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Radeon R9 380 Mining Review

Ali Raza



The Radeon R9 is an older GPU, however it is still a worthy mention in terms of GPUs for Ethereum mining. Compared to the AMD R7 370 it is a little bit more higher end. Compared to AMDs GPU, the Radeon R9 380 should see a higher hash rate when mining for Ethereum. The Gygabyte R9 380 is slightly better with 4GB onboard RAM.

Many still aren’t sure whether the Ethereum code base will transition to PoS before the 2GB hard limit is reached. The essential idea that some promote is to only use 4 GB cards until the threshold is reached and they aren’t much good for mining. It is worth noting that, pricewise, the different between the R7 370 4GB and the R9 380 4GB is around $20.


Ethereum Hash Rate:

  • Power Consumption: 190W
  • Hash Rate: 17.0 MH/s

Ethereum Hash Rate (modded):

  • Power Consumption: 150W
  • Hash Rate: 25 MH/s

Source: Ethereum Community Forum


OTHER Gigabyte R9 380 001 SPECS

The Gibabyte R9 380 uses modern AMD GCN architecture. It has 1792 stream processors and 4GB of 256 GDDR5 memory. The factory ships this GPU somewhat overclocked at 990MHz, 10GHz above its base clock of 970MHz. The memory bus is clocked at 1425 MHz for a total memory clock of 5700 MHz. This GPU does need a system with at least a 500 watt power supply, thought this should not be a problem with most modern PCs. It is recommended to have at least a 750 watt power supply for an effective mining rig, anyway

When looking for a card to use for Ethereum mining, it is important to look at how the card benefits the system load. This GPU uses only one 8 pin power adapter, which seems to suggest lower power consumption. This is a good feature when you are hoping to use mining as a source of income.
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Pros and cons

r9 380

The Radeon R9 380 is a bit older of a GPU. However, despite its age it is still a viable option for entry level mining. It generally has a lower price tag that many of the newer mining GPUs, and therefore can let a new miner set up a multi rig station rather affordably. In comparison to the newer GPUs, however, it is best not to make this a long term solution. It lacks many of the unnecessary bells and whistles that many GPUs get stuck with as they try to cater to the gaming crowd. While a GPU that is good for gaming will generaly be good for mining, they often come with an unnecessary amount of extra ports.

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Final Thoughts on the Radeon R9 380

For those looking for some bang for their buck, the Radeon R9 380 will provide some. The price tag is usually under a couple hundred bucks for this aging GPU, however it still has some life in it for Ethereum mining. It has good specs that will keep it relevant for a little while longer, and it is definitely recommendable for the money conscious beginner Ethereum miner.




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Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060

Samantha Mitchell



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.


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.


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


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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