Zcash (ZEC) is Now Live, Some Tips Where To Mine and How

28 Oct
2016

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Earlier today Zcash (ZEC) went live as expected and people are already starting to mine it, some of them probably are still not aware of the slow start with very small block rewards initially. Regardless, with what is available as miners at the moment there are pretty much two places where you would want to go for mining if you still haven’t done so. The first one for CPU mining and CUDA mining is Flypool that uses a modified version of NiceHash’s stratum miner available for download here CPU/CUDA miner for Flypool.

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For AMD mining you might want to head on to the Coinsforall mining pool that uses its own different protocol and has an OpenCL and CUDA miner. Earlier today Genoil has posted an OpenCL miner binary for Windows with stratum support, however it seems that his miner is still not ready for major use as most people are reporting issues making it work properly. We have tried his miner and also had trouble making it work properly, so if you have AMD OpenCL GPUs just go for Coinsforall for the moment and use their miner.



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22 Responses to Zcash (ZEC) is Now Live, Some Tips Where To Mine and How

rico

October 29th, 2016 at 01:59

so why Flypool show that i mine only 7 h/s when my both rigs with their miner show 70 sol/s ?

admin

October 29th, 2016 at 02:45

Rico, Flypool uses a 60 minute window to calculate your average hashrate, so it will take some time for the reported value on the pool to get up to date with your locally reported one…

rico

October 29th, 2016 at 02:48

@admin ok thanks, btw is that site working or just me have 502 error?

admin

October 29th, 2016 at 04:12

Pools are currently having difficulties due to overwhelming load from users, so there could be temporary unavailability of the frontends and backends.

You can also try the new Stratum-enabled miner with CPU, CUDA and OpenCL support available now for the https://zec.suprnova.cc/ mining pool that ups the performance a bit on Nvidia GPUs, but is slower on AMD than the Flypool miner: https://github.com/ocminer/nheqminer/releases

miner

October 29th, 2016 at 10:05

Coinsforall is an outright scam and has scammed its miners! Please do not recommend it anymore! See the bitcointalk thread. They have stolen all coins and left.

admin

October 29th, 2016 at 10:36

Seems like there are some delays and issues with payments from Coinsforall, until this is resolved it is better to use Suprnova. Their OpenCL miner is a bit slower it seems, but apart from the pool frontend overloading from time to time due to many users it still does seem like a better choice for AMD miners at the moment… Pool – https://zec.suprnova.cc/, Miner – https://github.com/ocminer/nheqminer/releases

Nicehash has also released an updated miner with OpenCL as a part of their NiceHash Miner, so that is an alternative as well… it is again a bit slower as it provided essentially the same mining speed as the Suprnova one (it the same miner with the same kernel), though the performance on Nvidia CUDA does seem to be improved a bit over the earlier version available.

Jack

October 29th, 2016 at 11:56

Any open source cuda miner under linux?
Thanks

Grout

October 29th, 2016 at 17:22

Please note that NiceHash nheqminer is only released in Windows binary form.
The source code on github is for version 0.1c which doesn’t support GPU mining at all.
When contacted, they replied with “Release date of the source is unknown ATM.”

timer

October 29th, 2016 at 19:40

so why they do not want release? are fee hardcoded in binaries? or they cripled to get adventage at start (gpu version use only 50% power)? or they not use open source code? or they scared thet someone will do better based on their code?

Tom

October 30th, 2016 at 05:48

Some tips for new miner. Best bet right now is nvidia and cpu mining, both are supported in windows on the nicehash miner which there are flavors at every pool. On suprnova, use v.2a but take the cuda tromp dll from v3, it’s a bit faster (source not released). If mining a on gtx 1080, set the threads to 32 instead of 64 (default) for a little bump (use the -ct 32 parameter).

tips welcome – t1TeCULdFjQGn22Sn8tFH2pw2PZRuTGhApH

Genoil

October 30th, 2016 at 14:14

0.4.1 works much better than anything I released earlier.

Still not 1.0 but you can minecwiyh it :-)

admin

October 30th, 2016 at 14:16

The new version 0.4.1 OpenCL miner from Genoil does indeed seem to work much better than the earlier releases and offers good performance, though it sill has issues on Radeon 280x apparently… https://github.com/Genoil/ZECMiner/tree/master/releases

chronek

October 30th, 2016 at 15:21

no genoil version worked for my nvidia card (0clEnqueueNDRangeKernel(-4)) or for intel opencl (no errors, gpu memory 870mb used, 100% gpu load, but 0sols..)

so will stick for nheqminer cpu/gpu , on i7-4790k 28 sol/s on 980gtx 25 sol/s

admin

October 30th, 2016 at 15:30

For CPU/NVIDIA mining you should stick with the nheqminer for now… Genoil’s miner is good for AMD cards.

