Posts Tagged ‘cryptonight miner

If you thought that recently announced Baikal Giant-N Cryptonight ASIC miner is powerful and is going to kill the Cryptonight GPU mining you might want to reconsider. Bitmain has just announced their response in the form of the Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC miner and it is much more powerful than what Baikal Miner is offering. The Bitmain Antminer X3 promises 220 KH/s hashrate for Cryptonight at 550 Watts of power usage, so 11 times more powerful than the Giant-N at roughly 2 times higher price and shipping the second part of May. By the time these devices start shipping Monero (XMR) will most likely not be mineable anymore with Cryptonight ASIC miners along with some other coins that have announced plans to fork in order to remain ASIC resistant, so all the extra hashpower will need to go somewhere else.

At a price of $11999 USD per device and limited to just 1 unit per order Bitmain is accepting only BCH and USD payments for the miners. The second batch of Antminer X3 is planned to start shipping a month later, so in the second part of June with a significantly lower price of $7599 USD, though who knows how many Cryptonight coins might fork to ASIC resistant implementation by then. Just to be on the safe side be careful with the Cryptonight ASICs from Baikal and form Bitmain in order not to end up with a piece of useless hardware that can hardly mine anything profitable, even with its very high performance.

For more information about the upcoming Bitmain Antminer X3 Cryptonight ASIC miner….

It seems that there is a new Cryptonight miner out there optimized for AMD RX Vega GPUs called Xrig, though it should also work on other AMD video cards. Performance wise it should be similar to other high-performance AMD RX Vega miners like Cast-XMR or XMR-stak, meaning 1900-2000 H/s, depending on the settings. What makes it more interesting is the built-in hardware monitoring as well as options to configure clocks and voltages via a config file. Xrig is open source, though the default Windows binary is with 1% dev fee included and it apparently starts with developer fee mining when you run the miner before it continues to your configured pool.

The miner comes with GPU reset script and devcon.exe bundled, however it may not work out of the box as you need specific version of devcon.exe depending on your Windows version. So if the bundled devcon for the Windows does not work for you, here is an easy way to obtain the required devcon version. Other than that, well you should try the miner and compare what kind of performance you are getting with it on your Vega 56/64 GPUs or other AMDs an if it works better than other alternative options. If not using a config file (you need to create one, example is available on Github) do not forget to set the intensity command line parameter in order for the miner to work.

To download and try the new Xrig Cryptonight miner for AMD RX Vega 56/64 GPUs…

The latest version of the XMR-stak miner (source) now comes in an all-in-one solution that can work on both CPU as well as GPU, together or separately and supports both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. XMR-stak supports tthe Cryptonight for Monero (XMR) and Cryptonight-light for AEON as algorithms and offers some of the best hashrates in terms of performance competing with Cast-XMR for the best AMD hashrate, especially on AMD RX VEGA GPUs. Do note that by default the developer fee for this miner is set to 2%, though the you can change that in the source code and recompile with different percentage should you wish to do so. There are binaries available for Linux and Windows ready for download and of course you will need to run the miner and configure depending on your mining hardware for best performance (there is autoconfig, but not the best performance).

For more information and to download and try the latest XMR-stak all-in-one miner solution…