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The BLOC GUI Miner is a beautiful, easy to use, Graphical User Interface (GUI) for mining some of the more popular cryptocurrencies based on Cryptonote vailable for Linux, Windows and MacOS. The project is being developed by Bloc.Money (BLOC) (CryptoNight Heavy-Haven algorithm), so by default it starts by offering you to create a BLOC wallet if you do not yet have one, or mine BLOC if you do, but you also have another option to mine for other supported CryptoNote/CryptoNight crypto coins. Besides BLOC, you can also mine: RYO (RYO), Haven (XHV), Monero (XMR), Conceal Network (CCX), Sumokoin (SUMO), GRAFT (GRFT), Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL), Lethean (LTHN), X-CASH (XCASH), Masari (MSR), Tube (TUBE), AEON (AEON), ArQmA (ARQ), Iridium (IRD), TurtleCoin (TRTL) and Loki (LOKI) with this miner. You start by choosing the coin to mine, entering your wallet address and then selecting a pool where you want to mine from a list and then you are presented with a nice looking GUI with information about the coin you are mining and your hashrate. You can use the settings button to change things such as your wallet ot mining pool as well as if you are CPU or GPU mining (depending on the version of the GUI you use).

There are two main versions of the GUI miner, one using XMRig as a backend for the mining that supports only CPU mining and one tha uses XMR-Stak that supports both CPU and GPU mining (AMD OpenCL and Nvidia CUDA). Since they use different miners there is slight difference in the supported coins between the two versions: TurtleCoin (TRTL) and Loki (LOKI) are supported only on the XMRig version and Conceal Network (CCX) only on the XMR-Stak one, so have that in mind when choosing. Of course it also depends if you need the CPU only or the CPU and GPU version of the GUI miner, though have in mind that apparently the CPU/GPU version does not support mining on both at the same time and you may need to manually switch between CPU and GPU (CPU mining by default). Do note that the XMRig version supports LOKI as it is the only miner with support for RandomX CPU mining and LOKI uses a variant of the RandomX algorithm (RandomXL). We are hoping to see more RandomX crypto coins getting supported in this easy to use GUI miner as they become available in time as it really makes mining on CPU easy for people new to mining especially with CPU mining getting popular again.

To download and try mining with the latest version of the BLOC GUI miner…

If you might be interested in MicroBitcoin’s (MBC) Rainforestv2 mining on Nvidia GPUs you might want to check out the latest optimized spmod ccminer fork that offers significantly faster performance than the publicly available official version from djm34 (rfv2 ccminer). A quick test shows that SP’s optimized miner (closed source binary available for Windows only) is about 4 times faster than the public open source version from djm34 on a GTX 1080 Ti GPU, so significant boost in performance is to be expected on other Nvidia GPUs as well.

The only drawback with MBC is that it is currently listed on just 2 small exchanges with very little volume, although with a hashrate a few times faster than before there could be some profit to be made at least initially, so you might want to check it out. It has a huge market capitalization as the project is not so new, but the trading volume is pretty low at the moment. The cmminer SPMOD for rfv2 is compiled with CUDA 9.2 and is a 64-bit only binary for Windows, so make sure you meet the requirements to run the miner software.

Update: And very soon after the release of the miner MicroBitcoin (MBC) has successfully forked to a new algorithm – yespower2b… a CPU friendly one and not GPU mining oriented apparently, so the optimized miner was usable for just a couple of hours before the fork. MBC apparently needs to keep all their information channels more up to date about tings such as upcoming hard forks!

To download the Microbitcoin Rainforestv2 optimized spmod ccminer fork (Windows only)…

Modifying the BIOS of an AMD video card with different operating frequencies or better memory timings and then flashing it on the GPU has been the primary choice of crypto miners for a while. Due to the introduction of the BIOS signature check in the video driver by AMD some time ago this also required users to patch the video drivers in order to continue using them with more recent video drivers. Earlier this year the AMD Memory Tweak Tool has been released and meanwhile it has evolved into a quite the useful alternative to BIOS modding. The latest AMD Memory Tweak XL makes it really easy to modify memory timings, memory straps or PowerPlay Table “on the fly” as well as access the ADL Overdrive and MMIO Register Control on newer GDDR5/HBM-memory based AMD video cards. This means that you can change the settings and apply them directly and test how they will affect performance and stability, changes are not permanent and as soon as there is some issue you can easily revert back to the default values.

The AMD Memory Tweak XL tool requires that you have .NET Framework 3.5 installed in order to function, if it is not available on your system it will automatically detect and offer to download it for you… though you might experience various issues when trying to install the framework on some mining rigs. Also your Windows needs to be in Test Mode in order for the tool to properly function, it will offer to get you into Test Mode if you are currently not and there is a button to easily get you back to regular operation. The AMD Memory Tweak XL is originally intended for more advanced users, though you should be able to quickly get up to speed on what and how to modify to get better performance. You can look at what other users have reported as settings that give better performance on their specific mining GPUs and try them and experiment on what your AMD GPUs are capable of. Even if you already have an modified video BIOS you can still play with the memory straps for example in order to squeeze some extra performance to test even better settings before applying them with a new BIOS modification.

For more information and to download the AMD Memory Tweak XL tool…


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