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Getting Ready for Flux Proof of Useful Work

Wondering how to prepare for the forthcoming Flux Proof of Useful Work (PoUW)? You’ve come to the right place. With the recent live stream from the Flux team covering various details about this exciting project, it’s time to gear up and get ready.

In just about a month, Mining Disrupt should be happening and several content creators, community members, and Flux team representatives will be in attendance to discuss Flux’s proof of useful work even more. It’s a possibility that the beta may get discussed or even released at this event – at least for their test net. Exciting, right?

After knowing these details and getting the itch, I have decided to purchase some hardware and prepare for the Flux PoUW process and in this article, I will shed light on what I bought and my game plan for it.

Choosing the Right Hardware

Let’s start with what I bought to start my preparations. After an in-depth conversation with the mining King, I decided to go with a Dell Precision Tower 7810. This workstation PC is a beast when it comes to handling heavy tasks like CAD, making it the perfect choice for dealing with the Flux PoUW.

Although I got this piece off eBay for $200, I would recommend checking out local marketplaces like Facebook to get a better deal. The aim here is not to break the bank, but to get the correct hardware for the job.

Why a Desktop Workstation?

Flux’s PoUW won’t be just GPU intensive. It will also rely heavily on your CPU, memory, and even storage. With this in mind, the Dell Precision Tower was an ideal choice and here’s why:

Firstly, the workstation supports dual processors – the Xenon E5 2630. I plan to replace them with high core processors, which will be perfect for flux PoUW. Another reason for this choice is the memory – the Dell Tower provides multiple options for memory, which Flux’s PoUW will heavily rely on.

The workstation also supports PCI – X8 and X16, which is perfect for the GPU requirements Flux’s PoUW will require. And let’s not forget storage – with the correct hardware, maximizing storage utilization for PoUW will be no issue at all.

Game Plan

Here’s my game plan for preparing for flux’s PoUW:

1. Max out the memory on the workstation and get the max CPUs possible.
2. Install two GPUs if power is sufficient, preferably the RTX 3060 Ms, thanks to their large memory.
3. Upgrade the power supply as needed and clean up the station.

GPU Choice

Why the RTX 3060 Ms? The Flux team recommends having memory equivalent to the VRAM on your GPUs plus an additional 25 percent. This makes the 3060 M GPUs, which have large memory, a very viable choice.


This game plan is a result of multiple discussions and research into Flux’s PoUW, and this is not a sole venture. I encourage you, the crypto mining community, to share your thoughts on Flux’s PoUW, your game plan, and how you plan on equipping your mining station for it. Also, it’s worth checking out the Flux team’s live stream to understand more about Flux’s PoUW.

This is a stepping stone, an opportunity to learn something new, explore new techniques, and get ready for the future of crypto mining. Through this venture and the experiences gleaned, we can understand more about the possibilities of PoUW, how to make the most of it, and help lead the mining community into a new era.

Don’t hesitate in tapping into the unprecedented potential of Flux’s PoUW and always remember, sharing is caring. Whether it’s a new piece of hardware you’ve found useful or a new technique, anything can help the community prepare for and navigate Flux’s Proof of Useful Work.

Allow me to sign off here, leaving you with this – whatever you do, remember to have fun all the way and to enjoy the process. Preparation is as much about the journey as the destination, and every step brings its own set of rewards and learnings. Let’s get to work!

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About the Author: Mike Izzo


  1. Great video! I’m excited to see if they come out with more specific requirements at the conference. Ive already built a machine and am waiting to release the video until after this mining disrupt conference!

  2. I appreciated this video. I'm thinking LGA 2011 is a good idea, but may not be the best platform. They use a lot of power. Their benefit is their multiple pcie 3.0 x8 slots but their desktop motherboard layout unusually only allows at most 2 modern gpus to fit. Their server boards might fit more if the are Quadros but most modern gpus are more than 2 slots in width. Keep in mind; pcie 3.0 x8 bandwidth = 7.877 GB/s, also pcie 4.0 x4 bandwidth = 7.877 GB/sec. they are the same. so an x570 AMD motherboard can have 2 gpus with the same bandwidth as an LGA 2011 with 2 gpus. 8 faster cores / 16 threads on an R7 5700X @ 65 watts wheras most of the Xeon e5 2600's at 130 watts. personally. I'd rather have the more modern, more energy efficient faster system architecture for SSD's, ram, cooling, noise etc. Now if you're going up to the e5-2680+'s with 12 cores/ 24 threads that has some merit, but ironically an 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 5700X still outperforms a 12 core / 24 thread E5 2680. I think the low prices of the lga 2011 systems on ebay are tempting but for those of us with X570 and AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 cpus sitting around we are better off using the Ryzens. good paths for both, but I like quiet and low power. https://www.diskmfr.com/pcie-interface-bandwidth-speed-calculation/

  3. I would suggest to get separate PSU for GPUs and put as little load on the original PSU as possible because 5+ year old dell desktop commercial PCs are dying, they tried to cut costs on these and intended these to be used only for like a year or two.

  4. The biggest issue with Flux is that its halving cycle is half that of bitcoin's and thus the rewards from both nodes and mining diminish faster than the boom bust cycle of the general market. Flux and POUW in theory is easily one of the most promising minable altcoins out there, but none of that will matter if the very people that are supposed to power this decentralised computing network are not rewarded profitably or know their rewards will be cut by 50% in less time it takes to gestate an elephant.

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