Posts Tagged ‘Keccak


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.


While GPU mining still does work better on AMD-based graphics processors using OpenCL, the latest versions of the CUDAminer software intended for use on Nvidia-based graphics cards has gone through a good performance optimization and it makes mining with CUDA a good option if you have some spare and unused Nvidia GPUs. The fact tha there are still shortages of the Radeon R9 280X graphics cards on the market – the all-round best performer for Scrypt GPU mining makes the alternative to mine coins with Nvidia GPU a decent alternative. Of course the price/performance ratio of an Nvidia GPU versus and AMD GPU for mining is still in favor of AMD graphics. You can expect to get about 550-560 KH/s from a stock (non overclocked) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card, while the same performance is easily achievable with a much cheaper stock AMD Radeon R9 280X card. If you however have a watercooled 780 Ti and overclock it well, you might be able to reach hashrate close to about 900 kHash/s according to the author of the software. Regardless, if you already have a CUDA-capable graphics processor why not put it to some mining work to get some extra crypto coins, it also makes for a good option to try out new pools or alternative cryptos…

One of the best things about the CUDAminer software is that it automatically detects the best settings for your graphics card, so that after yo run it the software can squeeze out the maximum mining performance automatically for you. This takes the guesswork and a lot of time spent for testing different settings, though you can still do that if you wish to fine tune things. One of the still missing important features from this miner is the failover pool switching to backup pools in case of a problem with the current mining pool. CUDAminer already has support for scrypt mining with N=1024 (LiteCoin and many, many other scrypt clones like DOGE for example), scrypt-jane mining (Yacoin and several clones), scrypt mining with larger N (VertCoin) and the recently released MaxCoin mining (SHA-3 i.e. Keccak256). So you will be up to speed even with the latest alternative crypto currencies such as VertCoin and MaxCoin that have generated quite some buzz in the last few days. Below you can download the latest binary for windows of CudaMiner or you can compile it yourself from the (source).

Update: CudaMiner is now an old and non supported anymore miner for Nvidia GPUs, you should switch to the more recent and supported ccMiner instead in order to get better support, including for newer mining algorithms and coins, as well as faster hashrates for your Nvidia-based GPU mining rigs!

Download the latest CUDAminer 2014-02-28 Nvidia GPU mining software…


An alternative cryptocurrency disrupting the already rather disrupting crypto market. It does not use a typical SHA-256 algorithm, but instead relies on a different SHA-3 (Keccak) that makes it ASIC proof for now at least. You can mine it with either a CPU, though with GPU mining also available there will not be much point in using the CPU. You need to use a specialized mining client based on cgminer for GPU mining. Considering the fact that this is still very new crypto and it already has a few smaller exchanges supporting trades is a good sign for potential in this one.


Block Explorer / Crawler


  • Keccak (SHA-3) Algo
  • 250,000,000 total coins.
  • 96 MaxCoin per block, halving every ~12 months
  • Retargeting using Kimoto Gravity Well algorithm.
  • 30 second block times


Source Code
at GitHub