No, this is not clickbait. Yes, I am aware that there seems to be a consensus that the new RTX 2080 cards are not great for mining – many users have made their mining benchmarks public and the results were pretty underwhelming. There is a catch, though.
Some days ago, I have finally received my Gigabyte RTX 2080 WindforceOC and I have done my own tests. My results were way better, which is why I am writing this article. Maybe I was lucky enough to find the sweet spot for undervolting and OC – most of the existing reviews are based on stock voltage and clock settings, and hence do not show the full mining potential of the card.
Whatever is the case, I am impressed by the mining performance of the newRTX 2080. In this article, you will see my benchmarks, as well as the settings I am using.
The RTX 2080 is the latest addition by Nvidia and it features better performance than the 1080Ti, as well as hardware support for Ray Tracing. This allows the RTX2080 to perform great both at gaming and mining.
The Gigabyte version of the card comes with the core overclocked from factory, three fans and a decent heatsink. Compared to an average 1080Ti, the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Windforce costs ~90 dollars more.
On paper, the RTX 2080 not only loses to the GTX 1080Ti in four of the six listed categories, it also loses to the GTX 1080 when it comes to price/features ratio. The only innovations seem to be the new GDDR6 memory and higher boost clocks. Eventually though, this does not prevent the RTX 2080 from being a decent miner. Let me show you the benchmarks:
Gigabyte RTX 2080 Windforce OC Mining Benchmarks
The first thing that most reviewers stated is that the RTX 2080 is very power hungry. While this is true for a card with stock settings, I was able to undervolt my RTX 2080 without losing too much hashrate, to a point it now consumes 70% less power than a GTX 1080Ti.
In fact, this makesthe RTX 2080 more power efficient than the GTX 1080/ GTX 1080Ti. The RTX 2080 contrasts the most with the GTX 1080Ti by featuring up to 57% more MH/s per Watt.
Below I have listed the card’s benchmarks with different coins and algos, as well as a comparison with two of its predecessors (GTX 1080 and 1080Ti):
Yeah, crypto mining is going through some pretty dark days and not all of you feel like investing in new mining rigs for now. Those of you who do plan on expanding your farms might find a new friend in RTX 2080 cards. The low power consumption makes up for the extra price in the long run, unless you have free electricity.
Here’s another thing to keep in mind. The gaming community seems a bit unimpressed with the new RTX 20xx. Many gamers bought the RTX 2080/2080Ti in hopes to enjoy the new Ray Tracing technology but guess what: as for today, there is no game that would support Ray Tracing. This is one of the reasons why there seems to be little demand for RTX 20xx cards for now.
If you want to add some of those to your rig, this might be the right time to stock up on them, before gaming companies start to implement the new technology in their games.
I would also keep in mind that the driver and miner support for the card is still not optimal. As always, I expect improvements and tweaks in the near future.
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