All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
The development of some of the ccMiner forks for Nvidia GPU miners didn’t seem very active visually in the last couple of months, especially with coins such as ZCash (ZEC) that came with their own miner releases, but it hasn’t been stopped. A few days ago tpruvot has made a pre-release version of his new ccMiner 2.0 available (source) for people interested in checking it out with probably a few small things left to be ironed out before the final 2.0 release is made available. So if you are using Nvidia GPUs to mine crypto coins then you might want to give it a try and don’t forget to send a tip to your local friendly ccMiner developer for a beer or two to show your support.
ccMiner 2.0 RC2 changelog:
– Handle cryptonight, wildkeccak and cryptonight-lite
– Add a series of new algorithms: timetravel, bastion, hmq1725, sha256t
– Import lyra2z from djm34 work…
– Rework the common skein512 (used in most algos except skein ;)
– Upgrade whirlpool algo with alexis version (2x faster)
– Store the share diff of second nonce(s) in most algos
– Hardware monitoring thread to get more accurate power readings
– Small changes for the quiet mode & max-log-rate to reduce logs noise
– Blake2s fix, variant built with CUDA 6.5 (not usable for lbry)
Do note that this release may not contain the best optimizations and fastest performance on all of the supported algorithms, so depending on what you are currently mining you may need to stick to another faster fork of ccMiner or not. Also the CUDA 6.5 binary release does not work for LBRY mining as noted in the changelog, so either use the 8.0 release or compile with 7.5 for mining that coin.
New update in the form of a Windows binary compiled from the latest Git source code of the ccMiner 1.5.78-git SP-MOD fork by SP optimized for the latest Maxwell-based video cards (source). The new release comes with more performance improvements for various algorithms under CUDA 7.5 trying to reach the same performance as with CUDA 6.5, the latest CUDA 6.5 release was version 74. Do note that the SP-MOD fork of ccMiner is designed for Nvidia Maxwell GPUs such as the already available GTX 750, 750 Ti as well as the newer GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti and GTX Titan X. The Windows binary release we have made available here is with support for Compute 5.0 and Compute 5.2 GPUs or with other words only for Maxwell-based Nvidia video cards compiled with CUDA 7.5 and VS2013.
We have not released binary updates of the cpuminer-multi CPU miner fork from tpruvot with multiple algorithms support (source), so here is an up to date version compiled for Windows. This is the most functional fork of cpuminer that comes with support for the largest number of algorithms and a lot of optimizations for them to get the most performance out of your CPU. Do note however that some dedicated forks of cpuminer for a specific algorithm may still provide better performance, but if you want flexible solution with many algorithms supported then cpuminer-multi is the choice. We have compiled an up to date Windows binary from the latest source that comes with some fixes and improvements for various algorithms as well as support for some new algorithms such as bastion, scrypt-jane, sib and yescrypt. If you have some spare CPU power that you want to use for mining then this is the miner you’ll need, do note that we have compiled our Windows binary with Visual Studio 2013 and for 64-bit Windows.