Boosting GTX1080/Ti & Titan XP using ETHlargementPill
ETHlargementPill — a simple program, which affects Nvidia's cards timings and enhances Ethereum mining effectiveness. If you have AMD cards, we've covered a similar approach for "red" cards here.
GeForce GTX1080, 1080Ti and Titan XP are unique in the 2016 cards lineup. They have a GDDR5X memory type. The key distinction of X memory type used in the highest tier cards is the ability to operate more data per cycle — 64 bytes instead of 32.
However, this approach requires increased timings. That doesn't affect games performance, while memory dependent mining algorithms are affected negatively.
The cards listed above were just as effective at Ethereum mining as 1060 and 1070 until "OhGodACompany" released an ETHlargementPill, or simply — "The Pill" 😎
How does it work
The app reduces GDDR5X timings, thus, enhancing read/write operations speeds of the memory. While greatly boosting mining abilities, ETHlargementPill has a very simple design. Upon launch, it merely reports its state and asks to keep a window open. Minimizing the window doesn't affect its function.
GTX1050-1070Ti will not work with the Pill as they have a regular GDDR5. The app works only with GDDR5X memory.
- Launch the Pill;
- Launch mining;
- Done. That's it.
Your cards will get approximately a 30% boost:
- GTX1080 — 20-25 Mh/s -> 30-40 Mh/s;
- GTX1080Ti — 30-30 Mh/s-> 45-55 Mh/s;
- Titan X/XP — 31-36 Mh/s -> 45-65 Mh/s.
We have tested ETHlargementPill with GTX1080Ti, and here are the results.
Card gets 31-32Mh/s on DaggerHashimoto algorithm.
Basic memory overclock
With the help of this article, we have got a +500MHz boost and reached ~35 Mh/s. Cool, but not quite impressive.
Activating the ETHlargementPill
We have kept a boosted clock speeds and launched the Pill. Well, that's the business. ~49 Mh/s — a 14Mh/s increase just for a couple of mouse clicks.
If your memory can withstand even crazier frequencies applied, you can reach up to a 55 Mh/s mark. Nearly doubling a stock 1080Ti performance!
Which algorithms benefit
ETHlargementPill mostly affects Ethereum miners performance. Yet, it may help to boost other memory reliant algorithms. For example, we have tested the same GTX1080Ti with the Pill enabled on CryptoNight algorithm mining Monero. This has brought us from 830h/s up to 915 H/s.
What are the risks
Even stock GTX1080 without memory boosts may suffer from visual artifacts after enabling the Pill. However, if a display signal is being outputted via different GPU, there should be no issues. Except for the case above, the Pill is completely safe as it only changes timings temporarily while running. All the edit are reverted once the app is closed.
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