All About Bitcoin and Litecoin mining and other alternative crypto currencies
We have received some SkeinCoin (SKC) from a reader to give away for free to visitors of the blog that are interested in some free coins. The idea of course is to rise the interest in SkeinCoin a bit as apparently the coin needs it, so don’t miss your chance to get some free SKC coins. SkeinCoin (SKC) is a Skein-SHA2 alternative crypto coin that can be mined with both CPU and GPU and there is support for mining it with both a fork of cgminer and sgminer on AMD GPUs as well as with Nvidia GPUs using a more recent version of ccMiner.
So getting back to the SkeinCoin (SKC) giveaway, all you have to do to take part in it is to post your SKC wallet address in the comments below and you will get 80 SkeinCoins sent to you – that is the reward you will get if you mine 10 SKC blocks at the moment. Do note that since all of the coins will be sent manually to you it may take some time before your reward is received, but normally it should not take more than a few hours. Only one reward per user is allowed, so please do not abuse our giveaway – we have more than enough coins to give away, but we reserve the right to cancel the giveaway at any time we decide.
Time for an updated look on what cloud mining services are currently using, both older ones that have been available for quite some time as well as new ones that we’ve started checking out more recently. This quick overview will also cover some recent developments around the various services listed below that we are following. Also it seems that lately there is also a new alternative to traditional cloud mining that is gaining some interest from services such as HaoBTC or Bter that pay users interest based on deposited coins, interest that is generated by mining. These services offer lower profit over a longer term, but also the risk is lower than that of investing in a cloud mining operation. Also these services pay you interest on an hourly or daily basis and your deposited coins are not locked, so you can use them at any time you need them. Hashnest also tried something like an alternative to traditional cloud mining with their PACMiC offers, but their new v2 is not as attractive as their initial offer. But back to the traditional cloud mining services…
– Genesis Mining is the preferred Bitcoin cloud mining service in terms of transparency and reliability and we’ve been using it for about a year already. The company is open, their teams frequently take part in crypto currency events and they have published information on their mining operations including their hardware suppliers. Daily payouts, transparency, multiple ways to purchasing cloud mining hashrate, probably not the fastest ROI out there, but less riskier. Here is a special promotional code that you can use to get a 5% discount for hashrate purchases – CryptoMiningBlog5.
– ZeusHash is a bit controversial with their cloud mining offers over time that have been unprofitable, but with their more recent offers they seem to be doing much better. Their partnership with the large Halley China mining farm has allowed them to offer a good price for their cloud mining hashrate and their most recent offer for 30 day cloud mining contracts with the users getting back what they have paid initially plus what they have mined at the end of the contract was also an interesting opportunity.
– GigaHash is still one of the smaller Bitcoin cloud mining farms that we see a good opportunity for growth in. Started as a private mining investment and after that offering cloud mining services to broader audience with their mining farm expanding all the time, lately based on AntMiner S5 ASICs. Daily payouts, useful and clean custom interface, good and timely support when there are some kind of issues, so worth checking out even though we’ve started using the service more recently.
– Mining Sweden is another relatively new entry in the cloud mining scene, starting as a smaller mining operation with plans to grow with the help of its users. The service offers Mining Shares (currently sold out) that are only for cloud mining and VIP Shares that give you not only cloud mining hashrate, but percentage of the profits of the mining operation. The service also offers users to buy BitMain AntMiner S5 ASIC miners and have them hosted in their data center. Could be a good long term investment as things seem to be working pretty well so far. Here is an extra 10% discount code from the regular prices that you can use, just enter ms10 during checkout.
– HashFlare is another more recent service apparently operated by a bit controversial Bitcoin ASIC manufacturer. So far it seems that the service is working just fine and is paying out without any problems, but still you might want to be careful with larger investments just in case. If you want to try it out, here is a promo code for 10% off for purchases over 200 GHS – HF15SMMR10 or 20% off for purchases over 5000 GHS – HF15SMMR20.
– Eobot is a service that has been available for quite some time already, according to their website since 2013, but we’ve just recently decided to check it out and so far it seems everything seems to be running fine and as promised. Initially it did not consider their offers of much interest, but their GHS 2.0 Bitcoin cloud mining contracts do not seem so bad at the moment with the current market situation. They also do have some other interesting services such as Cloud Folding and their own mining pool, so you might want to take a look, just stay away from their mining app.
A bit of warning in the end, stay away from the Bitcoin Cloud Services as they have suddenly stopped paying about a month ago, but their website is still online and they are still “accepting” payments form new users that never get hashrate or any payment in return, so do not throw your coins there! Another service that has been available for quite a while called Scryptcc has also had trouble recently claiming to have been hacked and a few hundred Bitcoins stolen from them and although they have returned and seem to be back online we would advice to stay away from the service for the moment, as they have lowered the mining income users are getting in order to get back what was apparently stolen from them. Until they resume normal operation with normal mining rewards for their users we would advice to stay away from them.
A quick update in the form of a new Windows binary compiled from the latest Git source code of ccMiner 1.5.53-git SP-MOD fork of the Nvidia GPU miner optimized for the latest Maxwell-based video cards by SP (source). This latest update includes some more fixes and performance improvements in X13 as well as some additional Quark optimizations. The SP-MOD fork of ccMiner is designed for Nvidia Maxwell GPUs such as the already available GTX 750, 750 Ti as well as the newer GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti and GTX Titan X. The Windows binary release we have made available here is with support for Compute 5.0 and Compute 5.2 GPUs or with other words only for Maxwell-based cards compiled with CUDA 6.5 and VS2013.