Archive for the ‘Mining Software’ Category

The dstm’s ZCash Nvidia miner has been available for a while and we’ve been keeping a track, but it was only for Linux operating systems – not anymore. With the latest version 0.5.2 the miner is also released for Windows in a 64-bit binary and not anymore available only for Linux miners. The miner is closed source one and comes with a 2% developer fee included. It support Nvidia-based GPUs with Compute Capability 5.0 or later, meaning it is for Maxwell or the newer Pascal video cards. There is support available for stratum as well as for NiceHash’s extranonce, so it can be used there as well without problems for selling Equihash hashrate.

The dstm’s ZCash Nvidia Miner is supposed to be slightly faster than the popular and widely used EWBF’s CUDA Zcash miner that has not been updated for quite some time, so you might want to give the new miner a try. Our initial tests show a bit better hashrate with the same GPU settings as with the EWBF, though the difference is not huge. Do note that dstm’s miner has its own specifics that you need to get used with such as the use of a separate thread for each GPU and getting 6 separate workers on the pool from one mining rig for example. The interface could also use some improvements and some color coding can further help in readability, but in general it is quite Ok even at the moment. Do note that the 64-bit Windows binary is built with Visual Studio 2015, so if you do not have the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 installed you might get an error about a missing DLL.

If you want to check out the dstm’s ZCash Cuda miner available for Linux and Windows (64-bit only)…

We have received some requests for the fastest public fork of ccMiner for the Keccak algorithm and it seems that the version from alexis78 (source) is giving one of the best performances out there from the popular open source forks. There seems to be even more optimized version available as a private miner being sold, though we have not tested that one and cannot comment on the performance it offers. Alternatively the ccMiner fork from KlausT (source) also does seem to offer very similar performance as far as Keccak mining goes.

We have prepared a 64-bit Windows binary compiled from the alexis78’s source using CUDA 8.0 and compiled with VC 2013 that you can download and try if you want to mine Keccak on NiceHash or directly mine a specific crypto coin using this mining algorithm for its Proof of Work (PoW). The default intensity might be a bit high for some cards, so you might want to dial it down a bit if the miner is unstable on your mining rigs. If you are interested how much a GTX 1080 Ti does using this miner for Keccak, well it can do 1200-1300 MH/s with optimized settings for lower power usage. If you are wondering which altcoin is driving the demand and profitability for Keccak lately it is apparently SmartCash (SMART), prior to that there was also a short peak for MaxCoin (MAX) as well a couple of weeks ago.

To download and try the ccMiner 64-bit Windows binary for mining the Keccak algorithm…

There is a new Monero (XMR) CryptoNight miner out for AMD Radeon Rx Vega GPUs called Cast XMR that claims to be capable of reaching hashrates of more than 2050 CryptoNight H/s on an single RX Vega 56 or Vega 64 GPU (with a high power consumption). The miner is designed to support CryptoNight/CryptoNote based currencies such as Monereo (XMR), Bytecoin (BCN), DigitalNote (XDN) and Intense (ITNS) to be used with RX Vega GPUs and. There is a 1.5% dev fee included and currently is is available only for Windows OS (binary), no source code due to the developer fee, though apparently a Linux version is also coming soon.

According to the author of the miner is should be capable of providing you with about 1900 H/s at about 200W or over 2000 H/s at 250W of power usage, so if power and cooling is not an issue you might try to get the most out of your RX Vega GPU with this miner. To get the best performance you will need to use the AMD Blochchain Compute Driver (version is 17.30.1029) as well as to toggle the HBCC Memory Segment. While AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega GPUs are a bit buggy as far as mining goes and cause some headaches they are still doing great in terms of CryptoNight mining performance (when they work) and are also interesting option for Ethash dual mining as well, if you manage to keep them cool. Squeezing the best performance out of the RX Vega GPUs requires a lot of power usage and thus a lot of heat being generated, also getting more than 4 of these cards in a single mining rig is still a problem.

For more details abotu the Cast XMR CryptoNight miner for AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs…