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Miners, we are back with some newly installed light, and electrical connections that are perfect to get us mining! Perfect right? I usually utilize my office for mining, and it does get a bit messy so I’ve started to clean and organize the space. So, today we will be focusing on, you guessed it, our famous Pixie rig.
The Pixie Rig
Our Pixie rig is an HP Mother-board rig featuring an i3 core processor with eight-gigabyte memory from an HP tower excluding the redundant aspects. We powered it up with a 750-watt Ares game power supply and boosted it with a 128 gigabyte solid-state drive, officially morphing it into a mining rig. Currently, the rig is equipped with two Power Color R9 380s which are mining Ethereum classic at a rate of 18-22 Mega-hash.
My aspiration has been to turn this into a six GPU R9 rig, and I’m excited because the day has finally arrived where I can get my hands on more cards.
More Cards, More Power
Now we have a Gigabyte R9, another Power Color R9 380, an Aries Strix R9 380x, and an XFX R9 380x. This combination will give the rig a total of six R9 380s with some carrying the X version to deliver a slightly higher hash rate- nearly two mega hashes provided the overclock settings remain constant.
Installing the GPUs
We will be installing gpu hangers on all these cards and fit them into the rig placed at the bottom. You may be wondering about the airflow, and I’ve anticipated that. I’ve been working on a design using a plywood and angled aluminum combination to compact everything and also allow sufficient ventilation.
Our 750-watt Ares game power supply is mounted in place, and we’ve managed our cables with the use of wire ties. We also have a 1200 watt HP power supply to provide the necessary support. To avoid any vestiges of disarray, we used the angled aluminum to mount our solid-state drive securely.
The Motherboard Mounting
The last step of this elaborate set-up includes mounting the motherboard. I planned on this being the last step since I wanted to ensure everything else was configured according to my specifications. We had to install a rear chassis fan due to the restrictions within the motherboard BIOS- a necessary yet unappealing installation.
However, I am pleased by these newly discovered PCI splitters I found in Brandon Coyne’s video. I haven’t used these yet, so I’m quite eager to test them out.
The whole set-up appears slick, with every component having its allocated space. I aimed for neatly organized rigs rather than a trailed mess of wires. A neat construction also aids in improved airflow, providing optimal conditions for mining operations. With that in mind, I went ahead, mounted the motherboard, and got my R9 380s ready.
Each card now has a riser, the USB cable, a six-pin riser power cable, and finally, another set of connectors associated with each card. The cards have been installed in the rig, and I’m now ready for the grand power-up to check if everything functions as it should. I have made sure that hive OS is ready to track the functioning of the rig immediately after the power-up.
Overclocking and Power Consumption
After some minor tweaks and overclocking, I tested my rig and was pleasantly surprised by the performance. Especially the power consumption, which seems way under the estimated calculations. All the six cards were contributing to a total of about 114 mega hashes while consuming only 519 watts as compared to the estimated 900 watts. This made me excited about the potential of these cards. After all, more hash with less power consumption means more profits.
So, I went ahead, assigned my flight sheets to the rig, and finally kicked off the mining operations. I have set it to mine Ethereum Classic, which according to ‘What to Mine,’ gives me an advantage of about four dollars a day given the current market value of Ethereum Classic. Considering the skyrocketing rates of cryptocurrencies, this could translate into a hefty profit in the coming months.
In conclusion, I’m delighted with the performance of my R9 380 rig, and I look forward to pushing its limits further. I encourage all miners out there to push their boundaries and explore the hidden potential in their rigs. Happy Mining!