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It seems that another crypto project has moved to RandomX as a Proof of Work mining algorithm – YadaCoin. Yada is a blockchain social media protocol that uses YadaCoins for social interactions, and even though the project started in 2018 it seems to be slow in getting a lot of attention. We just recently discovered it thanks to the RandomX fork they had a few days ago and while we wanted to give it a try and mine some coins, unfortunately our efforts ended up in vain. We could not make the official Windows mining software to work (no pools yet, only solo mining), have not tried mining under Linux, though unfortunately there is not much information available to help… not even on the fork itself. It seems that unless you have been following the development from the start you might have trouble getting to understand how to make things work and that is never a good thing for a crypto project that wants to become mainstream, let alone one that wants to build a social media blockchain.

If you like digging and tryign things out, then you might give YadaCoin with RandomX mining a try…

We have already mentioned the plans of ArQmA (ARQ) to fork to a new RandomX-based algorithm called RandomARQ and that has happened a few days ago and we have tried CPU mining the new algorithm. Since it is based on RandomX we expected to see significant advantage for the latest AMD’s Ryzen CPUs like we’ve seen with RandomX and some other variants of the algorithm used by other projects. To our surprise however Intel’s multi-core processors are actually not that far behind in terms of performance (a few times slower like on RandomX). Of course Intel is still slower, but the actual difference is not as much as we’ve seen so far and that is definitely good news for miners that have some spare Intel CPUs that might be interested in mining something based on RandomX.

We have tested performance using the latest XMRig miner and SRBMiner-MULTI miner with the seond one still performing slower as we have seen with other RandomX algorithms compared to XMRig. With an AMD Ryzen 3600 using XMRig we are getting around 22.8 KH/s while on Intel Core i7 6850K CPU we get about 17 KH/s, both being 6 core – 12 thread processors though the AMD one is much newer product. With SRBMiner-Multi the results were 13.4 KH/s with the AMD and 7.8 KH/s for the Intel CPU, so you better stick to XMRig for mining ARQ for now and you might want to also test your Intel processor(s) as well for the RandomARQ algo. The not so good news however is that profit for a single CPU mining ArQmA (ARQ) is well nonexistent, unless you do not pay for electricity… 20 USD cents per day for the Intel and 30 for the AMD processors. These dayly earnings could probably just cover your electricity costs if you have cheap electricity at 10 USD cents per kilowatt.

If you are still interested in the ArQmA (ARQ) crypto project and the RandomARQ algorithm…

The Nervos project is nearing its CKB v1.0 Mainnet launch called Lina planned for November 16th or in a week from today, though even in the last days of the testnet you are still able to mine CKB coins thanks to the testnet mining competitions being ran. If you take part in any of these mining competitions the testnet tokens mined will be moved to the mainnet when it launches, though there are some specifics things that you may want to read carefully. The Eaglesong algorithm is more GPU intensive and thus works better on more powerful Nvidia GPUs than on what most widely used AMD cards can deliver, though mining is possible on both AMD and Nvidia hardware.

There are a number of miners available with support for the Eaglesong algorithm available, though probably the most interesting for Nvidia miners will be NBMiner 26.0 (AMD is also supported) for the moment as it supports dual mining of ETH and CKB. If using dual mining on GDDR5X GPUs make sure you also have the OhGodAnETHlargementPill running as it will help you maximize both the Ethash and Eaglesong hashrates. For instance on GTX 1080 Ti you may be getting 400 MHS on Eaglesong and 33 MHS for Ethash without the pill, and when you run it the performance should go to something like 500 / 42. Mining only CKB should get you around 1100 MHS as hashrate on the same hardware. The latest GMiner 1.73 has also added support for CKB mining for both AMD and Nvidia and it delivers pretty much the same hashrate on 1080 Ti as the NBMiner, though no dual mining in this release (ETH + CKB dual mining should most likely come in next GMiner release). AMD GPU miners have another option for a miner and it is SRBMiner-MULTI that also supports Eaglesong mining. If you are interested in a pool where you can mine CKB, then you might want to start with f2pool, hashpool or spark pool for a start.

If you re interested in getting more details about the Nervos (CKB) crypto project…