Best graphics cards for Ethereum mining

Not all graphics cards give the same results when you mine Ethereum. They do not have the same properties and the same type of memory.

Let’s see what are the fastest models and which cards are the most profitable.

Video CardHashrate MH/sPower consumption in WattsWatts per MH/sPriceNet Profit / monthVBIOS modeMined / month
MSI Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX OC 4G11.540W3.47$140$2.8Stock0.02270
Asus Radeon RX Vega 56 8G38.8141W3.63$763$9.1Optimized0.07658
MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G15.058W3.86$199$3.2Stock0.02961
Asus Radeon RX Vega 64 8G44.1174W3.94$580$9.0Optimized0.08704
Asus GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6G20.080W4.00$315$4.0Stock0.03947
Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Pulse OC 4G11.547W4.08$140$2.2Stock0.02270
MSI Radeon RX 560 AERO ITX OC 4G14.062W4.42$140$2.3Optimized0.02763
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4G30.5144W4.72$238$4.2Optimized0.06020
Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining 4G30.0142W4.73$348$4.1Stock0.05921
Asus RX 570 Strix Gaming OC 4G22.0105W4.77$216$3.0Stock0.04342
MSI GTX 1060 Armor OC 6G25.0120W4.80$325$3.3Stock0.04934
Asus STRIX RX 580 8G27.6135W4.89$300$3.4Optimized0.05447
Asus Radeon STRIX RX 570 4G25.2125W4.96$216$3.0Optimized0.04974
Asus GTX 1070 FE 8G27.8139W5.00$550$3.2Stock0.05487
Galax GTX 1050 Ti Exoc12.261W5.00$250$1.4Stock0.02408
Asus GTX 1060 FE 6G19.598W5.02$340$2.2Stock0.03849
Asus RX 580 Dual OC 4G22.5115W5.11$337$2.4Stock0.04441
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4G20.0105W5.25$238$1.9Stock0.03947
Asus STRIX Radeon RX 560 4G10.656W5.28$140$1.0Optimized0.02092
XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 8G24.0128W5.33$254$2.1Stock0.04737
MSI GTX 1070 Ti Gaming 8G26.5142W5.35$480$2.2Stock0.05230
Sapphire Radeon RX 550 Pulse 4G9.050W5.55$143$0.6Stock0.01776
MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8G22.0123W5.59$300$1.4Stock0.04342
Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Pulse OC 4G14.080W5.71$140$0.7Optimized0.02763
ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 FE 8G21.0124W5.90$570$0.8Stock0.04145
Galax GTX 1080 8G21.0124W5.90$628$0.8Stock0.04145
Sapphire Radeon RX 550 Pulse 4G11.568W5.91$143$0.4Optimized0.02270
MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8G27.0160W5.93$299$0.9Optimized0.05738
Asus GTX 1080 Ti FE 11G32.0198W6.18$810$0.4Stock0.06316
XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 8G31.5198W6.28$254$0.1Optimized0.06217
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal 12G31.5198W6.28$1199$0.1Stock0.06217
Asus Radeon RX Vega 56 8G32.4208W6.41$763-$0.3Stock0.06395
Asus Radeon STRIX RX 570 4G22.3149W6.68$216-$0.7Stock0.04401
Asus RX 570 Strix Gaming OC 4G29.5202W6.84$216-$1.3Optimized0.05822
MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8G31.0215W6.93$300-$1.6Optimized0.06119
Asus RX 580 Dual OC 4G25.0178W7.12$337-$1.7Optimized0.04934
Asus Radeon STRIX RX 580 8G24.6185W7.52$300-$2.5Stock0.04855
Asus STRIX Radeon RX 560 4G10.781W7.57$140-$1.2Stock0.02112
Asus Radeon RX Vega 64 8G34.6268W7.74$580-$4.3Stock0.06829
XFX Radeon R9 390 8G18.0175W9.72$250-$5.3Stock0.03553
Prices may vary, they do not include postage.

Older NVIDIA models, with Geforce GTX 9XX or recent models with only 2GB of memory are too slow or do not have enough VRAM memory to mine this cryptocurrency.

As we see, some cards are specifically dedicated to mining. They may have no DVI-D output, they have a second BIOS that has been optimized for cryptocurrencies. The frequency of the GPU is lower than those of conventional graphics cards, just like the voltage. The VRAM has been overclocked. The latency has been optimized. In the end the performance is significantly improved.

Then, it is not necessary to have a big configuration for the PC. A first price processor, a medium motherboard, 4 GB DDR3-1333, a 32GB SSD hard drive, and a power supply of 450W are enough.

Graphics cards VBios optimization

It is possible to optimize the VBios to increase the yield. This essentially consists of modifying the timings of VRAM using software such as AtiWinFlash and PolarisBiosEditor. Thanks to this last tool, we can easily apply the required timings at each level. Changing the frequencies, adding “straps” allows to go even further in increasing the results. ATI Radeon cards must then be patched with ATI Pixel Clock Patcher, so the card will work with its modified VBios.