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NVIDIA GTX 970 Mining Review

Ali Raza

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Nvidia GTX 970

Nvidia, one of the biggest names in the GPU field provided one of the most advanced Geforce cards with its Geforce GTX 970. It was apparently designed for serious gamers who wanted to do some serious gaming. The card features Nvidia’s Maxwell architecture.

Mining Specs

Ethereum Hashrate

  • Power Consumption: 145 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 15.9 MH/s

Ethereum Hashrate (Modded)

  • Power Consumption: 299 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 23 MH/s

Source: Ethermining Reddit

* somebody says he can get 23 MH/s with a 160 Watt power consumption but we have no proof.

Other Specs

Some of the Geforce GTX 970’s key features include a 1,50MHz core clock and 1,753 MHz 4 GB GDDR5 memory. It has more than 5 billion transistors abd 1,664 stream processors. It needs 2 6 pin power connectors.

The Geforce GTX 970 is right in the center of the range of Nvidia’s latest models, though it has fresh hardware. It has the GM204 core that is used with the GTX 980, although it has 2,048 stream processors and a higher clock base at 1,126MHz.

The Maxwell architecture handles power greatly, but its strength is in efficiency. Nvidia went to great lengths to reconfigure this cards stream processors. This means more jobs can be delegated with increases precision. This leads to reduced power consumption and heat generation.

It is fighting a difficult battle, however. It has a complete throuput of 3.49 TFLOPS, which is quite impressive. However, the Radeon R9 290 from AMD is cheaper and has 4.84 TFLOPS.

The GTX 970 isn’t great with memory, either. While it has 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, 0.5 GB of that is partitioned off into a section used for less resource intensive jobs. This partition is much slower, and leaves only 3.5GB left for your tasks. This is not the only problem, either. Nvidia originally said the GTX 970 featured 64 ROPs and a 2MB cache, when in reality it only have 56 ROPs and a 1.75MB cache.

The GTX 970 doesn’t stand a chance against the R9 290 on paper. The GTX 970 has a total memory bandwidth of 223GB/s, while the R9 290 has 320GB/s.

Pros and Cons

The Nvidia GTX 970 is a top of the line Nvida gaming focused GPU, and in use it has notable efficiency. However, it is more expensive than the superior Radeon R9 290 and has trouble smoothly playing 4K games.

The power cost to run this GPU in an Ethereum Mining rig is around $0.41 a day. It has a daily return of around $0.82 but will take a long time to pay for itself, around 634 days.
Final Thoughts on The NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 970

Honestly, with the AMD Radeon R9 290 being somewhat superior and also somewhat cheaper, Ethereum miners would be better off with the Radeon R9 290. The Geforce GTX 970 does do a good job at not munching up all of your energy and raising operational costs, however it takes a long time before you see a return on your investment. For that kind of money, you may be better off with a better GPU for your Ethereum mining operation. Regardless of which GPU you choose, be sure to help it out by operating in a temperature controlled room, using fans or air conditioning to help moderate the systems internal heat.

How to get Modded Hashrate (ETH)

Memory ClockGPU PowerTemperature (C)Hashrate (MH/s)
2029.5 MHz299 W6622
1753 MHz145 W/15.9

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23 MH/s

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060

Samantha Mitchell

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Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060

Geforce GTX 1060

The latest graphics processing unit from NVIDIA is loaded with new powerful capabilities to take your graphics and gaming to a whole new level. It is an upgrade to GTX 1050’s even if from a design perspective it uses the inferior 16nm technology. Lower versions of Nvidia GeForce use the powerful 14nm technology. Using the 16nm instead of the 14nm technology, however, does not hamper the performance of GTX 1060. The Geforce GTX 1060 is a superior GPU because it also uses the powerful PASCAL architecture. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is the industry’s most advanced, powerful graphics card that offers high speed and performance.

Performance

Pascal architecture gives the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 significant power. Compared to previous versions. It has superior technological capabilities and has the following desirable features
• VR ready
• NVIDIA Ansel
• NVIDIA sync Ready
• Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Free BSDx86 operating systems.

Specifications

The Geforce GTX 1060 series has two different graphics cards, each with various specifications.

Architecture: Pascal
Mining hashrate: 23.5-25 Mh/s
Frame Buffer: 3 and 6 GB DDR5

Geforce GTX 1060 6GB

• Pascal GPU architecture
• 1280 NVIDIA CUDA cores
• 6 GB GDDR5 Framebuffer
• 8 Gbps memory speed
• Relative boost clock of 1.4x
• Actual boost clock of 1708 MHz
• Base clock 1506 MHz
• 192 GB/sec memory bandwidth

Geforce GTX 1060 3GB

• Pascal GPU architecture
• 1152 NVIDIA CUDA cores
• 3 GB GDDR5 Framebuffer
• 8 Gbps memory speed
• Relative boost clock of 1.4x
• Actual boost clock of 1708 MHz
• Base clock 1506 MHz
• 192 GB/sec memory bandwidth

Hashrate

The Geforce GTX 1060 3GB is not compatible with Ethereum. The frame buffer is only 3 GB and is not sufficient for the DAG file. The DAG file continues to grow in size and requires a bigger sized frame. The Geforce GTX 1060 6GB works perfectly with Ethereum because of its 6GB frame buffer.

Overclocking and Hashrate

Geforce GTX 1060 6GB has superior overclocking functions; it gives you sufficient room to overclock. The fan is designed to bring in a lot of cool air, without overloading the overclock. The overclocking also enhances performance when compared to previous versions. The overclocking is particularly significant when using Ethereum.

Ethereum usually has a hashrate of 19Mh/s on stock settings. Ethereum also has a power consumption of 100W with the card temperature ranging at 68C or 154.4F. The graphics card allows overclocking of up to 4,700 MHz, which if effected takes the hash rate of Ethereum to up to 25mh/s. Having an Ethereum hashrate of 25mh/s is not only profitable but also makes the mining process more efficient. A 25Mh/s hashrate on the downside consumes more power.

The card’s raw power is still able to take the hash rates a mark higher than 25mh/s. You have to balance between high mark and instability, which may arise because of the high hash rates. Balance power and electricity costs; make the most out the Geforce GTX 1060 without paying high electricity bills.

Based on your budget, select the powerful Geforce GTX 1060 6GB or the more affordable, Geforce GTX 1060 3GB.

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