Welcome back everyone! Todays topic we will cover what are the top 5 newer GPUs for mining Bitcoin Gold.
Before we start, I do want to mention that there are a lot of variables, settings and memory chips involved, so this is based on an average. Also this is my opinion, and other people might have better outcomes or not.
But First a little bit of important information…
Why did Bitcoin Gold use the Equihash Algorithm?
Equihash was well-researched, and Equihash mining software is readily available. The Equihash code could be added to Bitcoin’s code without heavily re-working either. The Bitcoin Gold team has thought about the long-term viability using the Equihash model. This model is believed to be ASIC (Application-Specific integrated Circuit) resistant. The reason is that Equihash is a memory-oriented Proof-of-Work, meaning that it requires a lot of RAM, and RAM is very expensive to implement on an ASIC chip… Right now, it is not cost effective to build an ASIC to mine Equihash.
Although I like AMD as much as the next guy, Mining Bitcoin Gold with an RX card, or less is possible, we are talking about the top 5. For fairness, I will include an RX 580. I did a test with an Rx 550 4gb, and my results are that I got 70 h/s. Not ideal, however, if that is all you have, then this is fine. You can make it work for you.
********* Disclaimer ************
If you do not know how to overclock correctly, please consult me , or someone who knows how to overclock your graphics cards. Treat them with respect and they should last you quite a while.
**All examples below are stock settings, out of the box . Also no Bios modification. **
HERE WE GO,
Between 297-314 Sols/s with around 135 watts or 2.29 sols/watts
The Rx 580 is a really great graphics card, but it is less efficient at mining Bitcoin Gold. It is not to say that you can’t, it just doesn’t give you the best bang for your buck.
Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Evga and XFX all produce a RX 580 Graphics card. The cost of these cards cost between $350.00 USD and $490.00 USD
GTX 1050Ti 2GB or 4GB
Between 140-180 Sols/s with around 85 watts or 1.88 sols/watt
Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Evga and PNY all produce a Gtx 1050Ti Graphics card. The cost of these cards cost between $208.00 USD and $256.00 USD
GTX 1060 3GB or 6GB
Between 290-310 Sols/s with around 75-99 watts or 3.50 sols/watt
Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Evga and PNY all produce an GTX 1060 Graphics card. The cost of these 6GB cards cost between $350.00 USD and $490.00 USD. The 3GB cards are about $80.00 USD cheaper
GTX 1070 8GB
Between 420-440 Sols/s with around 150 watts or 2.86 sols/watt
Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Evga and PNY all produce an GTX 1070 Graphics card. The cost of these cards cost between $450.00 USD and $636.00 USD
GTX 1080Ti 11GB
650 Sols/s with around 250 watts (est.) or 2.6 sols/watt
Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Evga and PNY all produce a GTX 1080Ti Graphics card. The cost of these cards cost between $955.00 USD and $1120.00 USD
Hash Rate Comparison
Here is a quick comparison with the above mentioned GPU’s
AMD RX 580 310 sols 135 watts 2.29 sols/watt
Nvidia GTX 1050 160 sols 85 watts 1.88 sols/watt
Nvidia GTX 1060 300 sols 85 watts 3.50 sols/watt
Nvidia GTX 1070 430 sols 150 watts 2.86 sols/watt
Nvidia GTX 1080 650 sols 250 watts 2.60 sols/watt
Here is the way to calculate sols per watt You take the hash rate and divide / by how many watts. Example: 305 sols / 90 watts = 3.38888 sols per watt.
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I am sure you will need an overclocking tool. The main one to use is MSI’s Afterburner. There are others , however, this is the primary one to use.
There are different opinions and preferences as to what settings you want to have to achieve your goals. Some people want to run them hard, others want to take them a little easier to make the cards last as long as possible.
Also for EVGA, they also have an overclocking tool.
If you want to undervolt and overclock Afterburner here is a video
I do recommend the above method as it should prolong the life of your card.
And REMEMBER… Try to keep your graphics cards dust free as much as possible.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
When running Afterburner, please visit websites, videos on Youtube, or contact me for settings,
Improper settings can damage your cards!!
There is really no one size fits all… You can spend the money and buy the fastest GPU on the market and the power consumption will be massive, say 250 watts per card! How many GPU’s can I put on that rig? How expensive are the larger power supplies versus a 850 watt PSU? Also , if you are building a larger rig, How many Gpu’s on a breaker? Whereas a 1060 at only 75-90 watts depending on the settings.
If you have GTX 1060s 6 gb, you can get 12 gpu on a 15 amp breaker. If you have a 1080 ti , you might only get 5 or 6. also note that 1060’s run a lot cooler than a 1080Ti . If you are limited to space and no ventilation, a cooler card might be better for you.
Well that’s it for this week. Thank you so much for visiting! See you next week!