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ASUS P104-100 Mining GPU Review – Mining on Steroids 40+ Mh/s


In my latest review, I’ve mentioned that the GeForce GTX 1060 is probably the best GPU for mining because of its great price/performance and performance/power consumption ratios.

Well, today I am about to present to you something even better. Meet the P104-100 (MINING-P104-4GB). I’ve finally managed to get my hands on some of those and man, this thing is impressive. Let’s start with the basic specs and then move on the mining benchmarks. As usual, I’ve tested it with different algos as well as clocks.

Unboxing

ASUS P104-100 Specs

GPU GP104-100-A1 (GP104 family)
Architecture Pascal
Process Size 16 nm
Memory 4096 MB GDDR5X 256 bit
Bandwidth 320.3 GB/s
GPU Clock 1607 MHz stock, 1733 MHz boost
Memory Clock 1251 MHz / 10008 MHz effective
Power Connectors 8pin*1
TGP 180W-225W
Card size TBD

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P104 vs. P106

The P104 is not yet another P106. While both are considered mining GPUs, there are some differences between the two:

  • Display ports. The P106 comes with no display ports whatsoever, while the P104 comes with two, though those are hidden behind a metallic plate in the ASUS version.
  • Memory optimization. Unlike the P106, the P104 features some optimizations that that allow is to perform better on memory-intensive algos.

Power Consumption and Cooling

The ASUS P104-100 cooling system is similar to the GTX 1070 Strix one. If you open it you can see the same fan design with bushing bearings. You would expect a mining GPU to have ball bearings instead since those are way more durable however ASUS opted for the cheapest design.

The warranty of the card is 3 months, which is not enough time for bushings to wear off. I don’t like the way ASUS made cheap fans and provided the card with a short warranty period to avoid complaints. While this does not necessarily mean that the fans will die in 4 months, I am quite sure they will become noisy quite soon. I recommend you getting an ASUS P104-100 only if you have a dedicated noise-isolated room/office.

Another con I’ve noticed is that the memory chips are not in direct contact with the coolers. This decreases the overclock potential of the GPU, which is quite disappointing since the memory chips are especially designed for mining and have very flexible clocks.

Power-consumption wise, the card is quite good and it pulls around 150W from the wall even after being overclocked.

The card offers a lot of room for undervolting. Usually, you undervolt to decrease power consumption. In the case of this card though, you got to undervolt to prevent it from overheating. Dragging the power limit down to 70% is a good start.

Hashrate and Profitability

So far, I’ve only mentioned the cons of the card at the point you are probably wondering why the hell I am so excited about it. While I do wish I had a Gigabyte P104 instead, I am okay with the ones I’ve got because of the hashrate.

The card is great for Ethereum – the manufacturer didn’t lie that they’ve optimized the memory for mining that coin. It can also mine zCash and Nexus with the same efficiency as a GTX 1070. Ethereum-wise, I’ve managed to push it up to 41 MH/s, which is about 20% more than a GTX-1080 Ti can do and about 30% more than a GTX-1070 (31 MH/s).

Here are the results of my tests with different coins and algos:

Recommended Hardware for 6x GTX 1080 Ti Mining Rig

Ethash Algorithm

  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC)
  • Ubiq (UBQ)
  • Expanse (EXP)
  • Soilcoin (SOIL)
  • Musicoin (MUSIC)
  • etc..

Equihash Algorithm

  • ZCash (ZEC)
  • Zclassic (ZCL)
  • Komodo (KMD)
  • Hush (HUSH)
  • Zencash (ZEN)
  • etc..

CryptoNight Algorithm

  • Monero (XMR)
  • ByteCoin (BCN)
  • Sumokoin (SUMO)
  • Karbowanec (KRB)
  • DigitalNote (XDN)
  • etc..

