Ethereum Mining isn’t exactly an energy efficient process. However, you can make it energy efficient to save money, make money, and, save the planet. The idea is to maximize your miners hash rate or reduce the energy footprint of your system. If you are using a gaming computer to mine Ethereum, you need to follow this guide to learn how to make it energy efficient.
Note that gaming computers are among the most powerful PCs in the market. Even with their beefy dual-processor workstations, they are good tools for mining not just playing. If you haven’t set up a rig yet, buying a gaming computer would be a good idea.
1. Use Energy Efficient GPUs
Remember that the kind of GPU you use will significantly influence the overall energy consumption of your rig. The most energy efficient GPUs that come at affordable prices are AMD graphics cards particularly AMD Radeon RX 470 or RX 560. The RX 470 requires about 145 watts, and the Rx 460 uses about 75 watts.
2. Use Energy Efficient Power Supply
Your power supply also contributes to the total energy consumption because the type of power you use will determine how efficiently your computer will use electricity from your wall socket. The typical PSU works at around 70% efficiency. This means that 30% of the total power from the wall is wasted. If you want to increase the PSUs power usage efficiency, to 80-90% you need to go for a more efficient unit. It will be more expensive, but it’s worth it.
Doing these few things will go a long way to making your mining rig energy efficient. The cryptocurrency industry will always be speculative. It’s okay to take risks to will help the environment and increase your profitability. However, you should only invest spare money in mining. Borrowing to build a mining rig might become counterproductive.