Silent Ethereum Mining On EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 at 22 MH/s

If you can’t find any AMD Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 580 video cards to purchase and don’t want to pay more for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card that is starting to become scarce on the market you might want to look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. You can still find the GeForce GTX 1060 at retailers and they do pretty decent when it comes to mining Ethereum.

Earlier this week we showed you that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition had really good hashrate performance of around 27 MH/s in stock form and then easily over 30 MH/s with the memory overclocked. Most GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics cards are over $400, so today we are going to be looking at the lower cost GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. This card in-stock for purchase at most retailers and prices start around $249.99 and depending on the model you should have a hashrate of around 18-19 MH/s. Once you overclock the memory you should be able to get the hashrate on the GTX 1060 up to around 22-23 on most cards. With six of these cards in a mining rig you are looking at roughly 135 MH/s for your $1,500-$2,000 investment in buying six GeForce GTX 1060 video cards. If you are lucky you might be able to hit 24 MH/s if you get some decent overclockers!



We did some testing on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 FTW+ 6GB video card on Claymore’s Dual Ethereum AMD+NVIDIA GPU Miner v9.5 and got some pretty interesting results that we wanted to share with you. This card is priced at $5.99 shipped, but it uses the same GPU cooler as the lower cost GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SSC gaming.

Note that for the Estimated GPU power that we subtracted the overall power consumption at the wall outlet of the system at idle from the overall system power number while mining.

Effective Memory Clock Est. GPU Power Temperature Power Target Fan Speed Hashrate
 8000 MHz  99.9W  68C  100%  22%  18.88 MH/s
 8500 MHz  103.9W  70C  100%  24%  20.04 MH/s
 9000 MHz  105.9W  70C  100%  25%  21.34 MH/s
 9500 MHz 109.9W  70C  100%  26%  22.77 MH/s
 10000 MHz 112.9W  70C  100%  27%  23.61 MH/s

We used the EVGA Precision X OC utility to overclock the memory on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 and managed to overclock the cards memory from an effective rate of 8,000 MHz all the way up to 10,000 MHz! Our hashrate mining Ethereum went from 18.88 MH/s to 23.61 MH/s! Most impressive was the fact that the GeForce GTX 1060 was only using 100 to 113 Watts of power our temperatures were 70C or lower and the fans were pretty quiet. Our card didn’t like running the 6GB of GDDR5 memory at 10,000 MHz for long periods of time and we started to get artifacts on the screen, so we lowered it down to 9,500 MHz as that was rock solid.

GeForce GTX 1060 Ethereum Mining

We know that lowering the power target can reduce the power draw, so to help ease our electric bill we lowered the power target and got shocking results.

Effective Memory Clock Est. GPU Power Temperature Power Target Fan Speed Hashrate
 9500 MHz 109.9W  70C  100%  26%  22.77 MH/s
 9500 MHz  100.9W  68C  68%  22%  22.72 MH/s
 9500 MHz  88.9W  65C  60%  17%  22.57 MH/s
 9500 MHz  80.9W  62C  55%  11%  22.55 MH/s
 9500 MHz  72.9W  61C  50% 8%  22.20 MH/s
 9500 MHz 64.9W  58C  45%  0%  22.11 MH/s
 9500 MHz 58.1W  56C  40%  0%  17.90 MH/s

By lowering the power target we managed to go from ~110 Watts of power at 22.8 MH/s to just ~65 Watts of power at 22.1 MH/s. As you lower the power target the hashrate does take a slight performance hit, but loosing roughly 0.5 MH/s for cutting the power use by 45 Watts is pretty slick. We also managed to drop our temperature from 70C down to 58C and on this 0dB graphics card model that means the fans stop spinning!

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Ethereum Mining With No Fans

So, we are mining Ethereum getting 22 MH/s on a card using 65 Watts of power with no fan noise. That is pretty crazy! Fanless silent Ethrereum mining! If you go down to a power target of 40% the hashrate takes a major performance hit and it isn’t worth going below 45%.

Profit From Our One Overclocked GeForce GTX 1060 at 100% Power Target:

Profit From Our One Overclocked GeForce GTX 1060 at 45% Power Target:

It looks like mining on one GeForce GTX 1060 that has the memory overclocked that you’ll make about $1,700 a year in profit based on Ethereum prices today (~$352). Lowering the power target will reduce your power bill by a good $50 a year, but it means you’ll mine slightly less a year. If you don’t care about the power bill, heat and noise you are still best off leaving the power target close to 100%, but if you want silence and less heat in your home lowering the power target isn’t a bad idea.

