Ethereum: When my graphics card stop it??

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2017-10-31 20:00:07

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Sooner or later it will happen. When? An interesting question that I want to get the answer before your iron will no longer be suitable for mining «Live». Understand.

Block data DAG is used to find solutions to block the network blockchain algorithm Dagger Hashimoto
(his latest version is called Ethash), which you can use to get the various coins. Main cryptocurrency for this algorithm is Ethereum, but there are others: Ethereum Classic, Musicoin, Ubiq, Daxx, Whale, Pegas, Expanse, Dubaicoin, Soil and some others. Each of these «coins» has its own DAG file, which is also different.

The file size of the DAG increases by 8 MB every 30,000 blocks. This interval is called «change in the times». Each era creates a new DAG file, so know the size of the current and future file is very important since its size affects the speed of production.

When you start the miner, the DAG file is loaded into the GPU memory, so if the size of the DAG is larger than the GPU memory, this graphics processor is useless. The size of the future file, the DAG can be calculated independently, but for the convenience of users have already created many services that provide this and other information.

Calculator, for example , can help to calculate the size of the future file, and it can help you roughly estimate the date when there will be another «change of era». The exact date is quite difficult to call, as it is calculated based on the time unit, which usually varies.

In addition, there is also a ready-made table on which are painted various parameters of a DAG, the current era for different «coins» and other parameters. Here is specified the actual parameters, for example, it is possible to know the number of the current block, the time of its location and the current epoch number.

There is also clearly presented list of current graphics cards, which are shown the approximate date when the DAG size increases to sizes incompatible with your specific model.

However, if Ethereum your graphics card model is mine no longer, you can always pay attention to other «coins» algorithm Ethash — many of them are still perfect in order to get them even on very modern cards.

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