Zcash Mining Hardware
- CPU mining – using your computers Processor (CPU) to mine
- GPU mining – building a computer with one or several Graphics Cards (GPU) to mine
At the beginning you could effectively mine Zcash with just a CPU, but due to advancements in software GPU’s have a huge advantage over CPU’s. You can still use a CPU to mine but your return will be very low, so all of the serious miners use GPU rigs. GPU miners will often fall into one of two camps:
- AMD- American Micro Devices brand GPU’s
- Nvidia – Nvidia Brand GPU’s
Both brands of GPU can be good at mining Zcash depending on the model. It will take some research to find what the Cost/Performance/Electricity consumption trade-offs are. Here a list of places to start:
GPU Hardware Benchmarks
- Zcash Wikibooks
- Zcash Forums in the Mining Category
Zcash Rig Builder
Mining Profit Calculators
Choosing the right Motherboard/GPU(s)/Power supply/Memory combination and buying the components is the first step in getting Zcash mining.
I have put together a few videos that you may find helpful below. If your looking for a good written step-by-step tutorial I recommend this one. Building a good GPU rig will also give you the ability to mine other crypto-currencies like Ethereum.
The next step for Zcash Mining will be to choose the right Software for your rig!