GeForce RTX 3060 for Mining: Review

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October 14, 2021

NVidia sells RTX 3060 graphic cards for the recommended price 330$. The video card has two coolers. You use one 8-pin connector. The type RTX 3060 provides data storage capacity of 12 gigabytes. NVidia states that this video card has a protection against mining, but we are going to investigate this issue. From the outer view, you can see the card itself, and thermal pads are implemented. Cooling is quite good enough. There are three display ports and one HDMI port.

RTX 3060 provides data storage capacity of 12 gigabytes

When mining Ethereum, the card mines 21 MHs with stock installations. You connect to the Ether mine pool, driver RTX 3080 and start with the numbers 41,7 MHs and then it reduces to about 21  MHs. The power consumption is 139 watts. In GPU clocking change the memory clock boost to 2800, reduce power limit to 58% and click “Apply“. When you observe the process of mining with RTX 3060, you’ll see that NVidia keeps its promise regarding the protection from mining. At the same time checking up the system, you’ll see memory desk 8700 MHz, core clock 1710 MHz, temperature 49° and all the characteristics are proper. That’s just the protection from NVidia against mining.

connect to the Ether mine pool, driver RTX 3080 and start with the numbers 41,7 MHs and then it reduces to about 21  MHs

To continue mining Ethereum with RTX 3060 you can get profit of around $ 2 a day. At least a logical question is the time you are going to compensate the price of your graphic card then. Another way to use GeForce RTX 3060 is to choose a different currency. In order to calculate profit, enter “Tools”. Choose “Benchmark” and choose the pool “Profit switch“. Choose up all algorithms and start benchmarking. The card will provide a range of hashes on all the algorithms by miners. You need to save them in profile and apply.

Then you need to study the data received. In hashes data you can see the numbers with better profit – $3.44. You choose the option with the highest rates, press Managed Profit Switching, and choose auto start miner. And the process starts. The reason why results from Benchmark aren’t satisfactory, because it made diagnostics of hashes in stock. However, it’s necessary to boost Octopus algorithm. You need to add power – maximum for the card is 105. You need to boost the core to 300MHz and memory frequency – raise to 2500. Apply the changes. You can observe hashes boosting and the profit increasing. The result is 45,5 MHs for 214 Watts, the temperature is 64°. It’s a good algorithm to check up if the card is warming up or not. Fan speed is 40%, you can raise to 70%.

Choose “Benchmark” and choose the pool “Profit switch“

46,7 MHs gives $3,48 dirty, including socket $3,27 a day (the data taken form CoinWarz) and $3.97 dirty and including socket $3.77 a day (according to WhatToMine).

To compare the profit, let’s look at the numbers mining Ravencoin. The parameters of GPU are the following: boost core frequency 150 MHz, boost memory frequency 2500 MHz, power limit 80%, fan speed 60%. These are average values. You can choose higher power values than155 Watts, but then you get higher temperature and higher power consumption. On the other hand, you can choose less, but then you’ll lose hashes.

In “System” you can see the both cards with the core frequency 1590MHz and 1650MHz, memory frequency in both – 8551 MHz, temperature – 45° and 52°. In the end, you can $5 out of two cards for mining Ravencoin.

NVidia wanted to separate out one video card for gamers, but unfortunately, their attempt failed as they blocked only one coin. Choose GeForce RTX 3060 for mining reasonably and make profit! 

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