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5 of the worst GPUs for mining in 2018


GPUs are commonly known to be generally poor for mining. Mining with these processors is rather inefficient and only leads to huge energy consumption without real results. In 2018, there are fairly better GPUs which you can use to mine. They are not a replacement for a good CPU though.

In the world of GPUs, you will find some stellar performers and some pretty bad options as well. A lot of focus tends to be on what is good on the market and not what should be avoided. It is always advisable to look at the other side of the market from time to time. The following are the 5 worst GPUs for mining in 2018.

Nvidia GTX 1060

This card is not particularly bad for miningIts price is however quite misplaced considering that there are better options in the market. The GTX 1060 is not very far from the GTX 1080 in terms of price. The GTX 1080 is nevertheless much more efficient at mining. Considering that the GPU is also rather dated at this point in time, a newer option like the GTX 1080i would definitely be better than this GPU.

Radeon RX 480

The Radeon RX 480 is not a good buy at this point in time in 2018. Not only are better options expected in a couple of months, but the market is currently not great for buying mining this particular GPU. The mining crunch that hit the market earlier in the year seems to have died out along with the demand for this GPU. CryptoTraderPros has indicated that high levels of trading can be expected much later during the year. An investment in a Radeon RX 480 is thus simply not worth it.

Nvidia GTX 1070

The Nvidia GTX 1070 comes with the now dated GDDR5 memory. Newer GTX 1080 versions, however, come with GDDR5X memory. The difference between this newer memory and the old one is quite profound. The GTX 1080, for instance, has a theoretical speed that is double the GTX 1070. Actual speeds are not usually similar to theoretical speeds but you can nevertheless expect the new memory standards to be better considerably.

Radeon RX 580

This card is quite bad when it comes to electricity conservation. While the GPU performs rather satisfactorily, the huge energy consumption makes it bad especially if you are trying to save costs. Even while idle, the RX 480 uses roughly 16W. If you have a multiple monitor setup, you can expect the GPU power consumption to go way above 20W without doing actual mining.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

Finally, this GPU is pretty bad if you want to mine for over 15 hours a day. The RX Vega series is widely known by miners to be one of the most power hungry in the entire market. The GPU has good levels of performance but its high power consumption makes it untenable for long hours of mining. The RX Vega 56 would be a better choice for the work since it also comes from AMD but features much lower power consumption levels. In addition, the RX Vega 56 also achieves comparable performance to the RX Vega 64.

Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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