6 GPU Nvidia 1070 Mining Rig


    Today I present to you the latest in the rig family, the 6 GPU 1070 mining rig.  As usual, we have a cheap, efficient and portable rig rack.  I’m sure this will interest many people due to the fact that AMD GPU’s are now quite expensive and still hard to find.  People are buying millions of them.  Millions.  When history repeats itself (and it will), I will be buying them off ebay for insanely cheap prices.  Nvidia high end cards, on the other hand, can mine multiple algos much better and will most likely have a better resale value.  Moving on !

In this system we have the following components (or similar, buy what is on sale for decent price/quality) :

    Win10 works well (enable win10 mode in bios, install, then turn off), remember to disable all the nonsense and updates and to create a power profile that doesnt turn your stuff off.  For other software you can get MSI afterburner, EWBF for ZCash, ccminer/excavator by nicehash or other for different algos.

    Building an Nvidia rig is so much simpler and easier.  The overall system is much more stable too.  There is literally nothing else to do.  Your GPU’s should be detected, if you set PCIE to gen1 and above 4g enabled in the bios (if available).  There may be other options depending on your motherboard.  Here are some results for the most profitable algorithms (power usage is for overall system, from the wall with wattmeter) :

  • ZCash (380 to 435 sol/s).  Mem -502, core +135.
    • 65% tdp : 700w
    • 75% tdp: 800w
    • 90% tdp: 950w
  • ETH (27 to 30mhs).  Mem +395, core -150.
    • 65% tdp : 700w
    • 80% tdp : 835w
    • 90% tdp : 920w
  • LBRY (260 to 290mhs).  Mem -502, core +135.
    • 75% tdp: 805w
    • 90% tdp: 910w
  • DGB-Skein (500mhs).  Mem -502, core +135.
    • 65% tdp: 700w
    • 75% tdp : 800w
    • 90% tdp : 940w

    You results may vary depending on core and memory clocks.  It is more efficient to run at a lower TDP.  If you like this review, consider supporting the site by buying through the amazon referral program (all links are referrals), donating or just saying thanks by email/comments.  If you have miner specific questions, it is best to go to the bitcointalk thread and read up on it there, and ask your question there.  Other than that, i’ll be happy to help, happy mining !

Excavator v1.2.5 Alpha


    Nicehash has released a new alpha version of Excavator, and it is much improved.  You can mine ETH at pretty much the same speeds as Claymore, and other algos are optimized as well.  For example it seems to be the fastest miner for LBRY on Nvidia.  It is tricky to get started for new users though, so read the documentation carefully and use the provided .bat file.  You only need to modify the .json file with your pool and information.  Download it here, and read up on the bitcointalk thread here !

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Update for Claymore dual ETH miner v9.5


We have a small but important update if you are mining PASC/PASL as a dual coin from Claymore.  Be sure to install it, you will save 5% rejects on your Pascal mining.  ETHMan still has bugs, but it works quite well and has many new useful options.  Here are the details:

Latest version is v9.5:
– fixed issue with PASC, miner could check some nonces twice. Effective hashrate must be a bit higher now.
– improved SIA support for Nicehash, added “mining.extranonce.subscribe” and “client.reconnect” commands support. Effective hashrate must be a bit higher now.
– a few minor bug fixes and improvements.
– EthMan: added ability to enable/disable GPUs remotely (see API.txt for tech details).
– EthMan: added notification for too high fan speed.
– EthMan: several minor bug fixes and improvements.

Stay tuned, we have a 1070 Rig build coming up, with 1070 reviews on the MSI Armor and the EVGA SC.

Nicehash Miner V2.0 and ETH dual miner update


    Quick update :  Nicehash has released its V2.0 miner, with an updated GUI.  Download it here.  This is a simple solution for new miners, and since its new – Nicehash will give out 0.25btc to a lucky user who reported at least 1 bug during the testing period.

    Claymore has also updated his ETH dual miner, now V9.4, featuring the new EthMan and support for nicehash Siamining.