Archive for the ‘Mining Software’ Category

Monero (XMR) has already forked to the new CryptoNight7 POW algorithm, invalidating the existing and probably the upcoming CryptoNight ASIC miners and we have already seen a significant decrease in the network hashrate and difficulty as a direct result. Since CryptoNight is originally doing better on AMD hardware the people with AMD GPU mining rigs are probably switching to CryptoNightV7 mining and there are a couple of miners available that you can use. As we ave already written in advance, there are some good options available with CryptoNightV7 support for AMD RX VEGA GPUs. Although the Xrig and Cast-XMR miners that are probably best for VEGA, they can also work on RX 4xx/5xx series of GPUs, but owners of other AMD GPUs should probably prefer to go for Claymore’s CryptoNote AMD GPU Miner v11.3. The latest version does come with removed developer fee, so it is completely free now and adds support for the Monero hardfork, you just need to add the option -pow7 1 and you are good to go with CryptoNightV7 mining. Meanwhile there are other CryptoNight coins moving to CryptoNightV7, so make sure you are ready for them as well…

Nvidia GPU miners are also not forgotten and also have support for the new CryptonightV7 coins from the most popular miner out there that supports CUDA – KlausT’s ccminer-cryptonight fork. Nvidia GPUs however are as not as well performing compared to AMD GPUs, so the interest there for CryptoNight coins isn’t that big, but you never know when you can get a good profit even with Nvidia GPUS mining CryptoNight coins as well. With ccminer-cryptonight just make sure that you select the proper algorithm, depending on the coin you mine, the latest version adds support for cryptonight, monero, graft and stellite with the last one generating a lot of interest apparently. The latest NiceHash Excavator miner still in alpha also has added support for CryptoNightV7 (also included in the NiceHash Miner), so you might want to check it out as well if you are interested.

There are already a number of forks of ccminer available for Nvidia GPU miners interested in mining Ravencoin (RVN) that uses the new X16r algorithm, but they are more generic in terms of algorithm support, while the Ravencoin Miner (source)tries to focus on RVN. The idea is to make user experience while mining Ravencoin better and not only focus on performance by providing a good hashrate. The latest few updates are making the output displayed by the miner more useful for the miners and we especially like the function that estimates the RVN earned per day based on the hashrate that the miner achieves on your rig as well as the Kraww! instead of yay!.

The Ravencoin Miner is open-source fork of ccminer with support for X16r, it can be compiled on Windows and Linux. Do note that the official Windows binary release available for download does come with 1% developer fee activated by default, so you can support the developer while mining. If you want to can disable the developer fee with by adding the command line option --donate 0, so no need to recompile from source with zero dev fee. Since we like what we see with the development of this miner though we would prefer to leave the developer fee on and support the further development of the miner and you might want to do the same.

To download and try the latest Ravencoin Miner v2.3 release for Windows…

There is a new official release of tpruvot’s ccMiner fork version 2.2.5 available (source) that adds support for a few new mining algorithms, namely X12, X16r and X16S. The latest release also fixes issues on Neoscrypt and Equihash for the Nvidia Volta cards according to the developer. The two new X16 variants are getting a lot of attention lately – the X16r used by Ravencoin (RVN) and X16S used by Pigeoncoin (PGN). For people looking to mine X16r or X16S this may not be the fastest implementation out there, there are a lot of different ccminer forks and miners supporting that might provide better performance, so you might want to play around with these as well.

The latest official release version 2.2.5 from tpruvot is available as both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows binary releases for everyone using Windows and not keen on compiling the miner from source. The Windows binaries built with CUDA 9 for SM 3.0 or later Nvidia GPUs, so make sure you have up to date video drivers installed with support for CUDA 9.0 on your mining rigs.

To download the latest ccMiner version 2.2.5 fork by tpruvot Windows binaries…