Posts Tagged ‘RandomX mining

With the upcoming Monero (XMR) hardfork to the RandomX algo in a day now, we are checking what is the current profitability of crypto coins that are already using the RandomX algorithm or a variant of it on a decent performing AMD CPU that offers great price/performance. For the tests we are using an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor that is 6 Core – 12 Threads with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and max boost clock of up to 4.2 GHz running at stock settings on a B450 motherboard with 8GB 3200 MHz DDR4 memory. The hashrates below are from the latest XMRig 5.0.1 and the algorithms tested are RandomARQ (RandomX variant for ArQmA), RandomWOW (RandomX variant for Wownero) and RandomXL (RandomX variant for Loki) and tomorrow we would be able to see profit results from Monero’s new RandomX algorithm after the fork as well…

XMRig 5.0.1 on Ryzen 3600 CPU:
– RandomARQ – 22600 H/s – 29.1963 ARQ – $0.28 USD daily profit
– RandomWOW – 5700 H/s – 91.1030 WOW – $0.28 USD daily profit
– RandomXL – 5900 H/s – 1.2837 LOKI – $0.53 USD daily profit

As you can see even though the performance in terms of H/s is quite good, the profitability of a single Ryzen 3600 CPU is far from great and when you consider that the power usage of a system with that processor is about 130-150W you get let us say 3.6 KW per day with cheap $0.1 USD per KW/h for the electricity that results in $0.36 electricity cost. The only coin and algorithm that is currently above the electricity cost is LOKI and you won’t actually be making much, just paying for the cost of the CPU can take quite some time and here we are all hoping that after the fork of Monero things will be looking better for miners with CPUs. Intel CPU owners might be mostly interested in ArQmA (ARQ) as the variation of the RandomX algorithm it uses performs much better on Intel compared to the version from LOKI or Wownero that are significantly faster on AMD Ryzen.

It seems that another crypto project has moved to RandomX as a Proof of Work mining algorithm – YadaCoin. Yada is a blockchain social media protocol that uses YadaCoins for social interactions, and even though the project started in 2018 it seems to be slow in getting a lot of attention. We just recently discovered it thanks to the RandomX fork they had a few days ago and while we wanted to give it a try and mine some coins, unfortunately our efforts ended up in vain. We could not make the official Windows mining software to work (no pools yet, only solo mining), have not tried mining under Linux, though unfortunately there is not much information available to help… not even on the fork itself. It seems that unless you have been following the development from the start you might have trouble getting to understand how to make things work and that is never a good thing for a crypto project that wants to become mainstream, let alone one that wants to build a social media blockchain.

If you like digging and tryign things out, then you might give YadaCoin with RandomX mining a try…

We have already mentioned the plans of ArQmA (ARQ) to fork to a new RandomX-based algorithm called RandomARQ and that has happened a few days ago and we have tried CPU mining the new algorithm. Since it is based on RandomX we expected to see significant advantage for the latest AMD’s Ryzen CPUs like we’ve seen with RandomX and some other variants of the algorithm used by other projects. To our surprise however Intel’s multi-core processors are actually not that far behind in terms of performance (a few times slower like on RandomX). Of course Intel is still slower, but the actual difference is not as much as we’ve seen so far and that is definitely good news for miners that have some spare Intel CPUs that might be interested in mining something based on RandomX.

We have tested performance using the latest XMRig miner and SRBMiner-MULTI miner with the seond one still performing slower as we have seen with other RandomX algorithms compared to XMRig. With an AMD Ryzen 3600 using XMRig we are getting around 22.8 KH/s while on Intel Core i7 6850K CPU we get about 17 KH/s, both being 6 core – 12 thread processors though the AMD one is much newer product. With SRBMiner-Multi the results were 13.4 KH/s with the AMD and 7.8 KH/s for the Intel CPU, so you better stick to XMRig for mining ARQ for now and you might want to also test your Intel processor(s) as well for the RandomARQ algo. The not so good news however is that profit for a single CPU mining ArQmA (ARQ) is well nonexistent, unless you do not pay for electricity… 20 USD cents per day for the Intel and 30 for the AMD processors. These dayly earnings could probably just cover your electricity costs if you have cheap electricity at 10 USD cents per kilowatt.

If you are still interested in the ArQmA (ARQ) crypto project and the RandomARQ algorithm…


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