The Nvidia line of high-end gaming GPU’s recently got an upgrade. As expected, their newest model – the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti hit the shelves March 10th at the price of $699 USD. It was well-received in the mining community and the mining performance test results look promising as well.
The GTX 1080 Ti is one of the few top-tier Nvidia GPU models that have GDDR5X memory instead of the more common GDDR5. The GDDR5X standard supports 10Gbit/s data rates, which is reflected on how the miner performs with memory-intensive algorithms.
As specs state, the GPU power consumption limit is 250W on non-synthetic operations. The Founders Edition allows users to increase that limit by 20%. This means that the power consumption can be pushed up to 300W, but some additional cooling should be necessary too.
The GPU can be underclocked. There are no solid data about underclocking possibilities just yet, but experienced users stated that the GTX 1080 Ti has some potential.
Note: As for today, March 2017, only the Founders Edition will be available. The non-reference design will be on sale starting in April.
Due to the GPU structure and memory clock of 11 GHz, the GTX 1080 Ti does not perform equally on all algorithms. For instance, according to some tests, the GPU would not work with BMW and Cryptonight at default intensity, and would only start working after the intensity (along with the hashrate) would be manually lowered.
Other algorithms like Jackpot, Quark and Wildkeccak don’t work with the GPU at all, which might be, or might be not a temporary issue. Those tests were performed using the latest ccMiner fork release as for March 14th.
According to the first tests, the GPU performs the best with the NiceHash EQM miner with an average hashrate of 620 H/s for ZEC. This results in profits of about 2.20 USD a day, giving the GPU a ROI of 10 months. The miner only works on NiceHash pools though, so that’s a detail to keep in mind.
Experts were also surprised by how poorly the GTX 1080 Ti performed with the Lyra2rev2 algorithm, outputting only 48.5 MH/s using the ccminer. However, this might be fixed with future driver updates in a week or two.
Finally, the GTX 1080 Ti was also tested using the Claymore’s Ethereum miner on stock GPU settings. The results were stable, with a hashrate of 31.8 MH/s. The new EWBF CUDA miner also worked surprisingly well with the card, allowing it to output 625 H/s.
As it usually happens, Nvidia will more likely review and lower the price of the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 Founders Edition once the GTX 1080 Ti comes out in April. However, it is very probably that the price of the GTX 1070 won’t be affected.
According to Nvidia news, there will be at least one additional GTX 1080 model variation that will hit the shelves soon, which will feature 11 Gbps instead of the 10 Gbps we have. There will be also a new release of the GTX 1060 which will have 9 Gbps instead of the existing 8 Gbps.
These new releases might be particularly interesting for those of you who want to mine coins like ETH and ZEC that are based on memory-intensive algorithms.
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* Graphics Processing Clusters: 6
* Single precision CUDA Cores: 3584
* Streaming Multiprocessors: 28
* ROP Units: 88
* Base/Boost Clock: 1480 MHz/ 1582 MHz
* Memory Clock: 5505 MHz with 11 Gbps data rate
* L2 Cache Size: 2816K
* Total Video Memory: 11264MB GDDR5X
* Memory Interface: 352-bit
* Total Memory Bandwidth: 484 GB/s
* Connectors: 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort
* Form Factor: Dual Slot
* Power Connectors: One 8-pin, one 6-pin
* TDP: 250 Watts
* Recommended Power Supply: 600 Watts
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Thanks to the solid amount of CUDA cores, the new GTX 1080 Ti has the potential to become the new favorite GPU for ETH and ZEC mining. The CPU is new and the drivers that are available today might be pretty raw. According to some opinions, the GTX 1080 Ti has some great potential, especially if new driver releases will help to overcome the conflicts the miner experiences with some of the mining algorithms.
What do you think about the new GTX 1080 ti?
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