Nvidia may have designed its line of GeForce RTX GPUs for games, but that does not mean that the Nvidia Geforce RTX cards are reduced in the mining department, especially the Ethereum. According to a recent report by Tweaktown, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has in particular a huge potential for mining of Ethereum based on the benchmarks that have been performed. So much so that the results are almost double that of the latest generation GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti were able to do. Nevertheless, the Turing architecture of Nvidia's GeForce RTX line has not been optimized for mining applications.
"But when we have the GDDR6 11GB overclocked on GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition, we see that the performance of Ethereum mining is incredibly high, reaching 55MH / s, almost twice the performance of the GTX 1080 Ti, which is quite incredible, "reads the report after comparing the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with the RTX 2080 Ti, with the previous one reaching 32MH / s.
For these tests, the site used the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards in both stock and overclocked settings with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor and the latest version of Claymore's dual Miner GPU, v11.9. Keep in mind that Claymore does not support the Nvidia GeForce RTX Turing architecture but does not take full advantage of the extra power it offers. This is also true of the AMD RX Vega series of GPUs.
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"Even with the HBM2 memory on Radeon RX Vega 64 it was really able to push only 38-40 MH / s out of the box and 42MH / s when using the optimized AMD blockchain drivers / enabled computing mode," says the post . "Even an overclocked Titan Xp (which costs the same RTX 2080 Ti)" only "makes 43MH / s when overclocked (37MH / s) while GTX 1080 makes you 32MH / s ready for delivery."
All of which leads us to wonder what we can expect in terms of pricing for the Nvidia GeForce RTX series in the future. The line-up of the series 10 has seen a massive increase in prices over the course of its life and, even now, it occupies a price not too far from what it would cost at the time of launch in 2016. With Nvidia has not lowered the prices of the series 10, it could just be that the RTX series sees price increases with these new benchmarks of Ethereum's mining performance that make PC games more expensive than they already are.
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