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Nvidia has announced their new mid-range GPUs, namely the GeForce RTX 2060 as the fourth GPU in their new RTX range following the release for RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 that are already available on the market. Specifications wise the new RTX 2060 is something in between the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 from the previous generation, along with the new Tensor and RT cores on top of the CUDA cores. As far as crypto mining goes however there is not much use of the new gaming technology built into the RTX graphics cards, but the new architecture does bring some extra performance as we have already seen with he earlier RTX models… especially with miners already getting optimizations for the 2000 series.

It will be interesting to see what kind of performance you can currently get from an RTX 2060 GPU and we are soon going to have some results to show, so stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile the new GeForce RTX 2060 should be available from January 15th with prices starting at $349 USD. It is pricier than what the GTX 1060 was released at its launch, but then again you are also getting more with the GeForce RTX 2060, will the extra features be worth the price for mining though, that is entirely different question. With the current low profit for GPU mining that has been going on for quite some time already it is hard to justify the purchase of new mining hardware…

Crypto Playing Cards is a new project launched in Switzerland by a cryptocurrency believer, a project that wants to help adoption by getting the general population acquainted with cryptocurrencies. You can use the cards to play Poker, Bridge, Blackjack or just about any card game with the Crypto Playing Cards, they just feature custom crypto art and are not a deck for a special crypto game or something like that. Instead of playing spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs, you’re now playing with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and NEO. Every suit has different dominant colors and each character was specifically designed to proudly represent its cryptocurrency. The playing cards are crafted from premium cardstock and coated with extra smooth finish.

A single deck of the Crypto Playing Cards is priced at 14.90 CHF (Swiss Franc) which roughly translates the same amount in USD plus a couple of Francs for the shipping. You can purchase multiple decks with a slight discount if you want to have some for gifts to friends for Christmas for instance. The supported methods of payment are via PayPal, with a Credit Card (Stripe), payment with Nano via BrainBlocks, you can of course also use Bitcoin (BTC) as well as any of the following altcoins: Stellar (XLM), Ripple (XRP), NEO, Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) or GAS.

For more details about the project and to get a deck of Crypto Themed Playing Cards…

The NiceHash service for leasing and renting crypto hashrate has announced the addition of a new crypto algorithm to their list of supported algos – the Zhash algorithm or Equihash with parameter set 144,5. This algorithm is currently used as a PoW algorithm with Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Anon (ANON) and BitcoinZ (BTCZ) and other projects. The Zhash algorithm works by increasing the hardware requirements of Equihash to make the development of an ASIC appliance less viable and to put back GPU mining in control for the projects using this algorithm. Aside from support for Zhash on the marketplace for hashrate, mining Zhash is also supported through the latest NiceHash Miner Legacy (1.9.0.8) as well as third party miners of course.

Another popular service for renting and leasing mining rigs Mining Rig Rentals has been offering Zhash (Equihash 144,5) for quite some time, though the market there is usually smaller compared to what NiceHash is capable of providing in terms of hashrate. Apart from Zhash this service also offers support for Equihash 96,5 as well as Equihash 192,7 and Equihash 210,9 so if you need any of these you can check the MRR service as well.


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