[SOLVED] APU mining?

kurdtnz

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I know pretty much next to nothing about bitcoin/et al mining but with the global shortages of GPU's, can you not mine using an APU? Just curious..
 

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can you not mine using an APU? Just curious..
The two most common crypto-currencies are BTC and ETH. BTC hasn't been cost-effective to mine on GPUs because ASIC miners are several times more power-efficient and make GPUs uneconomical. ETH is memory-intensive ("memory-hard") and would be bottlenecked by the IGP only having access to DDR4 memory over a 128bits bus. On top of that, you can only have one IGP per system, which means a huge power-efficiency penalty if you wanted to make a mining farm out of those. Since power and cooling are major costs to crypto-mining, power-efficiency is critical for breaking even.

In short, nobody mines on IGP because it makes no economic sense - costs more to run than you are likely to earn.
 
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InvalidError

Titan
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can you not mine using an APU? Just curious..
The two most common crypto-currencies are BTC and ETH. BTC hasn't been cost-effective to mine on GPUs because ASIC miners are several times more power-efficient and make GPUs uneconomical. ETH is memory-intensive ("memory-hard") and would be bottlenecked by the IGP only having access to DDR4 memory over a 128bits bus. On top of that, you can only have one IGP per system, which means a huge power-efficiency penalty if you wanted to make a mining farm out of those. Since power and cooling are major costs to crypto-mining, power-efficiency is critical for breaking even.

In short, nobody mines on IGP because it makes no economic sense - costs more to run than you are likely to earn.
 
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