We’ve tested and played around with a couple of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series of GPUs already, so that we can compile a list with the optimized mining settings for mining Ethereum with RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs. There could of course be some variation from card to card due to manufacturers making different versions with higher TDP levels and higher default clocks, but generally the settings below should work pretty good on any make and model from the above mentioned ones.

Some further tweaking could help in maximizing performance or optimizing power usage for a specific card, but the settings we give here should be a very good starting point for achieving optimal performance at reduced power usage when suing them for mining Ethereum (ETH). Do note that the settings below are intended for Ethereum mining and/or other memory intensive crypto algorithms such as VertHash for example, the settings are most likely not optimal for mining use where a GPU-intensive algorithm is in play!

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Optimized Mining Settings:
– TDP: 60% / 140W
– GPU: -500 MHz
– VRAM: +1100 MHz
– ETH Hashrate: 60 MH/s
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Nvidia RTX 3070 Optimized Mining Settings:
– TDP: 50% / 140W
– GPU: -500 MHz
– VRAM: +1100 MHz
– ETH Hashrate: 60 MH/s
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Nvidia RTX 3080 Optimized Mining Settings:
– TDP: 71% / 230W
– GPU: -300 MHz
– VRAM: +1000 MHz
– FANS: 100%
– ETH Hashrate: 97 MH/s
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Nvidia RTX 3090 Optimized Mining Settings:
– TDP: 73% / 300W
– GPU: -400 MHz
– VRAM: +1000 MHz
– FANS: 100%
– ETH Hashrate: 120 MH/s
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* The clocks cited above are for use with a tool such as MSI Afterburner, overclocking the video memory in other tools might require the use of a different number for the same amount of clock increase +2000 MHz for the memory instead of +1000! The TDP level can also be set in Watts instead of percent level from the default one, so we also cited an estimated power usage in Watts as well.

An important tip especially for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs is to always run their cooling fans on 100% while mining Ethereum, even though the GPU temperature may be low. The reason for that is to help keep the memory chips cooler, because the GDDR6X memory these GPUs use get pretty hot while mining Ethereum specifically and you need to keep it as cool as possible. If it gets too hot you may experience drop in mining performance, resulting in lower hashrate and, so make sure you monitor the operating temperatures of GDDR6X memory you can do so with the useful free tool HWiNFO. With that software tool and more specifically the latest beta version it has you can also monitor the GPU HotSpot Temperature for Nvidia GPUs as a useful tool to diagnose possible cooling issues on GPUs that are unstable when mining.

If you manage to keep the memory temperature lower you might even push the video memory on RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 GPUs to +1100 MHs for some extra performance boost, though in our experience high operating temperatures and high memory frequency does not do well together. The GDDR6 memory used on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 GPUs does not get so hot and can easily handle +1100 MHz for the video memory in order to reach 60 MH/s hashrate mining Ethereum. It is best to try and see what your particular RTX GPUs can handle and not to end them running at the absolute maximum possible operating frequency as this may cause instability with a slight change in the ambient temperature.

It seems that Nvidia did manage to keep their promise to make the new GeForce RTX 3060 GPU limited for crypto mining and thus widely available for gamers as with reduced performance it will not be attractive for miners. We got some sound information regarding the actual performance for mining use for the new GeForce RTX 3060 that is expected to be available starting February 25th or in just a few days. According to Nvidia the new video drivers for the RTX 3060 GPUs are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and will limit the hashrate, or cryptocurrency mining performance to half of what they will normally do. Essentially you will be getting half the hashrate you normally would if the card is running at full performance meaning that instead of the expected hashrate for RTX 3060 in the range of 40-45 MH/s for Ethereum with stock settings and optimized, so with the drivers cutting that in half we were expecting only 20-22.5 MH/s.

It seems that the reality is not that far off from what we were expecting with an MSI GeForce RTX 3060 GAMING X video card apparently starting up with a hashrarte of about 41 MH/s for Ethereum mining with stock settings with 100% TDP. With fans running at automatic settings the MSI GPU runs at around 58% fans and 51 degrees Celsius temperature for the GPU with 117W of power usage. When the miner starts the hashrate quickly drops from 41 to about 21 MH/s, so pretty much in half and even if you close the miner and start it again it starts with the lower hashrate. You need to reboot the PC and then when you run the miner for Ethereum for the first time it will start at 41 MH/s again, but quickly drop that in half again.

