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The Definitive Ethereum Mining Performance Article (Page 1)

The Definitive Ethereum Mining Performance Article
Ethereum cryptocurrency mining benchmarks... a fight to the mining death between AMD and NVIDIA's best GPUs!
By Anthony Garreffa from Sep 14, 2017 @ 11:09 CDT

Ethereum Mining Introduction

It's about time we clear up Ethereum mining performance, without judgment on the market or asking questions or debating whether ANYONE should get into Ethereum mining. This is a purely data and curiosity driven task, given that I have the resources thanks to my career to do so. Just to be clear, no one has prompted me to write this - with neither camp inside of AMD or NVIDIA asking me to.


A purely unbiased, quick, and dirty look at mining performance with stock drivers and GPU/VRAM clocks, to mining-specific drivers from AMD and overclocking the VRAM and dropping the power consumption - in some cases, DRAMATICALLY. I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty of how to do this, but if that's something that interests you - let me know in the comments below, and I'll work on an article covering that.

For now, let's take a look at the stack of cards that I'll be testing. This is the first wave of tests with the best-performing graphics cards that I have in my possession from both camps. The range shifts on the scale of the Radeon RX 570 to the new Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition from AMD, to the GTX 1070 through to GTX 1080 Ti, and even the TITAN Xp which sells for $1199.

The full list of cards being tested:

  • AMD Radeon RX 480
  • AMD Radeon RX 570
  • AMD Radeon RX 580
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 LCE
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

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