Well, today I’m going to show how to build your own Zcash Mining Rig. But here is a catch I’m going to show you how you can be futureproofed, meaning how you can increase your mining efficiency in the future.
But, here is what we are going to achieve with this mining rig. We are going to build this mining rig with Nvidia Graphics Cards, as they are very good at mining ZEC rather than any other cryptocurrency coin.
Here is a simple graph that might help you in getting a perfect mining GPU for Zcash (ZEC).
UPDATE – As there is a hike in the price and low difficulty you can get $1941 / Month with this mining rig. So, you can really get the returns of your investment.
You can see that there is a huge difference in hashrates from AMD to Nvidia.
So, without any other comparison, we are going with Nvidia 10 Series Graphics Cards for mining ZEC coin.
I’m going to show you how you can build 8 GPU Zcash Mining Rig with GTX 1080Ti.
The required hardware will not be any different than other mining rigs. We will heavily be relied on GPU rather than CPU.
Here are few hardware components that you need –
- Nvidia Graphics Card.
- Power Supply Unit.
- Mother Board.
- Mining Rig Frame.
- PC Power Cable.
You will need 8 of them.
You don’t want to waste your money on any cheap GPU I guess as you will have to wait for long time for your ROI (Return Of Investment).
Zcash is one of the popular cryptocurrency that is being mined. The most important part is that POW (Prof Of Work) algorithm of Zcash is based on Equihash that is ASIC resistant.
So, you will have to mine Zcash by using Graphics Cards.
MSI GTX 1080TI Graphic is one of the best GPU that is available on the market right now making it a profitable Zcash mining rig. If you want to start mining these are the hashrates that you will get –
Zcash – 750 Sol/s.
Ethereum – 32 Mh/s.
Monero – 900 H/s.
As we are assembling this mining rig for Zcash we will mine ZEC. So, let’s calculate the hashrates –
With 1 GPU you will get = 750 Sol/s.
With 8 GPU you will get 750 X 8 = 6000 Sol/s.
The power consumed by GTX 1080TI is about 250 Watt.
You can always resell your card if you want to stop mining but at a good price.
If you do want to attach GPU to your motherboard you will need RISERS to attach them. RISERS are nothing but the small wires that attach to your motherboard and the other end will have a slot that will attach to your GPU.
You always have to make sure that there are enough PCIe slots so that RISERS can be used.
We are going with a 13 GPU supported Motherboard. So, don’t need to worry about anything.
Well as I said that we are future proofing this mining rig we are going with the 13 GPU supported mining motherboard. With this motherboard, we will be able to add more GPU’s in future. But, for now, we are starting up with 8 GPU mining rig.
This motherboard has been specially designed for mining by Asrock. This motherboard supports DDR4 RAM & has LGA 1151 socket which supports 6th & 7th Gen. Intel Processor.
As Asrock H110 Pro BTC motherboard supports DDR4 RAM we are buying – Ballistix Sport LT 4GB Single DDR4 RAM.
But why 4GB RAM? Why not 8GB or Higher?
The reason is that RAM is really not used in the mining process. If you even add 8GB RAM it will not upgrade your mining efficiency.
So, let’s not add extra cost and go with 4GB RAM.
As we are GPU mining Zcash so, CPU’s never really play a great role in mining. The ony thing that is done by processors is to start and run the mining process and the rest is done by GPU’s.
Well, I guess that you want to keep your mining rig cost as low as possible then we would go with Intel Celeron. You don’t need any high-end processor like i3, i5 or i7. But, you can always go with Intel Pentium Processor.
Is time money, right? We want to cover our ROI as soon as possible. By using SSD I drastically saved much time.
The reason to use SSD instead of HDD is that they are super fast. By using them you increase your transfer speed and reduce the time taken. But here is a major reason –
You will save much time while booting up your mining rig and you will be up running your mining. Another reason is that they consume very less power compared to HDD.
Yes, they are on the expensie side but they come up with many advantages. You don’t need any higher capacity SSD 120GB will do fine.
You will need 2 of them.
You will have to choose your Power Supply Unit very carefully. If you choose a low watt PSU than required then you might burn down your mining rig.
I like to keep it simple – I use only 80% of PSU that is required.
So, let’ s calculate our consumption –
With 1 GPU we consume 250 W of power, So with 8GPU, we consume – 250*8 =2000W of power.
But there is more you might also consume 250 W for your motherboard, CPU, SSD, etc.
- Values taken here might be higher than the actual to be on the safer side.
So, by this, you save about 750 W of power. You can also increase the no. of GPU in future.
We are going to use 2 Corsair AXi Series, AX1500i and sync them together to run equally.
So, how do we run these two PSU in a sync. The answer is by using Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable.
This is a small adapter cable that attaches together and is connected to your motherboard. The adapter cable does not cost more than $10. Make sure that you buy this with other components cutting out the delivery charges.
Well, I don’t like to miss small details too. Don’t you want to start your mining rig???
If yes then you need to have power on and off switch. ATX Power Switch is for the same reason.
These are two small cables with a button that you can use to turn on or off your rig. These are directly attached to the motherboard.
This is more important of your mining rig. You need a mining frame where you can assemble the parts of your mining rig.
But, I would really advise you to build your own mining rig frame. You can do it this way – you can order all the hardware components and then you can start building your mining rig frame until all the components arrive.
This way you will save some money about $150 and also you will enjoy your small project. Another thing that you must remember that you must build your mining that has enough of airflow otherwise it will generate a lot of heat on your rig. Which can really harm your rig?
Do remeber that you don’t buld rig with wood.
How much are you going to earn with 8 GPU GTX 1080TI Zcash mining?
So, if we calculate then with the hashrate of 6000 Sol/s you will mine about $865 and cut the electricity you can easily earn about $800. (Update – You can earn more than $1941 / Month with this mining rig as the price of Zcash has hiked.)
But, I say that you can earn more with mining Zcash. How?
Here is a catch, whenever you mine you will not sell you Zcash immediately – instead you wait until the price of Zcash goes up. By this, you will sell your ZEC at the higher price and will recover your mining investment very early.
But is investing in mining rig waste?
No, absolutely not. The thing here right now is you can mine hundreds of coins. And if you feel like that you don’t want to mine at some point then you can always sell your mining rig. There are thousands who will buy your mining rig.
This was my post on profitable Zcash mining rig build.
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