Best Graphics Card for Cryptocurrency Mining (Altcoins & Bitcoin) in 2017

With the rise in the value of various cryptocurrencies, graphics cards are in great demand for cryptocurrency mining that mainly includes Altcoins mining (Zcash, Ethereum, Monero, Dash etc.) and Bitcoin Mining. Cryptocurrency Mining is a very resource intensive task and it requires a lot of processing power from your computer hardware, especially from graphics card. For cryptocurrency mining you need a powerful GPU because it requires a lot of computational power that only a GPU can provide for PC users. Also the graphics card should consume less power so that you that you can remain profitable in the mining process. This is because cryptocurrency mining really stresses your GPU and results in higher power consumption which can skyrocket your electricity bill. Although it not really profitable to mine Bitcoin using graphics card and it is generally carried out by a ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) miner that specializes in SHA-256 mining that includes Bitcoin Mining and other Altcoins (Alternative Cryptocurrencies) that uses SHA-256 function.

Some of the Altcoins that you can mine using graphics cards and remain profitable are: Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Novacoin, FeatherCoin, WorldCoin, Bitmark, Latium, MidasCoin, Elacoin, DigitalCoin, Cryptogenic Bullion, Megacoin, GoldCoin, Tagcoin, Memorycoin 2.0, Bitcoin Scrypt, Infinitecoin, Ekrona, Anoncoin, PandaCoins, Primecoin, Quark, ecurecoin, Nxt, QORA, CLOAKcoin, NeXT Horizon, Yacoin, Skeincoin, Protoshares, DarkCoin,  MyriadCoin, BitSwift, Curecoin, OFF, MediterraneanCoin, Mangocoinz. Other popular Altcoins include iCoin, Storjcoin X, Lisk, MaidSafeCoin, Dogecoin, Ripple.     

Modern day graphics cards are very powerful and they are very suitable for Cryptocurrency Mining that included Bitcoin Mining, Ethereum Mining, Zcash Mining etc. Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards can be used for Cryptocurrency Mining but here AMD graphics cards does have an extra edge and are better at Cryptocurrency Mining because their GPU architecture suits cryptocurrency mining better. Also AMD Radeon Graphics Cards have better TFLOPS* performance with lower power consumption at lower prices compared to Nvidia graphics cards. Here in this post I am going to list down the best cryptocurrency mining graphics cards that are affordable, powerful and have lower power consumption.

*TFLOPS or Teraflops or Trillion FLOPS (floating point operations per second) is the measure of the computer or CPU or GPU performance in mathematical calculations. TFLOPS means that the processor or GPU is capable of performing 6 trillion floating-point calculations every second on average. So more is the TFLOPS of the graphics card, the better it is suited for cryptocurrency mining.   

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Top Graphics Cards for Cryptocurrency Mining [Altcoins & Bitcoins]

Here are the best graphics cards for cryptocurrency mining. These AMD and Nvidia graphics cards can be used for Bitcoin Mining, Ethereum Mining, Zcash Mining and other Cryptocurrency Mining processing that requires GPU power.  

Radeon RX 580

Radeon RX 580 is the top of the line graphics card in the latest Radeon RX 500 graphics card series lineup from AMD. It is based on the Polaris GPU architecture and comes with 2304 Stream Processors. The card consists of 36 compute units and can provide computational performance up to 6.2 TFLOPS. It comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory having interface or bus width of 256-bits.

The power consumption of Radeon RX 580 is at 185W maximum and it requires a decent 500W PSU for its working. This is one of the best graphics cards that you can use for Cryptocurrency Mining that includes Bitcoin Mining, Ethereum (ETH) Mining, Zcash Mining etc.

AMD Radeon RX 580 Specifications
Stream Processors 2304
Performance 6.2 TFLOPS
GPU Clock 1257/1340 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 185W
PSU Requirement 500W

Buy Radeon RX 580 Graphics Card

Radeon RX 570

Radeon RX 570 is the second most powerful card after RX 580 in the Radeon RX 500 graphics card series. It is also based on the Polaris GPU architecture and comes with 2048 Stream Processors, 32 compute units and deliver performance up to 5.1 TFLOPS. It comes with 4GB / 8GB GDDR5 memory having interface of 256-bit.

