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May 04, 2017, 08:54:35 PM
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Who's mining ZCASH what's your rig setup and why?

I need to add another card to my rig and and want the best card available to mine zcash with it

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1070 TI Arguably the best GPU for mining ZEC/Equihash

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May 04, 2017, 09:06:25 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.
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May 04, 2017, 09:16:33 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

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May 04, 2017, 09:31:49 PM
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i think the most people use the gtx 1070 for zcash mining. some people us the 1060 6gb cause they drain less power, so the sol/watt is better than the sol/watt of the 1070. but the 1070 perform better and have the higher resell value. here you have a calculator to see the difference:

https://www.nicehash.com/?p=calc
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May 04, 2017, 10:03:41 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal 

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

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May 04, 2017, 10:20:24 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal 

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

im sure you talk about the 1060 6gb, right? 3gb performs below 300 as far as i know.
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May 04, 2017, 10:29:55 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal  

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

So out of the 1080s what would be the best option available? newegg is giving a lot of options O_O https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=nvidia+1080&N=-1&isNodeId=1

Also the TI -- Per your results it seems that the TI would justify it's price, over the regular 1080?

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May 04, 2017, 11:00:07 PM
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im thinking about building a 6 gpu rig with 6x gtx 1080 ti, can anybody recommend me a psu wich is strong enough for that?
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May 04, 2017, 11:10:27 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal  

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

I just picked up 8 of the Zotac Mini's and will be using them in 2x 4 GPU rigs

im thinking about building a 6 gpu rig with 6x gtx 1080 ti, can anybody recommend me a psu wich is strong enough for that?

EVGA 1600 would do it and would be what I would recommend.

You'll need molex 4-pin or Sata risers though, won't have any PCIE left over to really run the risers unless you buy splitters but I wouldn't do that.
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May 04, 2017, 11:16:01 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal  

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

I just picked up 8 of the Zotac Mini's and will be using them in 2x 4 GPU rigs

im thinking about building a 6 gpu rig with 6x gtx 1080 ti, can anybody recommend me a psu wich is strong enough for that?

EVGA 1600 would do it and would be what I would recommend.

You'll need molex 4-pin or Sata risers though, won't have any PCIE left over to really run the risers unless you buy splitters but I wouldn't do that.

Why isnt 9x 8 pin sufficient ?

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May 04, 2017, 11:18:39 PM
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thanks alot for your help.

do you think the price of the 1080ti will fall in the next few weeks due tue the release of the new amd cards? im not sure if i should wait 4-7 weeks or something like that.

thanks in advance

edit: and did someone already ran a 7 gpu nvidia rig stable?
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May 04, 2017, 11:38:20 PM
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If you want to mine Zcash exclusively, the Nvidia 10 series GPU's will give you the best performance per watt. Between 450 - 700 H/s each depending on the model, but they also cost more than AMD's.

Is there a breakdown of the 10 series cards with their price, their hash rate, and power usage?

Which one of the 10 series would you rec?

1060  300-330 h        I have 1
1070  400 -440 h       I have 2
1080   470 - 515 h     I have 1
1080 ti   630 - 715 h  I have 7 soon to be 8


all rough numbers of the cards I own.

most efficient   one or 2 of the 1080 ti's clock well and may be most efficient

What to buy?

price is key

   a good deal on 1060  if you have space and lots of empty mobos is fine.

  a good deal on the 1080 ti if you don't have space is fine.

same on the other two.

what is a good deal.

A Zotac 1060 6gb mini   was at 219 on amazon  it will do 310-330h  for zec that is pretty good deal  

it is now 239 on newegg
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500402&cm_re=zotac_mini-_-14-500-402-_-Product

I never owned a zotac 1070 mini but it is a really good price on newegg  339   and it will do over 400h

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500408&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=1070-_-14-500-408-_-Product

I just picked up 8 of the Zotac Mini's and will be using them in 2x 4 GPU rigs

im thinking about building a 6 gpu rig with 6x gtx 1080 ti, can anybody recommend me a psu wich is strong enough for that?

EVGA 1600 would do it and would be what I would recommend.

You'll need molex 4-pin or Sata risers though, won't have any PCIE left over to really run the risers unless you buy splitters but I wouldn't do that.

Why isnt 9x 8 pin sufficient ?

