The GTX 1080: Hashrate, Power Consumption, and More

January 16, 2018 by Headshot Jacob Tuwiner

GTX 1080 Mining Overall Scores:

  • Mining Performance: 4/5
  • Power Consumption: 3.5/5
  • Cooling: 5/5
  • Price/Performance: 3/5

If you want to mine Ethereum, we suggest the Radeon R9 295X2. It’s the best Ethereum miner on the market!

1080 Series Mining Overview

The GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti were originally released strictly to deliver maximum gaming performance. However, once miners got their hands on them, that quickly changed. Many employ them as Ethereum and Zcash miners.

This review is going to illustrate the GTX 1080 hashrate, power consumption, and the overall mining performance of the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti.

GTX 1080 Mining Profits

PIC GPU Hashrate Zcash Profits Buy
GTX 1080 20.35 MH/s $1,286.81 Annually Compare Lowest Prices
GTX 1080 Ti 32.04 MH/s $1,613.55 Annually Compare Lowest Prices

GTX 1080 Hashrate: Ethereum

GTX 1080

GTX 1080

At stock speeds, the GTX 1080 Ethereum mining hashrate is 20.35 MH/s. The 1080 falls behind the AMD RX 480 which hashes at 24.86 MH/s. Also at stock speeds, the 1080 draws 180 W.

The 1080 has issues with VRAM timing, which could be to blame for the lower hashrate. Most in the Ethereum mining community agree that this miner isn’t very profitable due to their higher price and power consumption.

GTX 1080 Ti

GTX 1080 Ti

The GTX 1080 Ti (at stock speeds) has a hashrate of 32.04 MH/s. It draws 250 W, also at stock speeds.

When overclocked, it achieved up to 35 MH/s.

This still falls behind the Radeon R9 295X2, which boasts a hashrate of 46 MH/s.

Ethereum Mining Conclusion

Should you use the 1080 series for mining Ethereum?

The answer is probably not.

Due to high power consumption and cost, they’re not very profitable. However, if you already own one or more for gaming purposes, it might not be a bad idea to earn some extra money!

Alternative Ethereum Mining Hardware

PIC GPU Hash Rate Price Buy
Radeon R9 295 X2 46 MH/s $600 Shop Now
Radeon RX 480 25 MH/s $300 Shop Now
Radeon HD 7990 36 MH/s $350 Shop Now

GTX 1080 Hashrate: Zcash

GTX 1080

At stock speeds, the GTX 1080 has a hashrate of 500 Sol/s. Not bad, but it still falls behind other Zcash mining hardware.

Considering the power consumption of the card, it’s still not as profitable.

What about the GTX 1080 Ti?

Well, it outputs 740 Sol/s at stock speeds; not bad. However, it’s still drawing 285 W from the wall. If you reduce the power target, you can drop the hashrate to about 600 Sol/s and the power consumption to around 150 W. This will drastically increase the power/hash ratio.

Zcash Mining Conclusion

If you underpower your card, the power/hash ratio improves, rendering Zcash mining slightly more profitable. However, you won’t see the profits that you’d see with other hardware. That being said, you should only mine Zcash with a 1080 card if you already own the card.

Alternative Zcash Mining Hardware

PIC GPU Hash Rate Price Buy
Sapphire Radeon R9 480X 27 MH/s $250 Shop Now
Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 29 MH/s $300 Shop Now
GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition 31 MH/s $400 Shop Now

GTX 1080 Ti Specs

  • Architecture: Pascal
  • Memory Speed: 11 Gbps
  • Boost Clock: 1582 MHz
  • Frame Buffer: 11 GB GDDR5X

GTX 1080 Specs

  • Architecture: Pascal
  • Memory Speed: 10 Gbps
  • Boost Clock: 1733 MHz
  • Frame Buffer: 8 GB GDDR5X

Notice the bolded X. The 1080 series use GDDRX memory. Although it delivers better gaming performance (what the cards are designed for), it is actually worse for mining. These cards boast excellent gaming performance, but they definitely weren’t designed to mine Ethereum. However, they can be used to mine other altcoins effectively.

Mining Other Altcoins

Here’s a graphic we found on 1stminingrig.com that illustrates the 1080 series’ performance mining other altcoins:

1080 Mining Other Altcoins

Conclusion

We recommend looking elsewhere for Ethereum or Zcash mining hardware. Unless you already own one, (in which case, go for it!) look elsewhere for mining hardware. However, other altcoins seem to be more profitable.