# Hardware requirements

These are the minimum and recommended hardware requirements to run a Miner on the different Filecoin networks(opens new window) .

# Testnet

Minimal sector sizes for testnet is 32GB. The minimal requirements are as follow:

  • An 8+ core CPU. Strongly recommended: a CPU model with support for Intel SHA Extensions (AMD since Zen microarchitecture, or Intel since Ice Lake). Lack of SHA Extensions results in a significant slow down.
  • 128 GiB of RAM at the very least. This must be complemented with 256 GiB of swap on a very fast NVMe SSD storage medium.
  • A powerful GPU. The authoritative list(opens new window) of supported GPUs is in the Bellman repository(opens new window) . Additional GPU models need to be enabled manually (instructions for Lotus).
  • A dedicated SSD of at least 512GB+ for cache storage.
  • The Lotus node may or may not run in the same machine as the miner, but it should also have enough storage to hold the Filecoin chain, which grows at a rate of 12GiB per week.

WARNING

Mixing AMD and Nvidia GPUs in the same machine is known to cause issues with OpenCL and should be avoided.

# About hardware requirements

Minimal hardware requirements are adjusted for observed behaviour in the respective network. These will not increase in the presumable future, and money spent on hardware should provide users with many years of reliable service, paying for themselves several times over.

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