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Nvidia Asus P104-100 4GB Mining Performance

System power draw is 50W

Later edit: I found that Power Limit 70% is the optimal! So no matter what you mine, set that to 70% and you will have the best hashrate/power draw.

Ethereum Only

Ethash Ethereum Classic (ETC), Ubiq (UBQ), Expanse (EXP), Soilcoin (SOIL), Pirl (PIRL), Ellaism (ELLA), Metaverse (ETP) etc..

Hashrate 40.5 MH/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
Ethereum Dual Mining Decred and Siacoin

Ethereum 35.6 Mh/s – Decred 356 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 37.5 Mh/s ETH and 375 Mh/s DCR for 150w

Ethereum 32.7 MH/s – Siacoin 327 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 39.5 Mh/s ETH and 395 Mh/s Siacoin for 150w
Ethereum Dual Mining LBRY Credits and Pascalcoin

Ethereum 36.7 Mh/s – LBRY 34.7 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 115w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 39.2 Mh/s ETH and 37.6 Mh/s LBRY for 150w

Ethereum 30.9 MH/s – Pascal 309 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 37.9 Mh/s ETH and 379.7 Mh/s PASC for 150w

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Ethereum Dual Mining Verge  (Blake2s) and Smartcash (kecckak)

Ethereum 36.5 Mh/s – verge 364 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 115w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 40 Mh/s ETH and 404 Mh/s Verge for 150w

Ethereum 24.4 MH/s – Smartcash 244 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 29.4 Mh/s ETH and 294.7 Mh/s SMART for 150w
Ethereum Dual Mining Pascal Lite

Ethereum 30.5 MH/s – Pascal Lite 305 Mh/s

  • Clocks +125/+850
  • Power Limit 65
  • Power Draw 110w
  • -dcri 30
  • power limit 85% hashrate will change to 37.8 Mh/s ETH and 378.3 Mh/s PASC for 150w
ZCash (Equihash) Mining Performance

Asus P104-100 4GB ZCash Mining Hashrate Performance & Power Consumption

Equihash algorithm: Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Zencash (ZEN), Zclassic (ZCL), Hush (HUSH), Komodo (KMD)

EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner

Download and extract EWBF’s CUDA Zcash miner: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1707546.0

Hashrate 450 Sol/s

Bminer

Download and extract Bminer: https://www.bminer.me/releases/

Hashrate 480 – 500 Sol/s

Bitcoin Gold Mining Performance

Asus P104-100 4GB Bitcoin Gold Mining Hashrate Performance & Power Consumption

Equihash algorithm: Zencash (ZEN), Zclassic (ZCL), Hush (HUSH), Komodo (KMD)

Download and extract EWBF Cuda Miner 0.3.4b BTG: https://github.com/poolgold/ewbf-miner-btg-edition/releases

Hashrate 430 – 450 Sol/s

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Nicehash Mining Performance

Asus P104-100 4GB Nicehash Mining Hashrate Performance & Bitcoin Profitability

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In Conclusion

For me, the main challenge with this card was to squeeze the most hashrate from it without making it boil. If you are overclocking an ASUS P104-100 you want to keep a constant eye on the temperatures.

Anyway, do I recommend you buying a set of those cards? Definitely, yes. The demand on those cards is high for a reason. While the ASUS version of the P104-100 could indeed use some improvement, I am still pretty happy with it and will buy more as soon as I have the chance to. I am also getting some Gigabyte mining cards soon, so stay tuned!

  • Mining Performance
  • Power Consumption
  • Cooling
  • Price
4.5

Summary

Pros:

  • Great Ethereum hashrate
  • Low power draw and unmatched Megahash/Watt ratio
  • Can actually be used for gaming too since it features display ports and can perform about 4% better than a GTX 1070.

Cons:

  • Availability. I’ve ordered 30 of those but ended up receiving only 6 after a long wait
  • Gaming card fan design – could use better bearings since it is meant to work 24/7 under full load
  • Cooling system – memory chips need better cooling

Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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