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13 GPU Profitable ZCash Mining Rig – 2018

13 GPU Profitable GPU ZCash Mining RigDo you want to build Zcash mining rig? Do you want to know which is the best GPU for Zcash mining? Then hold on all the questions will be answered.

Today we are going to build 13 GPU Zcash mining rig. I will show you what all the components you will be needing to build Zcash mining rig in 2018.

First of all, we are going to use some GPU’s, Motherboard that will support 13 GPU’s, Processor, RISERS, PSU, Frame, etc.

I have listed the hardware required down below. Als, I have included Amazon links for you to buy.

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So, without a due let’s start our Zcash Mining Rig.

UPDATE DEC 2018 – Now you can get more than $1,882.55  / Month with this rig. This is due to low difficulty and recent price hike of Zcash. So, Your ROI will be very early.

13 GPU Zcash Mining Rig Build

So, we are going to build mining rig that will produce 5600 Sol/s. So, that’s huge.

Today the price of Zcash (ZEC) is $270. Zcash has been now considered as one of the most profitable cryptocurrencies for mining.

Zcash can be easily mined with Nvidia cards. Nvidia cards are better for mining ZEC rather than any other coin.

Our cryptocurrency mining rig will consist of –

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1. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070

You will need 13 of them.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070EVGA build some good Nvidia Graphics Cards. With one GTX 1070 Nvidia Graphics card you can achieve 430 Sol/s. With 13 GPUs we can achieve hash rate of about 5600 Sol/s.

As we are building 13 GPU we are going to order 13 GPU’s. If you are low on budget you can always order less and increase as you go. So, be sure to use the same components that I’m going to mention below.

But, Why are we using Nvidia? Why not AMD?

Because Nvidia cards give the best output per watt consumption. But, the thing is Nvidia graphics cards are costlier than AMD. Another reason we are using Nvidia Series 10 is because they have a higher resell values than the AMD.

If you don’t want to spend much then I will always recommend you to go with reselling graphics cards on Amazon. They are good and prices are really low. You will definately save more money.

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2. PCI-E 16x to 1x Risers

RISERSYou must have RISERS for connecting Graphics cards to the motherboards. RISERS are easy to install with only snap a card on RISER on one end connect the other end to the motherboard.

We will need 13 RISERS for our ZEC mining Rig.

Next important thing that you should see that your motherboard is supporting 13 Risers not or any less. More is better. I have mentioned the motherboard below.

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3. Asrock H110 Pro BTC+ 13GPU Mining Motherboard

We are going to use Asrock H110 Pro BTC+ this is very good and strong motherboard. The motherboard supports 13 GPU’s so you need not worry. In comparison, this is very cheap and affordable motherboard in the market.

All the miners have been using Asrock motherboard. So, no questions asked. This motherboard supports DDR4 RAM which will not affect our efficiency in mining.

Motherboards are the base of your mining rig. You have to make sure that there is much air flowing through and should not excess heat.

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4. Patriot Memory Viper Elite Series DDR4 4GB RAM

Patriot Memory DDR4 4GB RAMRAM memory is not that important than you might think. You will be losing money if you are investing in 8GB RAM.

So, Asrock H110 Pro BTC+ supports DDR4 RAM so we are going with DDR4 4GB RAM.

Patriot Memory Viper is quite good and I’ve personally used it. If you are going with any other RAM it is OK until it is DDR4.

If you go with 8GB RAM you will have the same Zcash mining efficiency as with 4GB RAM.

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5. Intel 7th Gen Celeron

Celeron processorNow comes the main part of the Zcash mining rig. But, let me tell you it is not that important than you think. We are going to do GPU mining, not CPU mining. So, we are going to use processor only to power on the mining rig.

Also, we are going to use Intel 7th Generation Celeron Processor, you can also use Pentium processor.

So, to save more and build an profitable ZEC mining rig build we will go with Intel Celeron. Again don’t invest in i3 or i5 processors.

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6. SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB

SSDYou do need a storage but you don’t need HDD. We can use HDD if you need but SSD’s are faster in processing. You will conserve much time in processing.

