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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mining Performance Review

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GPU mining is becoming more interesting by the day. With the recent addition of Bitcoin Gold to the portfolio of ASIC-resistant coins and Ethereum price having a steady upward trend, GPU mining seems to be at its peak.

This motivates me to keep trying the newest GPUs for mining in the hope of finding the next jackpot. Or at least, I hope to find a decent alternative to our beloved RX 4xx and 5xx cards.

Today, I’m reviewing the brand new GTX 1070 Ti – the newest addition to the family of mid-high-end GPUs.

GTX 1070 Release

The GTX 1070 Ti is being advertised as a new-gen gaming GPU with a ton of features that should make it interesting for gamers. Besides those I’m going to list in a minute, the 1070 Ti also got great aesthetics – for instance, the color of its LED logo and lights can be tweaked so it matches the color of the rig, the shape and color of the board looks great on its own, etc.

All of this means that the card will probably will be available for sale for a short period of time. I can already picture hordes of hungry gamers ripping the cards off the shelves. Or is that so? Ironically, as for today, gaming gear sites haven’t been really excited when reviewing the 1070 Ti, which gives us some hopes.

Apparently gamers aren’t really thrilled about the card, since it performs not better than the AMD RX Vega 64 and only about 8% better than the GTX 1070. 8% is good improvement, but it only serves to compensate the price difference.

This probably means that we, miners, will have a chance to get the card at a reasonable price for our rigs.

Now, how does the card performs mining-wise?

Hashrate and Power Efficiency

As techspot pointed it out, the GTX 1070Ti got quite decent overclocking headroom. I’m saying that before I disappoint you with the GTX 1070Ti hashrate on factory clocks.

Hashrate: 26.3 MH/s

Power Draw: 120 W

Its predecessor, the GTX 1070 can be configured to output up to 32 MH/s with a power consumption of only 130 W. Eventually, it will take some effort to beat that mark using the 1070 Ti.

The power efficiency of the 1070 Ti isn’t the brightest when on factory clocks, which is why I’ve stared this by mentioning about the overclocking potential.

I still got to try all the possible clock combination to find out the sweet spot. Here are my best results so far:

Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming Mining Hashrate & Power Consumption

Recommended Hardware for 6x GTX 1070 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..
Software and Tools used for this tutorial

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Ethereum Hashrate Stock Clocks (Micron Memory)

System power draw is 50W

Ethereum Only

Ethash Ethereum Classic (ETC), Ubiq (UBQ), Expanse (EXP), Soilcoin (SOIL) etc..

Hashrate 31.7 MH/s

  • Clocks +0/+650
  • Power Limit 70
  • Power Draw 110w
Ethereum Dual Mining Decred and Siacoin
Ethereum Dual Mining LBRY Credits and Pascalcoin
Ethereum Dual Mining Pascal Lite

Ethereum 31.4 Mh/s – Pascal Lite 420 Mh/s

ZCash (Equihash) Mining Performance

Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti ZCash Mining Hashrate Performance & Power Consumption

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

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

Hashrate 450 Sol/s

Bitcoin Gold Mining Performance

Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti 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 445 Sol/s

Nicehash Mining Performance

Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti Nicehash Mining Hashrate Performance & Bitcoin Profitability

Based on benchmark results Equihash, Lyra2REv2, DaggerHashimoto dual mining Pascal Decred and Sia seems to be the most profitable.

Cooling System

One of the main pros of the card is that the GTX 1070 Ti got a really nice cooling system. This is actually one of the main reasons why I’ve ordered mine. Overclocking is often limited by the cooling capacity of the GPU. Some people install custom cooling systems on their cards, but it takes a lot of work to do so.

Fans are turned off by default and will start spinning only after the card reaches 64 degrees. Even then, those are way more silent than most of the fans you will hear. This is rather impressive, considering that the card features three fans, not one.

According to the specs, Geforce’s signature Windforce fans together with composite heat-pipes make the cooling system about 50% more efficient than the one on the 1070 Ti FE. While I have no way to find out whether the 50% is a real number, I do notice that the card is really well cooled and I am inclined to believe that it has a long lifespan.

GTX 1070 Ti Specs

  • 8GB GDDR5 256bit memory
  • WINDFORCE 3X with Blade Fan Design
  • Protection Metal Back Plate
  • RGB Fusion-16.7M Customizable Color Lighting
  • Support up to 8K display @60Hz (requires 2*DP1.3 connectors)

Core Clock

  • Boost: 1721 MHz / Base: 1632 MHz (OC Mode)
  • Boost: 1683 MHz / Base: 1607MHz (Gaming Mode)

It is also worth mentioning that the GTX 1070 Ti features 2,432 CUDA cores, while the 1070 has only 1,920. The base clock of the 1070 Ti is 100 MHz higher too, though the rated boost clock remains the same at 1683MHz. All of this is cool, though by having same memory bandwidth, both cards hash the same no matter the difference in the amount of CUDA cores.

It is also worth mentioning that legitreviews found a bug that makes the GTX 1070 Ti hash lower than expected. When gaming, the memory can be clocked up to 2000 MHz without any issue. Now, when mining, the clocks of some of the memory banks go down to about 1900 MHz.

They’ve said that they have contacted Nvidia regarding this issue in the hope that it might be fixed in future driver releases.

In Conclusion

While I’m not thrilled about the new card, I am looking for ways to make it work for mining. At best, the 1070 Ti will become an okay mining card. At worst, it will grab the attention of gamers and will hopefully make the 1070 more available for sale. The huge amount of cores it features apparently does not affect mining, but hopefully gamers will find a way around to make it a great gaming GPU.