Javi

October 30th, 2016 at 15:36

genoil 0.4.1 gives EnqueueNDRangeKernel(-4) on the 1070 (372.54 driver)..

and it´s useless to try on 7950/280x as its based on Silent Army, and it doesnt work on GCN 1 cards.
The best miner for old AMD card was the hardcoded one for Coinsforall, but the profit vanishes as you will receive your coins 48hrs late from that pool.

chronek

October 31st, 2016 at 03:08

Some tips for new miners (nheqminer – windows and nvidia):

For now best is use of nheqminer v0.2 but file cuda_tromp.dll from 0.3a if you have new card (not work on olders), it gave my gtx980 increase from 21 to 25 sol/s (like Tom said few post ago, tip him if you are not poor (address on his post))

If you have intel cpu with hyperthreading (4 cores but 8 threads) best is use 6 threads (like was mention on some forums), but found that if you separate cpu and gpu mining (just run 2 nheqminer, one only for cpu second only for gpu) and affinite them to other cores (like 7 first cores for cpu mining last 8th for gpu mining) you can get increase on cpu mining (on my intel i7-4790k went from 24 to 28 sol/s) and stability in gpu mining (gpu not stop with cpu submiting). For gpu mining tryed different options of blocks threads and had small increase, but very small (like 0.5 sol/s) when using 16 blocks and 256 threads (my 980gtx have 16 sm and max 1024 threads per block, but was not work at all with threads more than 256) but on older card what used cc3.0 and old cuda_tromp i could set to full 1024 threads and had increase like from 17 sol/s to 19 sol/s (for check how many cuda sm and threads per block use software like gpucapsviewer)

if you not poor tips welcome (in btc) 1AHMpXk8NLWqw1bZfU3qmQiWYi1W7yFnyi

I hope they will release source code of cuda_tromp.dll for windows compiler like visual studio soon, then we will be able optimize and compile by self (on linux they compiled from tromp sources and got over 80% increase…)

admin

October 31st, 2016 at 10:38

The newly released version 0.4.2 of Genoil’s miner now also supports GCN 1.0 cards, though we are still observing the miner crashing from time to time…

chronek

October 31st, 2016 at 13:46

Yay nicehash released working sources, time to compile with intel compiler…

Marcin Grygiel

November 2nd, 2016 at 19:49

Geforce 1070

Flypool (Equihash v0.2a): 25 Sols/s
Nicehash (Equihash v0.3a): 34 Sols/s

TEJ KUMAR

November 3rd, 2016 at 09:45

Hi,
I have a workstation with this configuration
Processors Information
————————————————————————-

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 8 (max 16)
Number of threads 16 (max 32)
Name Intel Xeon E5 2650 v2
Codename Ivy Bridge-EP/EX
Specification Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v2 @ 2.60GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 2011 LGA (0x0)
CPUID 6.E.4
Extended CPUID 6.3E
Core Stepping M0/M1
Technology 22 nm
TDP Limit 95.0 Watts
Tjmax 89.0 °C
Core Speed 2940.2 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 30.0 x 98.0 MHz
Rated Bus speed 3528.3 MHz
Stock frequency 2600 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, AES, AVX
L1 Data cache 8 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 8 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 8 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L3 cache 20 MBytes, 20-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes

Turbo Mode supported, enabled
Max non-turbo ratio 26x
Max turbo ratio 34x
Max efficiency ratio 12x
Max Power 150 Watts
Min Power 60 Watts
O/C bins none
Ratio 1 core 34x
Ratio 2 cores 33x
Ratio 3 cores 32x
Ratio 4 cores 31x
Ratio 5 cores 30x
Ratio 6 cores 30x
Ratio 7 cores 30x
Ratio 8 cores 30x
TSC 2600.1 MHz
APERF 3000.0 MHz
MPERF 2599.9 MHz

Temperature 0 45°C (113°F) [0x2C] (Core #0)
Temperature 1 50°C (122°F) [0x27] (Package)
Power 0 59.22 W (Package)
Power 1 46.80 W (IA Cores)
Power 3 12.42 W (Uncore)
Voltage 0 1.00 Volts (VID)

Processor 2 ID = 1
Number of cores 8 (max 16)
Number of threads 16 (max 32)
Name Intel Xeon E5 2650 v2
Codename Ivy Bridge-EP/EX
Specification Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v2 @ 2.60GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 2011 LGA (0x0)
CPUID 6.E.4
Extended CPUID 6.3E
Core Stepping M0/M1
Technology 22 nm
TDP Limit 95.0 Watts
Tjmax 89.0 °C
Core Speed 2940.2 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 30.0 x 98.0 MHz
Rated Bus speed 3528.3 MHz
Stock frequency 2600 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, AES, AVX
L1 Data cache 8 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 8 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 8 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L3 cache 20 MBytes, 20-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes

Turbo Mode supported, enabled
Max non-turbo ratio 26x
Max turbo ratio 34x
Max efficiency ratio 12x
Max Power 150 Watts
Min Power 60 Watts
O/C bins none
Ratio 1 core 34x
Ratio 2 cores 33x
Ratio 3 cores 32x
Ratio 4 cores 31x
Ratio 5 cores 30x
Ratio 6 cores 30x
Ratio 7 cores 30x
Ratio 8 cores 30x
TSC 2600.1 MHz
APERF 3000.0 MHz
MPERF 2599.8 MHz

Temperature 0 52°C (125°F) [0x25] (Core #0)
Temperature 17 55°C (131°F) [0x22] (Package)
Power 16 56.86 W (Package)
Power 17 44.53 W (IA Cores)
Power 19 12.33 W (Uncore)
Voltage 16 1.00 Volts (VID)
———————————————————————————————————-
But get only 6-7 h/s for zcash nicehashv0.3a
WHY?????????????

TEJ KUMAR

November 3rd, 2016 at 09:47

I have total 10 workstation with this configuration.

BUT I think zcash mining is not properly working on my system.

Operating System is WIN 10 64 BIT with 2 Xeon processor and 32 GB ram with 8Gb AMD GPU

jesse charron

November 3rd, 2016 at 11:54

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