The card is slightly less powerful than the RX 580 but the positive side is that it consumes lesser power compared to it. The maximum power consumption of Radeon RX 570 is up to 150 Watt and it requires only a 450W PSU for its working. This is one of the best budget graphics cards that you can buy for cryptocurrency mining.

AMD Radeon RX 570 Specifications
Stream Processors 2048
Performance 5.1 TFLOPS
GPU Clock 1168/1244 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4GB / 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 150W
PSU Requirement 450W

Buy Radeon RX 570 Graphics Card

Radeon RX 480

Radeon RX 480 is the predecessor of Radeon RX 580 but it is just as powerful as RX 580. The card comes with 2304 Stream processors and has maximum computational performance of 5.8 TFLOPS which is slightly less than the RX 580. Radeon RX 480 comes in both 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 memory variants having 256-bit interface. The power consumption of Radeon RX 480 is lower at 150W compared to Radeon RX 580 and it only requires a 450W PSU for its working.

AMD Radeon RX 480 Specifications
Stream Processors 2304
Performance 5.8 TFLOPS
GPU Clock 1120/1266 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 150W
PSU Requirement 450W

Buy Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card

Radeon RX 470

Radeon RX 470 is the predecessor of Radeon RX 570 but packs almost the same power as RX 570. It comes with 2048 Stream Processors and has performance up to 4.9 TFLOPS. It is available in both 4GB and 8GB variants with GDDR5 memory (256-bit). The power consumption of Radeon 470 is lower as compared to Radeon RX 570 and it consumes only 120 Watts of power at maximum. This is one of the best budget graphics cards that you can get for Altcoins mining or Bitcoin mining.

AMD Radeon RX 470 Specifications
Stream Processors 2048
Performance 4.9 TFLOPS
GPU Clock 1206 / 926 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4GB / 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 120W
PSU Requirement 450W

Buy Radeon RX 470 Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 1070

GeForce GTX 1070 is a high-end powerful graphics card from Nvidia and is based on the Pascal GPU architecture. The card comes with 1920 CUDA Cores and 8GB GDDR5 memory having 256-bit interface. The computational performance of this graphics card is up to 6.5 TFLOPS which is slightly more than that of Radeon RX 580 mentioned above. The card has maximum power consumption of 150W and requires a good 500 Watt power supply for its working.

GeForce GTX 1070 Specifications
CUDA Cores   1920
Performance 6.5 TFLOPS
GPU Clock 1506/1683 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 150W
PSU Requirement 500W

Buy GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 1060

GeForce GTX 1060 is higher mid-range graphics card from Nvidia that is also based on the Pascal GPU architecture. GeForce GTX 1060 comes in two variants, one is with 3GB GDDR5 memory and other one with 6GB GDDR5 memory (192-bit bus width). Both these variants also have different processing power with 6GB one being the faster. The 3GB version comes with 1152 CUDA Cores and computational performance up to 3.9 TLOPS while the 6GB one comes with 1280 CUDA Cores and performance up to 4.4 TFLOPS.

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB has slightly lower computational performance compared to Radeon RX 570 but it has much lower power consumption at 94W (Max.), and requires only a decent 400W PSU for its working. This makes it an affordable and cost effective choice for cryptocurrency mining because of lower power consumption. Recommended by me for users on budget.

GeForce GTX 1060 Specifications
CUDA Cores   1152 (3GB) / 1280 (6GB)
Performance 3.9 TFLOPS (3GB) / 4.4 TFLOPS (6GB)
GPU Clock 1506 / 1708 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 3GB / 6GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 192-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Power Consumption (Max.) 94W
PSU Requirement 400W

Buy GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card

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Final Words

So if you are in to cryptocurrency mining (more specifically Altcoins mining) and want to make some profit in it then you can get any one of the above graphics cards based on your budget. Above mentioned graphics cards have relatively lower power consumption and are powerful enough for cryptocurrency mining whether it is Ethereum mining, Zcash mining, Bitcoin mining or any other. If you have some queries then feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.

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  1. rajesh arya July 2, 2017
    • Akshat Verma July 2, 2017

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