Posts Tagged ‘Nvidia

gtx-1050

Nvidia is finally lowering their entry level to the new Pascal line of GPUs with the official announcement of the new GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti series of products that are supposed to bring high performance in a small and affordable package with even lower power usage. These new GPUs are essentially the long awaited successor of the popular GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti series of graphic processors from Nvidia and they do come at a very similar price range. You can see the detailed specifications of both new series of GPUs and the expected end user pricing is set at $109 USD for the GTX 1050 and $139 USD for the GTX 1050 Ti with availability of the new GPUs expected for October 25th, so even though the announcement was today there is a one more week wait time before their availability.

GeForce GTX 1050 TI Specifications
– Graphics Processing Clusters: 2
– Streaming Multiprocessors: 6
– CUDA Cores (single precision): 768
– Texture Units: 48
– ROP Units: 32
– Base Clock: 1290 MHz
– Boost Clock: 1392 MHz
– Memory Clock: 3504 MHz
– Memory Data Rate: 7 Gbps
– L2 Cache Size: 1024K
– Total Video Memory: 4096 MB GDDR5
– Memory Interface: 128-bit
– Total Memory Bandwidth: 112 GB/s
– Texture Rate (Bilinear): 61.9 GigaTexels/sec
– Fabrication Process: 14 nm
– Transistor Count: 3.3 Billion
– Connectors: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Dual-Link DVI
– Form Factor: Dual Slot
– Power Connectors: None
– Recommended Power Supply: 300 Watts
– Thermal Design Power (TDP): 75 Watts
– Thermal Threshold: 97° C

GeForce GTX 1050 Specifications
– Graphics Processing Clusters: 2
– Streaming Multiprocessors: 5
– CUDA Cores (single precision): 640
– Texture Units: 40
– ROP Units: 32
– Base Clock: 1354 MHz
– Boost Clock: 1455 MHz
– Memory Clock: 3504 MHz
– Memory Data Rate: 7 Gbps
– L2 Cache Size: 1024K
– Total Video Memory: 2048 MB GDDR5
– Memory Interface: 128-bit
– Total Memory Bandwidth: 112 GB/s
– Texture Rate (Bilinear): 54.2 GigaTexels/sec
– Fabrication Process: 14 nm
– Transistor Count: 3.3 Billion
– Connectors: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Dual-Link DVI
– Form Factor: Dual Slot
– Power Connectors: None
– Recommended Power Supply: 300 Watts
– Thermal Design Power (TDP): 75 Watts
– Thermal Threshold: 97° C

gtx-1050-2

There will be no reference design version of the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 Ti, even though Nivida is releasing some images with a GPU that apparently seems to have a reference design cooler similar to the one found in the Founders Edition versions of the higher-end Pascal models. The new GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti will be available from petty much any major partner of Nvidia such as ASUS, EVGA, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, Zotac and others in single and dual-fan designs. Interestingly enough the official specifications of both GPUs say 75W TDP and no external power connector, though we expect to see some partners actually offering OC models that do come with additional PCI-E power connector available. This is also something that you might want to be looking for if you are going to be building mining rigs with let us say 6x GTX 1050 or GX 1050 Ti GPUs. Since GTX 750 Ti was especially popular for building a lower power six GPU mining rigs when it was introduced one can expect that the GTX 1050 Ti especially might be an interesting choice for such solutions as well when it becomes available. So we are going to be keeping an eye out and hopefully will soon be able to test some of the new GPUs and report on their mining performance…

nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080

Nvidia has announced the first GPUs from their next generation of consumer 16nm FinFET GPUs using the Pascal architecture including some specifications and new features along with the prices and release dates. As expected the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs will be clocked higher and at the same time will consume less power and provide users with more power for the next generation of higher resolution displays an VR for examples. The big question for us however is how the new GPUs will be performing for crypto currency mining as compared to the current generation of Maxwell-based GPUs. The increase of performance combined with lower power usage of the new Pascal models as compared to the current Maxwell video cards is a promising start for sure. We’ll have to wait a bit more in order to see, the GeForce GTX 1080 is going to be available starting May 27th with a price of $599 USD and the GeForce GTX 1070 is coming two weeks later on June 10th with a price of $379 USD. Of course for miners with multi-GPU mining rigs the GTX 1070 would probably be the more interesting product…

For more details on what to expect from the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 GPUs…

ccminer-1-7-2-tpruvot

Version 1.7.2 of tpruvot’s ccMiner fork source) for GPU mining on Nvidia-based video cards has been released and it comes with official support for Vanillacoin (VNL) as well as Decred (DCR) support. Below you can find compiled Windows binaries to try out the mining them, both are Blake256-based, but with some different requirements such as the need to use longpoll and getwork, and no support for stratum for Decred for example. There are two versions available, the 32-bit one is with support for older Compute 2.1 and 3.0 GPUs while the 64-bit version is for the newer Compute 3.5, 5 and 5.2 cards. We have tested the new release on GTX 970 and the results are slightly better at about 1.35 GHS (with the 64-bit miner) than what we are getting with the cgminer fork for Decred that relies on OpenCL that is also compatible with Nvidia cards. The ccMiner fork might be helpful to people that are having very high CPU usage with cgminer that results in lower mining performance, though the CPU load is still not that low even with ccMiner. Also the use of ccMiner for mining Decred could result in less rejected shares from the pool and no weird errors as some people are experiencing with cgminer, so if you are mining DCR on Nvidia with cgminer, then you should try with ccMiner as well.

To download the latest ccMiner version 1.7.2-dev by tpruvot with various improvements for Windows OS…


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