Crypto Mining has been at an all-time high over the past few months. The trajectory is meant to increase exponentially with the rapidly spiking interest people are now taking in mining. The trend is mirrored in the increasing number of people now opting for GPU or CPU Mining at the ease of their workstations and homes.
So is mining harmful to the CPU?
It is highly possible to damage the CPU from mining in any (or all) of the following ways:
The computer degradation rate substantially increases because the usage rate and the active time spent on the computer significantly rise, and therefore, depreciation and degradation occur at an accelerating rate. The increase in depreciation is also because there are no downtimes or breaks.
The computer is likely to overheat – Computer overheating shortens the life of a CPU like no other. Since there are continual runs involved in the mining process, the computer is likely to overheat, more often than not. Overheating might also result in some components altogether failing to perform because overheating leads to system malfunction and breakdown.
Overload and fuse-related risks – Since mining is a longevity-related process, the chance of computer overload is significantly higher. This overload might also result in a short circuit or a fuse being blown off altogether.
These impacts may or may not occur, depending on CPU to CPU. But, in most cases, they might.
How to check for damages after mining?
Since mining increases the propensity of system down gradation, it is important to know when these repercussions will kick in. Here’s what you need to know:
- System down gradation
This is the impact that users might not even notice for months or years. This ignorance is because this is a gradual impact but a strong one. Therefore, it will continue to crawl into the system like a virus before the user realizes that the CPU is no longer as it was initially.
- System overheats
System overheating is something that users will be able to catch quite early. The impact of mining does show even after sixty minutes of operations.
- System overload
This impact on mining is something that users can tell immediately. It is particularly when the miner is operating at top speed. However, overload is unlikely to happen unless the load is further increased. In other words, the miner is operating close to the upper limit of the hardware. However, the system can catch on to the effect quite immediately.
Can two different GPUs be used at a single time for mining?
Yes, two GPUs can be used at a single time for mining. However, the same amount of mining can be used by both GPUs on the same system. The condition, however, is that both GPUs should belong to different manufacturers. It is also important to ensure that miners duly account for supply power and ventilation.
Installing 2 GPUs or using GPUs for mining does not damage the system. However, degradation of the CPUs is higher, as they degrade faster compared to other units involved. The resulting ventilation can slow down the degradation rate if an auxiliary fan is properly attached to the GPU.
Mining with GPUs does not impact the CPU. However, if the CPU is utilized 100% by the user, there is a tendency to slow-downs. Lags occur primarily because the GPU speed might not match the miner’s demand.
However, this raises the question of miners using GPU and CPU simultaneously?
Users must understand that mining predominantly relies on the CPU, the main processer used for cryptocurrency mining. However, relying solely on CPUs might result in a trade-off between high processing speed and high power consumption. Therefore, insufficient processing data is utilized as a result. Consequently, miners use both GPU and CPU to ensure that there are no production lags.
To use CPU and GPU simultaneously, miners must download mining software for both CPU and GPU. However, users must make software selection properly and vigilantly to ensure no hiccups between the mining processes.
However, users must also understand that mining with CPUs is risky, then mining with GPUs is even riskier. The risk increases because the entire system can fall victim to overheating. Therefore, the best way to avoid this is to ensure that systems are properly prevented from overheating, using various tips and tricks.
How to mitigate CPU damages caused by mining?
Even though users cannot altogether avoid damages caused by mining, there are some tips that CPU users can adapt to reduce the impact. These tips are as follows:
Sufficient airflow and voltage regulators (VRM): Most commercial workstations are known to have insufficient airflow. Improper ventilation tends to be the biggest precursor contributing to system down gradation: https://linustechtips.com/topic/1025488-fan-placementorientation-for-proper-airflow-vrm-hot/.
Monitoring system temperature: To avoid system overheating, it is important to have proper monitoring devices installed on the system, which alert the user in case of increasing temperatures. Users must note that the ideal temperature of the mining rig should be between 60 degrees and 70 degrees. If the temperature increases to 80 degrees, that is still fine, but it is an indicator that there is a need to improve the cooling system.
Controlling Power Usage on GPUs: Using overclocking tools, like MSI Afterburner (which can be used with AMD Card), helps maintain power usage to a reasonable level. The power usage, in some cases, can go as low as 60% without compromising much on performance.
Generic Tips: In addition to the tips mentioned above, it is always resourceful to open a window to dissipate hot air from the rigs. It is also important to have a net to protect against insects and dust. Putting fans (both small and large) further helps to ensure circulation in the area.
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