Top 5 best GPUs for a Monero mining rig

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If you’re just getting into Monero mining, you probably find yourself asking the age-old question every good cryptocurrency miner is confronted with: What graphics card should I choose? Choosing a graphics card is by far the most important decision a miner can make. A graphics card decides whether you turn a profit or hemorrage money. A graphics card will make or break your rig. It’s critical that you choose the very best graphics card for your budget.

Navigating the maze of manufacturers and their respective GPUs can be a massive headache. And finding out which of these GPUs will actually turn a profit is a nightmare. To add even more fuel to the fire, some GPUs may require heavy tweaking (such as flashing the bios of a RX 580 to that of a RX 480). Luckily, we’ve put together a list to help you find the very best GPU for your budget, to make sure you get the very most out of your mining rig.

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Best graphics cards for mining Monero

Sapphire RX 580

Hash rate: 670 H/s | TDP: 185W | Memory: 8GB

Although not too exciting in of itself, the Sapphire RX 580 performs surprisingly well for a budget-oriented GPU. A single card manages around 670 H/s. Mining with six of these cards will show a hash rate of around 4094 H/s. Taking its price into consideration, the Sapphire RX 580 may be the best card on this list in terms of price-per-performance. If you’re getting into mining primarily as a hobby, this is the perfect GPU for you. If you ever get bored of mining Monero or just want to switch to another currency for whatever reason, repurposing this card to mine something else is a very simple task, as this card performs well across the board for many different cryptocurrencies.

Where to buy: Amazon

Nvidia GTX 1080ti

Hash rate: 1000 H/s | TDP: 160W | Memory: 11GB

Being Nvidia’s most prized consumer-grade graphics card to date, the Nvidia GTX 1080ti is certainly one of the most competent GPUs for mining. With it, you’ll see a hash rate of around 1000 H/s. The price-per-performance, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Although the RX Vega 56 offers better value for the price, it comes with a heftier price tag. The GTX 1080ti also doesn’t give very satisfying results when paired with another of the same card in a multi-GPU rig.

Where to buy: Amazon

AMD HD 7990

Hash rate: 1100 H/s | TDP: 110W | Memory: 6GB

A fan-favorite from AMD, the HD 7990 is among the best performing AMD cards for mining Monero. Although this card is much older than AMD’s recent RX series cards, it still manages to pull its weight better than most GPUs on the market, including many newer alternatives by AMD. With it, you’ll be managing a hash rate of around 1100 H/s, which is a noticeable improvement over the GTX 1080ti. Even during the recent unpredictability of the GPU market due to global shortages, the AMD HD 7990 manages to be much cheaper than other GPUs, including the GTX 1080ti, making it a perfect choice.

Where to buy: Amazon

AMD RX Vega 56

Hash rate: 1800 H/s | TDP: 110W to 160W | Memory: 8GB

You may recall this card making headlines last year as AMD made a refreshing move to enter the high-end GPU market. Although things didn’t pan out for AMD in the gaming market as many consumers had hoped, it has certainly made its way into the hearts of hardcore cryptocurrency miners for it’s superior performance in relation to much of the competition.

With a hash rate of around 1800 H/s, it blows away the AMD HD 7990 and GTX 1080ti. That is not to say, however, that it doesn’t come with a burdensome price tag. The RX Vega 56 will costs you more than the GPUs listed before it, but with the power it packs, who’s complaining? If you’re planning on building a multi-GPU rig, this card performs surprisingly well as it combines it’s effort with a twin. Two RX Vega 56 GPUs will return a hash rate of around 3600H/s, which is incredibly impressive.

Where to buy: Amazon

Sapphire Radeon Pro Duo

Hash rate: 1600 H/s | TDP: 300W | Memory: 8GB

Being the most capable card on this list, the Sapphire Radeon Pro Duo will not disappoint. With a hash rate of around 1600 H/s, it is an absolute joy to mine with. Unfortunately, with great power comes great price tags. This card is as expensive as it is powerful and is likely to empty your wallet. If you’re a professional miner who wants to get the absolute most out of your rig, this is the card for you.

Where to buy: Amazon

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  • Imo the Vega 64 would have been better than a Radeon Pro Duo. Much better hashrates and better power consumption

    Btw Vega 56’s bring in 1800H/s at stock and 1900H/s optimized, not 1500H/s stock

    • Alec Champaign

      My source must have been innacurate. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!