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If you are mining any of the popular Equihash variants for GPU you might want to check the latest lolMiner 0.43 as it is an OpenCL miner for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs that supports Equihash 144.5 (ASF, BTG, BTCZ, LitecoinZ, HeptaCoin, Safecoin, Snowgem, ZEL), Equihash 96.5 (Minexcoin) and Equihash 192.7 (ZERO & SafeCash). The main feature of the latest version is the addition of support for the 192.7 algorithm used by oins such as Zero (ZER) and SafeCash (SCASH), there are of course multiple fixes and improvements applied as well. You can find the full changelog of the lolMiner 0.43 below. The lolMiner 0.43 is a closed source miner available wih binary only releases for Windows and Linux. Do note that there is also a built-in developer fee, Equihash 144.5 and 192.7 should have 2% fee and Equihash 96.5 is with 1% fee.

lolMiner 0.43 Changelog:
– Added 192/7 Algorithm (Zero and SafeCash)
– Added support for zergpool Equihash 144.5 auto profit switching
– Added switch to disable memory check ( This allows 144.5 and 192.7 mining on Nvidia 3G and 4G GPUs )
– Fixed support for open source Linux drivers
– Fixed a bug with miner not starting without config file
– Fixed a bug with miner not starting up (hanging in setup)
– Shortened the target printing to the first 16 characters
– Added some colors (very subdued )

For more information and to download the latest lolMiner 0.43 OpenCL Equihash GPU miner…

Coinkite, the creators of the Opendime USB Bitcoin Stick are back with another interesting piece of hardware for crypto users. Enter Coldcard, a new Bitcoin hardware wallet that is easy to be used, cheap, ultrasecure and open source… what more can you want from a hardware crypto wallet. The Coldcard wallet features a large 128×64 OLED display and full-sized numeric keypad to make it easy for you to operate it and it can be used completely offline as it accepts standard PSBT transaction (BIP 174) stored on an MicroSD card and there is no special software needed on your computer either. The Coldcard Bitcoin hardware wallet is currently available for $69.99 USD and you can order yours now if you are interested from the official project website.

For more information about the Coinkite Coldcard Bitcoin hardware wallet…

Nvidia has announced its new generation of GPUs with the new GeForce RTX platform and while they do seem interesting in terms of new graphics capabilities, they do not seem that attractive for miners at this point. The whole focus of the new NVIDIA Turing architecture utilize in the GeForce RTX platform is on real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading to make games even more realistic in terms of graphics. As far as performance for mining goes the new architecture will apparently not offer any significant performance improvements or power efficiency to be a really attractive option for miners. That is at least initially, unless the new Tensor Cores for the AI computing horsepower turn out to be usable for crypto as well and utilizing them could help drive performance up.

Price wise the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the successor of the GTX 1080 Ti, the new GeForce RTX 2080, the successor of GTX 1080 and the new GeForce RTX 2070, the successor of the GTX 1070 are not that attractive either. That of course goes for the initially announced prices of the Founders Edition series from Nvidia that are available for pre-order on Nvidia’s website in some regions with expected delivery around mid-September. For gamers buying a single of these GPUs it might be fine, but for miners these prices are definitely not very attractive with the current crypto market conditions and the expected performance improvement in the range of up to 10-15% up, at least initially.

We are still eager to get our hands on the new Nvidia RTX GPUs and play around with them to get some first hand experience and see the performance numbers, but you should probably not get very excited just yet… if you are on the market for more GPUs, it might be a wiser idea to look for good deals on used video cards from people that are selling their mining equipment purchased last year.