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[GUIDE] Most Profitable Zcash Mining Rig Build 2020

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Zcash ZEC Mining

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.

Sol_s GPU ComparisonYou 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.

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Here are few hardware components that you need –

MSI GTX 1080 TI GAMING X Video Graphics Cards

MSI GTX 1080 TIYou 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 –

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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.

So,

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.

PCI-E 16x to 1x RISERS

RISERS 8If 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.

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What are RISERs? Which are the right combination to use?

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.

Asrock H110 Pro BTC+ 13GPU Mining Motherboard

Asrock H110 Pro BTC+ 13GPU Mining MotherboardWell 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.

Ballistix Sport LT 4GB Single DDR4

4GB DDR4 RAMAs 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.

Intel Celeron

Celeron processorAs 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.

SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB

SSDIs 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.

Corsair AXi Series, AX1500i, 1500 Watt

Corsair 1500 WattYou 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{02190a9b1332e4bec47e9f1ca061cce33ac7e7e37d14cde27b27a3b21c20a1c1} 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. 

Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable

Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter CableSo, 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.

ATX Power switch

Power SwitchWell, 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.

GPU Mining rig Open Air Frame Case

8 GPU Mining Rig FrameThis 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.

Conclusion

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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Ming
Ming
2 years ago

Hello, thanks for this guide. I’m going to get the parts as you’ve suggested, but will likely start with 5 GPU as a start, and slowly add more GPUs until I max the board out with 13 GTX 1080 TI cards. Question: Do you run the GPUs in this rig on default setting? or is there a setting you use to make it run even better via program like MSI Afterburner? I’m planning on using this on NiceHash, thanks!

Miro
Miro
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Can this be used to mine other coins?

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Hello,

Can this rig be increased to 13 MSI GTX 1080TI Graphic cards ?

The power draw on 13 GPUs alone is 3250 Watts.

The two PSUs produce 3000 Watts.

Can I add a third PSU to the Rig? If so, what wattage? How, please ? Is there a watts limit to the mother board?

Thank you, Michael

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Greatly appreciate your response. This is my first venture into mining. I prefer using quality tools. Ordering the final parts tomorrow. Hope to build with my son and grandson within the next two weeks. Thank you.

Rudolph
Rudolph
2 years ago

Approximately how much time does it take to go through a block with your rig? I’m tempted to set one up and slowly build it to this level, but I just want to make sure it’s something I can really invest my time and money into.

Jeremy Blakeney
Jeremy Blakeney
2 years ago

Hi I just built this EXACT RIG and out of the box without over clocking or configuration I’m getting only 167Mh/s. I should be getting 256mh as per your calculations above with 32mh/s per card…

What do I need to do or change?

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

I’m going to try building this , thanks for the info

1. I live in a studio condo , will this be noisy ?

2. Also do you have instructions how to assemble And install software ?

Vance Dee
Vance Dee
2 years ago

Hi just an inquiry about this mining rig.
is this build good also? found this build selling for around 7340$
Intel Pentium G4600 Processor
Asus Mining Expert/Asrock BTC Pro Motherboard
Crucial/Avexir/Team 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
WD/Plextor/Sandisk 120GB SSD Sata 3
8xGTX1080TI DDR5 Video Card
2x1600W Power Supply Unit
RACK Frame
8xRiser

Vance Dee
Vance Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Hi this is just a follow-up question/in need of advise.
I have bought this items for my setup and would like to have your advise if you may kindly! thanks!
Setup :
8x Gtx 1080 ti Zotac amp extreme
1x AsRock H110 Pro BTC+ LGA 1151
1x Intel Pentium G4600 Kaby Lake Dual-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1151
1x Team Elite Vulcan 8gb ddr4
1x 120 GB Sandisk SSD
2x 2nd Hand Platinum Industrial Server Power Supply 1600w
8x risers
Questions :
1. Do i need a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) in case of power surge?
1.a. Do you have a UPS in your current mining rig?
1.b. Any suggestions of wattage for a UPS if you have?
2. do i need a monitor and keyboard and mouse to operate the mining rig?
3. can you recommend me a device or hardware that can track the wattage consumption like a brand or model.
4. is it safe to plug the rig on the wall outlet?
5. any tips ? thanks alot.

