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Which GPU Is Best for Mining Ethereum? AMD and Nvidia Cards, Tested

Tom's Hardware's Optimized GPU/GDDR5 Settings

In addition to recording the performance of each card at stock clock rates and after memory overclocking, we also tried to optimize the GPU/GDDR5 frequencies and GPU voltage to achieve the highest hash rate possible at the lowest power consumption. In other words, we shot for the best possible efficiency in a search for each board's sweet spot.

The table below includes all of the settings we used. Of course, each card is different, so these parameters are specific to our samples. Still, they roughly illustrate what each architecture is capable of.

It's definitely possible to push efficiency even further. For example, you can fight for lower voltages, reducing power consumption at a given clock rate. But your success rate is going to be situational, and largely dependent on luck.

Optimal Settings For Each Card

ModelMH/sPower ConsumptionGPUGDDR5
MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G14.653W1366 MHz(1.043V)2125 MHz
Gigabyte GTX 1060 3G23.371W1152 MHz(0.843V)2275 MHz
MSI GTX 1060 6G24.1100W1442 MHz(0.981V)2304 MHz
Asus GTX 1060 Strix OC 6G23.574W1177 MHz(0.762V)2352 MHz
Asus RX 580 OC 4G24.0120W1140 MHz(0.937V)1900 MHz
BIOSmod24.7120W1140 MHz(0.937V)1925 MHz
MSI RX 580 Gaming 4G22.3120W900 MHz(0.943V)2000 MHz
BIOSmod29.1143W1155 MHz(0.943V)2075 MHz
Asus RX 570 Strix Gaming OC 4G23.9109W1040 MHz(0.931V)1925 MHz
BIOSmod27.4112W1020 MHz(0.887V)2000 MHz
MSI RX 560 Aero ITX OC 4G11.238W949 MHz1750 MHz
BIOSmod14.648W1094 MHz2000 MHz
Sapphire RX 560 Pulse OC 4G11.342W949 MHz1750 MHz
BIOSmod12.543W949 MHz1775 MHz
Sapphire RX 550 Pulse 4G9.747W999 MHz1975 MHz
BIOSmod1047W949 MHz1975 MHz
XFX RX 480 8G26.8136W1075 MHz(0.987V)2225 MHz
BIOSmod29.6140W1075 MHz(0.987V)2150 MHz
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4G21.8115W1125 MHz(0.987V)1750 MHz
BIOSmod24.8120W1125 MHz(0.987V)1750 MHz
Sapphire RX 470 Mining 4G22.6117W900 MHz1850 MHz
BIOSmod30.2143W1170 MHz2150 MHz
XFX R9 390 8G22.6182W800 MHz(1.047V)1500 MHz


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