Since publishing my previous cryptocurrency article, I have been emailed quite a few questions regarding the topic. All of them seem to fit into two categories. 1) What are some good laptops for that and 2) is it worth it. I want to start this article with the second question.
Is Laptop Mining Worth It?
That really depends on you. Some prefer mining rigs, some prefer desktops, and some prefer laptops. How big do you want your operation to be?
There is a lot to consider, but let’s say you want to invest in an expensive laptop that only produces $10 a month; probably not worth it. If you already have a laptop capable of producing the same $10 a month, and you don’t have to spend any additional money to make it happen; absolutely worth it.
On the other hand, if you invested in a laptop that could produce $50 or more a month; probably worth it – especially if that laptop has more than one purpose. Meaning, if you are going to use it for gaming, emails, school, etc., it’s a double or triple whammy. That’s what I love about the laptops – when not in use, they produce.
In my situation, I have several laptops that are earning on that higher end. Granted, it’s not retirement money, but it is money for entertainment, car registration, gas, vacations, or even to fund my cryptocurrency addiction. In fact, when you look at my article about cryptocurrency tools, you can see the money adds up, and this is especially true when you add in the interest.
So what could you do with an extra passive income of $50, $100, or even $150 a month? If you’re anything like me, probably a lot. So, understand that worth is quite relative. The way I see it is if I can earn money while sleeping or taking a walk, that’s good money.
And if the monthly payoff doesn’t get you pumped, then think about what you could do with an extra $600, $1200, or even $1800 a year? You could put it towards your high-interest debt, buy more crypto mining equipment, put it in your emergency fund, invest in retirement, invest in crypto, buy a phone, take a class, start a business, fix that issue on your car you’ve been putting off, buy tires, get an appliance you’ve wanted, buy a gun or food, buy a trailer, buy some health equipment, buy a gym membership, or give it to me for always providing you with awesome information!
What Laptops will Work for Mining?
So, assuming you agree that it’s worth it, let’s move on. A question that sometimes comes up is what kind of laptop can be used for cryptocurrency mining. In previous articles, I have said that you need a decent laptop. I get it; decent is a relative term. So, let me clarify it in this article.
Ideally, you want a laptop designed to game or do graphic design. That’s because we want to borrow the graphics card for our cryptocurrency mining. There are a few things to consider, though.
The first thing to consider is whether or not your current machine can do the job. If it can, then you’re already ahead of the game. I will discuss this at the end of this article, but if your machine cannot handle the load or you want to make more money, then you’ll want to know the following first.
To begin with, there are a lot of gaming computers out there. Some have decent graphics cards but not a lot of memory. Some have great memory but a low-end graphics card. Then there are some great machines, but they are super pricey. It can be hard to know what’s what.
It also depends on how serious you want to get about mining. Are you looking for massive returns, or are you looking to make a little extra coin while you learn something new? It would be best to determine your goals before either using your current laptop or buying another one. I can give you an example here. I currently have one lower-end laptop generating about $10 a month. However, it is quiet, and it happens in the background – on a machine I rarely use. That is a good deal. I also have a machine doing considerably more, but the fans are louder, and the energy consumption is considerably more. However, this one is producing a good amount of coin for me. Both are just fine and I’m always on the lookout for another decent machine.
So, let’s talk about some decent laptops for cryptocurrency mining. These are some of my favorites. I have chosen these because (generally speaking) they are relatively low cost but still provide flexibility in use and solid returns while mining.
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus
I have always loved ASUS, and the Zephyrus is no exception. In fact, I’m still considering grabbing one of these myself. I can’t make my mind up about the configuration. Ideally, you will probably want to get one with the GTX 1080. However, for both a price reduction and lower mining performance, you can find some with the GTX 1660Ti. I’ve seen these prices swing wildly from under $1000 to just over $2k. It all depends on your setup and whether you are buying renewed or not.
The MSI GS65 Stealth
If you get this setup right, it can be a powerhouse. Ideally, you would want at least 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB. MSI is a great brand with a great reputation. I like this setup because you get a great machine for less than a grand and can see great results regarding coin production.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming
This laptop is great for those on a budget. New or renewed, your price is going to be reasonable on this unit. For mining, you want at least an NVIDIA GTX 1060. Prices do range on this one, but if you don’t mind going renewed, you can still find some under $1k. New will usually range from $1,100 to $1,500. Something to note about these is that some of these units will come with the GTX 1650. DO NOT confuse this with the GTX 1060. I will discuss this below.
