Monday, March 1st 2021

Apple M1 Processor Manages to Mine Ethereum

Ethereum mining has been a crazy ride over the years. In recent times, it has become very popular due to a huge surge in Ethereum prices, following those of the main coin currently present on the market - Bitcoin. However, Ethereum miners use a customized PC stocked with many graphics cards to mine the Ethereum coin. Any other alternative is not viable and graphics cards have a high hash rate of the KECCAK-256 hashing algorithm. But have you ever wondered could you mine Ethereum on your shiny new Apple M1-equipped Mac? Our guess is no, however, there are still some people making experiments with the new Apple M1 processor and testing its capabilities.

Software engineer Yifan Gu, working for Zensors, has found a way to use Apple's M1 GPU to mine Ethereum. Mr. Gu has ported Ethminer utility to Apple's macOS for Apple Silicon and has managed to get GPU mining the coins. While technically it was possible, the results were rather poor. The integrated GPU has managed to get only 2 MH/s of mining power, which is rather low compared to alternatives (desktop GPUs). Being possible doesn't mean it is a good idea. The software will consume all of the GPU power and it will limit your work with the GPU, so it isn't exactly a profitable solution.
Sources: Yifan Gu Personal Blog, ETHminer M1 Port (GitHub)
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16 Comments on Apple M1 Processor Manages to Mine Ethereum

#1
billEST
yet

but 20 or 40 A15 chip on a card pcie ? this is revolution !!!!

a keybaord is 130 key 1 key = chip size
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#2
ppn
8GB frame buffer each on a PCB is a bit far stretched, and 16 billion transistors, well 4 billion is only 2Mh at 10W.
when 17,4 billion transistor 3070 does 60Mh ~ RTX 5050 on 5nm.
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#3
BorisDG
Now all M1 powered devices will be out of stock. kek
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#4
john_
Mining with a high end graphics card



Mining with M1

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#5
fortiori
john_
Mining with a high end graphics card



Mining with M1


Clever :toast:
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#6
ShurikN
BorisDG
Now all M1 powered devices will be out of stock. kek
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
I'd bet he didnt use Eth Enlargement. :eek: :p
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#8
mechtech

Now there is a disturbing ad. The ad-blocker is going to come back on if that doesn't go away on it's own.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
mechtech

Now there is a disturbing ad. The ad-blocker is going to come back on if that doesn't go away on it's own.
that ad is lighting up my whole house orange
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#10
Gmr_Chick
mechtech

Now there is a disturbing ad. The ad-blocker is going to come back on if that doesn't go away on it's own.
Not even uBlock Origin nukes it completely though - I have it on and I'm still getting just the top portion of it (the stuff above the TechPowerUp banner) :fear:
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Isaac`
Gmr_Chick
Not even uBlock Origin nukes it completely though - I have it on and I'm still getting just the top portion of it (the stuff above the TechPowerUp banner) :fear:
Use add blocker ultimate on Firefox it works
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#12
watzupken
At least I have not heard of miners resorting to iGPU for mining so far, and quite frankly, there is nothing surprising with the results.
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#13
Isaac`
watzupken
At least I have not heard of miners resorting to iGPU for mining so far, and quite frankly, there is nothing surprising with the results.
oh i thought they where doing it on the cpu
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#15
goodeedidid
Good thing I got my M1-MBP lol.. At least Apple reserve their products for actual end-customers unlike those clowns Sony/XBOX/Intel/NVIDIA/AMD
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#16
medi01
AleksandarK
But have you ever wondered could you mine Ethereum on your shiny new Apple M1-equipped Mac? Our guess is no
"Are you silly enough to wonder whether Turing Complete general computing CPU can be used for computing?
No? Let us still shove this Apple ad down your throat!"
AleksandarK
Being possible doesn't mean it is a good idea.
Amazing stuff...
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