Hardware Tips And Suggestions For Powerful Ethereum Mining
There are a few other options available to potential miners to improve performance and general quality of life when mining. Consider the following when building or optimizing your mining computer.
- Samsung GPU memory is reported to be more OC-friendly with higher clocks achieved with lasting stability.
- Water cooling your GPU will allow for higher overclocking without worrying about excessive heat. The EVGA Hybrid cooler for the GeForce GTX 1080/1070 can cut temps in half for about $100-$120.
- Storage matters. When mining you have the option to mine in a pool with other miners where you pool your mining resources together for better results. This is more for those looking to mine more casually or who are without adequate hardware to mine. Another option is to download the entire block chain for full control over your Ethereum. However, the blockchain is the entire ledger of transactions ever conducted and it gets bigger in capacity almost daily. In just a few months it has jumped from 16GB to 30GB where it currently sits. Keep this in mind when selecting storage options.
- You can quickly double or triple your hash rate by adding a 2nd and 3rd GPU. This will increase your system power consumption. Yet overall, two GeForce GTX 1070 cards, for example will earn you about $300 a month or $3600 a year at current rates. Most serious miners will build systems with many GPUs, to maximize performance.
Update, 2/5/2018: We have a new article posted detailing CyptoNote (Monero) mining performance with AMD's Threadripper processor with a CPU-optimized algorithm, alongside a handful of other processors and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.