If you buy six of these cards you are looking at a profit of about $10,080 per year or if you get seven cards that number rises to $11,760 per year. How much would it cost to build a Ethereum mining PC that can hold seven of these cards for around 155-160 MH/s of performance? Here is a quick example of the hardware you’d need:

MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Motherboard – $129.39 shipped
Intel Celeron G3930 Processor – $41.00 shipped
PCIe 16x to 1x Adapters – $8.99 each and up to 7 needed
Cable Ties – $5.99 shipped (Got to hold those video cards up to something)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SSC Graphics Card – $266.11 shipped up to 7 needed
Crucial 4GB Single DDR4 2133MHz Memory Module – $29.98 shipped
Seasonic Prime 1000W 80PLUS Platinum Power Supply – $239.24 shipped (An 850W 80PLUS Platinum PSU is $128.49)
SATA to 8-pin PCIe power adapters  – $6 shipped (Most Power Supplies don’t have 7 8-pin PCIe power connectors)
DREVO X1 Series 60GB SSD – $39.99 shipped
AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard & Mouse – $14.99 shipped
Case – We’d suggest making your own with milk crates or something creative
OS – Linux or Windows… Grab an ISO and use what you prefer!
Power Meter To Make Power Adjustments – $18.53 shipped

You are looking at around $2,450 to setup a system like this that should be capable of mining just shy of 3 Ether per month at the current difficulty levels. That means you’d be making about $966 per month if all goes well. That means you’d get your investment back in the hardware in right about 2.5 months. Not bad for 155-160 MH/s and

Hopefully you can find enough GeForce GTX 1060 video cards to purchase right now to build the mining rig that you want to make! You can find GeForce GTX 1060 3GB models and 6GB models, but keep in mind that the DAG file will eventually grow past 3GB based on the projections of many.

Be sure to check out our previous coverage on Ethereum mining: 

6/18/2017 Update – We highly advise using this profitability calculator as it estimates the ever increasing difficulty. Thanks to those that pointed that out!

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  • VF Multimedia

    I’m getting 23.835 to 24 Mh/s in GPU CLOCK OFFSET +109 MHz / MM CLOCK OFF SET +708 MHz
    GPU CLOCK 1911 MHz / MEMORY CLOCK 4513 MHz
    Great performance for me.

  • scottlynn

    Anyone having issues setting the voltage limit on a 1060?

    I have several PNY GeForce 1060 cards with 6gb GDDR5 memory and they seem to ignore clock restrictions on my NVoc setup using Claymore for Ethereum. It shows the power limit of 65w in nvidia-smi but the actual wattage is listed as 91 to 95 watts depending on the card and the point in time.

    Any tricks on forcing it to accept that power limit?

  • Bibo

    I believe that the mining program is important as well. What is the best you recommend?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Vince Verrette

    that cant be right, i got 6x ssc rig and that card pulls 145watts out of the box. 100watt at 65% power.

  • inyourduckface

    I just set my laptop up to mine Ethereum and I was getting a steady 187.77MH/s. Could it some how be giving me the wrong speed?

  • Jozef Mikula SkiFi

    today with the same setup you make 22 USD profit a month … you will never get the investment back! becasue the difficulty increases too fast and in another 3 months the profitability will by only 1 € if not 0 …

    • Timo Hakala

      You have a proof of that?

      • Jozef Mikula SkiFi

        best way to find out is to try for your self..

  • Valdy Valdy

    Hi guys. I’m trying to understand here. As it now, the price for ETH is USD 307.48. I put the exact number for Hashing Power (22), Power Consumption (65) and Cost per KWh ($0.1265). However, profit per month is $22.48 . In your article, ETH published as $138 which is 15% down to current ($307). How come the profit is not closed to 15% down from $138 to $117 ?!?! Did I miss something here? I’m newbie on this 🙂

    • Lotus


    • Yep, because there are so many more miners now the difficulty has gone sky high. The premise of mining is to complete calculations and unlock (mine) blocks, so the more miners there are the more competition there is for those blocks. ETH is at $370 and it now takes about 230mh to mine just 1 per mo. I have two rigs running a total of 300mh +/-10 which are currently making $550mo minus power (1100w). In CA which is redonkulously high cost ($200+). I’ll ROI in 15 months.

