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The X16R crypto algorithm introduced by RavenCoin (RVN) is getting more widely supported now that NiceHash has added support for users to sell and purchase X16R mining hashrate. Alogng with the support on the website for X16R the Excavator Nvidia GPU miner software developed by the service and also a part of their NiceHash Miner software also got support for the X16R algorithm. Apart for the new support of the X16R crypto algorithm, the Excavator miner also supports the following algorithms on more recent Nvidia GPUs: equihash, pascal, decred, sia, lbry, blake2s, daggerhashimoto, lyra2rev2, keccak, neoscrypt, cryptonightV7 and lyra2z as well as three dual mining modes: daggerhashimoto_decred, daggerhashimoto_sia and daggerhashimoto_pascal. Do note that the Excavator miner is a closed source miner available as a binary for Windows and Linux…

To download and try the latest version of the Excavator Nvidia GPU miner software…

We just gave a try of the latest NiceHash Excavator 1.2.10 alpha miner (source) that includes new algorithms and some performance improvements. It has been a while since we have played with last, so there are some changes that we wanted to try out. Excavator supports both AMD and Nvidia GPUs and works with some of the more popular mining algorithms, though performance wise it may not be the fastest on all of them.

Nvidia CUDA supported algorithms: equihash, pascal, decred, sia, lbry, blake2s, daggerhashimoto
AMD OpenCL supported algorithms: daggerhashimoto, equihash, pascal, sia, decred

More notable is the performance improvement from the latest ethminer for Nvidia GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 GPUs that has also apparently been implemented in Excavator, so you might want to try that as well and see what results you are going to get if you are mining coins using the (Ethash) Dagger-Hashimoto algorithm such as Ethereum and others. Below you can find a 64-bit Windows binary that you can download and try will all of the supported algorithms, just modify the sample config files provided. Do note that Nvidia supports two more algorithms that have not yet been implemented on AMD GPUs!

To download and try the latest Excavator 1.2.10a miner for 64-bit Windows…

Monero (XMR) has already forked to the new CryptoNight7 POW algorithm, invalidating the existing and probably the upcoming CryptoNight ASIC miners and we have already seen a significant decrease in the network hashrate and difficulty as a direct result. Since CryptoNight is originally doing better on AMD hardware the people with AMD GPU mining rigs are probably switching to CryptoNightV7 mining and there are a couple of miners available that you can use. As we ave already written in advance, there are some good options available with CryptoNightV7 support for AMD RX VEGA GPUs. Although the Xrig and Cast-XMR miners that are probably best for VEGA, they can also work on RX 4xx/5xx series of GPUs, but owners of other AMD GPUs should probably prefer to go for Claymore’s CryptoNote AMD GPU Miner v11.3. The latest version does come with removed developer fee, so it is completely free now and adds support for the Monero hardfork, you just need to add the option -pow7 1 and you are good to go with CryptoNightV7 mining. Meanwhile there are other CryptoNight coins moving to CryptoNightV7, so make sure you are ready for them as well…

Nvidia GPU miners are also not forgotten and also have support for the new CryptonightV7 coins from the most popular miner out there that supports CUDA – KlausT’s ccminer-cryptonight fork. Nvidia GPUs however are as not as well performing compared to AMD GPUs, so the interest there for CryptoNight coins isn’t that big, but you never know when you can get a good profit even with Nvidia GPUS mining CryptoNight coins as well. With ccminer-cryptonight just make sure that you select the proper algorithm, depending on the coin you mine, the latest version adds support for cryptonight, monero, graft and stellite with the last one generating a lot of interest apparently. The latest NiceHash Excavator miner still in alpha also has added support for CryptoNightV7 (also included in the NiceHash Miner), so you might want to check it out as well if you are interested.


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