CPU Miners

CPU mining is still prevalent among hobby miners. Although they lack the raw power found in other types of hardware, central processing units do offer some advantages.

For instance, an ASIC is developed for one specific purpose such as mining. This means it’s not much good for anything else.

However, CPU miners are far more versatile and able to perform a multitude of different functions. This not only increases resale value but leaves the buyer with a powerful processor which can be used for other operations. Read on, as we detail the best CPU mining options currently available.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

The Threadripper 1950X is an extremely powerful tool for CPU crypto mining. Featuring a 16 core, 32 thread processor and a 32 MB L3 cache, it can outperform certain GPUs. These impressive specs mean that it’s well suited to mining alt-coins, particularly those encoded with the CPU-friendly, Cryptonight algorithm.

Specifications

  • Cores: 16
  • Base clock – 3.4 GHz
  • Boost clock – 4.0 GHz
  • L3 Cache – 32 MB
  • Threads – 32
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 180W

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Very powerful
  • Can outperform many GPUs

Cons

  • Power Hungry

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 

When you’ve got a CPU that’s called a Threadripper, there’s a strong likelihood that it going to pack a punch. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be an effective crypto miner, there remain a few processors such as the 1920X, that can still be used for PC crypto mining. Boasting 12 cores, a 32 MB L3 cache as well as a decent boost clock rate of 4GHz, the 1920X line of CPU’s from AMD offers an affordable introduction to small scale mining.

Specifications

  • Cores: 12
  • Base clock – 3.5 GHz
  • Boost clock – 4.0 GHz
  • L3 Cache – 32 MB
  • Threads – 24
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 180W

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Better performance from the 1950X at a similar price

AMD Ryzen 7 1800x Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

The RYZEN 1800X features eight cores, 16 threads and a power draw of just 95w. Although half as powerful as the beast-like Threadripper 1950x, the Ryzen 7 offers outstanding multi-threaded performance – it can also be easily over-clocked. Although this CPU is considered pricey for a high-end desktop processor, as a crypo miner, it’s actually an affordable, economical option.

Specifications

  • Cores: 8
  • Base clock – 3.6GHz
  • Boost clock – 4GHz
  • L3 Cache – 16MB
  • Threads – 16
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 95W

Pros

  • Easily over-clocked
  • Affordable miner
  • Low power drawer

Cons

  • Nowhere near as powerful as the Threadripper 1950x

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

You can probably see a pattern developing here, what with the numerous Ryzen processors listed on this page. We’ve included them because of their relatively low cost in comparison to bigger brand CPUs, as well as their solid performance. The Ryzen 7 1700 is a fairly typical example that offers reasonable mining potential. With 8 cores and a 16mb L3 cache, this mid-range processor isn’t going to make you a millionaire – but, like some of its counterparts, it offers an introduction to crypto mining that won’t hurt the wallet too much.

Specifications

  • Cores: 8
  • Base clock – 3 GHz
  • Boost clock – 3.7 GHz
  • L3 Cache – 16 MB
  • Threads – 16
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 65W

Pros

  • Profit-making potential
  • Low power draw

Cons

  • Ryzen 7 1800 in a similar price range

AMD Ryzen 5 1600x Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 1600x 

An AMD CPU that’s a good option for casual or start-up miners. Hailed as the fastest 6-core consumer processor by its manufacturers, this mid-range CPU features an L3 cache of 16MB and a base clock of 3.6GHz. With a bit of tweaking, the 1600x is said to rival the performance of the 1700 with some miners also reporting a decent monthly return. For a 6-core processor, you can’t get much better in terms of price although don’t expect to make a fortune.

Specifications

  • Cores: 6
  • Base clock – 3.6 GHz
  • Boost clock – 4.0 GHz
  • L3 Cache – 16 MB
  • Threads – 12
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 95W

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good stock cooler
  • Stable performance
  • Solid price to performance ratio

Cons

  • Low ceiling for over-clocking

AMD Ryzen 3 1300x Processor

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 

Those of you looking for a gentle, affordable introduction to crypto mining may want to consider the Ryzen 3 1300X. It features four cores, which is double the amount you can expect from most CPU miners in this price range – its 8mb L3 cache is fairly decent as well. That it can be easily upgraded with Ryzen 5 or 7 chips enhance this budget CPU’s reputation as the ideal startup processor for crypto-currency mining.

Specifications

  • Cores: 4
  • Base clock – 3.5 GHz
  • Boost clock – 3.7 GHz
  • L3 Cache – 8 MB
  • Threads – 4
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP) – 65W

Pros

  • Low power draw
  • Quad core processor at a budget price
  • Good introduction for beginners

Cons

  • Under-powered

 

Related Pages

Crypto Mining Hardware | Mining ASICs | Mining GPUs