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…

The popular service for leasing and renting mining rigs for different crypto algorithms – Mining Rig Rentals has just added support for CryptoNightV7, the new POW algorithm that Monero (XMR) and some other Cryptonight-based coins are planning to fork to as a cauntermeasure to the recent wave ot Cryptonight ASIC miners. In the next couple of days we are expecting to see some of the more popular CryptoNight coins to start forking to the new CryptoNightV7 mining algorithm, so there might be increased demand for hashrate for that algorithm. There are still not much mining rigs available for CryptoNightV7 at the moment after the launch of support for the new mining algorithm, but we expect to see more of these becoming available very soon. There are already a few miners available that do come with support for the new V7 of the algorithm available that we have covered already. Remember that with this service some people are leasing their mining hashrate while others are renting the available rigs, so you might want to try either of the sides and not just only one of them to see what works best for you…

For more information about the Mining Rig Rentals service for renting CryptoNightV7 mining rigs…

There were rumors, leaks and information about an upcoming Ethash ASIC miner from Bitmain for months, but now it is official as the company has announced their Antminer E3 device. The first ASIC miner capable of mining Ethereum (ETH) and other crypto currencies using the Ethash / Dagger-Hashimoto algorithm is capable of delivering 180 MHS hashrate at 800W of power usage and will cost you $800 USD. The first batch of Antminer E3 Ethash ASIC miners is scheduled to start shipping 16-31 July according to Bitmain’s website, so the devices should start appearing in the first user’s hands sometime in August, although the devices will probably be up and running on the network before that.

Looking at the specifications, you are essentially getting the equivalent of a regular GPU mining rig for Ethereum in terms of hashrate and power usage, but in a more compact and cost efficient format with the Antminer E3. Unfortunately the word is that besides Bitmain a couple more companies have also been working on Ethash ASIC miners, so soon we may start seeing more announcements with different specs similar to what happened with the recent wave of Cryptonight ASICs. So you should be careful when you are doing the math and considering if you should invest in the first generation of Ethash ASIC miners now, you if you should wait a bit more and see… especially considering they are not shipping immediately at this point. We also need to see what will be the response of Ethereum to the ASIC miners now that they are available as they may decide to follow the same road that Monero (XMR) choose – to fork the mining algorithm with the idea to continue to be ASIC-proof or switch to POS sooner than expected.

For more details about the new Bitmain Antminer E3 Ethash ASIC miner on the official website…

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