  • David Doria

    The 1060 in my Legion Y720 laptop gets about 24 MH/s overclocked. And with fans set to max, I run at only about 60 C. Sometimes it even dips below to 59.

  • Jay Jardin

    What an incredible and in depth review. Bravo!

    • Jozef Mikula SkiFi

      today with the same setup you make 22 USD profit a month … you will
      never get the investment back! becasue the difficulty increases too fast
      and in another 3 months the profitability will by only 1 € if not 0 … these articles are valid max 1 month ..

  • Jur Ko

    Hey guys, is there a big difference in hashrate between GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FTW+ and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB?

    Because there is a significant different in price, so just checking before buying.

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Steve

    HEY i built my rig, but its only recognizing 5 of the 6gpu’s is there something im not catching? ive ran the miner for 5days now on 5gpus but need to get that 6th registered… My 6 gpu rig (msi gtx GeForce 1060 gaming x plus 6gb Samsung memory) is only showing 5 out of 6 gpus..The system is not seeing the 6th gpu.. I am running up to date gpu drivers, up to date windows. My motherboard is gigabyte z270x-ud3.. no bios mods, only slight over clocking with afterburner to get 20 mh/s ETH. otherwise it’s 16 my/s out the box…
    DO you have ANY clues/hints you can help to get that 6th card registered so i can have a fully functioning rig? this is my first build and ive put about 48 + hours into trying to figure all this out

  • joms

    Hi, which card is quieter, the GTX1070 or the RX580? If its the 1070, then what is better, the Palit Jetstream or the Zotac Mini? (both 1070 and 8GB). Thanks

  • Chris Sims

    Nathan, thanks for this article. I was able to build this rig pretty much to the specs above and it works great. These cards were a breeze to setup and I am getting about 24.5MH/s per card (7 total so far) so I must have gotten a decent batch. They are all running about 67C and 23% fan. The whole thing pulls about 610W max. Very, very quiet rig, especially compared to the “jet engine” bank of RX 580 I have in my office. I have it running in my bedroom behind a chair and you wouldn’t know it is there until you walk on it. So thanks again.

    The problem I am having is getting an 8th card running. I’m using an M.2 adapter to get that last card running but can’t do it. The OS detects it but Claymore throws errors. Any ideas?

  • Miguel Gomes

    I have also an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB (, it’s not FTW or SC, and i can get the same 22MHs with with lower clocks and while dual mining another coin, and my MSI Gaming X can reach 25MHs easy, so how is it that the FTW+ can reach the same result as a non FTW card with almost half the overclock?.

  • BJ

    I used same card and same settings and only get 900 k/h

  • Pedro Lucas

    The kind of article that killed The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
    Good luck getting your investment back in 2.5 months starting on July 25th.

  • Mike

    I have built a new rig using the parts you describe here including the MSI motherboard. I cannot get the ethernet port to recognize a signal… I am sure it is not the cable. I can use the usb port directly below the LAN port… been reading others have had this issue but unable to correct so far… how did you get your rig on to the internet? I am fairly new but I know I have things plugged in properly… I have attempted to use the killer driver off the MSI site to no avail… nothing I have done has allowed internet access….sending this from my laptop that is adjacent to the mining rig so I know the cable plugged into the wall is working…. help?

    • David Bueno

      I would check my FW if im up to the latest, and then check thoroghly in my bios settings if anything looks suspicios there. and finally i would trouble shoot the ethernet port. easy to see if its listed in the device manager and run some ping tests with it.

    • Eddie Spaghetti

      i dont know if you solved this. but just had a customers computer with msi 970 board and that killer driver i got from their website was not working. it was corrupt. i then used LAN driver from disk that came with motherboard and it worked.

  • EternalHaze

    Why does the memory clock speed decrease by 200mhz when mining? At stock it should be at 4000mhz but when mining it drops to 3800mhz.

    • Vorastra

      Where is it dropping? In this article or is your personal card doing that? Out of interest, what card do you have? I notice my 1060 does the same thing.

      • EternalHaze

        I did some research and it turns out that Nvidia sets the GPU to P2 state when using compute applications such as cryptomining software. The card doesn’t perform at its highest usually the memory clocks get lowered a bit. Setting it to P0 made it run at its max. I have a 1060. Memory clocks stay at 3800mhz in afterburner when at default.

        • Vorastra

          Huh, interesting. Thanks.

  • Matt Smith

    Can you do the same for the 1080?

