Exclusive Inside Look: Crypto Mining Farm Tour

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Venturing into a new project, especially one that requires a good deal of manual labor and technical knowledge, is always an exciting but challenging endeavor. In my case, it’s renovating my basement all by myself. Of course, with a fair amount of support from family and friends. If it’s your first time following this journey, welcome! In this article, we’ll delve into the progress of the project so far, as I look to create an optimal space for my mining operation.

Project Progress Overview

To give a birds-eye view of the renovations, several hours have been dedicated weekly towards the project’s advancement, resulting in considerable progress. Located on the other side of a wall, the mining room underwent an update with a significant airflow upgrade and was sealed off using plastic. This was done to help keep the heat it generates contained.

The originally sighted desk in the room has since been relocated to the office, a separate space within the basement. Here, a workstation has been set up where I’ve been cleaning my GPUs and replacing all their thermal paste.

Inside the Office

This office is more than just a workspace; it’s overrun with gadgets and components crucial to the renovation. A notable addition to the office includes the RJ45 keystone jacks, ready to be installed this week. These are essential for setting up 40 Ethernet jack outlets, an upgrade crucial for the mining operation.

The previously mentioned desk now resides permanently in the office, where the setup includes my editing rig and gaming rig. Pertinently, an important schedule has been developed, outlining the status of the different GPUs in terms of which needs thermal paste replacement and maintenance.

The Mining Room

The mining room, reachable through a plastic-sealed doorway, had undergone a major move-around. All the mining rigs were relocated outside giving way for fresh modifications. A thermometer placed in the room shows a reading of 76 degrees with 55% humidity.

The Mining Rigs

One of the rigs positioned in the room, referred to as the Pixie rig, includes my 380s. Power has been divided into three circuits to separate loads, improving energy efficiency, and mitigating any risks of overloads or electrical faults.

The Rig Overview

The rig display includes a total of 13 GPUs – 1060s, a 2060, 1080s, and 1660s. There is also an RX470, an H110, and a 1080 founders edition, among others. In between these rigs is a test bench (a fixture for testing electronic devices), housing my 30-60 GPU.

Exploring Challenges

The Renovation is not without challenges. On observing the room’s temperature after 24 hours of the rigs mining, it was significantly hotter than expected. The airflow system, which was thought to be well designed, proved inadequate. The room’s exhaust was choked, due to a lack of sufficient intake from the room’s two passive, six-inch reinforcements.

This lesson was learned from smarter individuals who reached out to provide insight. Their helpful tips have already spurred an effort to install two more intake systems to achieve better cooling. In addition, three 20-inch, 5200 CFM floor standing fans have been sourced to replace the current box fans, aiming to improve air circulation.

Persistence Through the Project

The renovation project has indeed posed some challenges, but determination remains strong to get things right. Who said renovating a basement for mining rigs would be easy anyway?

In conclusion, this renovation has managed to encapsulate the excitement of DIY home projects, the complexity of mining rig operations, and the importance of community knowledge. If you’re on a similar journey or planning to begin one, please hit the subscribe button, and let’s navigate this exciting world together.

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About the Author: Mike Izzo


  1. Ive worked in alot of server cooling rooms (i work in telecom/at nodes) And the most important thing to have is an AC. When the heat reaches a certain point you need AC. Nothing else will help

  2. use a portable air conditioner.tie the exhaust for the ac to your room exhaust.a lot cheaper than running all those fans and you can control the temp down to or up to whatever you want

  3. Hi all what u will need is a large intake from the bottom of the room and a large exit exhaust at the top due to hot air rises if u want out side temp in that room not the same air circulating u want air flow. So for example intake 50mm exhaust should be 100mm and seal the room with a door

  4. Man the reason I really like your videos compared to the other channels out there is because the scale that you're at is very similar to where I'm currently at. You're also very clear and straight forward with the videos. Gives me a red panda mining vibe (In a good way!) Keep up the good work! your channel will grow in no time.

