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There is now an updated version of cgminer based on 3.7.2 (kalroth cgminer 3.7.3) with support for MaxCoin’s keccak (SHA-3) algorithm that is more stable and optimized than the previously available cgminer 3.6.6 with keccak support. So if you are still using the old version 3.6.6 of cgminer with keccak support, then you better update to the new cgminer 3.7.3 kalroth release for mining MaxCoins (MAX). You can also build the miner yourself from source if you wish.
The MaxCoin time with CPU mining was very short and now everyone is mining with GPU as soon as it became available, so the MAX crypto continues will full throttle. If you are looking into mining MaxCoin with GPU, then you might find this helpful – download CUDAminer for Nvidia with keccak support or download cgminer 3.6.6 with keccak support from the link below if you are mining with AMD graphics cards using OpenCL. The keccak version of cgminer miner may not be 100% stable, but it will restart again if there is a problem and it crashes. And as a suggestion for a pool to mine MaxCoin in – try 1GH. Ypool has already closed their MAX pool due to the serious DDoS attacks that MaxCoin pools were getting since the crypto has been announced a few days ago and 1GH seems to have resolved their problems with the attacks they were getting as well and are probably one of the largest if not the largest MaxCoin pool at the moment. There is now a newer version 3.7.2(3) available that is much more stable and reliable than the version 3.6.6.
If you are mining Scrypt crypto currencies such as Litecoin or maybe DOGE, then you are most likely using cgminer as a mining software or something that relies on cgminer as a backend. The author of cgminer (Con Kolivas) however seems to have decided to continue support of cgminer only for ASIC mining for SHA-256 cryptos such as Bitcoin and version 3.7.2 is the last one for cgminer to support GPU mining for scrypt crypto coins. Furthermore the windows version of the last cgminer to support GPU mining has been removed from the official download location, you can however download cgminer 3.7.2 with GPU support for windows here.
More importantly, there are already some alternatives that are based around the original source code of cgminer 3.7.2, but add extra features and offer improvements that are not found in the original software. One such version based on cgminer 3.7.2 is Martin “Kalroth” Danielsen’s cgminer 3.7.2 that he calls cgminer 3.7.3 in order for the users to be able to differentiate between the original and his version. In cgminer 3.7.2 kalroth (cgminer 3.7.3) he has made changes to the visual interface to make it more user friendly and functionality that can help you squeeze a bit more performance out of your GPU mining hardware. Some of the notable differences include support for multiple pool load balancing, implementation for idle state for GPUs when there’s no work, two additional modes for controlling intensity – xintensity and rawintensity for additional performance, faster failover pool switching back delay and interface improvements such as uptime status or percentage of rejected shares and so on. Definitely something to try and see if you like this version of cgminer better than the original 3.7.2.