I think SSD is a bit faster and will increase your mining efficiency. SSD’s are bit expensive but in comparison to HDD, they are only a few more bucks to invest.

By using SSD’s you will increase processing speed and reduce the transfer time. SSD will only be used to run your OS and mining software.

I prefer SanDisk SSD Plus they are pretty cheap and reliable.

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7. Corsair AXi Series, AX1500i, 1500 Watt

You will need 2 of them.

Corsair 1500 WattWe are going to use 2 1500 Watt Power Supply Unit as we are going to build 13 GPU cryptocurrency mining rig. We will go with Corsair AX1500i as it provide 1500 Watt.

What we will do is we will run these PSU’s simultaneously. So, there is no any kind of buying higher end PSU.

As per my experience Corsair and EVGA manufacture the best PSU.

So, if we figure out that each of our GPU will need 180W of supply then we will supply (assumption) about 2400W of power to the GPU’s.

The other supply would go to SSD, Motherboard, CPU – This will make up upto 200W. On the other end we are let up with some juice left.

I like to buy an higher power as to be on the safe side. Choosing the matching power supply is important and if you have chosen the wrong one you have probably burned down your rig.

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8. Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable

Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable

Remember as I said that we are going to run two PSU’s simultaneously. So, to do that we are going to use adapter cable. This will connect both PSU and will run our mining rig that we have built.

These adapters are pretty cheap don’t waste on buying this cable individually – Buy it with the other components.

You can connect the mining rig as shown in below image –

PSU connection

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9. ATX Power switch

Power SwitchDo you want to start your motherboard right? We are not using anykind of CPU cases which comes with pre-button to turn on and off.

So, we are going to use ATX Power switch these are small wires with an button attached. These go well directly in the motherboard. You can turn on with the button. Try to buy this with other componants and you will cut out the shipping charges.

Small but important!!!

I’ve covered every small componant that are needed.

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10. Mining Rig Open Air Frame

Mining FrameYou can always create one yourself to conserv some costs. You can make it work as a project. When you order the products form the Amazon it will take some time to ship. Till the time of shipping you can always put it as a project and create some good mining rig frame.

We are going to use 13 GPU so you need to create it big. You are going to make sure that all the componants like GPU, Motherboard, 2PSU, etc fit well.

Most importantly you are going to make sure that there is enough of airflow. If there is going to be more heat involved you will probably burn down you Zcash mining rig.

I have listed this mining rig that can hold 14 GPU and will be enough.

*If the following frame isn’t available you can buy this following frame!

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11. Linux / Windows

You must have an OS installed on your mining rig. But, it’s harder to choose with this rig. The thing is Windows is good for mining as you will have good GUI and more of them are currently mining on windows.

So, the downside of windows with this mining rig is that the efficiency of all the 13GPU running on windows will cause some problems. Sometimes the windows will not recognise all the 13 GPU’s. If you are going to build the same rig with 8 or 6 GPU then windows is ok.

There are few guides around internet where you can achieve all 13 GPU running at once and good.

But, if you want to run this rig efficiently with 13GPU Linux is what you are going to use. I will highly recommend going with linux. There would be no problem in mining with 13GPU and everything would be fine. You will also cut out some charges by not buying windows.

12. Mining Pool

You need a perfect mining software and also right mining pool. This is recent expereince of mine.

I was previously using Flypool fo mining Zcash. But don’t know why I was not getting more hashrates.

So, a friend of mine recommended me to use 2Miners Pool. They are still growing but they are legit and there are regular payouts of ZEC.

Also they have low fees.

Conclusion

If you have built Zcash (ZEC) MiningRig as per my instruction you will be easily able to mine. With the current rate and profitablity and adding electricity cost you will be easily able to mine $960/month. (UPDATE – You can get more than $1,882.55  / Month with this rig). This rig is future proof and can be used in 2018 too.

And this is huge. So, there is lesser payout time. You can always increase the no. of GPU.

Low on budget? Start with lesser number of GPU then periodically increase them as you earn. For mining there are many softwares available.

Not only this you can always use this mining rig to mine Ethereum, Monero, Bitcoin, etc.

If you want to start mining Ethereum then you can start with one of my easy guide – 6 GPU Nvidia Ethereum Mining Rig – $2500 Build.

