Archive for the ‘Mining Software’ Category

The latest version of the XMR-stak miner (source) now comes in an all-in-one solution that can work on both CPU as well as GPU, together or separately and supports both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. XMR-stak supports tthe Cryptonight for Monero (XMR) and Cryptonight-light for AEON as algorithms and offers some of the best hashrates in terms of performance competing with Cast-XMR for the best AMD hashrate, especially on AMD RX VEGA GPUs. Do note that by default the developer fee for this miner is set to 2%, though the you can change that in the source code and recompile with different percentage should you wish to do so. There are binaries available for Linux and Windows ready for download and of course you will need to run the miner and configure depending on your mining hardware for best performance (there is autoconfig, but not the best performance).

For more information and to download and try the latest XMR-stak all-in-one miner solution…

There is a new closed source miner for the Lyra2rev2 algorithm available for AMD GPUs that is supposed to bring up the performance for owners of AMD-based mining rigs to a similar level of performance currently available to Nvidia mining rigs. The new miner is called mkxminer and is compatible with the more recent AMD GPUs such as Radeon series 200 or newer, including support for the latest VEGA GPUs as well (no asm kernels yet). There are assembler optimized kernels available for some of the supported GPUs for the best performance and the results in terms of hashrate are indeed very good.

It all seems pretty good so far, though there do seem to be some limitations such as the support for mining only on NiceHash at the moment (support for other pools may be added later on) and the lack of clear information how much is the developer fee. There is a dev fee included with this closed source miner, so you are mining for the developer form time to time, but nowhere is clearly stated what is the actual percentage of the fee. There is currently only a Windows version available, though a Linux one is also apparently being worked on as well and should be available soon.

For more details check the official announcement thread of the mkxminer on Bitcointalk…

Here is a ccMiner fork based on alexis78 code, but with added support for the KeccakC algorightm (source) used for CreativeCoin (CREA) mining. KeccakC is a slightly different variation of the Keccak algorithm, but it still requires modified miner to support it, so you still need to use a compatible miner for coins like CREA that use it. If you are looking for an sgminer with KeccakC support check this Windows binary from the official project website (source).

We have compiled a 32-bit Windows binary of the ccMiner frok from cornz with KeccakC support as it was requested by readers and you can download and try it from the link below. It is compiled with Visual Studio 2013 and CUDA 7.5, the supported Nvidia GPUs are Maxwell or Pascal-based ones (Compute 5.0 or newer). The performance we are seeing is similar to that of the original Keccak algorithm, so you can expect to see similar performance if you have mined a Keccak-based coin recently. Again, have in mind that Keccak and KeccakC although similar are not compatible with each other and you need to use the respective algorithm for the coins that use it!

To download and try the ccMiner 32-bit Windows binary with KeccakC algorithm supported…