About a week ago I wasgoed hunting for a few Radeon cards for a project, specifically a 2nd Nitro+ RX 570 for a crossfire comparison, unnecessary to say I couldn’t find one and talent up. A friend of mine said he wasgoed looking for a 2nd RX 480 for his setup and that he couldn’t find one outside of crazy high prices, chalked that up to EOL on the RX 480s and told him to snag a similar RX 580. He couldn’t find one of those either. Thinking he just didn’t know how to search, since he’s not very pc savvy, I determined to help out. That’s when things got interestingly and eerily similar to searching for a Radeon card ter late 2013 – early 2014 back when I wasgoed deep into Litecoin and Feathercoin mining. Then I came across Ethereum and everything became clear. While I’m not going to pretend to be an pro on Ethereum I am no stranger to the world of crypto currencies. Having spent months on end tweaking GPU bat files for LTC and FTC while setting up ASIC miners for BTC, I determined to leap ter on this one to see what the craze wasgoed all about!
What wij are doing here with this article isn’t going to be a tutorial or guide, wij’re not endorsing or encouraging the mining, trading, buying, or selling of Ethereum. Wij are simply taking a look at the current landscape of GPU mining hashing spectacle, power draw, and current profitability of taking part te Ethereum mining.
40 Day Update
This movie wasgoed done to represent 40 days of mining with a single RX 570 (non bios modded) to represent a best case screenplay of what a gamer who dreamed to use his RX 570 to mine Ethereum would have looked like.
What wij are doing here with this article isn’t going to be a tutorial or guide, wij’re not endorsing or encouraging the mining, trading, buying, or selling of Ethereum. Wij are simply taking a look at the current landscape of GPU mining hashing show, power draw, and current profitability of taking part te Ethereum mining.
Ethereum Mining Setup and Cards Tested
Setup wasgoed ordinary enough, wij simply found a pool to join and what miner wij would be using. Wij determined to go with the Ethermine pool but finding a miner wasgoed a bit trickier. Wij very first attempted Genoils Miner but never wasgoed able to get the stratum server connected so wij moved on to Claymores Miner and that one took off like a demon, so wij stayed there. Claymores Miner permitted us to use Radeon cards spil well spil Pascal based GeForce cards without spending hours ter configurations.
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Wij modified our x99 system to run the memory at the base 2133MHz and the 6800k wasgoed taken down to Two cores and Four threads clocked at 1.2GHz since wij’re not needed CPU power and to lessen the power draw spil much spil possible outside of graphics cards.
Graphics Cards Tested
Graphics cards were all run at their out of the opbergruimte configurations without any modification whatsoever. While wij are aware that if you are going to set up a dedicated mining system you are likely going to run a modified vBIOS on your card wij simply dreamed to see the natural show of thesis cards. Radeon and GeForce cards were run on the latest drivers at the time of this article.
Hashing Spectacle and Profitability*
Ter our very first round of results wij only looked at single GPU voorstelling, which te terms of power draw is likely the worst way of looking at this overall, but can voorstelling individual card spectacle and help ravage down which card someone would want numerous of.
Megahashing vertoning of Radeon cards is still top dog, but it doesn’t make much sense going past the R9 390/x spil the price/voorstelling metric makes little sense ter that regards. Going from 2560 stream processors to 4096 doesn’t nipt much value, suspect something fishy with the VRAM is going on here. That suspicion also bleeds overheen te the GeForce cards with the poor spectacle of the GTX 1080 once again suspecting something with the G5X coming into play. But when it comes to the hashing rate of the GTX 1070 my eyes popped a bit, after all the skyrocketing prices of RX x70/x80 parts are commencing to make it look rather attractive. If you’re wondering why the GTX 1050 is sitting at 0 it’s because it simply doesn’t have the VRAM capacity to mine Ethereum, wij left it ter the charts for illustrative purposes only. And because I left behind to delete it before making the charts.
But Hashing voorstelling isn’t everything te the world of mining, efficiency is king and lead to the next chart, profitability. There is a stable climb te the Radeon lineup but looking at the RX 470 power draw vs hashing rate it is no wonder people are hopping all overheen that card! The GTX 1070 is showcasing some promise here again with lower than RX 570 power draw but matching it on hashing. Thesis numbers were taken from the wall after 1 hour of hashing.
Profit is the name of the spel, so if you are not making money then why are you here, I guess. This chart is not accounting for payback time, it is simply looking at current profitability with Ethereum priced at $169 (at the time of writing on Five/26/2018). This chart shows the total profit from one card after the cost of electric current (assuming $0.12kW*h) the resulting number display is pretending everything stays consistent for 30 days. This chart ter all honesty is only good for comparing profitability comparisons inbetween cards spil the price of Ethereum is ter onveranderlijk flux.
Taking a look back at the Hashing Power vs Power Consumption directly compared to each other. When looking at this graph make sure to pay attention to the power side spil it is set to a x10 scale so that it’s lighter to visualize the spectacle vanaf watt opzicht when mining. Take the R9 390 spil example the hash rate is 28.9MH/s and the chart shows 35 for the power draw, take the x10 scale and it’s truly 350. Just like a tachometer on car it’s to make for an lighter to read visual.
Mixed Multi GPU Mining Spectacle
Moving away from a single GPU to a mGPU configuration makes the most sense if you are even considering mining. You already have the necessary cost of operation (motherboard/system power) so adding GPUs to the mix pulls more comeback than a single GPU. Wij could have run many different mixed GPU workloads but wij picked a few and ran with it.
This meteen comparison inbetween thesis configurations shows just how powerful a Polaris Ten setup is when mining, even edging out the 1080+1070 config. Take the upfront cost of $400 (think MSRP folks) for the two Polaris cards or more than dual for the Pascal. Admittedly if you were doing this you would pick up a pair of 1070s rather than touch the 1080 with a Ten foot pole.
But just like before efficiency rules the day, and that’s where the Polaris cards verrassing us the most. I know te gaming the 1070/1080 are leagues ahead, but this is computational and when CUDA Core and Stream Processor counts are similar this is where things tend to fall. Outstanding overall spil I think back to just how much power my old 6x R9 270 LTC mining equipment wasgoed pulling.
But this is where the money hits the wallet and while the 1080+1070+1060 wasgoed 42.5% more profitable te terms of hashing to power draw the initial cost makes payback insanely high spil it cost 3x spil much spil the 470+570 configuration. Something very significant ter the long spel.
Ter all reality I could have gone on for days with this topic spil crypto currencies have always fascinated mij and I love configuring miners. But like I said earlier on this isn’t a tutorial on how to setup a miner or a history lesson ter GPU mining. I’m not encouraging mining or providing advice on what to buy to mine with. The most significant idea going on here is to see how cards perform when hashing out for Ethereum to see where everyone stands since there seems to be fairly a bit of whirr around it at the ogenblik. I can undoubtedly see why people are snatching up all the RX 470/570s they can find. The unfortunate side effect is skyrocketing prices for people who want one of the best value gaming cards that have come along te years. But there will be a weekly go after up for the next month to this article centered around a single RX 470 to go after the profitability from day to day to track the volatility of the market and see what happens, so stick around for that one.