After analyzing every graphics card it has become very hard to choose the perfect graphics card for mining. So, I went out researching for the best graphics card for mining Monero (XMR). I tested out hash rates on few GPU and came out with some interesting figures.
[Updated Article 2017 Dec]
Today the price of 1 XMR = $ 85.44 (4th Nov. 2017) & speculations say that it will reach the height very easily. But which is the best graphics card to mine Monero?
None other than Vega Series. They are pretty good at mining Monero and also the card will pay off itself very easily in less time.
Vega 64 & Vega 54 are two cards that you can use for mining XMR.
Without further ado let’s get started to build our 6 GPU Monero mining Rig –
Note – This mining rig can also be used to mine Electroneum as they have similar hashrates.
- 1 Best Graphics Card For Mining Monero (XMR) / Electroneum ETN
- 2 6 GPU Monero Mining Rig Build – VEGA
- 2.1 Radeon RX VEGA 64 8GB
- 2.2 ASRock H81 PRO BTC R2.0 LGA 1150
- 2.3 PCI-E 16x to 1x Risers
- 2.4 Patriot Signature 4 GB DDR3
- 2.5 Intel Celeron Processor
- 2.6 SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB
- 2.7 EVGA 1000 GQ, 80+ GOLD 1000W
- 2.8 Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable
- 2.9 ATX Power switch
- 2.10 OS
- 2.11 Mining Rig Frame
- 3 Conclusion
- 4 Total ~ $4604
Best Graphics Card For Mining Monero (XMR) / Electroneum ETN
It is very important to choose the most efficient and profitable GPU for mining Monero. One good fact about mining Monero is that it uses very less electricity in comparison to mining other cryptocurrencies.
I analysed that while mining Ethereum there was much use of electricity and the very loud noise has been created due to fans speed that I had to increase for keeping the stable temperature. But, when I had to shift to mining Monero I was able to see that there was lesser noise generated and less use of electricity.
So, to choose a profitable graphics card for mining XMR – We have to take care of the following things :
- Power Usage.
With these three things, we can calculate our ROI (Return Of Investment).
Although, there are several cards available in the market Vega 56 & 64 has the best output for mining Monero.
Note – These hashrates are without overclocking. You may overclock them to get high hashrates.
E.g VEGA 64 delivers 1200 H/s by default. You can get 1700 & up by overclocking it. So, if we calculate the profit we can generate $120 per card / month.
6 GPU Monero Mining Rig Build – VEGA
I have made this as a detailed post by including everything that you will need to build your rig. I have also included Amazon links for you to easily purchase. Anyways, I have also included few problems that I face and how to solve them.
Keep reading till the end and I will tell you – how you can gain more profit than usual mining.
Our mining rig will consist of –
- AMD VEGA Graphics Card.
- Power Supply Unit.
- Mother Board.
- Mining Rig Frame.
- ATX Power Cable.
- Thermaltake Dual Pin.
So, let’s start with the hardware components required to build our XMR mining rig.
You will need 6 of them.
As we had a look at the hashrates delivered by different GPU’s it is obvious that we will go with RX VEGA 64. Radeon RX VEGA 64 is one of the best graphics card manufactured by AMD.
The hashrate delivered by VEGA RX 64 is about 1200 H/s for Monero & it use TDP of 250 W. Without going for any AMD RX 480 or RX 580 it is better to go with VEGA cards.
One important thing that you must know about VEGA 64 cards is that they are limited to 2 units per user. But, I have made it easy for you to include all the 6 GPU’s in one link.
Here is a simple calculation that will help you –
1 x RX VEGA 64 will output – 1200 H/s at 250 W. (XMR uses less power than that I have mentioned).
6 x RX VEGA 64 -1200 x 6 =7200 H/s.
You will be able to achieve 7200 H/s for mining Monero with this rig.
There are several motherboards that can be used for mining but ASROCK H81 PRO BTC is used by several miners including me.
You can have a look at my article on best mining motherboards.
ASROCK is one of the leading manufacturers of mining motherboard. Their recent 13 GPU mining motherboard was a huge success.
So, talking about this particular motherboard – you can attach all 6 GPU’s without any problems. You can easily attach your VEGA 64 Graphics Cards to the motherboard by RISERS.
This motherboard supports DDR3 RAM – But, this will not cause any problems. This motherboard has LGA 1150 where you can use your Intel Processor.
This motherboard has a total of 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot, 5x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots.
Also, this motherboard is priced very low incomparison to other mining motherboards.
RISERS are very important part of GPU’s. These help us to attach all the GPU’s to the motherboards.
Our motherboard supports 6 GPU’s so we need 6 Pack of RISERS. These RISERS attach to the graphics cards and go to the motherboard’s PCIe slot.