  • Larry Huang

    Hi, do you know how hi the temperature of the memory would be ? GTX 1060 dose not show memory temp on Precision X. I have tested on 1080 TI 11GBs, doing so the memory temp is 6-7C higher than GPU temp, HR from 32 to 39, much better than Radeon. Do you know how high the Nvidia would allow the memory temp to go ? If doing so for long time, is it would cost the GPU card’s life span ?

    • David Bueno

      I would dare to say the hotter the cards run the sooner they will die. as heat is something computer parts dont come along with well. the cooler the better! its not hard to google and see the other temps of other miners and just try to keep it in the green zone.

  • Juancho Chacon

    Hey, I’m new with mining. How can I program 3 or 4 nvidia 1060 to mine ethereum? Some friends told me that without programing them, the won’t work

  • BEAN

    Any walk through on how to undervolt the cards? I’m am running 6x EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 ssc 6GB in Ubuntu. I figured out the fan control, and overclocking but can’t figure out how to lower the power.

  • Kyle

    Does the setting “Power Target” in EVGA’s Precision XOC do the same thing as MSI’s Afterburner setting “Power Limit”?

  • John Glames

    Hi! First of all, thanks a lot for this article.
    Is it not a problem (for the longevity of the card) to let it mine all the time with +750Mhz?

    • jamie aa

      longevity is based mostly on temperature of the gpu(>65c may reduce lifespan), overclocking too much will result in instability and crashes you won’t be able to break your gpu with an insane oc cos it will just keep crashing, also gpu are build to last these days, I am not really worried about my gpu breaking, my friend has some r9 290Xs that have been mining for >3 years, you can make back your gpu’s cost in a few months so just mine without worries

  • Chris Shillings

    Thanks for a great review! I have the exact setup and was wondering if you had to make changes to the BIOS in order to have your computer accept 6 cards. Currently I’m running 2 cards and they are so quiet! Happy Mining!

  • JUAN

    hey all i got the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SSC but is only runnig at 278 mhz i cant get it to go pass that is new any help thx

  • Pauline

    Hi Nathan. Thanks for all the valuable informations in this post !

    For the Geforce GTX 1060 series, does the brand of the GPU have an impact on the hashrate (e.g .EVGA, Asus, KFA2, Gigabyte, AMD…) ?

    Is there a difference in the hashrate between the EVGA Geforce GTX 1060 FTW+ and the EVGA Geforce GTX 1060 SSC.

    In case of POS, are the Geforce GTX 1060 or 1070 series also good GPU to mine other crypto than ETH (e.g. ETC, ZCASH, Monero )

    Thanks !

    • Jordan Terziev

      Not only does the brand matter, the batch of the cards matters as well; I built a humble 5×1060 rig last month with cards from Amazon. Two were new, three were sold as damaged packaging. The three ended up being Samsung memory and now run 22.8-23Mh/s, the two that came as brand new were Hynix and mine around 19Mh/s. I would replace them at first occasion as long as I have reliable info of who has what.

      • David Bueno

        Yes samsung are the best! im not beeing an APPLE vs SAMSUNG FAN HERE LMAO!!

  • MikeMc

    I see a Zotac 1060 AMP edition 6g is available for order on Amazon, in stock July 3rd but you could order it now and have it shipped….

  • Jorge Sandín

    The best and easiest calculator, that also calculates the increase in the network difficulty (or net hashrate) and the Eth or Zec exchange increase too, is this one:

    • David Bueno

      thanks for this buddy!

  • Ankit Patil

    Sorry but this may be a noob question. Most motherboards have 1 3.0 pcie slot x16 and rest 5 as pcie 2.0 x1. You are using latest gpus but connecting them through x1 to x16 connector. Does connector reduce ultimate hashing power? And hypothetically does pcie 3.0 x16 perform (read more hash rate) better than pcie 2.0 x16 with SAME GPU?

    • David Bueno

      i read somewhere that it doenst matter for mining ,BUT that it might matter for gaming as when mining the cpu load is very low to almost idle but gaming is up to 100% in some games. hope that gives the answer you where looking for.

  • Šimon Horňák

    Can you please tell me how to extend power target limit slider? On my MSI GTX 1070 gaming X 8GB I can slide it only from 50 percent to 126 percent. I am currently at 50 percent but I would like to go lower – something like 45 percent. Is there any way how to do it?

