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We have recently covered HOdlcoin (HODL) as an interesting new altcoin. For the moment HODL is only CPU mineable and you could only mine it solo with the wallet, but the first mining pool is now available with a dedicated hodlminer CPU miner (source). The miner supports Stratum and you can control how many CPU cores you want to utilize to mine HODL, however at this point it does seem to be slower than the built in CPU mining in the wallet. With hodlminer we are getting just about 1/4th of the hashrate we get in the wallet or just about 45-50 H/s as compared to about 200 Hashes per second in the wallet (under Windows 7) using an Intel Core i7 5820K CPU (6 cores – 12 threads). So you might want to wait for a more optimized miner to become available and keep solo mining for the moment in order to have higher hashrate available. Using pool mining does provide lower rewards per block, but also should ensure stable and more predictable mining income, unlike when solo mining at this already pretty high difficulty where luck plays a lot of role in how much you will make.
Update: New faster version of the miner is now available that should provide slightly higher hashrate than what you are getting using the wallet miner, increase should be something like 10-20% or more, but it can vary, so you need to test and compare. Just download the updated binary and try on your CPU and feel free to post result in the comments below.
The fork of ethminer from Genoil that is specifically optimized for Nvidia CUDA GPUs has been updated to a new beta version – Ethminer 0.9.41-genoil-1.0.6 (source). The latest release of Genoil’s ethminer for CUDA comes with some fixes and new useful features, so if you are using it you might be interested in checking the new 1.0.6 beta, but be aware it can have some bugs. The latest version by default should run on all available CUDA GPUs like it does for OpenCL, it has an option to delete old DAG files that are just taking up space, comes with Stratum support and an option to set a failover pool in case the main one fails for some reason. You can check the help.txt file for the new options available in the latest release and yo are welcome to try them and report if everything works Ok for you. The fork from Genoil, although targeted at Nvidia CUDA miners, will also work on AMD OpenCL GPUs, but there it should not be any different than from the default ethminer that is OpenCL only.
There has not been an update to the public ccMiner fork by SP of his Nvidia Maxwell optimized miner for quite some time, but he has just released some optimizations and so here comes a new Windows binary compiled from the latest Git source code of the ccMiner 1.5.78-git SP-MOD fork (source). The latest release comes with some small performance improvements in many algorithms, namely x11, x13, x14, x15, x17, nist5 and quark, so if you are mining any of these you might want to update. Have in mind that is also a CUDA 7.5 compiled release, the latest CUDA 6.5 release of SP’s fork of ccMiner was version 74. Do note that 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 Nvidia video cards compiled with CUDA 7.5 and VS2013.