Archive for the ‘Mining Software’ Category

The recent spike in the price of SiaCoin (SC) has apparently sparkled interest in users willing to buy some mining hashrate or to sell their hashrate, so now you are able to do just that on the NiceHash service. Do note that the stratum supported for SIA by NiceHash would require you to use a specific compatible miner and other SIA pool miners will most likely be incompatible for the moment. NiceHash has updated their excavator miner to support Sia stratum mining on their service (only on Nvidia CUDA for the moment), so if you want to try selling your SiaCoin mining hashrate on NiceHash you will have to use it. You can download the latest 64-bit Windows alpha release of excavator 1.2.2a (source) with support for SiaCoin in Nicehash. The equihash miner also supports the Equihash algorithm used by Zcash, Pascal and Decred for the moment on Nvidia. Do note that the excavator miner software does work on both OpenCL AMD GPUs as well as on Nvidia CUDA ones for the supported algorithms. Have in mind though that running the miner on AMD OpenCL GPUs however is a bit more specific than running it on Nvidia CUDA, currently only Equihash and Pascal algorithms work on AMD GPUs!

Download and try the latest Excavator 1.2.2a Win64 miner with SicaCoin support on NiceHash…

Applications and services trying to get people from outside crypto currencies to start mining are nothing new for example Minergate. The problem with these however is that they are targeting regular users that may not have the right hardware for profitable crypto mining and more specifically a good GPU. Here comes a new contender called Merito in the form of an easy application targeted at gamers and giving them the opportunity to utilize their higher-eng gaming PCs for mining while they are not in use. All you need to do to get started is make a quick registration and download and run the provided application, no hard to do configurations or setting things up, just type your email address (the one you registered with) in the app and click the Start button. The GUI is going to show you the earnings you have accumulated so far and an estimate on what you may earn.

By default the Merito app should start with Windows, but it will start mining only after the computer has been idle for at least 20 minutes and will use only the GPU for mining. You can also add CPU mining and make the application run with the start of the operating system or run it only manually. There is also the option to schedule it to run only in a specific time frame such as during the night. Another interesting feature is the ability to enable Charity mining and set a percentage or support your favorite Twitch steamer with a percentage you decide from what you have earned mining.

The main idea of the Merito application is to make it easy for gamers to earn something back from the gaming hardware they have purchased and either get paid through PayPal or get games with what they earned. As a backend and for the actual mining the app uses Monero (XMR) miner for the CPU as well as ZCash (ZEC) miner for the GPU with the mining applications included with the graphical user interface. So far the application is being used by about 600 people which is not a bad start at all and with a lot of gamers out there that are not into crypto mining the potential for growth is quite big.

For more information and to download and try yourself the Metrito application…

A recent small change in the Decred (DCR) protocol has apparently resulted in the old GPU miners not being able to mine anymore, so an update is required in order to continue mining DRC coins. There is already an updated version of ccMiner 2.0 RC3 from Tpruvot for Nvidia GPUs as well as the Nicehash fork of sgminer version 5.6.1 for AMD GPUs. So if you are mining Decred (DCR) and want to be able toc ontinue mining it make sure you update your mining software.

If you want to get more details about the so called Decred Pow Mining “outage”…