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There is now a fork of sgminer also available for mining the X16r algorithm used by Raven (RVN), so the coin is no longer in the domain of Nvidia miners alone. The sgminer-gm fork with X16R support by aceneun should work on most recent AMD GPUs such as RX 4xx/5xx series and RX VEGA just fine, we have not tested it on older generations, but it might be just fine for them as well. Do note that there is a Windows binary available and it requires you to have the 32-bit (x86) version of Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 installed in order to run it.

The performance you could expect from the sgminer-gm-x16r is about 5-6 MHS on AMD Radeon RX 470/480 or RX 570/580 series of GPUs, though the results can vary based on different clock settings. On an AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56/64 GPU you should be able to get about 10-12 MHS, though again results can vary depending on configuration and clocks. Performance wise it is not bad compared to what users are getting on their Nvidia GPUs, though the latest ccMiner Enemy 1.03 fork for Raven (RVN) does provide higher hashrate on Nvidia GPUs.

Regardless if you are using AMD or Nvidia GPUs, mining Raven (RVN) might not be a bad idea at the moment as there is a lot of user interest and hype surrounding the coin and difficulty is growing. We are yet to see however how will things develop in the near and the not so near future with this coin as it may all end up with too much hype, but then again this could also end up being a gem for the earlier adopters as well. The difficulty of the coin has been steadily growing in the last few days and now with an AMD GPU miner available as well it will most likely continue to grow higher.

To download and try the sgminer-gm-x16r AMD GPU miner for Raven’s (RVN) X16r algorithm…

It seems that there is a new Cryptonight miner out there optimized for AMD RX Vega GPUs called Xrig, though it should also work on other AMD video cards. Performance wise it should be similar to other high-performance AMD RX Vega miners like Cast-XMR or XMR-stak, meaning 1900-2000 H/s, depending on the settings. What makes it more interesting is the built-in hardware monitoring as well as options to configure clocks and voltages via a config file. Xrig is open source, though the default Windows binary is with 1% dev fee included and it apparently starts with developer fee mining when you run the miner before it continues to your configured pool.

The miner comes with GPU reset script and devcon.exe bundled, however it may not work out of the box as you need specific version of devcon.exe depending on your Windows version. So if the bundled devcon for the Windows does not work for you, here is an easy way to obtain the required devcon version. Other than that, well you should try the miner and compare what kind of performance you are getting with it on your Vega 56/64 GPUs or other AMDs an if it works better than other alternative options. If not using a config file (you need to create one, example is available on Github) do not forget to set the intensity command line parameter in order for the miner to work.

To download and try the new Xrig Cryptonight miner for AMD RX Vega 56/64 GPUs…

Raven (RVN) is an interesting coin that has been under the radar for many people up until recently when it got hyped and the interest in it has grown seriously in the past days. Initially the coin was only CPU mineable, then a ccMiner version with support for the X16r algorithm used by the coin was introduced for Nvidia miners by tpruvot however that miner has been a bit troublesome for many users due to power spikes and mining systems rebooting, so people had to reduce TDP or downclock and suffer performance loss in order to mine stable. Fortunately there is a new improved miner available now – ccMiner Enemy 1.03 that offers better performance and more stable mining with higher TDP and clocks (still depending on your hardware).

The ccMiner Enemy 1.03 fork for Raven (RVN) mining is available only as a 32-bit Windows binary for the moment and is compiled for CUDA 8, it supports the X16r algorithm used by RVN as well as X17. For better performance the latest 390.xx drivers from Nvidia are recommended, so make sure you are up to date. If you are mining Raven (RVN) or had plans to do so, but were set back by the problems from the initial miner you should definitely try the new release as it should handle much better. AMD miners are still unable to mine Raven as there is no compatible X16r miner available yet, though there is a substantial bounty for anyone willing to make one.

To download and try the new ccMiner Enemy 1.03 fork for Raven (RVN) mining on Nvidia GPUs…