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GMiner has been updated a lot recently with fixes and improvements and the latest version 1.26 is not an exception as it apparently tires to fix the BEAM mining support on NiceHash that has recently been introduced. Initially when NiceHash announced support for BEAM on their platform both GMiner and Bminer seemed to work just fine, however earlier today both miners started having issues with the platform. The problem seems to affect both miners for BEAM only on NiceHash, it does seem to work fine with other mining pools, but on NiceHash you are getting a lot of rejected shares with Bminer and pretty much all rejected n GMiner.

The just released Gminer v1.26 apparently tries to fix that and seems to succeed to some point, however after a while with everything seeming normal we are seeing the latest GMiner getting into a kind of look restarting itself without continuing to mine after that. The time it takes for the restarting loop does seem to vary from a mining rig to a mining rig, we have tried with a couple of them and in less than an hour all of them ended in the same watchdog reboot look for the miner. Running GMiner 1.26 on another pool for BEAM mining seems to be working just fine like with older versions, so the issue is apparently related only to NiceHash support. Of course you are welcome to try out the new miner and report if it works or not for NiceHash BEAM mining.

The GMiner Nvidia CUDA miner requires an Nvidia GPU with CUDA compute capability 5.0 or later as well as CUDA 9.0 driver support. Do note that GMiner is a closed source miner for Nvidia GPUs with binaries available for both Windows and Linux, also there is a 2% developer fee built-in the software.

Update: GMiner v1.26 has been temporary removed until properly fixed, so it is no longer available for download! GMiner 1.27 is now available with a properly fixed NiceHash support.

To download and try the latest release of the Gminer v1.27 CUDA Equihash miner…

NiceHash hasn’t added new algorithms for a while now with ZHash being the last new addition in early December last year, so it is interesting that they have added support for BEAM now. This is both good and bad news for some people as the profit for selling your BEAM (Equihash 150,5) hashrate on NiceHash might bring you nice direct profit in BTC, but for the people mining BEAM directly is is not such good news as the hashrate has increased significantly and thus the difficulty is higher as well and less coins are being mined. Pool owners with BEAM support might be interested in checking out the BEAM NiceHash support specs in order to make sure that their pools will be compatible with hashrate coming from the service.

We have already tried some of the popular mining software with NiceHash and it seems that there are no problems connecting and using Bminer and Gminer on Nvidia GPUs does seem to work without problems (remove the SSL option from both miners), however the latest lolMiner for AMD does not seem to support NiceHash mining at the moment in its latest version. The algorithm that BEAM uses is Equihash 150/5, so other miners supporting that algorithm should in theory be compatible with NiceHash as well, though there is no guarantee for that.

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…