The Cast XMR CryptoNight GPU miner for AMD RX VEGA 56/64 GPUs has just been updated to version 0.9.2 with another important milestone – not needing the user to use the Blockchain AMD drivers for the optimal performance. The new version promises 99% the performance of the Blockchain Compute Beta driver achieved with the latest standard Radeon Driver 18.3.4 as well. This is definitely a relief for people still using the Blockchain drivers as they have some specifics in making them work properly and are not entirely bug free. We are reminding you that recently with the latest updates Cast XMR added support for the upcoming CryptoNightV7 POW fork for Monero (XMR) and other Cryptonight-based coins. Feel free to try the new version of Cast XMR with the latest 18.3.4 video drivers and report if you are getting the same performance on AMD Radeon RX VEGA GPUs as you are with the old Blockchain video drivers.

To download the latest AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.4 video drivers…

Purk (PURK) is a new open source, mineable and autonomous cryptocurrency that is being described as a currency that can be used to monetize anything from website content, blog articles, multimedia, products and a variety of online services by allowing users to tip or donate to content owners anonymously. The developers say that Purk was created to help content owners and service providers monetize their website or application by accepting quick and easy micropayments from their users or customers. Purk is based on Boolberry and CryptoNote technology and utilizes the Wild Keccak algorithm which helps balance CPU, GPU and ASIC mining speeds, whilst providing extremely fast block verification times.

The Purk coin uses a new CPU and GPU (OpenCL) miner using Wild Keccak algorithm and compatible with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs and currently has only one official mining pool for the moment. Although it seems interesting and promising from a mining point of view as well as from user point of view, if it can deliver on the promises it makes, but unfortunately it has been plagued right from the launch yesterday. There were issues with the pool not properly reporting information to miners, but most of all connection issues that unfortunately continue and make the coin problematic to mine. You might still be interested to give it a go and keep an eye on the development of the project, we plan to do so for at least a bit more hoping that the issues will be solved.

If you are interested in mining the coin you should know that the CPU mining is significantly slower, about 1 MHS on an Intel Core i7 6850K CPU while on GPU you can get much better results. Since the miner uses OpenCL it is going to be faster on AMD GPUs, especially on 6x AMD RX VEGA 64 for example where you can get something like 65 MHS, while on 6x Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti it is just more like 40 MHS. The miner code could be further optimized in order to improve performance because the load on the GPUs is not that high and the operating temperatures while mining Purk are pretty low compared to other algorithms.

The popular service for leasing and renting mining rigs for different crypto algorithms – Mining Rig Rentals has just added support for the two of the latest and trending mining algorithms – X16r used by Ravencoin (RVN) and X16S used by Pigeoncoin (PGN). There are already more than a hundred mining rigs that support the X16r mining algorithm and about a third of that number with support for the more recent X16S, so if you are looking for some extra hash power to mine RVN or PGN at the moment you might want to check out the new sections. Both new coins and the algorithms they are using are generating a lot of attention at the moment, though it might be a bit of a gamble to go full on mining for either of them it may pay out very well in the end. 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 X16r and X16S crypto mining rigs…

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