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Genoil is working on a new release of his ethminer 0.9.41 fork version 1.1 pre-release (source) and here is a Windows binary of the latest version that you can try. Genoil’s fork of ethminer is targeted at Nvidia CUDA miners, but it also works on AMD OpenCL for mining of Ethereum (ETH). The latest pre-release version 1.1 is intended for testing as it brings some nice new features, but it might contain some bugs at the moment. You are welcome to download and try the compiled binary of the latest 1.1 pre-release version and test how the no need for DAG files functionality is working. Of course the miner still needs DAG data, but it is no longer stored on your hard drive in the form of large files taking up space, the data is generated when the miner is stared on the fly and it loaded into the GPUs. There is also CUDA Compute 2.0 support brought back for older Nvidia GPUs, though on these older video cards the performance might not be that great for mining Ethereum anyway (you still need 2GB of video memory). Again, this is a pre-release version 1.1 with the idea for people to try and report how the new features work and if they find any bugs, so you are welcome to try it, but be careful as there might be some bugs and it may not be 100% stable.
The main Decred (DCR) staking pool hasn’t been accepting new registrations for quite a while, but now more staking pools are expected to soon be available. The first from the new wave of DCR staking pools is from Stakeminer that is already running on the mainnet with a few more still on the testnet that should soon also become available of the main Decred network. The Decred Stake Pool from Stakeminer is currently running up with a 7.5% fee, but it will probably get lower once more pools are available and DCR holders have more options for staking without having to run their wallet 24/7 locally. So you can check out the new Decred staking pool that is taking new registrations now and stay tuned for more pools that should be coming online pretty soon.
Update: There are now two more DCR staking pools online now, http://stakepool.eu and https://dcr.stakepool.net both running with a
7% 5% fee. There is also yet another staking pool available now also with the lower 5% fee – http://pool.d3c.red and now there is yet another one online with 5% fee – https://stakepool.dcrstats.com.
It seems that there is another product appearing on the market in the form of a X11 ASIC miner from a third company, though this one is apparently targeted at the Chinese mining community – the X11 ASIC Baikal Mini Miner. The miner apparently is capable of providing about 150 MHS X11 hashrate with a power usage of about 40 Watts thanks to the use of 40nm production process for the ASIC chips. There is no clear information about exact price, but it should be around 1-2 BTC or the equivalent in USD, though some shops have listed the device at a higher price than that. It is good to see more alternatives, but the big question is if the X11-based crypto coins are capable of handling the massive new hashrate that is provided by the ASIC miners that are getting produced at a fast pace with the competition heating up.
X11 ASIC Baikal Mini Miner Specifications:
– Hash Rate: 150 MHS (±10%)
– Power: 40 W (±5%) @ 0.27 J/MH (at the wall, with 25 C ambient temperature)
– Power supply: DC 12V 5A Power Adapter with 2.5 DC Plug (Not included)
– Interface: Ethernet
– Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 40 C
– Dimension: 140mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 95mm (H)
– Weight: 475 grams
It seems that the miner uses a board like Raspberry Pi for providing a web-based interface for control and monitoring of the mining process and there is no need to plug it in to a computer, all you need is power and a network cable plugged to the device. With the right price and availability outside of the Chinese markets this device can be an interesting option for home miners due to the relatively simple open design and the lower noise level, so you might want to keep an eye out for the Baikal X11 ASIC Mini Miner. For the moment we have not been able to find a way to order one of these devices to do a proper review, but we are going to keep trying.