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30 July 2018 Added Fans.. 22 June 2018 New Addition. 14 FEB 2018 Mining Rig named ipfw running ethos Linux from GPUShack.com

by sponix


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Date Published

Feb. 10, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 9, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.2 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.25 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


30 July 2018 Added 3 140mm Fans behind the cards to help keep them cooler.

19 July 2018 Finally got my 3rd card hung with a little help from the wife. And also took on a TV for my Monitor. Seems I am in the running for the Most Overkill small Miner EVER.

22 June 2018 Just added a new Sapphire Nitro Plus 580 SE to the family. Cards are all at 31.5 roughly now do to difficulty increases. Very happy with their performance. Can't wait to get this card hung, but chances are that will be in a day or two.

Current Mining to a friends wallet to repay him since he got me the SE card. https://ethpool.maxhash.org/#/account/0xeb17c33d54a6d7d83ef3af2cb1af0372545e4b67

26 May 2018 Got around in stalling the Low Profile C7 CPU cooler. So now I can add a few more cards when funds permit. ETH difficulty has been rising, so had to clock down the cards a bit to match. They are now at 32 flat, but still running very cool with only 30 percent fan speed. have them with an under volt of 950 mv to keep power consumption and excess heat down.

With the new ethos and claymore versions I am now able to dial in a heavier OC than prior and have the 570 running 32.7 and the 580 running at 33.1

As you can see I have the Rig Racked now. Seems I either will need a larger Rack in the future for more GPU's to hang, or at least a lower clearance CPU cooler so it isn't in the way Grin..

Ditched the MSI Armor 570 and got me a couple Nitro Plus cards. One is a 570, and the other is a 580 and both are all kinds of Awesome !!

Got these cards with a hash rate of 31 and 32 for the 570 and 580 respectively. 40 percent Fan on the sandwiched 570 and 30 percent fan on the 580. Temps are 61C and 49C.. Look out Ethereum, I'm coming for YOU Grin

Upgraded my youngest Son's Gaming Rig, and I got the old guts for a Mining Rig..

All your Graphics Cards are MINE !!!!

Had this Rig up and running within about 10 minutes thanks to ethos and its remote configuration option.

Comments are welcome, but keep it civil.

To see the status of my ethos Rigs hit: http://sponix.ethosdistro.com

And to watch me make my fortune check out my Rigs at the pool: https://ethpool.maxhash.org/#/account/0x5044fcd3c57bd2a3640e43f79e4bff44c4ec4164

Please Check out my other Builds:

20180622 GPU Mining Rig Build

2018 FEB Upgrade to BGninja 2015

Christmas 2017 Update to Deadpool 2016

Christmas 2017 Update to BlueKnight 2016

Christmas 2017 Build of i5 8400 HTPC for the Parents

Part Reviews


i5-4690K Chip gets things done. Way Overkill for a GPU Mining Rig. Might drop the power down a bit on it to save energy since it is basically setting idle most of the time.

CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Not sure the Legendary Hyper 212 EVO Needs another Review.. If you are looking for a custom cooler on a Budget. This IS The Cooler for YOU. Pretty much that simple. There is a reason this cooler is the Standard for Thousands of Builds. It is Cheap, Simple, Fairly Easy to Install, Performs Well, Easy to Clean, and did I mention IT is Cheap ?? Friends don't let Friends use Stock Coolers.. Get Them a Hyper 212 EVO and show you Care !!


Board does what a Board Should.. BUT, needs more FAN Headers, it is just that simple. It only has a couple 3 pins, and the 1 PWM for the CPU FAN.. And the couple 3 pins that it does have aren't in the best positions either.Outside of the FAN headers being few and poorly thought out. The Board itself is Solid.... Wound have been 5 starts if not for the Fan Header issues.. UEFI is Very Nice for this Generation of Board....


