Mining Ops Update: After 8 Months

Some Updates If you’ve been following the my Crypto Farm Series then you’ve seen lots of posts a few months back about building, troubleshooting, configuring and monitoring cryptocurrency mining rigs. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post an update on how the farm has progressed, what my capacity has grown to, what I’ve been working on, and what kinds of lessons I’ve learned so I figured I would take a moment to update on some new advancements! »

Building a GPU Mining Rig (Part 2: Base Computer Assembly)

Introduction If you haven’t already read Part 1: Equipment I highly recommend it! If you have already read it, or are paying attention to the image above, you should go back and check out some of the edits I’ve released. Most specifically, I’ve finally had a chance to test the AMD RX 580s manufactured into cards by MSI and I can’t say that I recommend them. I anticipated them being better performing mining GPUs, but so far, in all of my tests, it’s just too soon to come to that conclusion. »

Building a GPU Mining Rig (Part 3: GPU Installation, BIOS Config and First Boot)

Introduction If you haven’t already checked out Part 1: Equipment or Part 2: Base Computer Assembly I recommend going back and reviewing those posts in order to build the context for this GPU Installation, BIOS Config and First Boot post. Here we’ll continue our rig assembly all the way to first boot. In a future post, I’ll discuss tunning techniques and challenges as well as a bit on handling energy and heat constraints on scale out. »

Monitoring with Initial State

Disclosures/Disclaimers: 1) I am a founder and the CTO of Initial State (https://www.initialstate.com) 2) I am not a certified to provide financial advise, tax advise, or legal advise nor do I intend this post to serve as such. Use the information contained herein at your own risk, without warranty explicit or implied. The Ultimate Mining Farm Dashboard Initial State is a market leader in providing visual analytics tools for understanding time-series data. »

Troubleshooting GPU Mining Rigs

Introduction In this post, I’ll briefly discuss some troubleshooting tools and strategies that I found invaluable during building and scaling my mining farm operation. This post will cover temperature some management, physical GPU identification, and some light overclocking strategies. I won’t cover GPU bios modding in this post just yet, but may be covering this in a future post. Thermodynamics 101 Thermodynamics is the study of heat and temperature as it relates to energy and work. »