NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB Now Useless for Ethereum Mining on Windows 10

mcminer | March 25, 2018 | 0 | ETH , Latest News

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It has been confirmed that GTX 1060 3GB cards have now become useless to mine Ethereum on Windows 10. GPU miners have been affected by a cannot allocate DAG due to the latest Windows 10 update which has cause more of the vRAM on the GTX 1060 to be reserved under windows conditions.

This comes as a shock to any GPU miners who are using GTX 1060’s, which are extremely efficient achieving between 19-25Mh/s when mining Ethereum as the DAG file for Ethereum is currently Less than 2.4GB meaning over 600MB. Miners had expected the GTX 1060’s to become obsolete eventually with the inevitable increase of the ETH DAG file however this was not anticipated until between now and early 2019.

The DAG file is a directed acyclic graph that initially stood for “Dagger Hashimoto”. The DAG file is what makes the Ethash an ASIC resistant algorithm and essentially needs to be stored in the miner’s memory while the processor does what it does. It was discovered that the file size as well as the OS footprint exceeds 3GB meaning that a certain tier of graphics cards has been eliminated from potential mining equipment in one shot. If you have a GTX 1060 3GB based mining rig, it is now no longer feasible for mining ETH – on Windows 10.

This only effects Windows 10 machines who have the latest updates. NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB seems to be unaffected for Windows Server, Linux or ethOS miners.

If you currently mine Ethereum using Windows 10 and have been affected by this latest Windows update then you have the following options.

  1. Switch to use Linux or ethOS or Windows Server.
  2. Mine another cryptocurrency. GTX 1060 3gb cards are excellent at mining the following algorithms ethHash, equihash and neoscrypt.
  3. Roll Back to previous Windows 10 Update – Not recommended for security.


There will be a gradual drop off in GTX 1060 miners as these updates become more rolled out across existing miner boxes and should be an increase in mining other coins with lower GPU memory requirements particularly ethHash, equihash and neoscrypt.

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