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Old Laptops = Dedicated Miner?

post #1 of 7
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Let me open by saying that other than understanding the concept of crypto-currencies I'm currently clueless.

I have two old to me laptops sitting around doing nothing but I don't want to let go of them, so I wondered if being a dedicated miner would be a realistic use for one of them.
The first consists of an AMD E-300 CPU with an integrated Radeon HD 6310 GPU; the second an Intel 2310M CPU with an integrated HD 3000 GPU.
The Intel is considerably more powerful, about 3.5 times the AMD CPU and 1.5 times the AMD GPU in benchmarks and standard use, and that's the laptop I'd prefer to use as it's quite battered. I also have 11GBs of RAM between them.

Are one of these laptops suitable for mining?
CPU or GPU mining?
Which currency to mine?

I don't know what else I should ask at this stage, but any opinion or knowledge you may have I would greatly appreciate biggrin.gif
post #2 of 7
You can mine with both of them but it'll be pretty pointless, especially if you pay for electricity (you'll be losing money in that case). You can mine any scrypt coin, and the AMD system will do better (the Intel might have a higher hash for CPU mining). Also, since they are laptops, you'll probably burn out some of the hardware after enough time.
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Originally Posted by minaul View Post

You can mine with both of them but it'll be pretty pointless, especially if you pay for electricity (you'll be losing money in that case). You can mine any scrypt coin, and the AMD system will do better (the Intel might have a higher hash for CPU mining). Also, since they are laptops, you'll probably burn out some of the hardware after enough time.
Or use them on coins like SRC, XPM or QRK.
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No, all you'll do is overheat the laptops and ruin them after a while
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You cant expect to make money from mining on any old ****ty hardware, especially laptops, and especially low end GPU's. I originally mined on a 5770, man that got me excited, making a total of £10 a week! The card only cost me £30 from a friend a year ago, then on a whim I managed to get a PAIR of 5970's for £180, man.. I was freaking making £10 a DAY.
This made me want to run up and down the country stealing all the 5xxx ATi cards, unfortunately at that point all the asicminers came out and now the whole thing is unprofitable on a usual GPU of which pulls 300w for half the mining rate of a 40w dedicated asic miner. Yeah, it wont work out for you on those old laptops dude. Sold the 5970's for more than they cost me when everyone started snapping them up like hot cakes.
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Never really expected to make a penny, more just the novelty of doing such a thing, but I don't really want to pay out for it either. I think I'm gunna keep the AMD and use it for remote desktop from work, but the Intel laptop isn't sell-able due to damage and it's in bits, though it works fine so I wanna do something with it, even if it's just a case of burning it out, I'll microwave it if I have to /jk xD I guess mining is just a matter of who has the biggest toy wins, so there's no point bringing a pocket calculator and paying for nothing I guess.
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Originally Posted by Bearybear View Post

Never really expected to make a penny, more just the novelty of doing such a thing, but I don't really want to pay out for it either. I think I'm gunna keep the AMD and use it for remote desktop from work, but the Intel laptop isn't sell-able due to damage and it's in bits, though it works fine so I wanna do something with it, even if it's just a case of burning it out, I'll microwave it if I have to /jk xD I guess mining is just a matter of who has the biggest toy wins, so there's no point bringing a pocket calculator and paying for nothing I guess.
It's more about who can have the best hash/watt ratio for the people who pay for power. In the end, 7950s are better than anything else currently available.
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