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The year 2017 saw the popularity of cryptocurrency increase resulting in a consequential skyrocketing of their prices. The general public has accepted that cryptocurrency is here to stay and most have decided to either buy them or mine them. There are plenty of guides purchasing cryptocurrencies but not enough on the whole mining process. This article will take a look at one of the most important piece of hardware in cryptocurrency mining – the GPU!

GPUs are popular in the gaming and video editing communities. But of late, they have been adapted for another critical task – cryptocurrency mining!

Today we take a look at some of the 5 best GPUs around for cryptocurrency. For those mining enthusiasts that are beginners in cryptocurrency mining, it is crucial to note the aspects to consider when getting a GPU. Some things to take a look at would be the amount of memory available for GPU, power consumption and cost.

Top 5 GPUs for crypto mining in 2018

1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

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Specifications
Core of the Clock: 1,506MHz
GPU Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Clock Memory: 8Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin
Power Drawn: 150W
Output: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, DL-DVI

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is known for gaming and as it turns out is also applicable in cryptocurrency mining. It is capable of mining at 30Mh/s at a consumption of only about 100-150 watts of electricity. It is important to note that the more power a GPU consumes, the costlier it will be to mine cryptocurrency.

2. AMD RX 480

AMD RX 480

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Specifications
Core of the Clock: 1,120MHz
GPU Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Clock Memory: 8Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Power Drawn: 185W
Output: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

The AMD RX 480 is another great GPU choice for mining. It offers cryptocurrency mining at a rate of 28Mh/s while drawing relatively less power. The GPU is a bit on the older side but its features and relatively cheaper price makes it an excellent choice for entry mining and consequentially quite hard to get your hands on one.

3. AMD Radeon RX 580

AMD Radeon RX 580

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Specifications
Core of the Clock: 1,257MHz
GPU Memory: 8GB GDDR5
Clock Memory: 8Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Power Drawn: 185W
Output: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

With a hash rate of 29Mh/s at a relatively low power consumption, the AMD Radeon RX 580

is considered one of the best mining GPUs out there. It is so sought-after that getting one is a hassle since they pretty much run out of stock pretty fast. Compared to its counterpart the GTX 1070, it is cheaper and allows for settings tweaking to improve the mining performance.

4. Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

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Specifications
Core of the Clock: 1,480MHz
GPU Memory: 11GB GDDR5x
Clock Memory: 11GHz
Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Power Drawn: 250WW
Output: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

A more expensive but yet powerful choice for GPU for mining would be the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. It is hailed in the gaming community for producing excellent performances even in 4K gaming and such could be said for its mining capabilities too proven by its after-tweaked hash rate of 32Mh/s. The turnoff for most people would be its expensive price and high power consumption but an excellent choice nonetheless.

5. AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

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Specifications
Core of the Clock: 1,156MHz
GPU Memory: 8GB HBM2
Clock Memory: 800MHz
Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
Power Drawn: 210W
Output: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

Another choice for cryptocurrency mining would have to be the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, a value-packed GPU in the market. It runs quicker than the sought-after Nvidia GTX 1070 and relatively cheaper to boot. On the downside though, compared to the GTX 1070, it proves costly to use 24/7 for mining due to its power consumption. Overall it runs pretty well an if you are lucky to come across one then it would serve as the right pick for you.