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6 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig Build 2018

How To Mine Ethereum With GTX 1070 Graphics Cards?

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So, you want to start mining Ethereum right?

But you don’t know how to build Ethereum mining rig?

Today we are going to use the best Ethereum mining hardware to assemble our mining rig. As we are going to build 6 GPU mining rig we will use 6 Graphics Cards.

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As more and more graphics card going out of stock we have to take care that we buy the correct graphics card. We don’t want to end up mining Ethereum at very low hashrates.

Update – Article has been updated to be working in 2018.

As many people have started mining cryptocurrencies – Ethereum is one of the most popular for mining. But, why are people investing so much in mining Ethereum?

The thing is Ethereum is the cryptocurrency which is ASIC resistant; i.e you cannot mine it with any ASIC you will have to mine it with graphics cards. I have also inserted Amazon links as it may help you buy them.

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Best Graphics Cards For Mining Ethereum

This is often asked as a question right – Which are the best graphics cards for mining Ethereum?

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But here is a question – which graphics cards should I use? Well, until today I have used Nvidia GTX 1070 – Why??? Because of 2 reasons –

  1. They are good at mining Zcash.
  2. They also produce good hashrate of 31 MH/s by a single card.

Even though you can easily resell these cards in future at a great price.

Here is a graph that can explain you –

GPU Mhs comparison

You can clearly see that GTX 1070 stands out in MH/s. I have been using GTX 1070 to date without any problem. One GTX 1070 consumes 150W of power.

So, GTX 1070 is best ethereum mining card we are going to use in this mining build.

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6 GPU Ethereum Mining Rig Build

Our ETH mining rig will consist of –

Every hardware is listed below. Also, I have done my part of explaining each and every hardware. You will not have any problem in assembling them.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING

You will need 6 of them.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070

As we are assembling 6 GPU ETH mining rig you will need 6 of them. If you are low on budget you can always start with 4 of them and periodically increase them. GTX 1070 uses 150W of power which is also great.

Each Graphics Cards will output – 32 Mh/s. So with 6 of them, you will have – 32 x 6 =  192 Mh/s.

Also, if you go with GTX 1070 for mining Zcash you will get – 450 Sol/s. i.e if you think you could not mine Ethereum at one point you can periodically shift.

This particular EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory and has 2 fans to keep the graphics card cool.

To maintain all the cost we are going with GTX 1070.

Update – Most of the time you could not find GTX 1070 you will have to go with GTX 1070ti  which is the lastest version and is better than GTX 1070

MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4

6 GPU MSI Pro SeriesWe will be needing an motherboard right. So, we have to choose an motherboard that can support 6 GPU.

Absolutely, so we are going with MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4. This motherboard supports 6 GPU and you can attach the GPU via RISERS.

This motherboard supports DDR4 RAM and is good to go with Intel Processor with LGA 1151 socket.

The motherboard is the base of your mining rig, everything that you are going to build depends upon your motherboard. This motherboard will run 6 GPU that you will attach to no problems.

PCI-E 16x to 1x Risers

RISERSYou need to attach your GTX 1070 Graphics card right. But how do you do that?

You can attach all your GPU via RISERS i.t PCIe 16x to 1x. These are small cable – where at the one end GPU is attached and other end goes to the motherboard.

You need 6 of them as we will attach 6 GPU. You can find Risers at very low cost – Make sure that you buy them with other hardware componants. Do not buy them single.

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4GB DDR4 RAM

The MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 support DDR4 RAM. The reason we are going with 4GB RAM is that the RAM never plays a role in your mining efficiency.

If you add 8GB RAM the output would be the same as 4GB. So, I think you don’t want to waste your money on building this mining rig.

So, lets go with DDR4 4GB rather than any higher RAM.

Intel Celeron Processor

Celeron processor

You will need a processor for powering up your mining rig. But, why going with Celeron & why not some higher end processor like i3, i5, i7.

The thing you must know is that we are going to do GPU mining, not CPU mining. We only need our processor to run the software and rest of the mining process will be carried by the Graphics Cards.

Celeron is a good processor. We are using Celeron 7th, Gen, as this fits in our mining motherboard which has LGA 1151 socket.

You can even go with Pentium processor too.

SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB 

SSDEver since I’m building new cryptocurrency mining rigs I’m including SSD rather than HDD. The reason is SSD is fast and by using SSD I would increase the transfer speed and decrease the time. Also, other things that I think about SSD are – They use less power consuming and also if you are starting up your mining rig the boot time is reduced and soon you will be mining.

