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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mining Performance Review


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.

  • Mining Performance
  • Power Consumption
  • Cooling
  • Price
4.6

Summary

GTX 1070 Ti Pros

  • Great cooling system
  • Great build quality – high-end mosfets and capacitors definitely add to its stability and lifespan
  • Possible overclock potential (yet to be explored)
  • Sturdy and silent fans
  • Stylish, fancy and gaming-oriented design – can be sold to gamers



GTX 1070 Ti Cons

  • Low hashrate when on factory settings
  • High power consumption (will require a beefy PSU(s), especially if the rig is big enough)
  • Price not low enough when compared to its alternatives

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