significantly – so make sure to update to the newest driver and you should be okay.

All mining rigs will see a decrease in their hashrate over time, as the DAG file gets larger and more individuals start mining. The best you can do is to look to limit the decrease as much as possible.

Another rather negative thing to consider is the Ice-Age difficulty bomb. To find out more about what this is all about, I would recommend reading the cryptocompare guide and the Eterchain site also has some interactive charts that you can look through.

1. Nvidia GTX 1070

The GTX 1070 is able to mine at about 30Mh/s and is quite efficient for electricity as well – this makes it the best GPU for mining at this time, and I would argue for the future as well. Since these cards are the best, of course that comes with a price as well.
I’ve chosen the EVGA GTX 1070 since it has a dual fan configuration which always helps in keeping the GPU for mining cool.

Below you will take you to the appropriate Amazon store, if you can’t find my recommended 1070 card, look for any 1070 GPU mining card that has dual fans. 2 fans seems to be the sweet spot, 3 fans is overkill and a single fan really needs additional cooling to keep the longevity of the card.
The other big part about this being in the number 1 spot is availability, it’s still at least easy to find a 1070 card, the AMD cards I listed below were very difficult to find any new cards available.

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Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU for mining
  • Real Base Clock: 1594 MHz / Real Boost Clock: 1784 MHz; Memory Detail: 8192MB GDDR5
  • Run Longer, Play Longer with EVGA "ACX 3.0" Cooling. Operating system support: Windows 10 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit
  • What you see is what you get! - No additional software required to achieve listed clock speeds
  • DX12 OSD Support with EVGA Precision XOC. Requires Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • 3 Year Warranty & EVGA's 24/7 Technical Support. Requirements: Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply.One available 8-pin PCI-E power dongle, Total Power Draw : 170 Watts

2. Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

I know, another GTX card at the top – you’d think i work for them! The fact of the matter is that i put this card at the number 2 spot again due to availability. This video card can be tweaked to run up to 32Mh/s when mining Ethereum. However, it really shines when mining Zcash which I’ve outlined below. It tends to cost a fair bit more than the 1070, though.

Nvidia GTX 1080Ti
  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • CARD DIMENSION(Millimeters) - 290 x 140 x 51 millimeters
  • Memory Interface: 352-bit
  • Max. Resolution: Support 4x Display Monitors
  • Input: 2x 8pin PCI-E Power Connectors

3. AMD RX 390x

As mentioned before, AMD GPU mining cards used to be the go to cards for ROI. With an impressive hashrate you are sure to like this card. I’ve dropped this to number 3 as it is ever difficult to find an AMD card.

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AMD RX 390x
  • AMD Radeon R9 390X GPU
  • 8GB 512-bit GDDR5 VRAM
  • DisplayPort, 2 DL-DVI-D and HDMI
  • CrossFire ready
  • DirectX 12

4. AMD RX 480

I skipped over the RX580 as the hashrates are pretty close, but again it is difficult to find any store that has these cards available. If you can buy a 580, then grab it!

AMD RX 480
  • Dual-slot Width, 1x HDMI, 3x Display Port
  • 256Bit, 8GB GDDR5 , PCIe 3.0 x16, GPU Clock: 1266 MHz, Memory 2000 MHz
  • Bandwith 256.0GB/s, DirectX 12.0
  • Video card only in OEM Packaging - no box, Video driver/software not included
  • 90 Days Warranty

Best GPU for Mining Equihash or Zcash

As mentioned above, Equihash is less memory intensive so this does open up things a little more to the AMD line.

Lastly, for those who do not know about the nicehash calculator – you can use this to see what each GPU will produce for a return – a word of caution though. The pricing for the GPU’s on the nicehash site are not updated and may not reflect the current pricing of the cards. Nicehash website

1. GTX 1080Ti

While I didn’t have the 1080Ti on the top of the list above, if you’re looking to blow the lights out and mine as many sol/s as possible then the 1080Ti will be your first choice…but you’ll be paying for it! The nicehash site has the sol/s at about 630.

Honestly though, I kept the list pretty short, really there is no comparison – there is either the 1080Ti or everyone else.

Gigabyte GTX 1080Ti
  • Core Clock (MHz): 1708/1594 (Boost/Base) in OC Mode and 1683/1569 (Boost/Base) in Gaming Mode
  • WINDFORCE Stack 3X 100mm Fan Cooling System with Advanced Copper Back Plate Cooling
  • RGB Fusion - 16.8M customizable color lighting
  • Protection Metal Back Plate
  • Built for Extreme Overclocking 12+2 Power Phases

2. GTX 1070

As you can see on the nicehash calculator site, the next closest equihash rate would be the 1080, the sol/s really drops off by about 30% from the 1080T1

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Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU for mining
  • Real Base Clock: 1594 MHz / Real Boost Clock: 1784 MHz; Memory Detail: 8192MB GDDR5
  • Run Longer, Play Longer with EVGA "ACX 3.0" Cooling. Operating system support: Windows 10 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit
  • What you see is what you get! - No additional software required to achieve listed clock speeds
  • DX12 OSD Support with EVGA Precision XOC. Requires Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. Max Monitors Supported: 4
  • 3 Year Warranty & EVGA's 24/7 Technical Support. Requirements: Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply.One available 8-pin PCI-E power dongle, Total Power Draw : 170 Watts

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The Best GPU for Mining Cryptocurrency was last modified: September 4th, 2017 by Graham

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