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Doc's mini-Crypto Farm - 5 Rack Mounted Rigs


  • Support

    I will start by saying that most of this is overkill... and that might be an understatement, but I really like the way its turning out. I've had fun building it and tweaking on it. ROI is insane, but I'm not in it for a profit - I'm in it because I enjoy doing it.

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    I've recently (mid-June 2018) over-hauled my farm with major config changes, so I decided to over-haul this post as well.
    0_1529159410310_Farm Config - Proposed.PNG
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    My farm consists of 5 rigs - each running 8 GPU's.

    Each rig is installed into a modified Rosewill 4U Server chassis and are mounted in my HP 22U Server Cabinet. For anyone curious as to how I modified the server chassis: Link Here

    mini-Crypto Farm with Power-Tree
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    mini-Crypto Farm Closed (ignore the mess on top, I was still working on it)
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    mini-Crypto Farm Back Side 1*
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    mini-Crypto Farm Back Side 2*
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    Major Parts

    • HP 22U Server Cabinet
    • 5x Rosewill 4U Server Chassis
    • 6x Network Managed 20A PDU's (PM10-20A)
    • 17" LCD/Keyboard & Mouse/8-Port KVM Console
    • Remote 5-Ch Temperature & Humidity Monitor
    • 16-Port Network Switch
    • PowerTree Details Here

    Remote Temperature & Humidity Monitor
    0_1527042846938_IMG_20180516_190201.jpg

    ** More Pics and Info as I can get to it. **

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    The Rigs:
    Doc's Mini Noob Farm @ miner.farm

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    Crypto-01 - nVidia Rig:
    Case: Rosewill RSV-L4500
    CPU: Intel G3930
    RAM: 8GB DDR4
    Motherboard: ASUS B250 MINING EXPERT (v1010 BIOS)
    Power: VentureMax 1300W
    Risers: Rebbic VER009S
    GPU:

    Notes:
    The Asus B250 Mining Expert motherboard will only support 13 regular GPU's. In order to get 19 GPU's to work at the same time, 8 of the 19 must be P106-100 GPU's.

    Rock solid stable with PimpOS 2.6!

    Mining ETH on Ethminer v0.16.0 - 181.80 Mh/s using ~980W @ 8.25A

    gpu-config.json:

    • nVidia GTX 1060
      • Core: 120
      • Mem: 900
      • Pwr: 100
      • Fan: 100
      • Temp: 70

    Crypto-01 Naked
    0_1529936268547_Crypto-01.jpg

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    Crypto-02 - AMD Rig:
    Case: Rosewill RSV-L4500
    CPU: Intel G3930
    RAM: 8GB DDR4
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-270P-D3 (MIN.F8A BIOS)
    Power: VentureMax 1300W
    Risers: Rebbic VER009S
    Misc: PCI Express 1 to 8 Mining Riser Card
    GPU:

    Crypto-02 - Notes:
    It is possible to run 9 GPUs on this board, but you will need to use a 1-to-8 PCIe extender board in PCIe 16x slot #3. The ninth GPU will run from the 16x PCIe slot #1. (I tried for a 10th card, but no matter which slot I tried, the motherboard would not post. I even tried a M.2 adapter and still no post. The Gigabyte website claims this motherboard will only run 7 GPUs, but this is proof that the website is wrong - 9 GPUs is the real limit. LOL)

    Rock solid stable with PimpOS 2.6!

    Mining ETH with Ethminer v0.16.0 - 135.60 Mh/s using ~1150W @ 9.5A

    gpu-config.json:

    • AMD
      • ONE CLICK BIOS only

    Crypto-02 Naked
    0_1529936828560_Crypto-02.jpg

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    Crypto-03 - Mixed GPU Rig:
    Case: Rosewill RSV-L4500
    CPU: Intel G3930
    RAM: 8GB DDR4
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-270P-D3 (MIN.F8A BIOS)
    Power: EVGA 1000GQ
    Risers: Rebbic VER009S
    Misc: PCI Express 1 to 8 Mining Riser Card
    GPU:

    Notes:
    (Same as Crypto-02)

    Rock solid stable with PimpOS 2.6!

    4x GTX 1060 - Mining ETH on Ethminer v0.16.0 - 83.02 Mh/s
    AMD - Mining ETH on Ethminer v0.16.0 - 83.17 Mh/s
    using ~1100W @ 9.10A

    gpu-config.json:

    • nVidia GTX 1060
      • Core: 120
      • Mem: 900
      • Pwr: 100
      • Fan: 100
      • Temp: 70
    • AMD
      • ONE CLICK BIOS only

    Crypto-03 Naked
    0_1529937692388_Crypto-03.jpg

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    Crypto-04 & Crypto-05 - nVidia Rigs
    Case: Rosewill RSV-L4500
    CPU: Intel G3930
    RAM: 8GB DDR4
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-270P-D3 (MIN.F8A BIOS)
    Power: EVGA 1000GQ
    Risers: Rebbic VER009S
    GPU:

    Notes:
    (Same as Crypto-02)

    Rock solid stable with PimpOS 2.6!

