All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
There are many tools for Linux including some specialized Linux-based mining distributions for monitoring different GPU mining rigs, but when talking about Windows-based mining rigs things are usually very different. With Windows mining rigs most people either rely on Team Viewer or another method of remotely connecting to the computer and monitoring directly the console window of the miner the PC is currently running. So here comes something useful for Windows-based Ethereum mining rigs that can save you the trouble of using remote connections all the time just to check the status of a mining rig – the Ethereum Windows monitoring tool. It is actually a set of tools and scripts that make it possible to open just a single webpage and see the status of your Ethereum mining rig in a short and useful way along with the mining hardware status such as operating temperatures, load, clocks and fan speed. The monitoring tool is designed to work with the standard ethminer, but it might be adaptable to other miners as well, though that might not be an easy task for novice users. The tool is still currently in an early version and might not be completely free of bugs and might not be that user friendly for everyone, but it is an interesting thing to try if you are mining Ethereum on Windows GPU mining rigs.
Taking advantage of the Coin Control feature is something considered a bit more advanced, especially if you don’t have built-in support in the specific crypto currency’s GUI Qt wallet and have to use the console. But Bitcoin and many of the more recent altcoins or ones with updated wallets do have built-in support making things easy to use the coin control feature right from the GUI. By default the feature is not enabled, so you will have to go to Settings / Options / Display and enable the coin control feature to be displayed. After that when you go to the Send coins panel of your coin wallet you will see a button to call the Coin Control feature, but what is this feature and why do you need to use it in the first place?
The coin control feature allows you to control how you spend the coins in your wallet when sending a transaction. You can choose what addresses will be the ones sending the coins and which of the coins you have received will be used. With this feature you can do things like combine multiple transactions and the coins from them that you have received in a single large sum of coins available to one of you wallet addresses. To do that you can just select which coins and the address you want them sent to and use on of your own wallet addresses, so you will actually be sending yourself the coins. Sending yourself coins would require you to pay a network transaction fee, but by consolidating multiple small amounts of coins into single ones you can actually reduce on further transaction costs.
The coin control feature however is more important for PoS (Proof of Stake) coins and altcoins that do have some other forms of awarding users with extra coins for holding some amount in their wallets. Consolidating the coins in your wallet will mean that they will available for stating altogether giving you bigger weight on the staking, so you should be able to save on time when staking coins. If a coin is rewarding you for keeping your coins in the wallet for some time, but there is a maximum time they need to stay in the wallet without moving you can use the coin control feature to see when you need to resend some of the coins back to your own wallet in order to keep getting rewards. So depending on the specific coin taking advantage of the coin control feature might help you maximize your PoS earnings, get more rewards or execute transactions with the coins you want from the address you want them to be sent. If you still haven’t used that feature you might want to give it a try and see how easy it is to use it especially if it is already available in your GUI qt wallet and you just need to enable it and not having to run console commands.
GenTarkin’s custom modified KNC Titan Scrypt ASIC firmware has been updated to version 1.0.4 with the update focusing on fixing issues that may cause the Energy Saver function to get stuck and never finish optimizing the power usage of the mining cubes attached to the controller. The modified firmware provides users with better and more functional interface and more importantly a more safer to use and better performing miner. This very useful extra functionality provided by GenTarkin’s Custom KNC Titan Firmware comes at a price, you need to purchase a full license for the modified firmware that is currently sold at $75 USD for the controller and if you have an additional devices you can purchase extra licenses for $35 USD each for each controller (key for activation only), not for each cube.
We have been using the previous release 1.0.2 for some time already and are really happy with it, though when we wanted to test the Energy Saver feature we apparently got trapped in a loop taking days and the optimization process not finishing. So hopefully we would be able to finish our testing of the automated functionality intended for reducing the power consumption of KNC Titan miners with the new 1.0.4 version of GenTarkin’s Custom KNC Titan Firmware. So stay tuned for our report on our experience and results using the extra Energy Saver feature with the new release in a couple of days. Other than the issue with the Energy Saver feature looping for days without finishing the process we are very pleased with the modified firmware as compared to the latest official firmware for the Titan miners. So we would advice all KNC Titan ASIC owners still using the official firmware to check out the latest GenTarkin’s Custom KNC Titan Firmware.