The Baikal Miner BK-X ASIC miner has received an update adding support for two more crypto algorithms, namely Nist5 and X11Ghost, bringing the total number of supported algos to 7 with more promised to be added later on. The Baikal Miner BK-X was originally introduced as Baikal Giant X10 and it had support fonly for X11, Quark and Qubit algorithms, but since then support for Myraid-Groestl, Skein and now Nist5 and X11Ghost has been added with even more apparently coming. In order to get access tot the two new mining algorithms you will need to update the OrangePI Zero controller that the miner uses to the new version 1.2 on your Giant X10 or BK-X ASIC miner.

On a side note Baikal Miner has been running some “crazy” sales on their other two ASIC miners, The Baikal Miner BK-N for Cryptonight and Cryptonight-lite is in pay 1 get 5 sale ($1900 USD) and the Baikal Miner BK-B for Blake256R14/Blake256R8/Blake2B/Lbry/Pascal is in pay 1 get 2 sale ($2699 USD). This is a hint that there is not much demand for the two devices apparently, especially for the Cryptonight ASIC where the competition is very big and coins have already started switching to the new CryptonightV7 like Monero (XMR) leading the way that is already not mineable with these devices.

Here you can find the updated OrangePI Zero image that you need to flash on the device…

You have probably noticed that there are a lot of miners lately for the Ravencoin (RVN) X16r mining algorithm and it is hard to keep a track of them all and also to compare the difference in performance because of the rotating algorithms. With Enemy’s closed source fork of ccminer being one of the fastest out there, though there are already a lot of open source alternatives available that we have already covered. There is however a new miner from Enemy – z-enemy-1.05a, that is no longer forked from ccminer, though it is still closed source, it is worth checking out if you are fine whit closed source miners. The new zealot/enemy 1.05a miner for Ravencoin (RVN) currently supports only the X16r mining algorithm and has a developer fee of 1% built-in, it is available for both Windows and Linux operating systems. Te latest Enemy 1.03a and 1.04a versions are based off ccminer and they do have built-in support for the X16S mining algorithms as well, so you might want to use these for Pigeoncoin (PGN) mining if you are interested. Below you can find the latest official miners and download links for the different Enemy miners for Ravencoin (RVN) with the changes they bring as posted by Enemy. Do note that all of these miners are for Nvidia GPU mining rigs only and are based on CUDA, they will not work on AMD OpenCL hardware.

Enemy 1-03a Fixed bug shavite skip block – native, +x16s, no imp.
Cuda 8.0 Linux (z-enemy-1.05a) Fix pool + min imp.
Cuda 9.1 Linux (z-enemy-1.05a) Fix pool switch + min imp.
Cuda 8.0 Windows x32 (enemy-1.04a) Fix pools switch + support 11+ card+ add support x16s (Pigeon)
Cuda 9.1 Windows x32 (z-enemy-1.05a) Fix pool switch

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.

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