Checklist for setting up an AMD GPU mining rig

Note: This post is currently a draft, the procedure listed here has not been completed and the steps/sources – not tested.

  1. BIOS: Disable onboard GPU
  2. BIOS: Set power-up after power loss
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-boot-or-power-up-mining-rig-automatically-after-power-loss
  3. Disable Windows 10 forced updates
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/08/26/windows-10-how-to-stop-forced-updates/
  4. Disable Windows 10 User Account Control /UAC/
  5. Download drivers
  6. Uninstall OS drivers with DDU
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-correctly-uninstall-and-install-gpu-drivers
  7. Increase virtual memory to the sum of all GPUs VRAM
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-increase-virtual-memory-on-windows
  8. Enable compute mode
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-enable-compute-mode-on-amd-cards-and-double-your-hash-rate
  9. Install NiceHash
    https://www.nicehash.com/download-center
  10. Set exclusion for NiceHash in Windows Defender
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-add-nicehash-miner-folder-to-windows-defender-exclusion
  11. Set automatic overclock from Catalyst Control center -> Perforance -> Tuning
  12. Optional and advanced: overclock and/or underclock
    https://www.nicehash.com/blog/post/how-to-overclock-or-underclock-gpu-devices-for-more-efficient-mining

See Also (misc resources)

  1. Best utilities for stress testing in 2020

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