Vance Dee
Vance Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

my GPU power consumption as per their website says 320w
can my wall outlet handle it? my wall outlet has a written 250V 15A

Vance Dee
Vance Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

total consumption maybe between 2500w to 3000w maybe

Seb
Seb
2 years ago

you need 2 Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable right? thanks

Miro
Miro
2 years ago

Hey thanks for this guide. Just built this, which software do you think will be the most productive, also do you think i should join a pool?

Billy
Billy
2 years ago

Where can I buy these fans? I need to know the exact size of them.

Doug Farrell
Doug Farrell
2 years ago

Hi Soham,

I am going to go all in starting with this machine or 13 of the 1070’s, which is cheaper by about $420.

What are you getting for the extra money?

Doug Farrell
Doug Farrell
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Thanks for the answer and the guide. One more question, how do you read the sd card in your config? Do I need a card reader?
Thanks,
Doug

Doug Farrell
Doug Farrell
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Do you not suggest SSD instead of HDD?

Doug Farrell
Doug Farrell
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

My mistake, thanks for clearing that up. Due to the GPU demand I mixed 1070’s with 1080’s, do you see a problem with this? We plan on running 20 rigs and selling to nice hash.
Wish me luck 🙂

Jack
Jack
2 years ago

Would a PSU of 1600w work for 4 MSI GPU cards. Cheers

Jack
Jack
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Thanks. In time will add the extra 1600w PSU and increasing the number of cards.

Keith
Keith
2 years ago

Am I to assume with 2 – 1500 watt psu’s, you have 5 cards on one psu and the other 3 plus hardware on the other psu?

Don’t they usually say to have all the cards on one psu or does it really matter?
Then again, I guess you cant as that would be over 2000 watts possibly if they ever hit the peak 300 watt draw?

Keith
Keith
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Thank you for answering. So I should be good if I have 8 x 1080 Ti’s along with the rest if course (MB, SDD, Ram, etc..) and say 2 power supplies, one at 1600 watts and one at 1000 watts?

250 x 6 = 1500 watts and 250 x 2 + just say 200-300 watts for rest = 800 watts

or
250 x 5 = 1250 watts and 250 x 3 + 300 = 1050 watts (1300 or 1500 watt and 1200 watt psu’s)

Thanks for your time!

Andrei
Andrei
2 years ago

Hi,

Do you think it makes sense to buy 1080 Ti’s in January 2018 or better wait until next generation announced early 2018 for price drop of 1080’s or actually investing in better performance GPU’s?

I am planning to use this build for other tasks, but in a spare time when i don’t need GPU power -i would love it to mine to pay for itself.

Another question: is this build any good for deep learning? Or I need to upgrade some parts like processor?
Best,
Andrei

Andrei
Andrei
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Thanks for quick response! will keep Bitmain in mind too.
But i wonder how easy would it be to buy one – looks like Antminers have great value for the buck, but all are sold out.

Beatriz Garrido Andrinal
Beatriz Garrido Andrinal
2 years ago

Hello, I’m fascinated with your page, I’m looking for ways to mine coins that are profitable at this time, I have about € 2500 at this time and I would like to know if they sell to individuals already assembled, if I had to mount it I would need help. I imagine that I will also need a monitor to see how everything works, besides installing the os on the hard drive. Could you tell me with this budget what could I do? Thank you

Beatriz Garrido Andrinal
Beatriz Garrido Andrinal
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Ok, all clear then, I think it would be good to start with this platform: http://www.coinsuggest.com/ethereum-mining-rig-build/ I think profitability is good, you could answer these questions: I need a monitor to can work really? I must install the operating system right? Are there hard drives that already have windows pre-installed?

agni
agni
2 years ago

i can’t buy 2x1500watt psu because it is out of stock…is it ok if i buy antec 2x1300watt?and can Intel Pentium G4400 support this motherboard?

Agni
Agni
2 years ago
Reply to  Soham Pratap

Which is better 4×750 watt psu which cost:-45000inr
Or
2x1500watt which costs:-74000inr

Nils Christian Mathisen
Nils Christian Mathisen
2 years ago

Hi, thanks for great tips! Based (partly) on your tips, Im preparing building my first mining rig, and I have concluded with the following – for any tips I would be happy for your input:

Setup:
Mining rig: 12 GPU
Focus for mining: Zcash etc.

