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June 04, 2012, 09:40:53 AM
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Hello,

I'm looking for the best mining video-card, some say it's the 5870, 6990 or some other.

What sould I buy? I'm cleulus and yes I watched here :https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison Tongue

Thanks in advance

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June 04, 2012, 12:29:19 PM
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Current top video cards for mining are 5970 (if you can find one used) or 7970 (if you want warranty).

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June 04, 2012, 12:33:23 PM
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if electricity is an issue, go FPGA

if not, 5970 is the best mhash/$.

5830 and 5850 are the best in terms of mhash/w.  7970 falls into this category too, but it is expensive in mh/$.

Although, I reccommend the 7970 if you game Cheesy (I have one and I love it Cheesy)

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June 04, 2012, 12:39:26 PM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
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June 04, 2012, 12:55:26 PM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
i think I take this one (I found one for 60$!!!) Thanks everyone, if i want to upgrade i know what i need!!!
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June 04, 2012, 04:56:16 PM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
i think I take this one (I found one for 60$!!!) Thanks everyone, if i want to upgrade i know what i need!!!

Awesome deal there!

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June 04, 2012, 05:50:37 PM
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When it comes to GPU's I'd recommend trying to find one at a bargain price from one of "recommended" list or just plain popular.
Price matters a lot more for GPU's since one of the best things about GPU's is their resell value and usually lower cost of purchase.
GPU's always suffer from a higher electrical cost in comparison to FPGA's, so if you live with high energy rates, I'd at least consider looking into FPGA's.

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June 04, 2012, 11:40:46 PM
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if electricity is an issue, go FPGA

if not, 5970 is the best mhash/$.

5830 and 5850 are the best in terms of mhash/w.  7970 falls into this category too, but it is expensive in mh/$.

Although, I reccommend the 7970 if you game Cheesy (I have one and I love it Cheesy)

yeah, if you are looking to mine at night or something and play games every once in a while during the day, 7970 is fine

just for mining, it's not so great.  equipment depreciation will cut into any profit

i think, now, the 5970 might be best.  a couple months ago, it was the 5830 (buying used ofc)

Dacentec, best deals for US dedicated servers. They regularly restock $20-$25 Opterons with 8-16GB RAM & 2x1-2TB HDD's (ofc, usually lots of other good stuff to choose from).  I did a Serverbear benchmark of one of my $20/mo Opteron (June last year), it's here.  Have had about a half dozen different servers with Dacentec, & none have failed to sustain at least 40MB/s (burst higher). My favorite is a 12-month rent-to-own ZT Systems 2XL5520 16GB 2x2TB SATA for $40/month (got lucky with the 'off-brand', haven't seen a RTO 2xL5520 for under $50/mo since -- at least for monthly contracts).  wholesaleinternet.com has some ancient 2-core intel CPUs @ $10/mo sometimes (I got an Intel Core 2 6300 @ 1.86GHz, with a 250GB HDD with 46000 hours on it, LOL. $20 @ Dacentec is much better, if you can grab one). joesdatacenter.com (same location as Wholesale Internet) also occasionally has specials (or if you don't want to wait, it has an AMD Opteron 170 @ $16/mo).
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June 05, 2012, 01:39:00 AM
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if electricity is an issue, go FPGA

if not, 5970 is the best mhash/$.

5830 and 5850 are the best in terms of mhash/w.  7970 falls into this category too, but it is expensive in mh/$.

Although, I reccommend the 7970 if you game Cheesy (I have one and I love it Cheesy)

yeah, if you are looking to mine at night or something and play games every once in a while during the day, 7970 is fine

just for mining, it's not so great.  equipment depreciation will cut into any profit

i think, now, the 5970 might be best.  a couple months ago, it was the 5830 (buying used ofc)

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June 05, 2012, 08:50:24 PM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
i think I take this one (I found one for 60$!!!) Thanks everyone, if i want to upgrade i know what i need!!!
You've found an HD5870 for $60?! Do you mind telling us where did you find this ultra low price?

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June 06, 2012, 03:58:35 AM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
i think I take this one (I found one for 60$!!!) Thanks everyone, if i want to upgrade i know what i need!!!
You've found an HD5870 for $60?! Do you mind telling us where did you find this ultra low price?

No Kidding!!!

I am used to buying at around $130-150, you could probably make a little cash if you could get more of those $60.00 5870's and selling them at a markup to other miners.. Grin
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June 07, 2012, 08:14:55 AM
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I am a big fan of the 5870. they have a very good mhash/$ and are easy to find under $200. As you can see from the previous post though really any high end card from the ati 5000 series is a good card.
i think I take this one (I found one for 60$!!!) Thanks everyone, if i want to upgrade i know what i need!!!
You've found an HD5870 for $60?! Do you mind telling us where did you find this ultra low price?