The GTX 1080 Ti takes 2 PCIE connectors per GPU, so you need 12 total for a 6 GPU rig. We have an EVGA 1600 watt PSU that just arrived today which I will be using for a new 6x GTX 1080 Ti rig once all the parts are here. ---- You can go with a 2 PSU set up also, ideally with 1 server PSU and an ATX PSU, probably the ideal setup. If you will have your rig mining in a living space though I personally can't stand the higher pitched noise of the server psu fans.... so for us (in a living space specifically) it was a no go this time around.

Our GTX 1080 Ti that I am testing/tweaking right now does ~603 Sols @ ~154 watts for an approximate 3.92 h/w efficiency. Pretty darned good in my humble opinion. It really cuts down on the heat too, running at a mere 61C with the fan at 50% on a reference cooler (FE model). An aftermarket cooler will do even better.

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May 04, 2017, 11:39:53 PM
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thanks for your reply. can you recommend me a mobo with 12 pcie slots for this case?

thanks in advance
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May 04, 2017, 11:49:44 PM
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thanks for your reply. can you recommend me a mobo with 12 pcie slots for this case?

thanks in advance

PCIE connectors are the cables that plug into your video card, not the PCI-E slots on the motherboard. There isn't a 12 PCI-E slot motherboard on the market. Ones with 6 slots are rare enough, sometimes you will find one with 7 slots.

Was it a Motherboard with 6 PCI-E slots you needed or a Power Supply with 12 PCIE connectors? Or both?

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well i plan to build a 6x (or 7x gpu if possible - but i think its not with nvidia?) mining rig with gtx 1080 ti cards. if you can recommend me a motherboard, psu and cpu for it, it would be awesome.

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May 05, 2017, 12:11:18 AM
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well i plan to build a 6x (or 7x gpu if possible - but i think its not with nvidia?) mining rig with gtx 1080 ti cards. if you can recommend me a motherboard, psu and cpu for it, it would be awesome.

thanks in advance

These motherboards go out of stock pretty quickly, so grab one now if you're sure you want to build a rig.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138436&cm_re=biostar_tb85-_-13-138-436-_-Product

If you want to do 6 GTX 1080 Ti with a single PSU you need this or something with the same specs and connectors.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438033&cm_re=evga_1600_watt-_-17-438-033-_-Product

Any socket 1150 Intel CPU will work for mining, even the cheapest Celeron. If you want to use the rig for office work, web browsing, streaming video/music while it mines then I suggest an i3 from that generation.

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I like the R9 fury if you can get it for a deal. There for awhile they were 239. You can undervolt the hell out of them and still get 400 h. They can do more if you don't want to undervolt them. I have one running right now. 6 Cards and it fluctuates between 2400-2500 and uses 800-840 watts. I think I can get lower, but I'm using MSI AB and it only allows you to do -96mv. I'm going to try to do it manually on claymore to see if I can get a little bit more out of it. 750'ish would make me pretty happy.

Unless the hash rate is ridiculous and the numbers work out (hasn't been the case so far) - I don't like to go too much over $200. The 1080ti is great and has a ridiculous hash rate, but it's also ridiculously expensive and from a ROI standpoint, it doesn't make much sense to me. For some, maybe. That's just my opinion.  
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thanks for your help. unfortunately im not from the USA but im sure i will find this mobo and psu somewhere here in europe Cheesy.
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The 1080ti is great and has a ridiculous hash rate, but it's also ridiculously expensive and from a ROI standpoint, it doesn't make much sense to me. For some, maybe. That's just my opinion.  

yeah, im thinking about wait a few weeks and hope for a price drop as soon as the new amd card is released, what do you think?
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I just picked up 8 of the Zotac Mini's and will be using them in 2x 4 GPU rigs

im thinking about building a 6 gpu rig with 6x gtx 1080 ti, can anybody recommend me a psu wich is strong enough for that?

EVGA 1600 would do it and would be what I would recommend.

You'll need molex 4-pin or Sata risers though, won't have any PCIE left over to really run the risers unless you buy splitters but I wouldn't do that.

I have one Zotac mini 6gb-good card, but have tendency to heat up a little comparing with MSI 1080, which are rock solid at 500 without any tunung. Without any adjustment Zotac does 285mh on Linux. I am gearing up to do some power state improvement; no doubt they can do more.

Both cards work fine on H97 anniversary mobo with risers
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