Ethereum mining has become quite the thing in recent history – so much so that we’ve seen GPU shortages and price inflations which have sent the gaming community in a spin. If you are one of the lucky ones that nabbed a high end card (such as a nVidia 1070 or 1080, or the AMD Radeon RX 4XX and 5XX series) while they were still available, and want to put them to good use and mine Ethereum (or others such as Zcash, Monero, etc.) – then ethOS may just be for you.
So what is it exactly?
It is a custom built Linux package dedicated to GPU mining – built on top of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. It is an Operating System in other words, but one that has been custom built from the ground up for miners. Inexperienced Linux administrators or noobies won’t have trouble making use of it, given that is a turnkey solution.
You still need the physical computer components (a motherboard, CPU, RAM and optionally a HDD – tech savvy users have been known to install ethOS onto USB).
Why not just use Windows?
Absolutely you can use Windows, however, it is common knowledge in the mining industry that GPU driver versions, even Windows versions themselves have an effect on the Hashrate and your overall earnings.
ethOS takes the guess work out of building the software component of a mining rig to ensure you get the most bang-for-buck with little tweaking. If you are not a tech-savvy computer operator, or you simply don’t want to get bogged down in tweaking settings for hours on end, then ethOS would be suitable for you. Here are some notable features (taken from ethosdistro.com):
Boots and mines: Automatic IP/hostname assignment, no need to install any drivers, configure XWindows, or compile any software.
Supports up to 16 AMD RX Series GPUs: Including support for Intel Z170/X/270/X Chipsets and AMD Ryzen.
Supports up to 16 NVIDIA GPUs: Any 2GB+ GTX 900 and GTX 1000 series.
Supports up to 8 AMD R7/R9 Series GPUs: Any 2GB+ HD 7000 series, any R9 200/300/Fury/Nano.
Supports multiple coins: Ready to mine Ethereum, Zcash, Monero and many other gpu-minable coins.
Browser-based terminal: allow setup and configuration of ethOS rigs by connecting to their IP addresses via your web browser.
Supports all hardforks and softforks: No need for extra Blockchain storage, blockchain syncing handled by pools and wallets.
Works on your hardware: Running on thousands of rigs with thousands of different components.
Remote configuration: Instruct rig to remote reboot, set core clocks, mem clocks, fan control, pool info, and other settings remotely.
Extremely lightweight: Works with weakest possible CPU made in the last 5 generations on only 2gb of ram.
GPU overheat protection: GPUs will automatically throttle or turn off if they reach temperature thresholds.
Stratum enabled: Automatically configured to mine via efficient stratum.
Automatic reporting: Web panel with detailed rig statistics, charts, and event reports (example).
Easy KVM: A terminal window opens with focus on boot, no mouse required.
Easy update: Update to the latest ethOS version with a single command.
Fast startup: Fast miner startup, low disk/cpu usage, and no out-of-space issues.
Bios flashing: atiflash utility allows for quick gpu bios flashing.
ethOS does come at a price, and does so at a per-GPU / mobo / CPU combo ranging from $159-$369 USD at the time of writing.
Note: crackcrypto.com are not affiliated with ethOS, nor do we make any money from sales of their products.