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Our Monero Mining Rig: The Hardware

Jon Sellars Thursday, February 22, 2018

Part One: Components

Our Monero Mining Rig: The Hardware, When we found out about the Cryptocurrency craze, we knew that with our cloud and technical expertise we had to jump on the bandwagon. After enough research to write a short university grade essay, we set out to buy the components we needed and by set out, I mean ordered off of Amazon.

We started by ordering what any sane person building a high-end cryptocurrency mining rig would: the 5 AMD RX 570s. These were the 4GB editions, as at the time we felt that to invest in the 8GB editions would not be worthwhile. With the 4GB editions, we’d still get 24GB of VRAM, which is still of course a force to be reckoned with. 


Following this, we purchased the Motherboard. This was a Gigabyte H110 D3A, with Legacy BIOS. We made the educated decision to acquire this board over any others due to its 5 PCIe slots as well as the standard PCI slot. These would be necessary if we wanted to use all of our GPUs simultaneously to maximise our mining potential, along with the PCIe Riser cards that would connect the GPUs to the motherboard.


Post to these, we bought the CPU. For this, we chose to go with an Intel Pentium G4400 @3.30 GHz. This CPU has two cores, to allow for CPU based mining (If we wished to go down such a path for any reason other than testing/benchmarking), but as the calculations involved in the gross majority blockchain based mining are repetitive, monotonous tasks which CPU’s architecture is not particularly well suited for performing due to the disparity in the average number of ALUs(Arithmetic/Logic Units, being what performs the mining operation) between GPUs and CPUs (GPUs having more ALUs than by default).


As for RAM, we decided to go for a simply 8GB, two kit setup. We wouldn’t have much need for RAM in this build so we only decided to go for DDR3. We would not need much in terms of storage, but we did not want an HDD that would be liable to slow down over time or extended use, so we decided to use a 120GB Liteon SSD. This would give us ample room to install an OS and any other necessary software we might need to further this build, as well as to store any crypto coins we may mine.
We built this up in a full sized server chassis in order to accommodate the 5 GPUs, which of course were quite bulky. 

Naturally, these components did not take long at all to arrive, thanks to the glory of Amazon Prime One Day Delivery. We were able to build up the miner and run a couple of preliminary tests, but we’ll save that for next time. Of course, we will be documenting more of our adventures with this behemoth of a machine and will be sharing our stories for your reading pleasure! Follow our social media pages to be the first to hear when part 2 is up! 

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