With reduced TDP and GPU frequency and overclocked video memory to +1000 MHz in MSI Afterburner the hashrate starts at 45-46 MH/s, but then again very shortly it drops down to about 25 MH/s or once more it is cut in half. So, pretty much what we expected even before we got a confirmation on the actual hashrate that the RTX 3060 GPUs are capable of, though cut in half by the Nvidia driver as a means to drive away crypto miners from that particular video card and also for Nvidia to sell their new line of professional crypto mining products to miners – the Nvidia CMP HX Dedicated Crypto Mining GPUs.

The good news is that already released Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPUs are not affected by this limitation, so only the new RTX 3060 will be limited in half in terms of mining performance. Or to be more specific limited to half Ethereum mining performance by the drivers as apparently other mining algorithms are not affected like ETH is. This means that although the RTX 3060 may not be a popular option for Ethereum mining it could still be a good option for mining other crypto currencies such as Ravencоin (RVN) or VertCoin (VTC).

A quick update regarding the situation with VertCoin (VTC) mining on the new RTX 3060 GPUs… it seems that the VertHash algorithm is also affected from the half hashrate drop that Ethash is experiencing, probably other memory0intensive crypto mining algorithms will be affected as well. Ravencoin’s (RVN) use of KAWPOW and probably ProgPOW as well do not seem to be suffering from reduced hashrate like Ethash and VertHash though, you should be getting 21 MH/s or more for RVN mining. So, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is not fully limited for mining use, but some of the most profitable mining algorithms at the moment are apparently affected from this! Although the above information was initially verified to be true for Windows mining, it seems that under Linux with an OS like SimpleMining (SMOS) the situation with the limited hashrate on the RTX 3060 is also the same and you get half the hashrate mining Ethereum.

Last year Ravencoin (RVN) has successfully hardforked and switched to KAWPOW as a mining algorithm from the previously used X16Rv2 algo. The latest Z-Enemy 2.6.3 Beta version that was recently made available is an important update for everyone that has Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series of GPUs and uses them for crypto mining. This is a TEST BUILD of the software that adds support for Nvidia RTX 30×0 video cards with CUDA 11.1 and drivers ver. 456.81 or later. It is intended for RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs, if you have an older Nvidia GPU you should use the latest stable release Z-Enemy 2.6.2 instead. This official and not beta version works on CUDA 9.x and CUDA 10.x and it is recommended to make sure you’ve updated your NVIDIA video drivers to at least version 398 or a newer one.

The KAWPOW algorithm used by Ravencoin is a derivative of ProgPOW with parameters specific for RVN, so performance wise you can expect similar hashrate to what ProgPOW delivers. ProgPOW or Programmatic Proof-of-Work was designed in a way that it utilizes graphics processors to their maximum in order to provide an equal level performance without favoring a specific GPU manufacturer or being able to actually provide much faster hashrate if implemented on ASICs. The ProgPOW algorithm was made as a kind of evolution of the Ethash algorithm used by Ethereum and at some point ProgPOW was even considered as a replacement algorithm for Ethash for Ethereum. The idea here is that a cheaper GPU with better video memory will not perform better like in some cases for Ethereum, but instead the performance you get will be based on the overall GPU performance level – both of the GPU and the VRAM.

KAWPOW was based off ProgPOW as a means to drive away any FPGA and/or ASIC mining hardware that was starting to become available on the Ravencoin’s network and the fork was successful in doing so, but it took a bit of time for things to start moving again for RVN. The last few days we are finally seeing that things are moving with Ravencoin price seriously on the move and thus the interest in mining Ravencoin is peaking once again. Mining RVN has also become quite profitable due to the increase in the price of the coin, so people are considering switching some of their GPU mining power to mine RVN as profitability gets closer to that of Ethereum mining.

The KAWPOW mining algorithm uses both GPU and memory, so overclocking both can help you maximize performance, though you should start without overclock and see what your mining hardware can handle. This can however increase the power usage and operating temperatures for achieving optimal performance when mining RVN on the same hardware as opposed to mining ETH with optimal performance! Do note that KAWPOW and PROGPOW use DAGs like Ethash and currently the DAG size of Ravencoin (RVN) is at almost 3GB, so GPUs with 4GB as a minimum for mining will be required. Just as a reference, a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 with settings optimized for 120 MH/s Ethereum mining can do almost 50 MH/s hashrate for KOWPOW mining. Also be advised that the GDDR6X memory temperatures on RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 while mining RVN are much lower compared to when mining ETH, so this may be an advantage especially for people that have trouble with the memory chips running too hot while mining Ethereum.

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