  • Adam

    Could tell us how to setup it on MSI afterburner? to Fans stop move? ;O help us please

    • jamie aa

      set fan speed to 0% and it will stop

    • David Bueno

      you can also google how to make a “custom fan curve”

  • bitminer

    hi nathan , planning to start mining , cost of graphic cards is sky rocketting , iam gettingGE FORCE 1060 6 GB around 22 k INR AND sapphire rx 580 nitro + around 36 k INR OR SAPPHIRE 580 PULSE AROUND 34 K iam intendinfg to build 6 cards rig , kindly advise what will be more profitable and best configuration for long term mining .

  • bitminer

    the prices specified are india rupees

  • bitminer

    hi , planning to start mining , getting ge force 1060 6 gb at around 22 k or sapphire rx 580 nitro plus 8 gb around 36 k (prices are exorbitant) , what should i opt for as iam interested in ether mining / dual mining , kindly advise best combination

    • jamie aa

      nah get the rx 4xx cards ,they are better at mining than rx 5xx cards by quite a margin.

  • Xazax

    Question, I just got 2 ASUS 1060 6GB 9GPBS but they’re only hashing at 19Mhs overclocked! stock they are doing 16 Mhs. What setting am I missing? My MSI Laptop 1060 does 22/23 Overclocked. Everything setting exactly the same. Whats the deal with the ASUS? Any ideas?

    • Max Chistov

      Do you have latest windows version? Old versions cause hashrate decrease

    • David Bueno

      sorry to tell you this! but i heard the 1060 6GB 9GPBS hashes less than the normal 1060 6GB 8GPBS cards. i read some post about that before.

  • Josh Meckel

    No longer useful. All of the 1060s are sold out. 🙁

  • AndreySolo

    1.Hi! Is it any differents in perfomance between 6gb or 3gb versions? And same question about differents between ssc, ftw+, sc version?
    2. Why all these guys searching for 1000w version of Psu if 850 version will be enought?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      1) When it comes to differences between frame buffers there really isn’t a difference other than the 3GB is next to be obsolete with the ever growing DAG size. This might matter if you switch coins down the road if you want to mine another currency.

      2) I personally like 80 PLUS Platinum models as the are efficient, but not overpriced as bad as the 80 PLUS Titanium models. I like to to bigger than I need as it’s more efficient that way. Running close to the max Wattage on the PSU reduces the efficiency of the unit. I attached a chart below that shows this for you to look at.

      • AndreySolo

        Thx a lot for answer! In my country gtx 1060 3gb cost 290$ and 6gb ver. – 370$. I want to buy 7 cards as you recomended. Different in price will be about 560$! Is it worth it? Should i buy 6 gb version or 3gb? What do you think?

        • Nathan Kirsch

          How long will it take to get your money back with this calculator that has the increasing difficulty factored in the best as they could figure out –

          I’m not sure how much your electricity costs and how long you want to mine. If you plan on mining other coins down the road as eventually Ethereum won’t be profitable to mine due to the increased difficulty and move to PoS.

        • AndreySolo

          Thank you very much, i am very appreciated! In my country MSI Z170A Gaming M5 cost around 200$ but MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon cost 150$. Is this a good substitute? They seem to be the same in extraction.

        • David Bueno

          im curious wich motherboard did you finally buy?

      • Pablo Scheucher

        Is there any major difference in performance and hashrate between ssc and ftw+ models or can you expect both of them to be working efficiently as stated when OC’d? Thanks for your help in advance 😀

      • samljer22

        actually the 6GB cards have more cuda cores.
        the 1060 6GB has 250 more cuda cores vs the 3GB versions.

        and also, the dag.

  • Richard

    I don’t get it… there is a $0.20c difference. Tell me why is that worth it?

    • Patrick Cuyegkeng

      That was the point. Running them at full power consumption and running them at the 45% power target yielded only a $0.20 difference in profit overall, yet dramatically different levels in terms of heat, fan noise, and power bill. You could undervolt to 45%, have a smaller power bill, virtually silent mining rig, and not cost yourself any profit margin.

  • kk

    @Nathan kirsch
    Brother can you please elaborate the difference between different card manufacturers 1060 and how does that effect mining rate , temperature and power draw?

    Is zotac 1060 amp 6 gb ddr5 produces the same output?

    I couldn’t find any evga ftw+ 1060.

