The latest update to the CryptoNight AMD GPU miner SRBMiner to version 1.7.9 brings support for the new POW algorithm that Monero (XMR) will be switching to in less than two weeks from now. Cryptonight variant 4 (CNv4) also know as CryptonightR will be the new mining algorithm after the upcoming Monero hard fork planned for block number 1788000 that is expected sometime on March 9th. SRBMiner 1.7.9 is the first AMD miner to support the new CryptonightR algorithm, though others will probably soon follow as the time for the fork approaches. Apart from the CryptonightR support the latest version brings support for a few other algorithms, some new features as well as bug fixes as one would expect. You can find the full changelow below. Do note that the developer fee is ~0.85% for both normal mode and algorithm switching mode as SRBMiner is a closed source miner available for AMD GPU miners only under Windows.

SRBMiner V1.7.9 Full Cangelog:
– Added new Monero algo ‘Cryptonight R’
– Added algo ‘Wownero’
– Added algo ‘Conceal’
– Added algo ‘Zelerius’
– Added algo ‘Xcash’
– Replaced ‘Mox’ algo with new ‘Mox V8’ algo
– Added parameter ‘maxnosharesent’ in cmd
– Added parameter ‘randomnonce’ in cmd
– Added parameter ‘enablecoinforking’ in cmd
– Added algo switching info in json and on html stats page
– Lot of bug fixes

For more information about the latest SRBMiner Cryptonight AMD GPU Miner V1.7.9…

Nvidia has introduced a new mid-range GPU – the GeFotce GTX 1660 Ti that is intended for gamers looking for an affordable option for reviving their older gaming system’s performance. According to the company the new GPU is 3x faster than a GTX 960, 1.5x faster than a GTX 1060, and offers comparable performance to a GTX 1070. So if it is comparable in terms of performance to GTX 1070, then why release a new GPU? Well, the new GTX 1660 Ti is built on the latest Turing architecture (still not named RTX and 2xxx series, but GTX and 1xxx series), which debuted with the top GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. It also features the new GDDR6 video memory with a 192-bit wide memory bus at jus 120W of TDP. With the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti you can get an up to date GPU that is more affordable than the GTX 1070 with recommended prices starting at $279 USD.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Specifications:
GPU Engine Specs:
– 1536 NVIDIA CUDA Cores
– 1770 MHz Boost Clock
– 1500 MHz Base Clock
Video Memory Specs:
– 6000 MHz Memory Speed
– 6GB GDDR6 Memory
– 192-bit Memory Interface Width
– 288 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
Other Specs:
– Display Support: 7680×4320 @ 120Hz Maximum Digital Resolution
– Display Interfaces: DP 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI-D Standard Display Connectors
– Graphics Card Dimensions: 4.37″ Height, 5.7″ Length
– Thermal and Power Specs: 95C Maximum GPU Temperature
– 120W Graphics Card Power

Although the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is intended for gamers with a more limited budgets looking for upgrading their aging mid-range gaming graphics, it might turn out to be an interesting choice for mining as well. If it manages to offer good performance for crypto mining similar or even better than that of the older GTX 1070 with the lower power usage and price range it might spark some interest. Of course for that to happen we need to see some movement in the profitability of GPU mining following some good and strong signs of crypto market recovery, prior to that the new GPU might not be deemed as very attractive by miners. Still we need to see some crypto miming results to get a good idea on what to expect in terms of actual performance…

The latest NBMiner 20.0 has just been released with support for Grin’s Cuckatoo31 algorithm (Cuckaroo29 was already supported) as well as support for mining Grin on NiceHash. The new version also comes with an option to tune CPU usage when mining Grin, improved BTM+ETH dual mining performance on Nvidia RTX video cards s well as some bug fixes. Regarding Cuckatoo31 performance, you can expect to get similar hashrate as what the previously fastest BMiner 15.0 miner provides, however stability wise NBMiner does seem to be handling better based on our initial impressions from the new version under Windows 10.

We remind you that the NBMiner is a closed source GPU miner for Nvidia CUDA that is available for both Windows and Linux operating systems and it has the following developer fee built-in: tensority + ethash – 3%, tensority (Pascal GPUs) – 2%, tensority (Turing GPUs) – 3%, ethash – 0.65%, cuckaroo29 and cuckatoo31 – 2%.

To download and try the latest NBMiner 20.0 Nvidia GPU Miner for Windows/Linux…

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