I would also recommend you buy an SSD as it is a just little bit expensive than HDD. So, you don’t have to buy any 240 GB SSD or; higher 120GB is enough. The only things that will be going on the SSD will be OS, Drivers & mining software.

EVGA SuperNOVA 1200W Platinium

It is often hard to select required PSU. Some of you might select a PSU that is way less than the required power supply. When you select the Power Supply Unit for the mining rig you will only use 80% of the total that can be supplied by the PSU.

E.g, If you require about 1000W of power you will not buy 1000W PSU you will buy 1200W PSU.

By doing so you will be on the safer side.

So, let’s calculate our required power supply –

1 GPU consumes = 150W of Power; So, 6 GPU consumes -6 X 150 = 900 W of power.

Additionally – 200 W of power might be consumed by motherboard, CPU, SSD, etc.

So, using 1200W PSU will be good.

ATX Power switch

Power SwitchSo, how are you going to power on this mining rig. This ain’t using any ATX cabin and there isn’t any button to start. To be sure, we have to buy ATX Power Switch.

ATX Power Switch is something that is a wire that will attach to the motherboard and another end of the wire acts as a button to start and turn off the rig.

This is one of the smallest components but you must not miss this one. It is very easy to attach.

Whenever you buy this – Buy it with other componants too, cutting out the extra costs.

Mining Rig Open Air Frame

You will need an open mining frame that allows good air flow. Make sure that your mining rig frame is not conjusted.

I would recommend you build your own cryptocurrency mining frame. By this way, you can build it the way you want. The only required things would be few aluminum rods and some hardware skills.

Make sure that everything will fit properly.

Enough space for the GPU, Motherboard, SSD, PSU, etc.

If you do want to pick one up this mining rig frame will help you out –Mining Rig Open Air Frame.

OS

Choosing your operating system, for now, might not be hard. If you are familiar with Windows then you can use Windows for mining. Linux is even good as you will cut out the costs.

But especially if you are going to use this mining rig for mining Ethereum you can go with ETHOS.

Mining Pool

It is also important which mining software and pool you use. I would recommend you using Claymore Dual Ethereum Miner as a software.

And for the pool from last few months, I have been using eth.2miners.com.

I received regular payments of ETH and they have low fees in comparison to other pools.

Conclusion

With this particular Ethereum Mining Rig, you can actually mine about $379 of Ethereum every month and this is probably good.

Update – As the price of Ethereum has gone up above $750. You will be able to mine more than $500/ month with this mining rig. This Ethereum mining rig can run fine in 2018.

But, here is a good trick that keeps me going – When I mine Ethereum I do not sell it immediately I wait till the prices of Ethereum has gone up. By this way, my return of investment is met very early.

But, always remember that when you invest in mining rig you do not loose money instead you earn money.

But, How??

The thing is when you buy a mining rig you can mine as much as you can. But when the time comes when you dont want to mine you can always resell and there are hundreds who will buy your rig.

Graphics cards can be resold.

Total ~ $3593 (Prices May Change)

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    1. Thank You Rizzian,
      I’m happy that this helped. Well as you asked me about PCIe slots right. You’ve mistaken there are 4 PCIe slots on the motherboard so, you dont have to worry. 🙂
      If you do get any problems feel free to message me I will help you out.

      1. yap thats my question, theres only 4 pci-e slot for my riser, so where do i connect my other 2 riser to the motherboard if theres only 4 pci-e slot,thanks alot for the answer

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  1. I purchased 6 1070 FTW edition GPUs and they have two 8-pin power connectors each. Do I need to get more powers supplies to accommodate the extra 8-pin slot? Also, should I have connector branch from the power supply to both 8-pin slots or give each slot on the GPU its own connector to the power supply?

  2. Nice tutorial.
    I have 6 RX580 8GB and I can’t make them mine altogether..
    On miner window , all 6 GPU are showing up but 2 of then GPU3 and GPU 5 have zero hashrate

    1. Thank You For Your Valuable Feedback!!!
      Be sure to install the latest drivers! AMD has also released their Mining Drivers experiment with that too….

  3. Thanks for the article. Do you by chance have any idea what the power consumption in watts is? Preferbly for 4 not 6 but if you only have information on 6 I would greatly appreciate it.

    1. Hi GTX 1070 needs ~160W per card. So, if you need to use 4 cards you will need 160 x 4 = 640W. But you do have motherboard, SSD and maybe something else connected so let’s consider extra 200W.

      So, you will need 640W+200W = 840W.

