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Another update in the form of a Windows binary compiled from the latest cpuminer-opt (source) CPU miner with added optimizations for many algorithms using the AES-NI instruction set (also works on older SSE2 capable CPUs). Up until recently the cpuminer-opt was available only for Linux users, but starting from version 3.3 there is also Windows support and we have compiled 64-bit binaries of the miner for Windows for the latest released version 3.3.8. The latest update brings some performance improvements such as blake2s with about 10% higher hashrate, support for new algorithms such as LBRY, Whirlpool and WhirlpoolX as well as fixed Skein2 that was apparently broken in the previous version.
In the archive below you can find multiple executable files that are compiled for different CPU architectures that support AES-NI instructions, so you are welcome to try them to see what works best for you. If your processor does not support AES-NI (CPUS introduced 5 or more years ago), then you might want to use the cpuminer-sse2.exe binary. The default cpuminer.exe is compiled for Intel Westmere, the first Intel architecture that has support for the AES-NI instruction set and cpuminer-amd.exe is bdver1 which should work on all AMD processors with AES-NI support. If you have a more recent Intel Sandybridge, Ivybridge, Haswell or Broadwell-based processor you can try the respective binary to see if that will squeeze some extra performance, or you can compile directly on your PC with the native instruction set supported by your CPU.
Vanillacoin (VNL) has forked to Blake256 as the default Proof-of-Work algorithm from the previously used WhirlpoolX algo, so you need to upgrade your wallet to the new version 0.4.3 and update your mining software as well to support the new Blake algorithm. Do note that the Blake256 algorithm used by Vanillacoin is not exactly the same as the one used by BlakeCoin as VNL uses double sha256 instead of single sha256. Tpruvot has already added support for the new Vanillacoin algorithm in his ccMiner fork (source), so you can use that for mining on Nvidia GPUs and soon we’ll probably see it in other forks as well. Support for the new Blake256 algorithm used by Vanillacoin is also available in a forked cpuminer-multi CPU miner (source) if you want to try CPU mining VNL. Below you can download updated Windows binaries for CPU mining (cpuminer-multi x64), Nvidia GPU mining (ccMiner) and AMD GPU mining (cgminer) if you want to try mining Vanillacoin with the new Blake256 algorithm.
We have compiled a new Windows binary from of sgminer version 5.1.1 from the latestsource as it includes some fixes and optimizations since our last binary release. The latest sgminer 5.1.1 should also have better performing WhirlpoolX implementation thanks to Wolf0’s kernel getting integrated. The idea of the official sgminer is that it combines almost all of the available algorithms in a single miner package and that is what makes it useful for GPU miners along with a functionality that should allow you to easily switch between them. Do not that the performance of all of the various kernels included in the official sgminer may not be as optimized as in some dedicated releases for a specific crypto algorithm out there.