RavenCoin (RVN) seems to have appeared out of nowhere for many people and there are still quite a lot of miners that are not aware of this potentially interesting crypto coin. Ravencoin is being described as “a use case specific blockchain designed to carry statements of truth about who owns what asset” and there is still a low unknown about the project. The interest in RVN however keeps growing and more people are getting interested in it and are starting to mine it and as a result the network is growing. You can keep track of how things move on on the useful Ravencoin Statistics website and how the network is progressing over time. The recent announcement that the Ravencoin roadmap and accompanying paper will be published on April 3 have further helped to increase the interest as currently there is just a short White Paper regarding the new X16r algorithm used by the coin.

Up until recently Ravencoin (RVN) was not traded on any exchange and was moved only as OTC sales and that is one of the reasons why the coin remained widely unknown for a while after its initial launch. Recently the decentralized exchange Crypto Bridge has added trading of RVN and that has helped move things further and help miners get more interest as they could easily sell coins. If you are interested in the profitability and are interested in just short term profit there is a useful RVN mining calculator that can give you an idea on how may coins you can mine and what profit you can expect. It can be useful for long term mining and holding as well as you can get an idea with what GPU mining hardware how many coins you can expect to mine, even though short term profitability does seem to be pretty good at the moment.

There is always a risk with new coins, especially when they tend to be more cryptic and not fully transparent at the beginning regarding what they are about and what their future plans are. So there is risk with Ravencoin (RVN) as well at this point as there are still a lot of unknowns, but higher risks do seem to pay out well if things tend to turn out for the better.

For the AMD X16r sgminer fork for Raven (RVN) Mining…
For the Nvidia X16r ccMiner Enemy 1.03 fork for Raven (RVN) Mining…

The latest update to the Bminer Equihash Nvidia miner brings a number of useful improvements for users that are mining ZCash (ZEC) or other Equihash-based crypto coins on Nvidia GPUs. The newest version 6.0.0 of the miner brings slight performance improvement in the hashrate, faster startup time and reduced CPU usage, comes with a failover server support, provides reduced reject rate caused by stale shares and a simple GUI launcher for Windows to make it even easier for novice users to set thing up. There are of course a number of other smaller improvements and fixes also available in this update to help you get better results and give you more flexibility.

For those of you that have not yet tried this Equihash miner, do note that it also has a simple web-based status interface that shows useful information like uptime, speed, power consumption and efficiency as well as some graphs for temperature and hashrate variation. So all in all a very nice list of improvements in the latest version of Bminer that makes it an even better alternative to more popular and widely used alternatives such as EWBF’s miner or dstm’s ZCash CUDA Miner. If you have not tried this miner the last time we talked about it when it was still new and getting up to speed, now might be a good time to give it a go.

For more information and to download the latest Bminer Equihash miner for Nvidia GPUs…

The Cast XMR CryptoNight GPU miner for AMD RX VEGA 56/64 GPUs has just been updated to version 0.9.1 with a slight performance improvement of 0.5% overall for Vega-based GPUs according to the developer of the software. The previous version 0.9.0 from eralier this month has already added support for the upcoming CryptoNightv7 fork for Monero (XMR) and other coins in the view of the new wave of ASIC miners targeting that crypto algorithm. Do note that Cast XMR is a closed source miner available as a binary only for 64-bit Windows and comes with a 1.5% developer fee. It is originally optimized for ADM RX VEGA GPUs using the Blockchain driver, though it should also work fine on other AMD RX series of GPUs.

Cast XMR should be able to autodetect and switch between CryptoNight and CryptoNightV7 on Monero (XMR) and most other coisn that decide to fork as well, though there is also an option available to switch manually to the desired version of the CryptoNiht algorithm in case there is an issue with the autodetection (use the --algo command line option). Currently it seems that the only GRAFT is having trouble working properly with the autodetection mechanism, so it is advised to manually select the version for the moment. GRAFT has not yet forked, so it is currently still using the old CryptoNight version and not the new V7 as are pretty much all other coins that have already announced their plans to also fork to v7. Just as a reminder, Monero (XMR) will fork at block 1546000 or around April 4th and that is less than two weeks away.

To download and try the latest version 0.9.1 of the Cast XMR miner for CryptoNight coins with support for V7…

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