      Yes, you can use 1000W of PSU. I’m personally using – 2 RM 1000W PSU.
      But you can get 1 – http://amzn.to/2jc9VTo

  4. Could you tell us, what is the best mining pool for ethereum?

    Also, should I solely mine ethereum or mine both ethereum&zcash?

    Thank you again for this article.

    1. So, Bitmain doesn’t ship bitmain products to India. So, you will have to contact few people around. I got Bitmain S9 at 2.40 Lakhs.

        1. Hi Harsh,
          Nowadays it is very hard to get an ASIC in India. Indian Custom is not allowing ASIC to be shipped and are holding them.
          People who are selling ASIC are selling at very high rates. They don’t want to make themselves available publicly.
          Only one thing that I would like you to do is – research!! You will find them.
          FB groups can sometimes help!!
          Regards,
          Soham

  5. Hey Soham,
    I plan to start small mining ethereum (just 2 GPU) Do you know how much a 2GPU rig will Mine in a month?
    And I know this can mine zcash too, but can it mine any other cryptocurriences like litecoin etc. ?

    Thanks for the Article btw

    1. Yes, this rig can mine any cryptocurrency. If you consider mining ETH with 2 GPU then you might earn $100. If you consider Zcash for 2GPU then you might earn $55-60 per month.
      Hope this helps.

  6. First off great guide appreciate your effort!
    So question, if I went with these cards instead, would it still be compat with this setup?
    SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 570 NITRO+ 8 GB GDDR5 2xDP/2xHDMI/DVI-D Graphics Card
    Thx Bro!

  7. Hello, I was wondering if you could help me with a bios modification question. I have a rig running mostly rx470 mining editions, are these cards already maxed out when it comes to tweeking their bios? Im asking becuase i have tryed to tweek them in the past and run into issues and a loss in hash rate…

  8. Hello,

    Great article but I still have a question.

    Can you show the difference in ZCash mining between a RX 570 8Gb and the GTX 1070.

    With Ethereum the difference is 2.6 Mh/s.

    How much is the difference in Sol (ZCash) between the GTX 1070 and the RX 570 ?

    Is there a difference in speed with 4gb or 8gb Ram on the Cards?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Allard,
      Ok, let me give you all the stock hashrates. i.e Without overclocking
      RX 570 gives hashrates – 27.9 MH/s (ETH), 260 Sol/s(Equihash – Zcash), 700 H/s (Cryptonight).
      GTX 1070 gives hashrates – 28 MH/s (ETH), 430 Sol/s (Equihash – Zcash), 500 H/s (Cryptonight).
      Hope this helps. But there is lot of difference between them. I always go with green team. If I do wanna mine ETH then I can easily get 31 to 32 Mh/s with GTX 1070 With overclocking.

      1. I am in the peocess of ordering parts for a good 6 card mining rig. What is the best GPU card i can get now that uses the least amount of power? What is your email? Maybe you could send me an updated list for 2018? Or are all the parts still basically the same as your first list? Thank you so much for all this help!!! 🙂
        Also, are there mobos out there that are capable of more than 6 gpu? Or do you just connect 2 mobos together to get more than 6 slots? Thx

        1. Hey Ryan,
          Yes, GTX 1070 or GTX 1070Ti are the best cards that you can buy. They can really mine Ethereum as well as Zcash at a good output. Talking about the power it might use somewhere in between 180W to 200W per GPU.
          Also, this is an updated guide and will work in 2018 as well. I usually update the guides so you don’t need to worry.
          You can change the Motherboard if you want to add more GPU!
          Here is a good article where you can select best mining motherboards.
          Email – [email protected]

  9. Great guide! I am having trouble finding any GTX 1070 GPUs for a reasonable price. Do you know where you can affordably get these?

    Thank you!

    1. Hey Zevi,
      I always order mine from Amazon – You can either buy GTX 1070 or GTX 1070Ti whatever is available.
      Prices are increased I guess and will always continue to grow up.

    1. Hi Swilson,
      Absolutely yes, most of the processors come with the fans so check that if your comes with the fan.

  10. So I was looking at graphic cards and was wondering, would a GTX 1070 SC Gaming do or are we looking for the “vanilla” 1070/1070TI aka NVIDIA standard cooler or could it be any brand?

    Thanks, great guide btw.

    1. Hey Lenny,
      First of all the brand does not matter. That is what I say. I’m currently using MSI Armor GTX 1070 & gives exact same hashrates as any other GTX 1070 card will give.
      But EVGA cards are well built.

  11. Share with us your BIOS settings! I bought exactly everything that is on this poster, and I tried everything, every 3 hours my rig freezes.