    Thank you for your article, am eagerly looking forward for you reply.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      There are dozens of GeForce GTX 1060 cards on the market. How long are you wanting to mine? If you are looking for short term the 3GB models not be bad as they cost less and work with current DAG size and the Ethereum PoS move still seems to be a number of months away. Which will happen first? Not sure.

      • kk

        Thanks for the response, yeah you had mentioned it in the article, i want to mine for long term and i was wondering if the memory overclocking and power draw reduction will apply for all 1060 cards or it is just for this specific evga ftw+ card.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          It applies to all, but keep in mind that overclocking varies per card!

  • Abe

    im at lost.. where do you set the Effective Memory Clock 9500 MHz? i dont see it in your screenshots.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Abe, Thanks for the catch I need to investigate that further. GPU-Z shows 2377 MHz (9,508 MHz Effective) and EVGA PrecisionX does indeed show 4551 MHz (9,102 MHz effective). I have screen shots for each test done, so I’ll have to look at them all again. (9,100 MHz would be great news)

      • Nathan Kirsch

        I spoke with Jacob over at EVGA and was told this: “The PXOC numbers are correct, not sure how GPU-Z is reading.” Looks like GPU-Z has a bug!

  • Behrouz Sedigh

    One thing, That 22Mh/s Is current Hashrate, It’s quite different than average hashrate.You should do Mining for 24 hours then get average Hashrate during 24 Hours.
    Mine is RX480 with hashrate up to 28Mh/s but average is around 26Mh/s.

  • Behrouz Sedigh

    Here mine , 6x RX480 = between 142Mh/s to 164Mh/s

  • Reka Primasetyo
    • nkd

      Yea you fail to comprehend a simple fact. AMD cant make rx 580s or 480s in any manner and crazy nutbags are buying them for over $400 each. You can get gtx 1060s for 270 ish right now. Still way less power. No one is saying rx series is not a better choice but not at $400 price range.

      • David Bueno

        nutbags! LMAO!

  • Xvicha

    Hello, Nvidia Geforce gtx 1070 founder edition 8gb is good for mining? how much mhz while mining? please answer

  • nkd

    If I am going by your screenshots of GPUZ and Evga Precision X. your memory is actually running at 9.1GHz effective QDR rate. 2002×4 is 8008 default on the card so 2275QDR in GPUz should be 9100 effective, also precision x is 4551×2 equals 9100 as well. Am I missing something here?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the catch I need to investigate that further. GPU-Z shows 2377 MHz (9,508 MHz Effective) and EVGA PrecisionX does indeed show 4551 MHz (9,102 MHz effective). I have screen shots for each test done, so I’ll have to look at them all again. (9,100 MHz would be great news)

      • nkd

        Correct Nathan. There is some sort of a bug in software or drivers. If you note under sensors screenshot on gpuz it is reading correct 2275. Problem right now is even I have this issue right now, that you have to set higher speed in afterburner then actual effective rate. I am at 9.2 ghz on my 1070s I have running but in GPUz main screen it does say 9.6ghz, which is incorrect but sensors tab does show 2302 under stress. But in afterburner I have to set it to +800 instead of +600. Technically +800 should give me 9.6 but due to some sort of bug additional overhead is required in overclocking software to get effective rate of 9.2ghz.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          From Jacob at EVGA – I spoke with Jacob over at EVGA and was told this: “The PXOC numbers are correct, not sure how GPU-Z is reading.”

  • Acer Head

    I guess where you are the ambient temperature is very low, isn’t it?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I have over a dozen cards running in the basement, so it is rather cool. Right now it’s 77F or 25C in the room. The GPU is sitting in a open air test system right now by itself. After mining for 3 hours I’m getting 52-55C on the GPU. If I use an infrared thermometer on the PCB directly behind the memory chips I’m getting around 66C, so the memory is indeed running hotter than the GPU, but 66C isn’t too bad. That is the hottest spot on the back of the card. I’ve had a few people ask about the memory temps, so took a look at this yesterday.

      • Jordan Terziev

        That’s really useful; I guess I’ll need to play with the power targets now that its 31c out here and hottest pair is running 68c at sensors.

  • giorgi
    • Nathan Kirsch

      So, two systems of four or two systems of 8? Eight GTX 1060’s dialed down to say 70 Watts would use 560 Watts of power before you factor in the rest of the hardware. You might be able to get away with a good 750W PSU like that. The price isn’t bad at $140 and it’s in stock –

      What board are you using with 8 slots if you don’t mind me asking. Always curious to see what the community is using to mine!