  • Joshua Reed

    Nvidia forced all of their licensed manufacturers to ship without binning their GPUs. True they all ship with factory specs but no two of these things will overclock the same. You’ll either get an okay GPU or you could get one that overclocks a little bit more than others. For the added cost increase over a regular 1070, you roll the dice every time you buy one of these. I guessed that’s why gamers are irritated. From a mining standpoint, other than factory clock settings, it’s going to be hard to nail down hash rates for this card because of the binning issue makes it an apples to oranges comparison.

    • Actually i am going to add a note for this card, i had some serious hashrate drops with the first tests but then everything went let’s say ok.. nicehash is the only miner that runs stable.. can’t explain why but there is no hashrate drop at all. I will test a different brand soon.

      • ifeanyi

        please ciprian i need your help, am having issues with my rig..asrock h81 probtc r2.0,rx 580 dataland 8gb,4gb ram,psu 1200w with window 10 installed..i have follow all the process above but still unable to power all the gpu…The problem its that when the rig start,its will run ten to fifteen secs then stop when window display.in device manager i can see all the cards and if i unstalled amd driver with ddu then all the cards will run but will not be display on the device manager..i have combine both 16.4 and 17.5 software still no way and i have try installing only 16 still the issues still arise…please i need assistance.its there anything i need to do more because i have been battling this issue for a week now..you can give me your skype

        • scud420

          Sounds to me like you need more power. get another PSU to power a couple of the cards, you’ll need a jumper cable to get that second PSU sending power all the time

          • ifeanyi

            I have two 1200w already ,even if I put one card it’s occur and it happen whenever I update the drivers but if I use ddu to installed the driver then the guy will start…. I have combine double version of amd and also patch

          • ukw

            Try with less GPUS until it starts, Windows can run up to 8 gpus, or even 7

  • Harshal shetty

    The gamer community is suffering because of you guys

    • Andrew Jackson

      No its not.

    • So do we.. btw.. we are not the reason lol.. i am gamer too 😛

  • Денис Зуев

    Thank you, Ciprian, for good article! Now I have no questions about 1070ti!

  • Cristian J

    Hi. I get 450 Sol on Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 1070 +100 Mhz core, + 400 Vram @ 70 power limit – 125W on EWBF 0.3.4b. I think i can get more if i tweak them, but i have only 3 cards, and it’s not worth to beat my head. 🙂

  • Krasi

    Hello,
    Yesterday i go onone magazin to buy 3x 1070ti G1 Gigabyte but we have a problem with them.
    They are crashing on NiceHash benchmark.
    We try directly with Ewf cuda miner, it crash again.
    I read your review about this model but there is no problem.
    Is it possible card to be locked for mining by Gigabyte or Nvidia?
    Best Regards
    Krasi
    I’m avilable everyday, you can reach me also @ +359899690609 or at facebook Krasimir Garchev

    • not sure what you mean.. but if you are asking if any 1070 is good for mining the answer is yes 🙂

      • Krasi

        Hi Ciprian,

        I ask that: Is it possible new card to be locked for mining?
        Please check also i speak about 1070ti, not stock 1070.

        Best Regards
        Krasi

        • Nope, is not locked.. i was able to mine with it..

          • Krasi

            With 1070ti or 1070?
            We have a problem with 1070ti G1 Gaming and all miners crash and fans on v. cards stoped.

          • In had some hashrate fluctuations but that’s it.. i was able to run it stable..

  • ukw

    Not sure if I can publish here, but for anyone experiencing power blackouts with internet rebooting later than your PC I’ve made a python script to load your miner.bat file only after the Internet is up and running (You need Python installed to work). I published it on github, find it here (search pythonPingStarter on github): https://github.com/ukw/pythonPingStarter

  • DDR23BEST

    Hi Ciprian. I’m a newbie when it comes to minning.

    Did you use 6 GPUs in your tests?
    Can you use only 1 GTX 1070ti and still have profit?

    Thanks.

    • Hi, in this test i used only one card.

  • Jack

    Hey so I purchased everything on this list and am using the GIGABYTE GA-H110-D3A mobo and am having one issue. I cannot seem to get the 6th gpu to work. I am getting a code 12 error in device manager (This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12). I tried freeing up resources and disabled audio drivers and a few other things. I also uninstalled and reinstalled my drivers in efforts to fix the problem. I swapped around the cards to see if it was a card issue but it doesn’t seem to persist. What steps can I take to fix this? Thanks for the help in advance!

    • I fixed it this way:

      – Change “Max Link Speed” setting from “Auto” to “Gen2”(M.I.T / Miscellaneous Settings / Max Link Speed)
      – Change “Initial Display Output” setting from “PCIe 1 Slot” to “IGFX” (Peripherals)
      – Change “Above 4G Decoding” setting from “Disabled” to “Enabled” (Peripherals) (if needed)
      – Change “Internal Graphics” setting from “Auto” to “Enabled”(Chipset)

      If settings above doesn’t work use UEFI mode to install your OS

      • Jack

        Thank you so much! You’re literally the best! I️ plan on purchasing more from your store down the line.

  • Roaders

    I am a bit disappointed as well. Not nearly as good MH/s per watt as the 1070.

    I am surprised that you are worried about cooling. My 1070 cards that I am using at the moment despite running at 100% for days run at about 60 degrees with fan speeds ranging from about 30% to 60%.
    They are really not that noisy – although that’s not much of a concern as they are all stashed in the spare room!

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