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If you are using reference design AMD Radeon RX 480 GPUs for mining Ethereum only or Dual Mining Ehtereum and DCR or SIA and you still not have tried any of the custom video BIOS roms available from Heliox / Eliovp you should give them a try. With the right clocks and timings you might be able to achieve over 31 MHS hashrate apparently from an RX 480, or a bit less with much lower power consumption if that is what you are looking for – to optimize power usage. As usual with BIOS modifications always make sure you have a backup of the original ROM file in a safe place should something goes wrong, so that you can get everything back to normal operating mode again.
The availability of the PolarisBiosEditor tool now also allows users to experiment with different settings and memory timings in order to achieve even better results for their mining configuration, such as optimum hashrate for a dual mining system and not only for mining Ethereum alone. So you might want to check the tool as well and use it to optimize your GPU even not for mining Ethereum for instance as it allows you to play with a lot of settings in the BIOS.
Claymore’s Dual Miner now offers support for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs for both Linux and Windows (binary only releases), so you can dual-mine Ethereum and SIA or DCR at the same time or only use the miner for Ethereum mining. Using Windows 7 is recommended for Nvidia video cards all the way up to Maxwell and Windows 10 updated and with the latest video drivers or Linux is recommended to be used for Ethereum mining, regardless if you use the dual miner or other Ethereum mining software. The latest version 6.3 is no longer beta and it also adds support for NVIDIA 10xx cards in Linux, there are only 64-bit binary builds available though.
Claymore is also making available a modification for a driver for Nvidia Pascal GPUs (GTX 10xx series) for Windows 7 that should work better than the standard ones, so if you are using GTX 1080, GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 on Windows 7 you can check the driver out as well. The Dual miner has support for both Getwork and Stratum for Decred (DCR) as well as Getwork and Stratum for SiaCoin (SC), however not all Stratum implementations are currently supported as there are multiple ones used by different pools!
The Siamining mining pool for SiaCoin (SC) that we have already covered a couple of times has something new and interesting for the people mining SIA. They have released a new Stratum-only OpenCL GPU miner for their mining pool that is designed to be fast, lightweight and easy to use. Do note the miner is supporting only SiaMining’s Stratum protocol implementation as there are a few different Stratum approaches, so the miner will not work with other pools unless they have implemented the same Stratum support. We have tried the Marlin miner and it seems to work pretty well, delivering what the devs promise indeed.
What we don’t like about it however is that there is no source code published on their GitHub and only a 32-bit Windows binary and 64-bit are available for users to download. Since there is no source you cannot compile the miner yourself and that may be a limiting factor for some users. Do note that even though the miner is OpenCL one you can also use it on Nvidia GPUs as well as on AMD, unfortunately tpruvot’s ccMiner fork does not yet support the Stratum protocol used by SiaMining. So if you are Ok with downloading binary releases, you can do so and try the Marlin miner yourself… that is if you are mining SiaCoin on the SiaMining pool or are planning to check it out.