The Razor Blade
The Razer Blade Pro has a lot going for it. I like these because they can handle gaming with no problem, they are not heavy, and they are pretty powerful. So, for mining, you are looking for a model with either 6GB NVIDIA GTX 1060 or the 8GB GTX 1080. You could also go for the RTX 2080 SUPER as well. I have seen prices range from (Renewed) at $1,500 to almost $4,000. However, most seem to be just over $2k. That RTX 2080 rig was about $2,900.
Acer Predator Helios 300
These are decent machines. You can get them configured in various ways, but it seems that the general set-up includes the GTX 1660 or GTX 1660Ti. This is perfect in many ways. Additionally, the fan system is very efficient and will keep the unit cool, allowing you to overclock a bit safely. This unit will cost you roughly $1,200.
Honorable Mention – Dell G3 3590
I have to add this little guy. In my research, I came across the Dell G3 3590. This is a very affordable unit at only $890, but if you find it right, it can come with a GTX 1660Ti. That’s probably the lowest price I’ve seen for something like this, and if you had your machine running 24-7, the machine would pay for itself in a little over a year.
The GPU Thing to Consider
My preference for setup is rather simple. I look for laptops with at least 512 SSD, 16g Ram, a great graphics card, and all at a reasonable price. I’m not asking for much! Of course, you get all the bells and whistles, which means you load your laptops up. I always shoot for the middle of the road on these things. Do what is right for you.
In this article, you have probably noticed a theme regarding the GPU’s (Graphics processing units). There is a reason for that. Some GPU’s are simply better suited for mining than others. But laptops don’t have to be anything elaborate, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Sometimes you get lucky. There are some decent deals are out there if you look.
From everything I have researched regarding laptops for mining, and from everything that I have experienced mining myself, I can tell you that my preference will definitely be in the following GPUs. Just understand that these are not the only options, though. You can mine with AMD’s as well. I’m just not as versed in those. You should definitely do your own research and come to your own conclusions. If you happen upon something better, please let me know, and I will add it to the list.
Here are some of the GPU’s that I have discussed in this article and what each is expected to produce. Also, understand that these are just a few of the many that can. Do some research to discover your preferences.
Notice that there is a massive difference between some of them.
- GTX 1060 3 Gig – 0.21 USD / Day
- GTX 1060 6 Gig – 1.48 USD / Day
- GTX 1660 – 1.41 USD / Day
- GTX 1660 Ti – 1.99 USD / Day (nice middle of the road)
- GTX 1080 – 2.71 USD / Day
- GTX 1080 Ti – 2.81 USD / Day
- RTX 2080 SUPER – 2.61 USD / Day
- Titan XP – 2.63 USD / Day
Prices are estimates and can vary depending on configuration, coin mined, software used, etc.
Just a Warning
Let me warn you about something because this is a very easy mistake to make. Some machines look and cost about the same. The devil is in the details. Some of these machines will carry a graphics card that sounds equal to or even superior to those I mentioned. Please don’t fall for it!!
I’ll give you a couple of examples. In your search, you may find a reasonable price on a machine that carries the GTX 1660 Ti Max Q. Let’s say that you like the output numbers on the GTX 1660 Ti, so you see Max Q and think that maybe they are the same or perhaps the Max Q is even better? Unfortunately, no. There is actually about a 15% decrease in performance going to the Max-Q version. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I just wanted you to be aware of this before you buy.
Another example is the GTX 1650. The model number is stuck between the 1060 and 1660, so perhaps you might think this would be a happy medium. Again, unfortunately not. Granted, these CAN mine for you, but you can expect to produce about $8 to $10 a month or just 0.16 USD / Day. Now, the Max-Q doesn’t sound so bad!
I’m just saying that if you are going to spend the money with crypto-mining as a goal, make sure you get one that will actually produce for you. Also, and as mentioned earlier, If you already have a machine and wonder if it can do the job, then you might want to figure out what kind of GPU you currently have and then check the following website out. NiceHash has a great calculator to help estimate the output. You can find that here: https://www.nicehash.com/profitability-calculator/
Hopefully, this article on laptops helped clear a few things up. Best of luck in your crypto journey. And one last thing. Keep in mind that the technology in both laptops and cryptocurrency is moving fast. The information I provided here will likely be quite different in a year or so.
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