Posts Tagged ‘Equihash Nvidia miner

The miniZ Nvidia CUDA clodes source miner for Windows and Linux has been available for a while already, but what caught our attention recently is the addition of support for the Equihash 150,5 algorithm used by BEAM. The miner also supports Equihash 144,5 as well as 192,7 and 96,5 and the various crypto currencies that use these algorithms on compatible 2GB Nvidia GPUs and it there are CUDA 8.0 and CUDA 10.0 versions available including support for Nvidia RTX GPUS with the CUDA 10 release. Since it is a closed source miner there is also a developer fee of 2% percent included.

Back to BEAM support and the Equihash 150,5 algorithm, the miniZ miner took the lead in terms of performance with its recent release over other popular miners that already had support for the algorithm. You might want to check it out if you are mining BEAM or another crypto currency that uses the same algorithm, even NiceHash support is properly working and present, so that will work too. At the moment miniZ does seem to be a good alternative for Equihash 150,5 or BEAM mining to the popular GMiner software that is one of the most used solution for that particular algorithm on Nvidia GPUs.

To download and try the latest miniZ v1.3n3 Multi-Equihash Nvidia CUDA 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)…

GPU miners of Equihash-based altcoins might want to check the latest lolMiner 0.5 – an OpenCL miner for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs that supports Equihash 144.5 (ANON, ASF, BTG, BTCZ, LitecoinZ, HeptaCoin, Safecoin, Snowgem, ZEL), Equihash 96.5 (Minexcoin), Equihash 192.7 (ZERO, Genesis, SafeCash) and the newly added Equihash 210_9 (Aion). The most interesting thing in the new version is the addition of Equihash 210_9 (Aion) support, though there are of course multiple fixes and improvements applied as well. The new version comes with complete rework of all GPU algorithms for both stability and speed and this also results in the memory footprint of the algorithms getting lower, so 144/5 is now fitting to 2.2 GB and thus works on 3 GB video cards and 192/7 is now close to 3GB and should work on any 4GB video card fine. The new 210/9 (AION)uses only about 800 MB of video memory. You can find the full changelog of the lolMiner 0.5 below. The lolMiner 0.5 is a closed source miner available with 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 0.5 Changelog:
– Added Equihash 210_9 (Aion)
– Added Coins: AION, ANON and BTH
– Renamed the AUTO144 coin profile to AUTO144_5. Also added AUTO192_7 (see manual where it is possible to use this)
– Changed the command line style. Before it was -parameter=value and now it is --parameter value. This is more Linux style and will help integrating the miner into mining OS solutions
– Rewrote the complete manual
– Added a function to write the text output to a log (see manual)
– Added support for custom personalization strings for Equihash 144/5 and 192/7 (see manual)
– The disabling of the memory check is no longer required on 3G & 4G Nvidia GPUS (disabled by default)
– Reduced the maximum work batch for 96/5 to 24 because higher values caused crashed some times.
– Changed the standard short / long statistic intervals to 30 seconds and 5 minutes.
– Changed the run_miner scripts not to loop any more (unless you use the _with_restart version), see known issues.

For more information and to download the latest lolMiner 0.5 OpenCL Equihash GPU miner…