Posts Tagged ‘x11 miner

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Looking at the official specifications of the iBeLink DM384M X11 ASIC miner state that the device should be capable of 384 MHS X11 hashrate (plus/minus 10 percent) with a power consumption of 715W measured at the wall with 25 degrees Celsius ambient temperature. This should be the numbers for the default configuration, however we did some measurements ourselves in order to get more accurate results in order to be able to do better calculations about the cost of operating the device. We have already measured on NiceHash an average hashrate that is slughtly above the official number of 384 MHS, so this is good, but what about the actual power usage and more importantly noise level. In our first impressions from the device we already mentioned that it is pretty noisy and not suitable for use in room where people will be present, but let us see what is the exact noise level as well.

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The power supply built into the miner is an 850 Watts server grade one that is compatible with 100-240V range (for worldwide use). The exact model is ASPOWER U2A-A20850-D and according to the official specifications is it rated as 80 Plus Silver, so a high efficiency solution. At stock settings (110 MHz PLL) the power usage we have measured on the wall with 230V EU power input was 686 Watts as you can see on the photo, the power usage in Watts might be slightly higher in US and other 110-120V countries due to slightly lower power efficiency. Increasing the operating frequency with +1 MHz steps is resulting in the power usage going up with about 5-6W on each step, so the 850W capacity of the PSU should be able to take up some nice extra overclock if the chips are capable of working well when overclocked and cooled well. We are going to be doing more extensive testing about the overclocking potential with results on the power usage and performance changes, working temperatures and cooling very soon.

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Now for the noise level, as already mentioned it is pretty high… just like from a rackmountable server for example. With a measurement showing about 72.6 dBA average it is perfect to be installed in a data center or a dedicated mining room, but it is not suitable for home miners as the noise level is too much for people to be in the same room for more than a few minutes… and even in the next room it might be quite noisy. The reason for the high level of noise is that the unit uses server grade fans by Delta Electronics and they are set to run at maximum RPM all the time (no temperature control). The same goes for the fan used in the power supply, a powerful Delta Electronics fan running at maximum RPM all the time, even though the PSU is highly efficient and there is not so much heat generated. The good thing about this default fans setup is that even at not that good conditions such as high ambient temperature the miner should be able to operate without any issues at optimum level. The not so good part is that small miners might have issues with the high level of noise and would probably want to do something to make it less noisy without compromising performance – this is possible with some modifications and we are already working on a solution to optimize the cooling, so more on that will be coming soon as well.

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Below you can find a list of the more common crypto algorithms with some example coins that use them along with a link to windows binary for a miner for the respective algorithm. This way you can quickly get to the GPU miner for AMD or Nvidia GPUs that you would need to use for a specific crypto algorithms, especially if you have not yet mined a coin based on that algorithm. There are of course some more coins that use other specific algorithms and may not be mineable with the GPU miners listed below.

Scrypt – LiteCoin (LTC), DogeCoin (DOGE), FeatherCoin (FTC), WorldCoin (WDC), Reddcoin (RDD)
sgminer 4.2.1 for AMD OpenCL
bfgminer 4.0.0 for AMD OpenCL
cgminer 3.7.3 kalroth for AMD OpenCL
cgminer 3.7.2 for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner 2014-02-28 for Nvidia CUDA

Scrypt Adaptive-N – Vertcoin (VTC), ExeCoin (EXE), GPUcoin (GPUC), ParallaxCoin (PLX), SiliconValleyCoin (XSV)
vertminer 0.5.4pre3 for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner 2014-02-28 for Nvidia CUDA

Scrypt-Jane (Scrypt-Chacha) – YaCoin (YAC), Ultracoin (UTC), Velocitycoin (VEL)
yacminer 3.4.2-yac2 for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner 2014-02-28 for Nvidia CUDA

SHA-256 – Bitcoin (BTC), NameCoin (NMC), Devcoin (DVC), IxCoin (IXC)
sgminer 4.2.1 for AMD OpenCL
bfgminer 4.0.0 for AMD OpenCL
cgminer 3.7.3 kalroth for AMD OpenCL
cgminer 3.7.2 for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner 2014-02-28 for Nvidia CUDA

SHA-3 (Keccak) – MaxCoin (MAX), Slothcoin (SLOTH), Cryptometh (METH)
cgminer 3.7.3 with Keccak for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner 2014-02-28 for Nvidia CUDA

X11 – DarkCoin (DRK), Hirocoin (HIRO), X11coin (XC)
sph-sgminer X11mod for AMD OpenCL
ccMiner 1.0 beta for Nvidia CUDA

X13 – MaruCoin (MARU), BoostCoin (BOST), X13Coin (X13C)
sph-sgminer X13mod for AMD OpenCL

Blake-256 – BlakeBitcoin, Blakecoin (BLC), Dirac (XDQ), Electron (ELT), Photon (PHO)
cgminer 3.7.2 with Blake-256 for AMD OpenCL
CudaMiner with Blake-256 for Nvidia CUDA

Quark – Animecoin (ANI), BitQuark (BTQ), Diamondcoin (DMC)
sph-sgminer 4.1.0 for AMD OpenCL
ccMiner 1.0 beta for Nvidia CUDA

HEFTY1 – Heavycoin (HVC), Mjollnircoin (MNR)
cgminer 3.7.3 HVC for AMD OpenCL
cgminer 3.7.3 MNR for AMD OpenCL
ccMiner 1.0 beta for Nvidia CUDA

For other crypto algorithms:
sph-sgminer 4.1.0 for AMD OpenCL
ccMiner 1.0 beta for Nvidia CUDA
ccMiner 1.0 beta for Nvidia CUDA for older Compute 2.x cards

sph-sgminer-x13mod

The fork of sph-sgminer from lasybear released a few days ago has received an update with support for mining X13 crypto coins such as MaruCoin. The update for X13 support follows the idea of the previous optimization of the kernel for X11 and also brings improved performance. Do note that there is no need to download this update if you are mining X11 as it will not bring further performance increase to X11 mining, the optimizations in this build are only for X13 coins.

With the official sph-sgminer we were getting around 1.5 MHS mining MaruCoin (X13 coin) and with the windows binary we have compiled (source here) we are able to get up to about 2.65 MHS on a Radeon R9 280X GPU as you can see on the screenshot. Just edit the included config file that is already setup for X13 mining and you are ready to mine X13 coins with a nice performance boost. Do note that currently X13 is GPU mineable only with AMD graphic processors, there is still no miner available for use on Nvidia GPUs.

The Windows binary has been updated to the latest source that includes a fix for for older AMD Radeon HD 5xxx/6xxx series cards. For these cards you need to use “kernel” : “x13modold” in config file or -k x13modold from the command line. For newer cards such as Radeon HD 7xxx or the R7/R9 series you need to use the standard x13mod kernel.

To download the new sph-sgminer_x13mod with performance increase for X13 crypto mining…


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