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A few days ago we have posted a windows binary compiled from the latest source of ccMiner 1.7-git from tpruvot and now the official 1.7 release is available with a windows binary compiled by the author of the miner. The final version does come with some additional fixes and improvements as compared to the 1.7-git release from a few days ago, so if you are using the older windows binary you might want to update now. The ccMiner 1.7-tpruvot fork brings support for old Compute 2.0 (SM 2.1) devices for many of the crypto algorithms allowing users with older Nvidia GPUs to use them to mine. It also brings some performance improvements for newer Compute 5.0+ GPUs and adds new features such as automatic benchmark mode for all supported algorithms and some other interesting new features. The ccMiner 1.7-tpruvot fork supports Nvidia-based GPUs with Compute 2.0 or newer capabilities, so make sure that you are not trying to run the miner on too old hardware. The official x86 Windows binary release is for older SM 2.1+ devices while the x64-bit one is intended for newer SM 3.5+ devices.
Recently we have been compiling and releasing windows binaries of the ccMiner fork by SP that is optimized for newer Nvidia GPUs based on the Maxwell architecture, but tpruvot has been active lately and we have decided to compile and release a windows binary from his latest source. The windows binary we have compiled for ccMiner 1.6-git by tpruvot (source) is with support for Compute 3.0 or later Nvidia-based video cards, unlike the SP releases that are Compute 5.0 and 5.2. This means that if you are using older video cards you should go for the tpruvot release as the SP fork will not function on these, newer Maxwell GPUs however will get much better performance with the SP fork. Below you can find a quick comparison we did with the latest ccMiner 1.5-41 fork from SP and ccMiner 1.6-git fork by tpruvot using a GeForce GTX 980 GPU running at stock frequencies.
ccMiner 1.5-41 SP:
X11 – 9098 KHS
X13 – 7230 KHS
X15 – 6226 KHS
ccMiner 1.6-git tpruvot:
X11 – 8239 KHS
X13 – 6669 KHS
X15 – 5830 KHS
We have compiled a new windows binary from the latest ccMiner 1.5.1-git by tpruvot (source) that comes with support for the Lyra2RE algorithm – the algorithm that VertCoin (VTC) is going to be forking to. There is an official ccMiner fork with support for Lyra2RE available, but it seems that tpruvot’s fork is slightly better in terms of performance. We are getting about 1180 KHS with a GTX 980 GPU running at stock frequencies and around 1140 KHS with the official Lyra2RE ccMiner on the same hardware. Do note that this is not an official 1.5.1 release from tpruvot, we have just compiled a binary form the latest source in order to be able to test Lyra2RE mining performance on the available test pool. Our windows binary is compiled with VS2013 and supports Compute 3.0, 3.5, 5.0 and 5.2 GPUs, you can download and try it below, there is an example BAT file setup for testing hashrate at the Hashlink’s test VTC pool with Lyra2RE support.