GPUs, first batch, 6 x GTX 1080 Ti, then second batch totalling to 12 (or 13) GPUs, extending PSUs to a total of 2 x 2400W (including Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable or similar).

12 x risers, PCI Riser version 008S, USB 3.0.

I will use PSUs designed for servers, like a 2,4 KW PSU (2 x DPS-1200) to serve first batch of 6 GPUs. Then you can use 6 pins for power instead of SATA (SATA = higher risk of fire). Including breakout-wiring etc. needed. Such a PSU is designed for longer periods of heavy duty loads, and you can save money, even buy them second hand.

After seeing the hashrates of the of the GTX 1080 Ti I see that “hash-output” is as high as 50 {02190a9b1332e4bec47e9f1ca061cce33ac7e7e37d14cde27b27a3b21c20a1c1} higher than the GTX 1070, so Im taking the extra upfront cost to get a quicker ROI.

1 x GTX 1080 Ti = 1.5 GTX 1070. Correct?

Electricity: Based In Norway, we are hydroelectric powered so rate/KWh is practically of less concern paying only 0.05 USD/KWh 🙂

OS: EthOS
MOBO/CPU/RAM/ethOS Bundle for 13 GPUs , USD 419,- incl. 16 Gb SSD.

As I have unsderstood that CPU, RAM (4 Gb), SSD etc. is of less importance, I go for th

As downtime cn be costly and this is my first rig, I focus on using an out-of.-the-box OS pre-saved with auto-boot on small 16 GB SSD. No need for more space,. Gives better security, less downtime. At the same time I can learn some Linux.

If I should use NiceHash or similar, I do not know yet. Being freshly hacked I guess they have top priority on security… 😀

Extra:
To fancy it up and increase resale value, I will use a rig with lexan glass plates with selectable color LED strips on the back edges hidden by aluminum profiles, with logo sand blasted into the lexan surface, giving a cool light effect in whatever color you desire.

So besides the “silly” extras, any comments on my setup?

What about safety, this rig will have no personal data, but what can happen? Can hackers change the payout details stored, should I incude a dedicated HW firewall, what do you think?

Thanks in advance.

Nils Christian
Norway

Zevi
Zevi
2 years ago

Hi, Im having trouble finding the GTX 1080Ti cards for a reasonable price.

Would this system work if I ran refurbished GTX 1080 cards? I can find them on Newegg for $625 each.
Is the main difference between these two the 256-bit vs 352-bit? How much will that decrease my mining performance?

The refurbished 1080s cost 30{02190a9b1332e4bec47e9f1ca061cce33ac7e7e37d14cde27b27a3b21c20a1c1} less than the 1080Ti’s I could find today.

Thanks!

Jorge
Jorge
2 years ago

Hi, awesome article!

I’m thinking about building a rig based on this configuration.
However, I’m having trouble finding such an high Wattage PSU.

I’m thinking about buying one “Seasonic PRIME 1200W 80Plus Gold Modular” to support 3 cards, then upgrade.
(3 of these PSU should be able to handle about 10-12 GPUs, right?)

btw, what do you mean by running the PSUs “in sync” ?

Thanks in advance,
Cheers!

Piers Caswell
Piers Caswell
2 years ago

Hi Soham,
Great article! i’ve followed your advice but could not get the same GPUs being that they are out of stock everywhere.

I’m using GV-N108TGAMING OC-11GD GPUs (Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti) and I’m struggling to get over 300 sol/s for a card, tweaking the MSI settings. I’m testing out MultiMiner.

How do you get anywhere near 700 sols/s?

Can you shed any light on how to push up the sols/s

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Hello. How do you arrive at an est. cost of under $8k when these GPU’s cost 1k a piece? I’d love to find tips on where you get such a good deal.

Karl
Karl
2 years ago

Hi Soham. Can I use this motherboard?
ASUS B250 MINING EXPERT INTEL B250 ATX KABYLAKE SOCKET 1151 2XDDR4-2400 WITH 19 X PCIE SLOTS

The motherboard that you mentioned in not available in my area. Thanks.

Simon
Simon
1 year ago

Hello! I was planning to buy a mining rig, but instead maybe go with the GTX 1060 as I’m on a pretty low budget atm. Do you think that the 1060 3gb will work or should I go for the 6gb version?

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