MSI GeForce GTX 1060 AERO ITX 6G OC – Switching to NVIDIA

For quite a while I couldn’t find any inspiration for writing, until today. This morning, I’ve received a shipment from the opposite part of the country, containing the 3 brand new NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphic cards with 3 years of warranty!

Why did I switch my mining operation to NVIDIA?

I’m a NiceHash enthusiast, and the first thing I learned is that if you want to mine with AMD- you have to use NiceHash Legacy Miner, which I did for 4 months. And it’s not that bad, however, it’s not great either- not all benchmarks are working properly, small bugs are popping out from here and there, and it’s just not as pretty as the NVIDIA NiceHash Miner.

But that’s not all. The AMD graphics price has skyrocketed for certain models! In November, I was able to buy 2 RX 470 for $600 and one RX 270 for a $100. Now, I can’t find an RX470 for less than $380(used!). On the other hand, I found brand new NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 3 years of warranty for $420 per piece.

The math was simple:

Sell all 3 used(with relatively small warranty timeframe) AMD cards, add some money and switch to brand new NVIDIA cards. Since I had some spare money from freelancing, I’ve decided not to take any of my cryptocurrency earnings(investments).

First I sold the 3 x AMD cards for $800, then I added $400 and bought 3 x NVIDIA cards for $1200. The additional money investment was just about right, since the 3 x NVIDIA cards are consuming less power(max 120W each), yielding about 30% more and are brand new with 3 years warranty! But enough of my “investing magic”, you probably only care about mining performance of this cards.

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 AERO ITX 6G OC mining performance

The benchmarks were slow, and took more than 2 hours in precise mode. I didn’t bother reinstalling Windows, just deleted the AMD drivers and added NVIDIA ones. Without any overclocking, here are the first results:

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