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Nvidia Titan V cryptomining performance does not disappoint, but price/perfomance factor is way off

The Titan V is around 4 times faster than the GTX 1060, but it is 10 times more expensive, as well. (Source: Nvidia)
The Titan V is around 4 times faster than the GTX 1060, but it is 10 times more expensive, as well. (Source: Nvidia)
Bottom line: the Titan V is indeed a mining powerhouse, but the prohibitive price does not scale well with the price/perfomance factor.
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Nvidia released the Titan V as an AI compute card, but it can easily pass as the fastest gaming GPU released to date. As with any GPUs released in the past few years, there’s always that crypto mining potential that needs to be tested. Sure, for US$3,000, crypto enthusiasts might as well buy an ASIC or a GPU rack, however, the BitsBeTripping staff managed to get their hands on the “behemoth” and tested it on a Threadripper 1950X system with 64 GB DDR4 RAM to see how it scales against the current price/performance crypto mining champions.

The most profitable GPU-minable coins at the moment are Ethereum and ZCash. Compared to the GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580, the Titan V is almost 4 times faster, but that certainly does not scale well with the price. What impresses, nevertheless, is the low TDP required even in overclocked modes, as the Titan V manages to operate at around 215 W for both Ethereum and ZCash.

The mining performance could certainly be improved with a special driver that can take advantage of the Tensor cores, but Nvidia will probably not focus on this aspect any time soon. The Titan V is indeed fast and does not disappoint as far as hashing speeds are concerned, but the price/performance factor is very important for small-time miners these days, and the Volta-based GPU clearly falls short in this case.

Hashrate performance of the Titan V for the most profitable GPU-minable coins. (Source: WCCFTech)
Hashrate performance of the Titan V for the most profitable GPU-minable coins. (Source: WCCFTech)

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1506 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2017-12-12 (Update: 2017-12-12)