GPU Miners

Despite the dominance of ASICs, GPU mining can still prove effective at mining certain digital assets. Graphics card mining remains relevant because many currencies are now being developed to be ASIC-resistant.

However, they best used in conjunction with other units as part of a mining rig, due to the improved hash power output. Here’s a run-down of the best GPUs for mining, starting with the most powerful.

NVIDA Titan V Graphics Card

NVIDIA TITAN V

Released in December of 2017, the NVIDIA Titan V is currently the most powerful GPU in the world. As a result, its considerable capabilities make it the ideal choice for miners with high budgets. Twice as fast as the impressive Vega 64, the Titan V harnesses NVIDIA’s next-gen Volta technology to deliver 110 TeraFlops of performance. Such raw power does of course come at a cost with individual units priced at over £2000.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1200 MHz
  • Memory: 12GB HBM2
  • Power Draw: 250W

Pros

  • Extremely powerful
  • Next-generation technology
  • Outperforms the VEGA 64

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • More affordable alternatives available

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card

Gigabyte RX Vega 64

The RX Vega 64 is a high-end GPU, developed to take on the much-vaunted GeForce GTX 1080. Redesigned from the ground up, the RX 64 is based on next generation VEGA architecture from Radeon and is one of the most powerful graphics cards currently on the market. Unsurprisingly, the Vega 64’s outstanding performance translates well to crypto mining where it’s able to offer very high hash rates.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1247MHz
  • Memory: 8GB HBM2
  • Power Draw: 130W

Pros

  • Outstanding performance
  • More than a match for the GTX 1080
  • High profitability per day
  • Watercooled

Cons

  • Expensive

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card

NVIDA GeForce GTX 1080 TI

The GTX 1080 TI is a minor upgrade on the 1080, offering more memory and bandwidth than its predecessor. Both are considered high-end cards and have been met with praise and plenty of interest from crypto currency miners. Like its counterpart, the TI is based on Pascal architecture and, unlike many GPUs on the market, actually features GDDR5X memory.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1600MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5X
  • Power Draw (OC): 250W

Pros

  • More powerful than the GTX 1080
  • GDDR5X means better performance
  • Solid ROI
  • Easily integrated into mining rig

Cons

  • High power draw
  • Expensive

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Graphics Card

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

The RX Vega 56 is renowned for delivering high-frame rates and outstanding game performance. Released in 2017, it soon caught the attention of crypto miners who began using it to mine for currencies such as Ethereum and Monero. Developed with Polaris technology which includes the 14nm FinFET process, the RX Vega 56 remains a useful tool for mining certain cryptocurrencies.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1471 MHz
  • Memory: 8GB HBM2
  • Power Draw (OC): 150W

Pros

  • Faster than the GTX 1070
  • Based on Polaris architecture
  • 8GB of HBM 2 Memory

Cons

  • High heat output
  • Loud fan
  • Difficult to source

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

The GTX 1080 is an upgrade of the 980 series and became popular among miners due to the scarcity of AMD GPUs. Cheaper than the 1080 TI, it was developed using Pascal architecture and features an 8 GB frame buffer with GDDR5 memory. While it’s no longer viable to use a GTX 1080 for currencies such as Ethereum, there are other digital assets for which a 1080 can still be quite effective – provided it’s used with another card.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1600 MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Power Draw: 250W

Pros

  • Good resale value
  • Big performance improvement over 980
  • Power efficient

Cons

  • Superseded by more powerful GPUs

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has built something of a reputation for itself since being released in 2016. It’s powered by Pascal architecture, which delivers up to three times the performance of previous-generation GPUs, while drawing just 150W. Although such performance comes at a price, it’s well worth the money for solo and amateur crypto miners, offering the fastest ROI of any type of GPU mining hardware currently available.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1,506MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Power Draw: 150W

Pros

  • Easy to integrate into a mining rig
  • High hash rate for a GPU
  • Power efficient
  • Better value than the GTX 1070 TI

Cons

  • Expensive

Zotac GeForce 1070 Ti Mini Graphics Card

Zotac GeForce 1070 Ti Mini

Hailed as the most advanced gaming GPUs ever created, albeit by its manufacturers, the power behind the ZOTAC GeForce 1070 TI Mini has not gone unnoticed by cryptocurrency miners. Those who trialed the little card reported low heat emission and quiet operation. It’s also reputed to have outperformed the Radeon RX Vega 64 in certain tests. This coupled with a relatively low power draw of 180w means it should be a serious consideration for those looking to build a rig or mine currencies with low difficulty rates.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1607 MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Power Draw: 180W

Pros

  • Compact form factor
  • Uses Ice Storm Brute force cooling
  • Quite operation
  • Low power draw

Cons

  • Pricy

AMD Radeon RX580 Graphics Card

AMD Radeon RX 580

The RX 580 is a mid-range graphics card which became particularly popular in 2017 resulting in its price increasing quite considerably. However, it’s since become more affordable as attention has turned elsewhere. Based on Polaris architecture, the 580 is a minor update of the RX 480 and only draws 130w.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1340MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Power Draw: 130W

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Comparatively high hash rate

Cons

  • Power hungry

Radeon RX 550 Graphics Card

Radeon RX 550

The Radeon RX 550 is a budget graphics card that’s based on 4th generation GCN architecture. While there are far more powerful GPUs out there, those with a tight budget may want to take a closer look. The card is cheap, draws only 50W at the wall, and can also be overclocked in order to attain respectable hash rates for certain alt-coins – a great entry-level card that won’t break the bank.

Specifications

  • Core Clock: 1203 MHz
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Power Draw: 50W

Pros

  • Very low power consumption
  • Cheap
  • Good entry-level GPU
  • Decent hash rates

Cons

  • Far more powerful cards available
  • Dated technology

 

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