      • Giorgi

        With 8slots I am using asus z270-A motherboard. Thanks but on the back this psu has 4 vga slot. How can i connect 8 vga ? Also one more question. Are there difference between msi 1060 oc 1873 and asus rog 1060 oc1873 ?(i mean hashrate)

      • Giorgi

        Can you link me qhich 1060 is better for mining? Msi asus zotac or gygabite ? Or how can i know hashrate of gpu?

  • Rogério Dantas

    My setup is good to start mining?
    CPU AMD FX 6100, GTX 1060 3GB Galax, 8GB RAM.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yeah, that should be good for around $130 a month in profit!

      • Rogério Dantas

        $130 24/7?

        • Mabutu

          Of course, that means leaving the rig on 24/7 for a month.

        • Rogério Dantas

          Thank you!

  • Mabutu

    Everyone’s gone absolutely nuts cos I can’t even find 1000w PSUs!

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Some still available on Amazon:

      80 PLUS Platinum
      EVGA SuperNova P2 1000W – $249.07 –
      EVGA SuperNova 1000 PS – $225.14 –
      Corsair HX1000i – $229.99 –
      Seasonic Prime 1000W – $252.48 –

      80PLUS GOLD
      EVGA 1000 GQ – $156.61 –
      EVGA SuperNova 1000 G3 – $149.99 –
      Corsair RM1000x 1000W – $152.73 –
      Corsair RM1000i 1000W – $179.99 –

      • Mabutu

        I’m afraid I’m across the pond, in UK. =)

      • Mabutu

        Hi Nathan Kirsch I had to settle for Corsair RM1000x 1000w 80Plus Gold at $217 as this was the best I could find under 1000w category, and believe me I hunted everywhere.

        I settled for the following:

        Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz
        MSI Z170A GAMING M5
        8Gb Crucial DDR4 2133MHz

        Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 6GB x 7

        Do you think that Corsair RM1000x PSU above will be fine with these 7 GPUs, tweaked with MSI afterburner?

        I have absolutely no experience in bit mining so this is all new to me and quite fascinating.

        • prem prince

          Did you check the hashrate for palit gpu?
          Hows the performance of msi board for 7 gpu, i’m looking to buy asus z270-a prime motherboard.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Yeah, I think you’ll be good with a 1K PSU as you’ll be undervolting!

        • Mike

          I bought the seasonic PSU and have not been able to connect more than 4 EVGA 1060 SSC cards and have them all working properly… do you have any pictures of the rig/how you cabled it? DId you get additional OEM cables to connect it all or did you really only run testing on a single card? I am getting just under or right at 24MH/s per each of the four and successfully mining with those four but I have two more 1060 gathering dust… I can add a second PSU to possibly solve this problem but you did not indicate that as necessary… I have only changed the card settings via the EVGA program by reducing power target to 45% or 50% and the mem overclock to 748 and applied to all cards … is there somewhere else I need to limit the power such that the power supply is able to run all six (and maybe a 7th) cards and risers?

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    • Josh Meckel

      Dont buy a pc power supply. Buy a server one and a breakout board. It costs about $80 for a full setup for 1000w. Then you use a 400w powersupply to power your risers.

      • David Bueno

        i have been thinking about how power efficient those ones are. and safe for the matter. as here in thailand i can find those 1200w server PSU with only 90 days warranty

    • Jay Jardin

      With dual 850w I have 9 GTX1060’s per rig.

  • ravi shankar


    I am planning to setup a small rig as I have a small budget. Is it a good idea to buy a single 11 GB card or two 6 GB card each.

    I have narrowed down 2 options.
    1. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080Ti Founders Edition 11 GB
    2. MSI Geforce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G Twin Frozer VI PCI-E Graphics Card 6 GB

    Please guide

    • Mabutu

      I’d take three 1060s

      • Nathan Kirsch

        yeah at ~65W and 22 MH/s the three 1060 cards would get you more performance for less power. That would run you about $800 though and a 1080 Ti can be bought for $689. If you plan on only mining for a few months the 1080 Ti will pay for itself and would make for a good gaming GPU after you mine. Depends on what your long term goals are. If it’s just mining then 66 MH/s from 3 1060’s is more than you’d get on a single 1080 Ti

        • ravi shankar

          Thank you so much 🙂

  • Mabutu

    You guys are awesome, bless you LegitReviews!

  • Dan

    Great hints ! Thanks for sharing.