So first off, my philosophy is a bit different from others here, maybe most.
SOE is AMD CPUs, Nvidia GPUs and Linux OS - if something doesn't fit into that box I generally don't do it.
Also, I'm lazy (and old) so I usually just get my code from the repos or as debs.
I run 12 cards in 6 rigs (standard cases actually, but I've been the whole crate route in the past.) Currently I'm hitting about 205Mhs and I don't pay for electricity.
5 rigs are in my (small) living room so there's a 10K BTU window air conditioner in there as well.
So I was looking forward to the 1060s and 3 weeks ago I got a pair of MSI 1060 6GB cards and I'm really happy with them.
Reporting 36 Mhs for the pair and averaging 35Mhs as actual.
Stock settings, running ethminer, fans set to 45% and 40%, temps are 55c for each card.
And yesterday I took delivery of 2 Gigabyte 1060 6GB cards to finish my final rig.
Hashrate should be about the same - eventually. Less happy this time.
So I posted a couple of reviews on Newegg.ca which is where all the cards came from and I thought I'd reproduce them here.
5 out of 5 eggs
Great mining card
This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING 6G 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card
Fast , cool
Bang for the buck
Rock solid 18Mhs at stock with Linux and ethminer from repos.
Bang for the buck?
Bought 2 of these 21 days ago for $370 CDN each.
Now they are $481 CDN. Up $111 in three weeks??!
Because the gamers love them so much? A card you cannot SLI?
Is it Newegg or MSI? Way to gouge buddy.
1 out of 5 eggs
Worst mining card ever!
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD Video Card
So the two I ordered came yesterday - stuck them in a rig, fired it up, fans at 40% otherwise stock settings running ethminer.
5 minutes later the top card is showing 82c at about 105w.
Cranked the fans up to 75% - over 2000rpm - temp drops to about 75c
Turn off fan control and undervolted to 80 watts - temps are now in the 70s, no loss of hashrate, fans are at about 50%.
Undervolt to 70 watts - yes! 70WATTS- now the temps are at 68C - which is about the same as the power draw, hashrate drops 3Mhs.
So I have a card which actually produces 1 degree c of heat for every watt of power it uses. WOW!
Of the 12 Nvidia cards that I run the next hottest is a 980 classy at 59c, and that sits right on top of a 980ti.
Really, really hot.
Like a pizza oven.
Buy one of these for Xmas - give it to someone you hate.
My only air-cooled 980ti runs at 53c and it's pulling 150w+.
This is NOT a qc issue, this is by design - shoddy design and a fu attitude.
I have 2 Gigabyte 970 triple fan cards - they have been running 24/7 for over 9 months. Zero problems.
No refunds, no exchanges, RMA for two more of the same. Cost of shipping, loss of use.
Just have to wait until the fans burn out - which they will. Then RMA and sell the new cards to a gamer.
And add Gigabyte to my shitlist.
So, those are the reviews
Here's some proof -
OK, so I had to sit and wait a bit for the wattage to fluctuate to get that exact match.