  5. If you still have a problem with the heat dissipation; try to calculate the total general kW produced in that room and multiply by 150CFM. So if you have 5kW for example you will need to exhaust 750CFM. Any exhaust fan that can throw out 750cfm should be sufficient. I have a cooling enclosure pdf if you would like me to send it.

  6. My honest opinion, you spending to much money on the fans. Your setup is excellent, the way you hanging the gpus are awesome, it will help a lot especially if you are mining RVN, and the room already good enough, I live at tropical country where it hot 365 days all year long, even at night i got like 34-35 Celcius here. My setup is similar to your's but my room setup is circle with one opening, I put 4 racks in each circle room, using 1,5 Meter rack, each rack have 2 rigs and each rig have 7 GPU hanging like jerky. 1 24 inch industrial blower at bottom of the entrance, 1 24 inch industrial exhaust at the top, i got 67 degree celcius top on a typical RX570 4GB aggressive setting (1175/1/850/850/2100/1/MT 30)

  7. Go for postive airflow, same idea as a computer case, you need more fresh air to cool the cards and take away the heat than hot air to be removed, plus if you have positive airflow, you will have natural exaust…

  8. And another question 😅: Considering the investment you are making in that basement… Wouldn't it be better to run 3060Ti(For instance) instead of RX470?. I mean, one of your RX470, gives 13MH/s(ish) & 94W. One 3060Ti gives 61MH/s(ish) and 119W. If you wanted to have the equivalent with your RX470s, you would need 5 of them for: 65MH/s(ish) and 470W. More or less the same as one 3060Ti but way more Watts (470W vs 119W). Unless you were able to buy all those AMD cards soooooooo cheap, I don't know if it´s worth it that Wattage difference?. I'm just curious (or unless you have free electricity 😄). Thanks!

  9. It would be cool to know (I don’t know if you already talked about this), if you reinvest what you mine (eth for instance), for buying more GPUs, or if you just mine Eth, Rvn / whatever and just Hold it. Do you also buy other cryptos as investment?. Cheers!

  10. As a test why not just leave the doorway open to that room. If everything cools down then you know your problem is not enough air in. Think of this like a cars engine. More air in and more air out the better the engine performs. Restricting either one will restrict the whole thing.

  11. Hey! Love your channel…probably watched every single video (and learned alot). I have 4 rigs. All RX cards. I stumbled onto a good deal on a 1080 founder's edition (gddr5x micron). I noticed you have the same card. Would you mind sharing your prefered miner for this card along with OC settings? I can't seem to use the pill. Crashes every time. Perhaps it's my lack of experience with Nvidia. Tks 🙂

  12. Those fans need to breath. In a past video I saw you had fans Y’d together, using the same inlets and that really reduces their flow. Those fans aren’t made to handle pressure (negative or positive) they work best when free flowing. I know space is always a issues but If you can, each fan needs its own inlet, air ducts, and exhaust.

  13. seems like a struggle you are working on but 90+ degrees, components ain't gonna last long and that's a lot of equipment to risk. Maybe suck in air from the office temporarily.

  14. It's best to have slightly more air intake than exhaust. This creates positive air pressure, which reduces “dead spots” and helps with dust as well

  15. I'd move at least one active fan motor to bring intake air. remember its harder to suck than to blow. the exhausts are literally trying to suck outside air in and can't keep up

  16. It's still not enough. I mentioned a month ago, for passive inlet you need larger opening than the active exhaust. Not exact science but 6" exhaust needs 8" intake.

  17. Looking good man🤘🤘 I want to see the floor fans you’re getting, sounds like I may need some of those (did you say 5200cfm wowser)

  18. If You Ever Need Hand With Repairs Or Just Labor Moving Things Let Me Know All I Ask In Return Is Knowledge An Tips Tricks Trade Maybe Ask For Some GPU hangers Too😂 Hope All Is Well With You Man Good Morning 🌅

  19. As a test. peel back some of the plastic over the door. If the current setup is sucking the plastic in then it’s not enough makeup air. See how much that reduces the temperature.

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