HiveOS or RaveOS?

We compare HiveOS and RaveOS operating systems designed for mining Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. Both operating systems are designed for remote management of mining RIGs and ASICs.

What is Hive OS?

Linux-based operating system developed specifically for cryptocurrency mining. Specifically, this distribution is based on the popular Ubuntu operating system. This operating system was released in the fall of 2017. This initial release was more complex in terms of setup and management.

HiveOS offers us a simple interface for mining Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. Mostly, this operating system is used for Ethereum mining. One interesting thing about HiveOS is that it has Android and iOS apps. One of its main capabilities is the ability to monitor and manage the Ethereum mining process.

We can download the operating system directly from the website. We only need to download the installer that can be run on Windows, Mac and Linux. Ideally, install the operating system on a USB stick. The HiveOS installation process is really simple and fast.


Now let’s see the main features of the HiveOS operating system:

  • It gives us a really simple setup.
  • Allows you to install and run from a simple USB stick.
  • This OS is optimized and focused on cryptocurrency mining.
  • It already has a large number of locally established miners.
  • Allows us to overclock the GPU and memory, as well as temperature control, voltage adjustment, etc.
  • Doesn’t allow mixing of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards on the same RIG.
  • Start of mining process is 30 seconds or less after shutdown or restart.
  • Configuration is really simple and intuitive.
  • Allows us to update the BIOS Firmware on AMD graphics cards.
  • Provides automatic on/off schedule and other important data.
  • It gives us the possibility to change the currency in which we are mining.

Hardware Requirements

The HiveOS website does not specify any minimum requirements. Powerful processors and large amounts of RAM are not required for cryptocurrency mining. The operating system is quite light, so with a cheap USB stick it will be more than enough.

Supported hardware

According to the HiveOS website, the following video cards and ASICs are supported:

  • NVIDIA GTX 10xx; GTX16xx; RTX 20xx y RTX 30xx
  • AMD RX 500, RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Radeon VII, RX 5000 y RX 6000
  • Bitmain Antminer
  • AvalonMiner
  • DragonMint
  • Innosilicone
  • HashAltCoin
  • Todek
  • Whatsminer
  • Zig


Making and maintaining an operating system for a niche like cryptocurrency mining is complex. Many resources and developers are required for its maintenance. It needs to be well updated and optimized for the process.

HiveOS is free for a cryptocurrency mining RIG, regardless of the coin we are mining and the number of charts.

The second, third and fourth mining RIGs are free, but with one condition. In this case, mining Ethereum and Ethereum Classic in the HiveOS pool is required. Those who want to use another pool will have to pay $2 for each additional gear (the first is still free).

We will have to pay 3 dollars a month from the fifth mining RIG. If we are going to mine the HiveOS pool, we will pay a 3% withdrawal fee. Those who will mine with ASIC will have to pay $2 per month.

What is Rave OS?

Linux-based operating system specially optimized for cryptocurrency mining. It offers us good performance and great hash stability in the mining process. Also, downtimes are low.

RaveOS allows us to configure, monitor and manage mining RIGs and ASICs. It has an automatic protection system that allows error detection and restarts the miner if necessary.

We can install this OS on any USB stick and connect it to any RIG. The operating system will automatically detect the hardware, load the configuration and display it in the control panel. It also allows us to manage the firmware and perform overclocking.

  • It gives us a really simple setup.
  • Allows you to install and run from a simple USB stick.
  • This OS is optimized and focused on cryptocurrency mining.
  • It already has a large number of locally established miners.
  • Allows us to overclock the GPU and memory, as well as temperature control, voltage adjustment, etc.
  • Allows to be mounted with AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards combined in the same RIG.
  • Allows a machine to be restarted easily when it crashes.
  • After shutting down, it takes about a minute for the computer to start mining again.
  • Manage and monitor systems from one place
  • We have a mobile app available for Android and iOS for monitoring and management.

Hardware Requirements

The RaveOS operating system has a set of minimum and recommended requirements. Most RIGs tend to do more than meet specifications.