These also help us to arrange the graphics cards on our mining rig frame.
RISERS cost about $50 and you can easily get them. But make sure that you dont buy them sepeately. Buy them with other componants of the rig.
ASROCK motherboard supports DDR3 RAM. So, we are going with 4GB DDR3 RAM for our mining rig.
It doesn’t matter if you are using 4GB or 8GB RAM. Your mining efficiency will be the same with both of them. So, let’s go with 4GB instead.
We do need a processor to run our mining rig. But, here is one thing you should know that we are going to achieve GPU mining, not CPU mining. So, our processor doesn’t matter for mining. It is only required to boot up and run the mining software.
So, it’s better to not waste your money in buying high-end processors like i3, i5 or i7. Let’s go with Intel Celeron.
Intel Celeron is good with supporting all the GPU’s attached. Also, we need LGA 1150 socket supportable processor as our motherboard need. This processor does support our motherboard.
I have observed people buying LGA1151 processor for this motherboard which does not support it.
For faster processing, you need to go with SSD. Although you can use HDD for mining rig, but they are slower in terms of speed.
The reason I recommend you to use SSD is that when you build your first mining rig you will have to restart your mining rig several times. To reduce your boot time it is important to go with SSD.
In some cases, your mining rig may turn off! & to again boot up you will have to wait for several minutes. Time is very important in mining.
Another good example of SSD is that they use very less energy. So, there are two advantages of SSD – speed & less energy. Including two disadvantages – expensive & less memory.
But SSD will not disappoint you with the given price range. 120GB of SSD is enough for mining with this Monero Mining Rig.
Sandisk is one good manufacturer of SSD.
You need 2 of them.
I like to be very precautions in terms of using PSU for mining rig. If you choose wrong power supply unit for you mining rig then you will blow off your mining rig.
Here is how we are going to choose our PSU for Monero mining rig –
We have 6 GPU with each hungry for 250 W.
So, 6 VEGA 64 will need – 6 x 250 = 1500W.
Adding, CPU + SSD + Motherboard = 200 W
Therfore, we require total of – 1500 W +200W = 1700W.
Remaining will be kept as a reserve if needed and we will be on the safer side to run our mining rig.
The reason I’m using 2 x 1000W PSU is that if you have to buy one 1500W PSU and another 500W of PSU you will be wasting much of your money.
As higher power PSU is costlier than that of buying 2 x 1000W of PSU.
Hope this speculation helps! Comment down below!
As we are using 2 x 100W PSU we have to run these in a sync. For that, we need Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable. This adapter cable attaches to both the PSU and will attach to the motherboard.
It’s not that complicated to use. But it does help in running two power supply unit together.
Mining adapter cable does not cost a lot so its better to order with all the componants.
There is no button on the motherboard to start your mining. So, you need ATX Power Switch to power on and power off. You can even do it manually without a power switch. But, it will be very annoying and lot of work.
These are small cables but make our mining life easy.
You don’t have be more confused for using any operating system. You can use your regular operating system such as Windows.
I have used Microsoft Windows 10 in my recent rigs and they are running good. Windows has a good graphical user interface and is easy to use.
Linux is also good to start mining. It is free but intial start will be little hard if you are not familiar with Linux.
Although, I don’t advice you buying mining rig frame – I would highly recommend you to build your own mining rig frame. This can be built with some aluminium rods.
You must be aware that there is enough of air flow to keep the Monero Mining Rig cool. It should not be too close to eachother.
One more thing that you must remember is that you are using 2 PSU so sufficient space is required.
If you do want to build one you can buy Kyerivs 6 GPU mining rig frame.
But, save some money and build your own mining rig.
Mining Monero is still profitable and with this rig you will have good payout.
Talking about payouts – How much will you generate with this 6 GPU VEGA 64 Mining Rig?
This 6GPU Monero Mining Rig that generates 7200 H/s with the current difficulty you will be able to mine more than $370. But you can always mine more than $400 by BIOS mod.
Talking about the electricity – Monero mining does not consume much electricity. It is more energy efficient than any other cryptocurrency mining.
One good idea of getting your initial investment back is by –
If you mine 1 XMR this month then you will not sell it immediately. When the price increase then it’s the best time to sell.
I do recommend you to keep you XMR in a hardware wallet like Ledger Nano S.
Do you want me to personally assist you in building mining rig? Contact me at – [email protected]
Total ~ $4604
VEGA 64 Mining Rig
Product Name: 6GPU Monero Mining Rig
Product Description: With 6 x VEGA 64, it is very easy to receive better hashrates.
Price: ~ $4604
- Overall Rating
VEGA 64 Graphics delivery good hashrates. If we do calculate the hashrates, 1 card can easily pay off itself within 80 -90 days. This is one of the best Monero Mining Rig that you can build yourselves.