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Best mining GPU for 2021: the best graphics cards for mining Bitcoin, Ethereum and more

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Choosing hardware is never easy, but for the best GPUs for cryptocurrency mining you’ve come to the right place.

Excellent mining graphics cards need enough memory and power for mining, but without breaking the bank. Something like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (and the Nvidia RTX 3060), therefore, is a terrific choice. After all, mining on your own with a single machine won’t yield large amounts of cryptocurrency, so minimizing costs is vital. 

Cryptocurrency has always taken its devotees on a rollercoaster ride, but especially so since the turn of the year. Bitcoin, Ethereum and other altcoins remain popular, while others are booming, driving massive for mining GPUs.

Taking into account both price and efficiency, we've gathered the best mining GPUs money can buy for 2021. This way, you can maximize your profits and start making your initial investment back as quickly as possible.

For other important components, also check out our guides on the best mining CPU, best mining motherboards and best mining SSDs.

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070

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1. MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070

The RTX 2070 that is super-charged

Specifications
Core Clock: 1620MHzMemory
Memory: 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 14 Gbps
Power Connectors: 6 pin + 8 pin
Power Draw: 225W
Outputs: DisplayPort x 3 (v1. 4) / HDMI 2. 0b x 1
Reasons to buy
+Efficient heat dissipation+More CUDA cores+1440p gaming with ray tracing
Reasons to avoid
-Still kind of expensive-Limited availability

Boasting a step up in better performance than the previous generation, is the RTX 2070. At a lower price point, it’s easy to offer some compelling reasons to upgrade to the MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 for gaming, design and content creation. Of course, it’s also among the leaders for the best mining GPUs currently. It has a heatsink designed for better heat dissipation, and Zero Frozr technology which can actually stop the fan in low workloads for less noise. It also has top hash speeds of 43.3 MH/s according to MiningCharts.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

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2. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

A top dog of the graphics card world

Specifications
Core Clock: 1350MHz
Memory: 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 14 Gbps
Power Connectors: 8 pin + 8 pin
Power Draw: 260W
Outputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C
Reasons to buy
+Powerful card+Factory overclocked
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Next generation cards are already out

Not too long ago, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was the undisputed king of GPUs. And, it’s still royalty if you want 4K gaming or extremely smooth ray tracing on high settings. As far as how good it is for mining, it can deliver a 32.76 MH/s hashrate for some decent monthly income, making it a solid choice for a mining GPU if you want smooth mining performance. That is, if you can afford that high price that this is a significant barrier to entry.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

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3. MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Crazy-powerful and frosty-cool

Specifications
Core Clock: 1481MHz
Memory: 11 GB GDDR5X
Memory Clock: 11 Gbps
Power Connectors: One 6-pin, One 8-pin
Power Draw: 250W
Outputs: DisplayPort x 2 / HDMI x 2/ DL-DVI-D
Reasons to buy
+Titan X-equivalent gaming performance+Pushes the limits of Pascal+Improved cooling
Reasons to avoid
-A pricey investment for most

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is still among the most powerful graphics cards out there, even in the face of its successors. It boasts Titan X-equivalent gaming performance and impressive cooling performance with 11 GB of GDDR5X memory. More importantly for those mining for cryptocurrency, this GPU can deliver a 21.63 MH/s hashrate on the KawPow (NBMiner) algorithm, according to BetterHash.net, and generate a healthy monthly income. It isn’t so readily available these days, but for those that can find it in stock, you might even find it on a deal.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

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4. ASUS ROG Strix AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

Showcasing what Navi has to offer

Specifications
Core Clock: 1605 MHz
Memory: 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 14 Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Power Draw: 225W
Outputs: 1.4 with DSC DisplayPort, HDMI with 4K60 support
Reasons to buy
+Excellent 1440p gaming performance+Plenty of forward-looking features
Reasons to avoid
-No ray tracing-Blower-style cooler

One of the best AMD graphics cards we’ve tested in years, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is a total beast when it comes to 1440p gaming. Also, unlike Ray Tracing, it touts many features that are actually usable from day one such as support for up to 6 monitors and Super Alloy Power II components that are aerospace grade. When it comes to cryptomining, it’s even more impressive. It has been reported to deliver a 49.01 MH/s hashrate on the Ethash (Claymore) algorithm, and is capable of generating monthly income almost on par with the 2080 Ti for much less.

Read the full review: Radeon RX 5700 XT

FX AMD Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition Graphics Card

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5. FX AMD Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition Graphics Card

An absolute powerhouse

Specifications
Core Clock: 1386 MHz
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Clock: 14 Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Power Draw: 150W
Outputs: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-D
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+Plenty of software features+Dual fans
Reasons to avoid
-No ray tracing

Featuring the latest Polaris architecture, the XFX AMD Radeon RX 580 GTS is a solid choice for gaming. It should also come as no surprise that it’s also among the best mining GPUs out there, combining an affordable price tag with nice profitability. This has been found to generate more than $3 of daily income with a 29 MH/s hashrate, making it an excellent option for crytominers on a more modest budget. 

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 580

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