Posts Tagged ‘Equihash miner

The Japanese GMO Internet Group has been venturing into the crypto business with ASIC mining, but now they are apparently also wanting to get into the GPU mining as well will the release of Cryptknocker software miner. A closed source Equihash 200,9 Nvidia GPU miner claiming to be the fastest in terms of hashrate that can be used for mining ZCash (ZEC) or other crypto currencies using the “original” Equihash mining algorithm. Similar to other closed source mining solutions GMO is charging a developer fee for their software from everyone that uses it, the dev fee is 2%, the same amount that the miner apparently manages to be faster compared to other alternatives. The Cryptknocker by GMO miner is available for both Linux and Windows operating systems.

Everything may sound Ok until you realize that the Cryptknocker miner only supports Equihash 200,9 mining on Nvidia GPUs and that particular parameter set is already in the domain of ASIC miners such as the Antminer Z9 or A9 Master. So why release a closed source GPU miner now and with a developer fee built in for an algorithm that is already being mined by specialized mining hardware with a much faster speed than what a GPU can do. Maybe GMO has plans to extend the supported Equihash parameter set with other variations that are still ASIC resistant in the future, but if they don’t, then this piece of software is really pointless and maybe just a PR stunt.

For more about the Cryptknocker Equihash 200,9 Nvidia mining software by GMO (Japanese language only)…

The latest update to the Bminer Equihash Nvidia miner brings a number of useful improvements for users that are mining ZCash (ZEC) or other Equihash-based crypto coins on Nvidia GPUs. The newest version 6.0.0 of the miner brings slight performance improvement in the hashrate, faster startup time and reduced CPU usage, comes with a failover server support, provides reduced reject rate caused by stale shares and a simple GUI launcher for Windows to make it even easier for novice users to set thing up. There are of course a number of other smaller improvements and fixes also available in this update to help you get better results and give you more flexibility.

For those of you that have not yet tried this Equihash miner, do note that it also has a simple web-based status interface that shows useful information like uptime, speed, power consumption and efficiency as well as some graphs for temperature and hashrate variation. So all in all a very nice list of improvements in the latest version of Bminer that makes it an even better alternative to more popular and widely used alternatives such as EWBF’s miner or dstm’s ZCash CUDA Miner. If you have not tried this miner the last time we talked about it when it was still new and getting up to speed, now might be a good time to give it a go.

For more information and to download the latest Bminer Equihash miner for Nvidia GPUs…

lolMiner-mnx is a new miner for Mining MinexCoin (MNX) or any other coin that uses the Equihash 96/5 algorithm. Do note that the this is not the same algorithm used by ZCash (ZEC), there it is Equihash 200/9, so this miner is not compatible for mining traditional Equihash coins. The lolMiner-mnx is a closed source OpenCL miner being developed from scratch, so it is not based on existing opensource code. Currently it is available as 64-bit binary releases for both Linux and Windows, although it uses OpenCL it should compatible with pretty much any GPU including Intel and Nvidia and not only AMD.

The miner still needs some work, especially on Nvidia GPUs where by default it is pretty heavy on the CPU load and memory usage as well. It is recommended that Nvidia users add the parameter --enable-nv-hotfix in order to reduce the CPU load a bit, but still running the miner on the main GPU may make the system a bit unresponsive even with that parameter. Still if you are interested in mining MNX (even with the high hashrate and low block reward at the moment) or any other Equihash 96/5 coin you might want to check the lolMiner-mnx out.

Linux users can also use the Optiminer/Equihash miner as a solution for mining different variations of the Equihash algorithm (Equihash 200/9, Equihash 192/7, Equihash 96/5). A Windows version is supposed to come out at some point, but it is still not available for the moment.

For more information and to check out the lolMiner-mnx miner for Equihash 96/5…


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