No Kidding!!!

I am used to buying at around $130-150, you could probably make a little cash if you could get more of those $60.00 5870's and selling them at a markup to other miners.. Grin

It's a second handed site of my country (the netherlands), marktplaats.nl I bought it so the offer is gone but I think there are other  cheap offers if you search a bit. The suitr is in dutch.
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June 07, 2012, 10:57:48 AM
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I was swapping my 5830's into 5870's a couple months ago.... back then, my buy point for 5870's was $160-$170... managed to get several at the high end of that range.  I was looking at 5970's too, but outside of a few that were mispriced (and I didn't see in time), they were mostly going for around $350'ish.  I guess by now it may be something like $150 for 5870's and $300 for 5970's?  Not sure.... but if not there already, that's getting pretty close to 5970 being the best buy.  maybe another month or so for summer to set in more

Dacentec, best deals for US dedicated servers. They regularly restock $20-$25 Opterons with 8-16GB RAM & 2x1-2TB HDD's (ofc, usually lots of other good stuff to choose from).  I did a Serverbear benchmark of one of my $20/mo Opteron (June last year), it's here.  Have had about a half dozen different servers with Dacentec, & none have failed to sustain at least 40MB/s (burst higher). My favorite is a 12-month rent-to-own ZT Systems 2XL5520 16GB 2x2TB SATA for $40/month (got lucky with the 'off-brand', haven't seen a RTO 2xL5520 for under $50/mo since -- at least for monthly contracts).  wholesaleinternet.com has some ancient 2-core intel CPUs @ $10/mo sometimes (I got an Intel Core 2 6300 @ 1.86GHz, with a 250GB HDD with 46000 hours on it, LOL. $20 @ Dacentec is much better, if you can grab one). joesdatacenter.com (same location as Wholesale Internet) also occasionally has specials (or if you don't want to wait, it has an AMD Opteron 170 @ $16/mo).
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June 07, 2012, 11:32:51 AM
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I was swapping my 5830's into 5870's a couple months ago.... back then, my buy point for 5870's was $160-$170... managed to get several at the high end of that range.  I was looking at 5970's too, but outside of a few that were mispriced (and I didn't see in time), they were mostly going for around $350'ish.  I guess by now it may be something like $150 for 5870's and $300 for 5970's?  Not sure.... but if not there already, that's getting pretty close to 5970 being the best buy.  maybe another month or so for summer to set in more

Yeah, that is pretty close, maybe a bit lower for the 5970's more like an average of 330. Sometimes you can get lucky and get one real cheap if it has a problem with something as simple as a noisy fan.

I have been picking up 5870's in the 140-160 range.

When dealing with pricing you also have to consider that the 5970 will only take one slot and use less power (per MH) then a pair of 5870's, so in many cases it is worth the extra up front cost.
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June 07, 2012, 11:39:51 AM
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if electricity is an issue, go FPGA

if not, 5970 is the best mhash/$.

5830 and 5850 are the best in terms of mhash/w.  7970 falls into this category too, but it is expensive in mh/$.

Although, I reccommend the 7970 if you game Cheesy (I have one and I love it Cheesy)

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7970 and 5970 are king of MH/W. The 7970 will depreciate faster, but it is also less risk as its price is not primarily dependent on bitcoin mining profitability.

58xx are king of MH/$.

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June 07, 2012, 12:58:04 PM
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I'm gonna have to go with the 5830. cheap 300mhash and originally freely available. you could get 6 of them for the cost of a 5970 and make way more. They were and still are the best investment card, they pay for themselves many times over.
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I'm gonna have to go with the 5830. cheap 300mhash and originally freely available. you could get 6 of them for the cost of a 5970 and make way more. They were and still are the best investment card, they pay for themselves many times over.

6 of them just about makes up a full mining rig, which means you have to buy MB, PSU, etc. 1 5970 won't get the speed of 6 5830s, but you don't need a separate rig for every card.

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June 07, 2012, 04:04:33 PM
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7970 is probably the best right now, not just because it uses less power than other cards to mine, but also because its the current top-card from AMD and will retain its value longer and better than older cards like the 5870 and 5970.

If electricity cost is not an issue.. well.. I've personally hit 750+MH/s @ 320W on air with one of my 7970's. Cheesy

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7970 is probably the best right now, not just because it uses less power than other cards to mine, but also because its the current top-card from AMD and will retain its value longer and better than older cards like the 5870 and 5970.

If electricity cost is not an issue.. well.. I've personally hit 750+MH/s @ 320W on air with one of my 7970's. Cheesy

320W for the one card?!

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June 07, 2012, 04:13:11 PM
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320W for the one card?!

This sounds about right. The cards pull insane amount of power when you overclock them. This is a natural consequence of smaller process nodes resulting in larger leakages.

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