    1. Ok, so you want to achieve 32 Mh/s with ETH correct?? So, you are achieving that 32 MH/s and it is freezing your mining after a couple of hours. I suggest you lower your settings.
      Currently, I’m mining with my GTX 1070 cards at 30 MH/s.
      Here is an image of OC settings of my GTX 1070 cards.

  12. Hi

    Very detail write up.

    I got a qns and i still not sure about the correct way of connecting the riser

    So 6 riser which should i buy molex, sata, 6pins or riser with all the 3 types connector.

    Been reading and seem like the 6 pins is the best. But psu only have 6 pcie connectors so can i use those splitter 6pins to 2 pcie connector?

    Any advise? Quite lost.

    Tia

  13. Hi Pratap, can you please advise how much a similar rig with RX 580 8gb would cost in india, and how much in international market? Do you know anyone in Dubai who can help me?

  14. You do have some great information on mining with the GTX 1070, thank you. But you don’t mention the 1070 Ti, how come? According to other research I have found that the 1070 Ti is actually more efficient, and faster than the 1070 so overall it can cost less and mine more.

    1. Hey Mike!!!
      I’ve already mentioned that GTX 1070Ti are the best option if you cannot find GTX 1070. In fact, I can say that you must go with GTX 1070Ti instead of GTX 1070.
      But there is not much of a difference in performance.

    1. The prices in India have almost double!!! I bought the cards when GTX 1070 were selling at 40000 rs. If you can find the old stock then surely you will be profitable!!

  15. Hey,
    Great article. I really appreciate what you shared and the discussion down below. Two questions for you:
    1. Based on the stores that you usually buy GPU (if you could add international info will be awesome) do you think it is reasonable to invest in the rigs or should you hodl your finances and wait for a price drop? I know it is speculative kind of a question and things change every second but I am just qurious about your opinion.
    2. What PSU valtage do you recoment since both the logic that you used with the 20% rule and this calculator by OuterVision (https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator) (the same as the CoolerMaster one) is suggesting that you buy “bigger” PSU? (GPUs use a variable of 150, meaning around 1000 and then adding the processor and the 20% rule getting us at 1600W PSU or 2x650W PSUs) And since we are the the PSU topic – what brands do you recommend and do you recommend getting 2 PSU in the first place?
    Thanks for the great article and the discussion below I am most grateful for your work and passion!
    Regards,
    Dobromir

  16. Soham Pratap
    can i use 4 geforce gtx1060 +1 gtx1070ti + 1 gtx1070 ? they don’t have to be all brand ?
    still trying get the cards I might go two cards then add on. great article .

    thank you glenn

  17. Hello Soham,

    I am about ready to start assembling my rig. I am waiting on my power supply.

    Thanks for your very informative article.

    Greetings from Ireland

    1. Hey Ronan,
      Thank You for the update!!! You can keep me updated over here!! I will be glad to help you out !!
      Regards,
      Soham!!

  18. Hi Soham

    I have all parts assembled on the rig. I have a problem getting the motherboard to recognise more than one graphics card?

    Any solutions?

    Regards,

    Ronan

    1. Have you installed the drivers??
      Here are the steps you can try –
      1. Attach only one GPU.
      2. Then connect the display to the GPU.
      3. Start the rig.
      4.Then Install the drivers, there will be drivers CD or you can download it from the internet.
      5. Then connect all the GPU.

      This will help you!!
      Regards,
      Soham

  19. Ok
    So, I installed all the GPUs individually and updated the drivers as i went.
    All cards are recognised now. I still haven’t got mining yet as the Claymore mining tool keeps crashing as soon as I go to start.
    I have placed several different drivers on the GPUs but still no luck.

    AMDs Radeon 580s
    Seem to be tricky

    Ronan

    1. Yes this mining rig is still good to mine ETH. If we are talking about the altcoins then it can mine both Equihash & Ethash algorithm coins at its best. I usually mine Ethereum, Zcash, Zclassic & UBQ with this 6GPU mining rig.

    1. There will be no difference in hashrates. It’s different manufacturers. .Both the GPU will have same performance.

  20. what about using pools that automatically switch to the most profitable coin then pay you out in BC?
    Worth using them?

    Are you saying you can put this whole rig together for less than $4,000?

    Thank you

    1. Sometimes yes. I think you will mine a single algorithm and that will shift to the most profitable algorithm in that coin.
      For example – If you choose ethash then it will then mine Ethereum if it profitable as of now. Again after some time if Ubiq is profitable then it will shift to that coin. Basically, you will be lending out your hashing power and in return, you will get returns in BTC.
      I hope you got it all.

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