Mining Performance Check: AMD’s RX Vega 64 Blows Away The Titan V At 2055 H/s With XMR Monero
Cryptocurrency mining is quickly becoming a major data point when gauging GPU sales; and the launch of the TITAN V was no different. Mining is taking the GPU industry by frenzy and absolute hashing performance is one of the major factors which influence buying decisions of these miners. Even if you are not a miner and are somebody who simply wants to partially or wholly make the GPU pay for itself, you would want to know what your purchase is capable of. Today, we have a very interesting test for our readers: the newly launched TITAN V against AMD's trusty RX Vega 64.
AMD's RX Vega 64 can out-mine NVIDIA's TITAN V in CryptoNight based coins (XMR Monero) by a large margin, 2 KH/s possible at just 203 Watt power draw with Blockchain driver
I would like to begin by noting that neither AMD nor NVIDIA officially market their products as mining hardware but people are going to make comparisons anyways, since that's what a good portion of them will eventually end up doing. You have already heard of the TITAN V's stellar mining performance in Etherium, going over 77 MH/s, but we wanted to even the playing field a bit by giving AMD's offering a chance to perform at its best - and that is where the CryptoNight based XMR Monero comes in.
Let's begin with the system configuration:
- Core i7-6700k
- 32 GB DDR4-2400 Corsair Vengeance
- 1200W PSU 80 Plus Gold Thermaltake ToughPower Grand
- 250 GB SSD Samsung 850 Evo
- NV Miner: xmr-stak 2.1
- RX Miner: xmr-stak-amd 1.4
- NV Driver: 388.59
- RX Driver: 17.30.1029 + Device Reset
Without any further ado, here is what the testing yielded:
Hashrate (H/S) @ Wall Power (W) = $Profit/Month
|Test Case||Titan V||RX Vega 64|
|Completely Stock||1113 @ 111 W = $100.20||1690 @ 298 W = $142.75|
|100% Fan||1182 @ 116 W = $106.54||1767 @ 301 W = 150.02|
|100% Fan + 120 % Power Limit||1282 @ 125 W = $115.62||1763 @ 305 W = 149.34|
|Community||1445 @ 130 W = $131.10||1965 @ 203 W = $176.31|
|No Limits||1430 @ 132 W = $129.50||2045 @ 391 W = $170.55|
Here is a screenshot taken by our US Editor Keith May with the settings you can use to replicate our results, with Vega 64 mining at over 2055 H/s:
So it would appear that the Vega 64 still has a few tricks up its figurative sleeve, armed with the Blockchain driver, not only is it able to beat the TITAN V in terms of profitability per day, but if electricity costs are not a concern (or if less of a concern) to you then it absolutely blows away the competition in terms of raw performance as well. We took the liberty of calculating some basic profitability metrics and comparing them against the TITAN V as well as an RX Vega triple combo (that is still cheaper than the TITAN):
AMD's RX Vega 64 still offers more profitability than the TITAN V with CryptoNight mining algorithm and XMR Monero
- Monthly profitability (optimal) of AMD's RX Vega 64 mining XMR Monero: $176
- Monthly profitability (optimal) of 3x RX Vega 64 mining XMR Monero: $542.18
- Monthly profitability (optimal) of NVIDIA GTX TITAN V mining XMR Monero: $130
Here are the expected time to break-even on your investment assuming an almost constant difficulty (which is a very optimistic, best case scenario, by the way):
- Time to break even for AMD's RX Vega 64 mining XMR Monero: 4.54 months.
- Time to break even for 3x RX Vega 64 mining XMR Monero: 4.4 months.
- Time to break even for NVIDIA GTX TITAN V mining XMR Monero: 1 year, 10.9 months.
- Time to break even for NVIDIA GTX TITAN V mining ETH: 1 year, 3 months.
Long story short, it would appear that RX Vega's blockchain driver can work wonders for the profitability of the card (vanilla numbers are 1155 H/s in XMR Monero by the way if anyone's interested), especially if you are mining a CryptoNight based coin. XMR Monero is the most popular cryptocurrency based on this algorithm but here is a complete list of 14 coins you can use the Vega 64's massive CN advantage in anyways: