Unleash the beast
Nvidia has a long history of making quality gaming GPUs, and their recent Geforce GTX line has been seeing a ton of upgrades in terms of hardware and features. The internet and Nvidia fans were correct with their expectations about the new Geforce GTX card at the time, the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti. It had been scheduled to be released on March 10th with a price tag of $699. It had gotten everybodies attention, and the cards release was met with enthusiasm by Ethereum miners. Through both benchmark results and actual performance, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti seems like a very promising GPU for miners.
This Nvidia GPU is also one of the small number of Nvidia cards to have GDDR5X memory, with the rest of the company’s GPUs having the more common GDDR5. This is a welcome upgrade as the GDDR5X is capable of data rates up to 10Gbit/s.
GPU Features for Ethereum mining
: 250 W
Hash Rate : 28 MH/s
Hash Rate: 32 MH/s
Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti and Power Consumption
In terms of energy consumption, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti has a 250w limit, at least on paper. This limit is relative to non-synthetic operations. Those who want to up the power limit have can get the Founder’s Edition, which increases this limit by as much as 20%. This leads to a total power limit of 300W, which also leads to the need for an improved cooling system.
The Geforce GTX 1080 Ti can be underclocked. There is a lack of documentation for underclocking the GTX 1080 Ti at this time, however, more technically capable users have already been working on underclocking and have said that there is potential with this GPU.
Keeping the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti Cool While You Mine Ethereum
Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1080 Ti does not include a very efficient cooling system. While there have been very few complaints in terms of this cooling system, it is generally recommended to lock your fan speed to 100% manually. This will increase your power consumption, and thus it will decrease your profit. As a work around, it is recommendable to use house fans and an air conditioning unit to keep the room your mining rig is operating in to a decently cool ambient temerature. Locking your fans at 100% will stop thermal throttling, which happens when the GPU begins to overheat and goes into a lower power state to cool itself down.
The Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Ti does not handle all algorithms equally. This is largely due to the GPUs structure, as well as the memory clock speed.