Pretty sure these sticks clocked in at a lower speed that what is shown on the Label. But that seems to be the case with Memory most of the time. And a simple XMP choice in the BIOS is likely to resolve the matter. I have yet to try that, and will knock off a star if I can't get it to run at the speed on the label without major tinkering. Outside of that, both sticks are good and seem to be holding data temporarily as RAM should Grin..


Seen reviews that say this SSD can be a Turd. But I have had no performance issues with it so far. Do wish it was a little larger, but that was an error on my part, can't blame the drive for that. If it becomes sluggish in the Future I'll come back and knock off a star or two from my rating to reflect that..

Video Card

Sapphire Radeon RX 570 8GB Nitro+

Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB Nitro+

These cards are simply amazing. If you can find them in stock anywhere at a decent price don't hesitate. Card is roughly a half pound heavier than my prior 570 card, and that weight is not wasted, it was used for a massive heat sink that keeps this card cool even under max load with the fans at less than half speed.

I also have the 580 version of this card. I get 31 MH/s on the 570, and 32 MH/s on the 580. Other than that, and their default clock settings, for the Mining purposes they are exactly the same. Both have Micron Memory.

My current settings are core 1200, memory 2340, voltage 940 and fan at roughly 40 percent speed.

I look forward to the Limited Edition, and Special Edition of these cards when I can find them !!

Power Supply

EVGA G3 750 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular ATX is just a work of art. Plenty of Power, Dead Silent, Great Cabling, and plenty of accessory cables to hookup anything you should desire. Way Overkill for this build. But I got it at a good price, so figured I would put it to use. There is a reason Miners are grabbing these up by the handful, the cables alone make it Top Notch compared to other lesser Power Supply Units. Have 2 of these running in Rigs so far, and won't hesitate to use another for my next build. Highly Recommended by Jonnyguru the Power Supply Guy, and I also Highly recommend not passing these up if you can get them for anything under $120, Seriously...


Switching the Source Input on this Monitor is a Menu Driven Mess compared to my Other Asus Monitor. Outside of that the Panel itself is very clean with a great picture. Just had to knock off a star for that because every time my boys want to toggle over to a Game console from the Computer Display it requires my assistance and it honestly should be a breeze..

Comments Sorted by:

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 6 points 14 months ago

people like you have ruined the GPU market. * sees 1 GPU * Nice build man!

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I managed to snipe another GPU out from under the nose of the Gamers !!

AMD RX 580 8GB Sapphire Nitro Plus from Newegg. These are VERY Hard to come by because they are about the best Mining 580 you can get. I will be very excited when it hits my doorstep.

With any luck the market will catch up soon, so looking for a GPU will be more about finding the right one, than an adventure to find what is actually available at all..

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Yes, on the current market it took me almost a month to even get the one GPU you see in the pictures. Hope is to get more soon, but things are still tough so far.

If you need tips for acquiring a GPU on the current market, I do have a few.

Thanks for your comment, and keeping things civil..

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I am not planning on building any time soon. I will likely upgrade my current system, starting with the GPU to one of the 2000 series, until I have a full custom loop.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Custom loops are sexy. But I do Air myself and have no plans to switch over to liquid do to the cost, and it being more complex, and a bit less reliable.

If you need a hand snagging the next generation Nvidia card when they drop, just let me know.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks. I currently am satisfied with a 1050 Ti and 1500x, but as soon as I have the money, I will get a 2080 Ti hopefully, and liquid cool it eventually. But for now, the 1050 Ti.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I'm now set with Dual AMD Sapphire Nitro+ cards !!

Got one 570 and one 580, and they are Beastly to say the least.. Was able to snipe them off Newegg in the early morning hours. And sold my MSI Armor 570 for $400 on Ebay making a slit profit on it.

After seeing these Sapphire cards, I'm unlikely to buy anything else. I am really impressed by them....

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

You sold the card armor... why. Who pays $400 for the card armor without the card itself. And you’re using all the cards at once when you mine, not like in the pics where the cards are on speratly, right?

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I have both Nitro+ Cards running at the same time like what is pictured above for Mining.

