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The DERO project is one more crypto coin that plans to move from CryptoNight to the new RandomX algorithm most likely before the end of the year. The reason that is cided is to introduce more decentralization and participation to their platform with the move to the RandomX proof-of-work algorithm. Currently DERO can be mined using CryptoNight ASIC miners and this is something the developers of the project are trying to move away from and attract new users with the mining algorithm switch. The new RandomX algorithm should go live on the DERO testnet on October 31, 2019 and soon after that if everything works as expected we could see the main network forking to the RandomX PoW as well. Currently DERO is ranked around 500th place according to CoinMarketCap data with a market capitalization a bit below 4 million USD and has a daily trading volume of about 1/4 of the total capitalization.

RandomX is a proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm that is optimized for general-purpose CPUs. RandomX uses random code execution (hence the name) together with several memory-hard techniques to minimize the efficiency advantage of specialized hardware. More information about the RandomX algorithm from the official GitHub repository including a benchmark to test performance on CPU mining. Do note that RandomX dos manage to perform better on processors with higher number of cores and threads available and apparently is doing best so far on the latest AMD Ryzen series of CPUs. GPU miners are also available, however performance wise they are similar to what hashrate a lower-end dual core processor can provide, so they are not the best choice for the new RandomX algorithm for the moment.

Luxcore (LUX) project also known as LUXCoin previously has announced their plans for an upcoming fork that will replace the currently used PHI2 algorithm to a new one called RX2 (essentially a variation of the lately popular RandomX algo). RX2 is Luxcore’s version of RandomX that has some small modifications to the RandomX parameters in order to suit some specific requirements (details are not yet revealed). The exact date for the introduction of the new algorithm has not been revealed yet, so it is sill “in the coming weeks”. This marks yet another crypto project that is going towards the RandomX algorithm in order to fight with FPGA and ASIC miners.

Since the RX2 algorithm is based on the RandomX it will also be more CPU-friendly for mining (will require a separate miner support apparently) as it will not work with any of the miners that currently support RandomX. It seems that so far the RandomX algo favors AMD’s latest multi-core Ryzen 3 CPUs in terms of performance over Intel’s products that are much more widely spread and used mostly by miners in the last years. This could help AMD’s sales of new processors if mining for RandomX picks up and offers decent profitability which is still not the case for the moment. If more projects move towards RandomX or variations of the algorithm, like LUX is apparently doing, the interest and prfoitability might as well skyrocket and spark a new wave of CPU mining oriented rigs to be built.

ZelCash (ZEL) is an anonymous cryptocurrency that has been forked from ZCash (ZEC), but has since been evolving into a kind of a multi-functional crypto ecosystem. Initially the project used the Equihash algorithm that ZEC used (Equihash 200,9), but has since forked to Zhash (Equihash 144,5) and most recently a couple of months ago switched to the ZelHash (Equihash 125,4) algorithm. Meanwhile ZelCash has also been apparently renamed to just Zel, though it is still been widely refered to as ZelCash on most places. Currently ZelCash (ZEL) is ranked at 457th place by CoinMarketCap with a market cap of sub 5M USD and a daily volume of more than half the total capitalization.

ZEL has getting some attention lately and we have decided to check out mining it once more with the new algorithm and give you some helpful information should you decide to try mining it as well. The Equihash 125,4 algorithm called ZelHash is not as widely supported as other Equihash variations out there, though it is available for both AMD and Nvidia GPU miners. It is not available on NiceHash for the moment, though the algorithm is available at MiningRigRentals which can be used to your advantage where you might want to sell your hashrate if more profitable to mine directly ZEL.

The largest mining pool for ZEL is 2miners, though you can check what other pools with support for the ZelHash algorithm for ZelCash are available on MiningPoolStats. For AMD GPU mining you can only use the lolMiner closed source OpenCL miner with 1% developer free built-in. Nvidia GPU miners have more options with ZelHash supported by both the GMiner CUDA closed source miner with 2% developer fee built-in or the alternative miniZ CUDA closed source miner also with 2% dev fee. Our quick tests are showing that performance wise the miniZ miner does seem to be faster in terms of hashrate, though stability wise it is not as good as GMiner, so if using the miniZ miner make sure you use a loop when running the miner software.

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