You can always invest in cryptocurrencies. You are starting out – you can look in my guide for best cryptocurrency to invest in 2018.

Total ~ $8610 (Prices Can Change)

You can always buy less GPU’s and increase periodically.

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Soham Pratap

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38 Comments

  1. Nice Guide!!
    I have ordered all the items and they are being shipped. As you said I can make my own Mining Rig frame and I’m working on it.
    Thanks !!!

      1. Was curious abt the motherboard for this rig, been reading a lot of bad reviews on it. I really want to build a 13 GPU rig over time, got the 8 GPUs on the way now deciding on which mobo. Have either of you had any issues with the risers touching either on the mobo or getting GPU errors from running the rig. Thanks!!

        1. Hello, Yes many of them were curious about this GPU compatibility errors and all. But the thing the rig will work fine until and unless you run your mining rig on Linux. Linux will identify all the GPU attached. I would suggest you using Claymore miner.

      2. hi, there. as with the current price of zcash and its current difficulty. how much in USD should i be making off of each 1070 gpu with your rig specs

    1. Hello! Thank you for your reply.
      From the beginning of CryptoCurrency mining I have been using Claymore miner it’s pretty basic and supports all the GPUs.
      I never had a problem with it.

  2. Hi mate,

    great info there..

    I have just built a 12 x gtx1070 rig and need help on how tio run linux and what software to use for z cash…

    1. It does use 2600W of power but talking about electricity. Each card is using nearby of 200W. So, in total it can make up to 2700W to 2800W computing Motherboard and other hardware elements.

  3. I would like to build this using GTX 1080ti, would that work? also, could i get some instructions for after the build? thank you

    1. EVGA has the good build quality and has good support. But either way, I have been using MSI, EVGA & Zotac once. All of them are good. All of them will give the same hashrates.

      1. Good to know, sometimes hard to get EVGA. Do you making any OS optimization for mining or you use just fresh system?

        I’m curious about drivers as well, which do you recommend for GTX 1070?

        1. Hmm, No I don’t do any OS optimisation. Fresh is what I do.
          Ahhh, Drivers!! I go with the supplied stock drivers with the card.

  4. hi Soham,
    great tutorial, plenty of interesting tips, many thanks.
    thanks for clarifying that you think that this king of mobo is gonna work with 13 GPU GTX1080TI11gb too: that’s a great tip. The producer (on their own website) advise an hybrid solution Nvidia/AMD but I reckon it’s due to they willingness to give a straightforward tip to windows users.
    I’ll give it a try with ethOS, guess could be very good to mine BTG too if that turns out to be profitable (Equihash too).
    cheers!

  5. Nice tutorial, however the ATX power switch isn’t necessary if you have the H110 BTC+ motherboard. This board has an on/off and reset button attached to it.

  6. Hi Soham, excellent guide! I am wondering if you are accounting expenses in the total profits? Is power consumption deducted from your total profits on your guides or how much is power costing/month with this build?

    1. Most of the times I put on the profit !!! deducting the expenses!! Power consumptions can differ from place to place. Over here at my place, it is hardly $50 per month for this rig!!

  7. Hello, great guide!

    I have built a system with 12 GPUs running fine (12 1070s), when I add the 13th GPU the system goes into a kernal panic as its trying to load the miner. I’ m currently using SMOS on Linus. The power supply is a 3000W power supply. I’ve checked all the risers as well. Do you have any ideas I can try?

    Thanks!
    J

      1. Hi Soham,

        I’m running it off of a USB, originally a 16gb 2.0 then switched to a 32gb 3.0 USB stick and it still goes into a kernel panic!

        Thanks!

          1. I just realized there was a sata connecter! I’ll be able to adjust the rig next week (im remote currently). I bet that was the issue. Thank you!

  8. Hey,

    Instead of one GPU mining mother board, can I use multiple RPI3s? and then sync them all to work in unison?

  9. Hello Soham,

    do you think you can share with us, since you build the rig month by month how much the rig has profit? just to have an idea with the price of BTC going up and down doesn’t have to be accurate just and idea.

    Thanks for your help

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