Review: NVIDIA P106-100 6GB GPU Mining Card
(Updated for 2019!)
A mining card designed by Nvidia that is ideal for large scale mining operations that require stability, durability and good ROI.
Runs super cool
Small form factor
Excellent power efficiency
Cool status LED lights
Low price point
Updated 23rd February 2019
Moderate hash rate
No display output
What is the P106-100 6GB GPU Mining Card from Nvidia?
2018 has been a tough year for miners compared to the epic 2017. ROI period for mining card has gotten longer, often stretching into nine to twelve months. This is a far cry from the three month ROI that we got used to during the end of 2017. To make mining profitable, NVIDIA released a series of products dedicated to delivering the best mining performance for large-scale operations.
P106-100 is effectively a Nvidia GTX 1060 with an optimized BIOS for cryptocurrency mining. It uses the same Pascal P106 GPU with 1280 CUDA cores. However, in the case of the P106-100 card, the display output has been disabled at the factory. This card has no HDMI or DVI or any output whatsoever.
What does the P106-090 6GB card look like?
The front and back of the P106-100 6GB GPU mining card. It comes in a small package - the length of the card is only 23.6cm and takes up two slots.
The P106-100 GPU mining card is surprisingly small compared to many modern day GPUs. This means it's easier for you to build your mining rig. It's also easier to deal with the rig cooling because you've got all these extra cooling space. If you think cooling is a problem during winter times, wait til it's summer. You will have a real big problem when ambient temperatures are in the 90'F.
Nevertheless, every single P106-090 card we have tested runs surprisingly cool. Even at full hash power, we rarely see any card going above 50'C. On the other hand, it's pretty common for overclocked GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX580 to shoot pass 70'C.
The card comes with a multi-color LED light in each of the cooling fan. When the card is under load, they change color to indicate the card is mining. This not only looks cool, but serves a real purpose. You can tell immediately via the color LED if a card is malfunctioning or not configured properly.
Two P106-100 GPU mining card running along side each other. Notice the cool LED? They indicate whether or not your card is under load, i.e. crypto mining.
Performance Test Set-up
NVIDIA P106-100 GPU Mining Accelerator Card
Biostar TB250-BTC PRO
Intel Celeron G3900 Processor
128GB SSD Hard Drive
7 x MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Armor (For comparison)
Corsair TX850M x 2
Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
NVIDIA Linux Driver Version 387.34
Claymore V10.0 miner (single-mining ETH)
What is the performance of the NVIDIA P106-100 Mining Accelerator Card?
This card is designed for a balance between durability and performance. At default factory settings before any optimization and overclocking, we are getting 23 - 23MH/s single-mining ETH using Claymore V11.0 in Ubuntu. This is a decent performance for a factory-setting card, but certainly not the fastest. This is on par with a AMD RX570 and RX580 before they are overclocked and BIOS modded.
The P1046-100 GPU mining card getting 22MH/s at default factory settings
Overclocked & Optimized - 26MH/s performance
We followed the instructions from our trusted manufacturer and flashed an optimized BIOS designed for mining memory-intensive algorithms such as Ethash. The BIOS runs a set of new memory timings that suits this particular model's GDDR5 6GB memory chips.
After the BIOS flash, we started a new round of overclocking to test the limits of the P106-100 card. We found out the card can run very stable at -200MHz core frequency with +600MHz memory frequency using nvidia-settings in Linux. At the same time, we discover the power usage of each card can be capped at 85W. Achieving 26MH/s at 85W is an amazing performance with incredible power efficiency.
Overclocked & Optimized
We have 4 P106-100 running in a stable formation at 26MH/s each for ETH mining. Power is capped at 85W per card.
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