Let's share our farming setup


Dell Precision T5810
Intel Xeon E5-2698 V3 (16 Cores / 32 Threads)
4TB Crucial MX500 SSD


Is there a “Jealous” button? All I see is a “Like” button.



Hey Rad,

How did you get the G7 to work? I myself have a HP proliant 360, but Zero-OS does not recognise the SSD.

Grtz, Wesley

I have SSD connected with P410i array on raid 0. With V2 I had no problems. On V3 it was ok for 2-3 weeks. After my node was disconnected showing SSD not detected. Bios, Linux everything was ok with disks. I tried to format, clean and nothing. I started V2 again no problems. I install additional PCI sata extension card. SSD detected, V3 working fine. So this is something with controller P410i. I ordered new one. I should have it this week so I will test. I just not understand why it was working fine on V3 for few weeks…Some people have issues with RAID controllers, you can try to set it in HBA mode. It may help.


Hey Nelson,

may I ask you how much Threats/RAM/Storage you provide on that site? And…how much internet connection bandwith ist needed/available therefore?


btw: thank you very much for the video tutorials on running zos on DELL and HP servers. Saved us a lot of time since we have both in use. Great job!

Hey guys,

we are about to build up a more or less serios farm including up to 10 nodes which will provide round about 350 Threats / 2800GB RAM and a total of approx. 45TB SSD-Storage to the Threefold grid.

I’d like to know if you would suggest a 1Gbit internet connection suffient for this setup. Especially in regard to Kristofs post concerning farming improvements. I’d like to avoid issues discribed in scenario 2 and 3 (see: Suggested farming reward improvements).

otherwise asked: what are the minimum requirements on internet connection bandwith suggested for a farm of that size. Any coments/suggestions are higly appreciated.


It looks like our farms will be ballpark same size. Currently this is all on a 100mbps connection. This is not nearly enough bandwidth obviously. Once the token prices allows it and utilization appears to be coming, I will upgrade to a 1gbit connection. It is possible that under full utilization 1gbit won’t be enough, I will monitor traffic and if I am close to saturating my bandwidth I will increase it.

Same here. Currently we use two bundled lines with a total of 500mbps downstream / 120mbps upstream which won’t be enough for future utilization. We will get a 1Gbit/s connection within the next months and are going to put that in addition to these two lines mentioned above so that we end up somewhere around 1,5down/0,5up Gbit/s.

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Just built 3x new farming nodes using AMD 5700G CPU’s on Asrock Rack X470 motherboards.

AMD 5700G - 8 Core 16 Thread CPU
Asrock Rack X470 Motherboard
2x 2TB Kingston NVME SSD’s
1x 8TB Enterprise SATA HDD

I put them all in a Supermicro ‘Pizza box chassis’ but it definitely added extra cost to get the right heatsink, extra internal cables, front panel adapters etc.



I think this is a neat build that deserves to be copied. Its exactly in between the typical micro pc 4core build and the big server 16core builds. Its twice the power of the 4core build for about ~50% more $. Perfect for your average user who wants something powerful but doesn’t want the heat or noise of a commercial server.


First Farm, First RIG:
Built using a refurbished DELL OptiPlex 3020 SFF
16GB Ram
1x 500GB SSD
1 x 8TB HDD

I have dedicated 100/100mb up and down for connectivity. I’m running my network on a 1GB internal LAN with a TL-R600VPN v4.0 for managing the traffic.


Hey Radek,
Threefold team did an update on the OS and it works perfectly now!
Thanks for the reply!

Grtz, Wesley

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Hi Farmers, building a new node:

1 x Dell R720 - local IT refurbish (125 USD)
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2695 V2 ebay (123 USD)
12 x 32GB (384GB) LR Ram ddr3 ebay (458 USD)
2 x 2TB ssd amazon (360 USD)
1 x 1TB ssd amazon (80 USD)
cabels, caddies, etc: (15 USD)

Total: $1161 USD

Farming Calculator (DIY)

3122.50 TFT / month (229 USD/ month)
175 Watt,
126 kWh/month here its about 22 USD/month - this is without any load,
max load could be 47 USD/ month
5.8, let’s say 6 month ROI.

Happy Farming!
Thanks for the amazing tutorial from River Bottoms (https://www.youtube.com/user/floridanelson)


Good idea to add some prices for the components to compare how many CPU/€ or in the end how many TFT / invested € someone get.
My recent purchase:
After starting with some Lenovo M900 tiny / M710q tiny I set up a Dell R620, bought on ebay, thanks to @Mik for his 3node Server guide: DIY 3node Server Guide (Dell R620-720)

R620 with 2x E5 2670 (10C/20T) and 256 GB RAM (500 €)
Additional 128 GB RAM (132 €)
2 x 2 TB SSD (359 €)
2 x PCIe -> SSD (25 €)

Total: 1016 €

I measured around 100W idling.

At the moment the best price per VCore (for the full system with a good ratio of CPU/RAM/SSD) is around 50€ here. You get that low price with 19" servers. If you look for a more silent and easier to handle workstation with similar specifications you pay significantly more. You might alwas be able to sell a powerful workstation for a good price (many enthusiatst and gamers look for 30 Core and more PCs :slight_smile: ). It might be a little harder to sell a 19" server as it has less usecases. That isn’t bothering me, as I plan to run my nodes for a long time…


First of all, thanks for the exhaustive description of a good cost-effective node!

But wanted to ask, which SSD are you using and where do you buy them from?


PS: working on a tower server myself, ended up being a good deal, will share when online :smiley:

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I got mine from Amazon. You can also have a look on ebay for used Server SSD. If you’re going with consumer SSD in combination with the PCIe --> SSD Adapter be sure to get NVME SSD (and not SATA).


Yes, the two servers I built I used the Sabrent Rocket 2 TB NVME with a PCIe adapter, but spent a little bit more than you did.

Hey guys I’m new to this space but not new to servers and whatnot, well I say that but I have never physically had or used real actual server hardware locally. i have rented many dedicated servers and vps’s. I’m a nerd at heart and have a passion for all things crypto and blockchain. I’m on this endeavor to learn more about the space of masternodes/local nodes.

I recently purchased what i think is a steal of a deal but I could be wrong! I want you guys to let me know did I make a good purchase and will this server be good for a threefold node. I purchased it off eBay for $388. details are below.

DELL PowerEdge R710


2U Rack-mountable
Brand / Manufacturer DELL
Server Family PowerEdge
Model R710
Total Number of Installed Processors 2(two)
Processor(s) Six-Core Intel® Xeon® X5670 2.93GHz
QPI:6.4GT/s, 95W, 12MB Cache, 64-bit VT-x
Installed Memory 147456MB PC3-10600R ECC DDR3-1333
RAID Controller Dell PERC Controller
Installed Hard Drives 6 × 2TB 7.2k 3.5" SAS Hot-Swap
RAID Configuration RAID 5
Power Supply 2 (DUAL/REDUNDANT)
Optical Drive DVD-ROM
NIC (Network Interface) 1Gb 4-port embedded NetXtreme II 5709c
Auxiliary Fans 5
I/O Ports Video, Serial, NIC, USB
Video Adapter Matrox G200 with 8MB of cache
Input Voltage 100-220V 50-60Hz
Remote Management iDRAC6 Enterprise

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CryptoFlan I think you will want to add some SSD to that setup, and keep an eye on the powerconsumption.


isnt SAS all around better than SSD from my research? it reads and writes faster or am i mistaken? what benefit would SSD’s have over the SAS drives in your opinion?