I sold the MSI Armor card because it was way to loud for my taste, and thermals on it were a nightmare. I almost kept it for a 2nd card for my Son's Gaming/Mining Rig, but didn't want him to have to deal with the heat problems.

With any luck I'll soon be getting some of these cards in bulk, to build up a few Rigs, Sell a few Cards, and drop a 2nd Card in each of my Songs Gaming/Mining Rigs also..

But yes, I set the up one at a time, and then I'm running them both at the same time currently. If you want I'll post a picture of screen shot of the ethos running on the Rig itself so you can see what it is doing.

Lord_Ballyhoo 3 points 14 months ago

10 out of 10 cable management xD

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I've been busy sipping Tequila and dialing in the OC on the card. Cable Management as you can see hadn't even crossed my mind Grin

BadCooler 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

If any of the major crypto-currencies crash a lot of used graphics cards for cheep will show up so that would be cool

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Yeah, there are more than a handful of people waiting for that day.

Saw a few Whole Rigs go up for sale with the last big dip. But only a few cards hit the market, wasn't enough to make everyone cash in their chips it seems.

BadCooler 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Cool build

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago


With any luck I'll be able to add a few more cards on the near future if the market for them gets better.

For right now though I was lucky to afford a single GPU. Before that I had a GPU Mining Rig with no GPU's running off the Onboard Graphics, as you can imagine it wasn't very profitable.

If you have any questions, or other comments don't hold back.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Dammit man. Put it on a rack and call it done.

Oh sponix. How the mighty have fallen. So you're trying out the mining biz. Best of luck in your new venture.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Mining is a hobby for me. I plan to bread rack this build and locate it in the garage when I am able to get enough cards to make it fully legit.

Mining is fairly new to me yes. But oddly enough if you have any questions about it, I can likely answer them. I've been mining for only a couple months. But have been helping others with ethos software and mining hardware support around the clock for this last month.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Cool. I had heard about "ASIC" card Pcs being the best for crypto currency computation, but I still see multiGPU setups as the norm.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

An ASIC hardware is really good at what little it does. But they are limited to a specific algorithm so they are not flexible at all. You can only mine coins with that one specific algorithm.

Yes, the official Bitcoin Mining is all down by ASIC Miners now. GPU Mining is done for others called "Alt Coins" such as Ethereum, Monero, ZCash, and so forth..

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Ah. Well that makes a lot of sense.

Carnom 1 point 11 months ago

It might be me but whenever I hear 'mining rig' I picture 100s of GPUS in a warehouse however it's cool seeing the build process of a mining rig and you've definitely opened my eyes to the world of mining. Good job +1

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yes, I mine only as a hobby with a small setup. As time and funds permit I will likely do a little more with it.

You don't have to be huge to enjoy it

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 9 months ago


TheDarkSkeleton 1 point 6 months ago

I’m so glad to see a miner who doesn’t just buy like five graphics cards at a time.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Yeah, I'm back down to 2 cards now. I re-purposed one to a Friends VR Gaming Rig.

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

It is a new case, called "test bench table mining rig holder"

We picked it up at IKEA and it does a very good job. Plenty of space, and the transparency allows you to easily view your hardware.

The airflow isn't all that good, but the ventilation is Excellent !!

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Actually it can accommodate EATX easily, or even those fancy larger dual socket boards.

The fan mounts, and cable management are a bit lack luster. Chances are I'll have to add some tie down points for cabling, and do custom support for man mounts. That is where this open air case falls a bit short.

Fan compatibility is GREAT though. I you can run 200mm Noctua's easily it has plenty of room for them, and you aren't limited on how many you can hookup. So you can literally run as many as you can power. That is a very nice bonus.

Chances are I might ditch this in favor of a bread rack, or other solution that has included GPU and fan mounting/hanging support though...

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

The cost compared to a traditional case is very low also.

A built in RGB controller and fan hub would have been a nice, but I can always just add those later.

Also works well with any length power supply and GPU's, so you don't have to worry about being crimped for space with large PSU's or triple card length GPU's either.