    3x GTX 1060 - Mining ETH on Ethminer v0.16.0 - 67.37 Mh/s
    5x GTX 1050 - Mining ZEN on DSTM v0.6.0 - 797 Sol/s
    using ~1000W @ 8.56A

    gpu-config.json:

    • nVidia GTX 1060
      • Core: 120
      • Mem: 900
      • Pwr: 100
      • Fan: 100
      • Temp: 70
    • nVidia GTX 1050
      • Core: 40
      • Mem: 200
      • Pwr: 65
      • Fan: 100
      • Temp: 70

    Crypto-04 & Crypto-05 Naked
    0_1529943331212_Crypto-04.jpg

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    Crypto-TB
    Case: Lian Li PC-T60B ATX/Micro ATX Test Bench (Black)
    CPU: Dual Intel® Xeon® Processor X5670
    RAM: 48GB DDR3 ECC/Registered/Buffered
    Motherboard: Supermicro X8DTH-iF
    Power: EVGA 1000GQ
    GPU:

    ASIC:

    Notes:
    This is my Test Bed/Test Bench (or TB for short - where it's Crypto-TB name comes from).
    I use this setup to beta test PiMP OS. It sits in my office next to my main computer. It's open case design allows me to quickly make changes to the hardware config for testing.
    It is an old server motherboard and spare parts build. Yes, the 48GB of RAM is overkill, but there's no reason to pull them, so I left them in the system.
    I'm also running some old and outdated USB ASIC's on this rig. Don't ask... I do it because I want to.

    PiMP OS 2.8.3 Beta

    Crypto-TB front
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    Crypto-TB back
    0_1535208250719_IMG_20180816_104742.jpg

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    Other:

    PCI Express 1-to-8 Mining Riser Card
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    My Main Command & Control Station (LOL It's just my main computer in my office.)
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  • Staff

    Great rig! Very neat and tidy as well.


  • Staff

    That is very professional work indeed. Always did want to do this with my own Rosewill RSV-4000 myself. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  • Support

    Updated post. Combined all rigs into one posting. Additional pictures added. Parts updated for 4th rig.


  • Staff

    Aww, no PiMP logos or backgrounds. Partial redemption for PiMP Discord and forum screenshots though! :)


  • Support

    I'm waiting for your marketing team to finalize their stuff, but, fear not... for I am going to paint this cabinet green and yellow and slap the Pimp symbol right on it. 😎


  • Support

    Major farm overhaul is planned for next week.

    Reasons:

    • Power balancing: I need to balance the power demand across the farm.
    • Air-flow/cooling: Reducing each rig to 8 GPU's.
    • Beta Testing: Having an nVidia, AMD, and mixed-GPU (nVidia & AMD) rig will allow more flexibility in testing.

    The spare RX560's (3) and GTX1050 (1) will be added to the new layout.

    0_1529159393443_Farm Config - Current.PNG

    0_1529159410310_Farm Config - Proposed.PNG


  • Staff

    Great work Doc and that is a nice rebuild project you got there. I can't say I haven't rebuilt a million times to try all the different scenarios out myself!

    Also, That spreadsheet is great - keeps things nice and organized and professional. Thanks for sharing!


  • Support

    Post and pics have been updated to reflect the results of the farm overhaul.


  • Support

    Added Crypto-TB to the post.


  • Beta Team

    Well, after seeing your setup and the discussion about the "ping" command vesus gputool... I am ashamed :-) You are the Wizz :-) Great setup. Love it.


  • Staff

    Dont be ashamed, be proud you found a cool spot to learn together with us :)



  • Hello pimps I am sharing some talks we had about this in discord, hope it helps someone:

    pimp currently supports many usb asic andsoon monitor network asic too

    ASIC:

    4x GekkoScience 2Pac
    1x NF1 Nanofury
    1x Futurebit Moonlander 2
    

    here is what it looks like on the rig

    [/root/bbb/extras]:# pimp --add asic
    Profile list filtered by "asic":
    ID Name
    5101 (asic) bfgminer: for usb gridseed/asics [bfg.gsd.conf]
    5102 (asic) bfgminer: for usb zeus/asics [bfg.zeus.conf]
    5151 (asic) bfgminer: for usb futurebit asics [bfg.futurebit.conf]
    5211 (asic) cgminer-dmaxl: for usb gridseed asics [cgminer.gsd.conf]
    5221 (asic) cgminer-dmaxl: for usb zeus asics [cgminer.zeus.conf]
    5301 (asic) cgminer-gekko: for usb gekkoscience 2pac asics [cgminer.gekko.conf]
    5321 (asic) cgminer-ckolivas: for usb nanofury SHA-256 asics [cgminer.nanofury.conf]
    Usage: pimp --add [Profile ID]

    those are the miners designed for asic use (cgminer and bfgminer) and the clones of them, and they build those cgminer versions specially for some hardware to get good hashrates, i think too

    For the complete list of PiMP Profiles, miners and confs, and how to use them, check out this post: https://forum.getpimp.org/topic/10/setting-up-miner-profiles

    Q: Any to avoid? I saw some USED on ebay. I wasn't aware of an after-market for ASICs. I went with GPU mining as I can and do sell used for

    asics are usually semi profitable the sooner you get them but as more asic released for a coin then the diff goes up because everyone mines with so used asic usually for fun, learning, and if you have cheap power, a little more. mostly if you are a believer that the coins will go up then you value them even if take a slight loss due to electrics yes there are several SHA-256 algorithm coins

    also great for fun & learning. For $50 you could play with one or two.

    TLDR: if you look at the ones that use cgminer / bfg miner you will be in good shape

    some of the team have androids and other miners that are being picked up by miner.farm - coming soon

    Happy mining pimps!


 



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