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Hello everyone and welcome back to GR8 Tech 2Day. Thanks for stopping back by and joining us. Today, I have a project I decided to undertake just prior to Christmas and have just now gotten around to getting the results put together and able to get them out to you. Today, I am bringing you a repurposed mining rig setup in which I used the base system of a three-card cryptocurrency mining rig to see if it could handle the most popular video game on the planet: Fortnite. So, how did it do? Let’s find out.
First, let’s discuss the system. This system is built on the Intel H110 chipset and starts out on the ASUS H110M-E M.2 motherboard. This is a very simple motherboard, even for a cryptocurrency mining setup, with minimal bells and whistles. There is just one chassis fan connector and one CPU fan connector for cooling support. There are 2 DIMM slots that supports up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM up to 2133MHz. The board supports Intel Socket 1151, 6th generation processors. There is a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and 2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots as well as a single M.2 socket and 4x SATAIII ports.
Asus H110m-E M.2 Motherboard
At the heart of this system is the Intel Celeron G3900 processor which comes clocked at 2.8GHz with a TDP of 51-watts. The Celeron can support up to 64GB of RAM. It does have integrated graphics but nothing special and with the processor’s capabilities, would not offer a playable performance on anything other than maybe Solitaire. So, to help with the graphics, I went with one of the graphics cards used in the mining rig and that is the MSI RX 570 Armor OC 8GB graphics card. This is a very viable and capable card still today for at least 1080p gaming and some light 1440p gaming. It comes with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 1750MHz (7000MHz effective) and a core clock of 1268MHz. The card includes 2048 stream processors and is rated at 120-watt TDP via 1x 8-pin power cable. AMD recommends at least a 450-watt power supply. This card can currently be purchased through Newegg or Amazon from $155-$175.
For the RAM, I went with a single 4GB module of 2133MHz Crucial Ballistix RAM. Again, as with the processor, nothing special but was able to get the job done for a cryptocurrency mining rig. The other components are also nothing special with just a single 120GB PNY SSD, a 1000-watt fully modular 80+ Gold Certified power supply, and a Fractal Design Focus G case with 2 preinstalled white LED fans.
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Components (RX 570, Intel Celeron G3900, etc)
So, now that the specifications are out of the way, let’s take a look at the results and how this system fared on Fortnite. For testing, I used the above configuration. The Celeron cannot be overclocked nor could the RAM. Given this and what would have been quite a processor bottleneck, I did not bother overclocking the RX 570. So, everything was kept at stock. In testing, I tested at 720p Medium and Epic, 1080p Medium, 1080p Epic w/ Anti-Aliasing (AA), 1080p Epic w/o AA, and finally at 1440p Medium, Epic w/ AA, and Epic w/o AA. Now, the results.
Fortnite Repurposed Mining Rig
|Resolution||Min FPS||Max FPS||Avg FPS|
1080p Epic w/o AA
1440p Epic w/o AA
Fortnite Settings Screenshots
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, there it is. Not a bad showing given the 4GB of RAM and the absolutely abysmal Celeron processor. The game has a lot of issues even at the lowest resolution. I somewhat expected this given the processor is more involved at the lower resolutions so therefore, the bottleneck would be more evident. Looking at the results, you can actually see this, specifically from 720p to 1080p but it is pretty obvious even at 1440p. During gameplay, I had far more issues playing at 720p and 1080p than I did at 1440p.
So, with these results and my experience, I can without reservation say that you should definitely step up a bit in both the CPU and RAM departments to play Fortnite. The game runs but isn’t really playable on the Celeron processor. Maybe adding another 4GB of RAM would help but I cannot be sure as I didn’t test it but I don’t think it would matter much. The biggest change you can make here for better performance would be to drop a Pentium G4400 into the system or an Intel Core i3 or better. However, for a repurposed mining rig, with minimal specs, this isn’t a terrible system on the cheap that could be upgraded for roughly $100 (CPU + RAM) and you could easily play Fortnite at a nice resolution with a very enjoyable experience.
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