  • Intel Core 2 / AMD AM2+
  • 4GB RAM (RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Radeon VII, RX 5700 will need 6GB RAM for ETH mining)
  • 4GB drive (HDD / SSD / M2 / USB)


  • Intel Core i3-3220 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • USB 8GB capacity

Supported hardware

According to RaveOS, this operating system supports the following graphics cards and ASICs. The number of ASICs supported by this operating system is more limited than that supported by HiveOS. Here is the list of video cards and ASICs:

  • NVIDIA GTX 10xx, GTX 16xx, RTX 20xx and RTX 30xx
  • AMD RX 400, RX 500, RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Radeon VII, RX 5000 and RX 6000
  • ASIC: Antminer S9, L3 +, D3, T9 +, Z9 / Z9-Mini, Z11, S17, T17, Innosilicon A9 ZMaster


Developing and maintaining a specific operating system for mining is not easy. Also, a certain infrastructure is required to view remote information. They have created several plans, the most basic of which is free.

The basic plan allows us to connect a RIG or ASIC via RaveOS. The free version offers us three days of support from the community and statistics. It is stated that it is completely free if we connect to the 2Miners pool, which is more of an advertisement.

Then we have the PRO plan, which is priced at $2 for each additional RIG or ASIC. This plan is designed for those who own 2 to 100 mining equipment. It offers us support from the community, support via email, and 30 days of statistics. One curious thing is that this plan is free if we connect to 2Miners pools.

There is also a Business plan for those with large farms. There is no price for this plan as there are special conditions. It is designed for over 100 mining equipment, billing is individual and support is also individual. If miners connect to the 2Miners pool, it will be completely free.

It looks like RaveOS has teamed up with 2Miners to deliver this offering. This mining pool charges a 1% withdrawal fee. This way higher revenues are generated, so if we connect to the 2Miners pool, the installers of this OS will not be charged.

What are the differences between HiveOS and RaveOS?

There is little difference between these two Linux-based operating systems. The UI changes and some specific aspects change, but these are minimal. Let’s see the main differences between HiveOS and RaveOS:

  • HiveOS
  • RaveOS
  • 1 free RIG/ASIC and up to 4 free RIG/ASIC
  • 1 free RIG/ASIC or as many free RIG/ASIC as we want as long as we connect to 2Miners pool’
  • Price per RIG/ASIC is $3 per month in addition to free ones
  • Price per RIG/ASIC in addition to free is $2 per month
  • Does not allow mixing AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards in the same mining RIG
  • Same mining RIG Allows mixing of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards in
  • Approximate start and mining start time 30 seconds
  • Approximate start and mining start time 60 seconds
  • Offers notifications via Telegram and Discord
  • Doesn’t show minimum specs to install
  • Has minimal specs to install
  • Supports multiple AMD/NVIDIA GPUs and ASICs
  • Supports many AMD/NVIDIA GPUs, but the number of ASICs it supports is very limited
  • Mission firmware of AMD graphics cards can be updated does not allow handling
  • There is no data about it
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Both operating systems have fairly similar features and the differences are minor. The interesting thing about HiveOS and RaveOS is that they are based on the Linux operating system. Both are focused on managing equipment remotely in a very simple way. Both operating systems are designed to be installed on a USB stick and run directly from that storage.

The two operating systems integrate miners for most cryptocurrencies and simplify the work. Probably, we need to update them to a greater or lesser extent. The biggest advantage is that miners are not detected as malware, as with Windows, which deletes them directly. This is one of the strongest aspects of HiveOS and RaveOS.

Are we going to set up a small scale domestic farm or both offer us good features. We have to see the costs, strengths and weaknesses of operating systems. HiveOS has its strengths like quick launch and Telegram notifications, but it doesn’t let you mix AMD and NVIDIA graphics. RaveOS lets you mix AMD and NVIDIA video cards, but does not support Telegram notifications. You have all the data and the decision is yours.