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This has been the most fun I ever had building a computer. I've built about a dozen computers over the past 10 years. Yet this 3 Mother Board, 16 GPU mining rig is by far the most fun build to date; open air, zip ties, easy cable management leads to a simple, clean and fun build. Just planning and string up 16 GPU configuration is fun on itself.

Do to electrical supply issues (my wall outlets can only handle so many watts and amps), I decided to split 16 1070 ti GPU across three mother boards, running them to different breakers (outlets).

Windows 10 OS gave me issues on two of the boards, which kept crashing. So I ended up backing up to Windows 7 and found it more stable under load. Which is weird because one of the Asus Prime Z270-P boards loves W10 and the other would freeze up. So one is running W10 and the Asrock H81 and the other Asus Prime are running W7. And all three are stable and working just fine.

4mgs of DDR 4 ram are working fine on the Asus boards. I put 8mgs of DDR 3 ram on the Asrock H81 because I have it laying around from old unused parts.

Luckily I bought the 1070 TIs at a good time before they ran up in price and/or have all but vanished from the market. I feel for the Gamers looking for GPUs. I need one for gaming too, but mining is just too much fun, so my gaming upgrade has to wait :(

Meanwhile, Snow White is hard at work mining 3 or 4 different coins and keeping the house warm (that's no joke - that thing pushes heat out big time!)

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Picky board, but once it's setup, it's fine.

Power Supply

Between the G2 and the G3, I like the G2 better, but it's bigger

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 5 points

0/10 not enough GPUs

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, I feel small. Plan is to triple it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 5 points

Now we know why 1070's prices are raising :(

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

I mean, if you have the money for this beast of a machine, I think you can afford an extra GPU for your gaming rig. Pretty cool build, but I can only imagine what your power bill is each month.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't even wanna know...

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

How much money does it make a day?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yesterday was a good day at it made just under $200

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did electricity cost?

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Hmmm so that's where the 1070 ti I was looking for went lol. Great build man.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

is there much performance difference between 1070 and 1070ti? The price difference is around 15%, I wonder what about the performance when it comes to mining.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1070Ti is much closer to 1080-like performance if my memory serves me correctly.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

buys all the GPUs "I feel for gamers/I need one too for my rig" well if ya didn't buy 'em all they wouldn't be so expensive haha. mining does upset me but I mean, people are taking advantage of a great opportunity so I cant blame them. NVidia and AMD need to make mining specific cards that have low gaming performance so they're not in the same market and our gaming GPUs go back down while miners still can mine.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I second that, and as it looks there might be a possibility that with Nvidia they might be putting some anti-mining tech in their Ampere cards to nerf their mining performance. Well, at least thats an article i saw a few days ago. I might check it out if i were you, seems like a good thing they might have going.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

In reality that's a terrible idea. You'd have to cut so much functionality from the card that the mining cards would be better at gaming and we would have the same situation upside down.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Stripping mining specific cards of their gaming performance in favor of cryptocurrency mining specific stuff isn't going to take any functionality from a gaming specific card. Simple: make 2 cards; 1 is mining beneficial, the other is gaming beneficial. The mining card would be good for mining and crap for gaming, whilst the gaming card would be good at gaming but crap for mining. So how would that cut functionality from a gaming specific, gaming only card?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a process, let's say rendering, that's how you mine something like Neoscrypt. Fast memory? Ethereum. Monero? Let me put it this way, if it has computing power it can mine monero. And you think it would take longer than a day for the devs to hack into the cards and modify them? Have you even modified a bios? There was one attempt that could have worked, I'm assuming you haven't seen the mining cards since you want them to be implemented. They already exist. No IO so no display, more...rough looking, what you'd expect, but of course they ruined it by doing 2 things, one, 1 month warranty. It's super simple, would you buy ANYTHING with a one month warranty?. And 2, they actually made them more expensive, graphic cards with no IO, no display, practically no warranty and they were trying to sell them for 200$ more. The simple truth is AMD, Nvidia and the board partners won't do anything because the current model works great for them. Vega was a testament of that. Vega Frontier is now marketed for mining (Even thought is not particularly good at it) and Vega 56 and 64, they leaked false mining results so miners would snap them. Tell me this, how do you disable a card for Equihash, Dagger-Hashimoto, Cryponight, Blake, Lyra2Rev2, NeoScrypt, Skunkhash, Nist5, Xevan, Groestl, Sia, Pascal, X11ghost, Decred and so on and so on plus all the algorithms that will be developed...without hurting gaming performance. If you don't know, why are you even saying what you are saying. You can make mining cards that are crap for gaming, they're called ASICs and they centralize crypto, so we reject them in general.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, i am aware their are mining-specific cards already. I'm also aware of how crappy the warranty and price for one is. I'm saying to take a normal card, slap some hardware level anti-mining algorithm crap on it, and sell it for a similar price. i'm not saying to destroy the damn thing in the process. Also, not everyone wants to pay the absolutely immense amount of money an ASIC requires. No, i haven't modified a bios, because i don't have the skill, nor the need for it. My crap is fine as it is right now, my CPU cant handle any more performance out of a GPU as its already bottlenecked to all hell (AMD Phenom II x6 1055T).And they don't need to be more expensive, they can easily do without increasing the cost if they were to remove the video output hardware on the PCB. Also, they could just keep making the cards as normal for the miners, just remove the video outputs, and on the gamer cards, just have hardware-level algorithm blocking. It really couldn't possibly be too terrifyingly hard to do. And, to be fair, i'm not knocking the GPU mining industry, i'm just saying it would be POTENTIALLY beneficial to both the gamers and the miners.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey. +1 for caring enough about aesthetics to separate the quicksilver cards from the red ones.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Captain Ron!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a pretty fancy case you have there.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Great airflow

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

But why not just buy bitcoin and sit on it. :/

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, you are correct. I've been in Bitcoin for a couple of years now. The answer is buy and hold #HODL. But it's fun to spec mine altcoins and hold them. The future will be great or horrible, time will tell

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Because mining actually earns money (After ROI), is not an investment after that.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it handle minesweeper?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

What about Microsoft paint?

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

im sure you get at least 60 fps on minesweeper

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Dunno might need an i9 and 4 Titan xs in sli with 128gb Of ram... that might not even be enough

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

You see! This is why gpu pricies are skyrocketing! Good job but please have empathy to the rest of us!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

has it paid off?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

On pc part picker, for me, it says that the CPU and motherboard are not compatible. I was wondering if it was actually compatible.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

could i have one?