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The XMR-STAK-RX RandomX miner has been updated to version 1.0.3 bringing some performance improvements for both Windows and Linux, some fixes and also support for the RandomX ArQmA algorithm. With this addition XMR-STAK-RX does come with full RandomX algorithm support like the alternatives SRBMiner-Multi and XMRig that already had support for the algorithm that ArQmA uses now. Unfortunately performance wise XMR-STAK-RX may still need a bit more to catch up to the alternatives, even with the fact tat there is developer fee at all for this miner. We remind you that out of the RandomX and RandomX-based algorithms the one used by the ArQmA (ARQ) project is doing best in terms of performance on Intel CPUs lagging in terms of performance just a bit behind the AMD Ryzen.

To download and try the newly released XMR-STAK-RX 1.0.3 for RandomX mining…

The developer of the XMR-Stak miner has released XMR-STAK-RX 1.0.0, a new miner supporting only the RandomX algorithm and its variants for CPU miners and with no development fee built in. The miner is available for both Linux and Windows as pre-compiled binaries. This is definitely good news for anyone interested in the nearing Monero (XMR) hardfork to RandomX at the end of he month or any of the other altcoins that have switched to RandomX variants or are planning to do so after XMR forks.

Now there is one more option for miners to choose from regarding RandomX support, besides XMR-STAK-RX there is the first one with RandomX support XMRig as well as the more recent also new miner SRBMiner-Multi. Just like XMRig does come with GPU support for RandomX, XMR-Stak also supports GPU mining, however considering that RandomX is optimized for CPUs that is not much of advantage as even high-end video cards perform similar to the low-end processors with much higher power usage, making GPU mining RandomX pretty pointless for the moment.

Do note for the moment that XMR-STAK-RX 1.0.0 supports only RandomX, RandomX Loki and RandomX WOW, no support for the Random ARQ algorithm used by ArQmA (ARQ), so you have to sue any of the other two miners for that one. Performance wise XMR-STAK-RX 1.0.0 does seem to be about 1000 H/s slower compared to the other two alternatives at the moment running on AMD Ryzen 3600 CPU (on RandomX and RandomX Loki, RandomX WoW is better), so there is more to be desired in terms of updates regarding hashrate. Regarding performance on Intel CPUs, our test on an Intel Core i7 6850K has shown pretty much the same low performance with XMR-STAK-RX as with the other miners, so apparently AMD support might need some more optimizations for best performance.

To download and try the newly released XMR-STAK-RX 1.0.0 for RandomX mining…

This is an interesting project that is still largely flying under the radar, even though it was started back in 2018. With a sub $300 USD market cap and surprisingly low trading volume due to limited exchanges trading the coin it is not surprise it is not getting the needed attention it deserves. Ryo Currency (RYO) is another interesting attempt at a privacy oriented crypto currency with the project led by fireice_uk and psychocrypt, who are the developers of the xmr-stak mining software and the Cryptonight-Heavy algorithm, although the project currently relies on the first in industry floating point (FP32 math ops) mining algo Cryptonight-GPU. The main idea of the Cryptonight-GPU (CN-GPU) algorithm is to ensure fair GPU mining to all participants in the mining process, regardless if they use AMD or Nvidia GPUs.

Originally most CryptoNight-based algorithms are favoring AMD GPUs and manage to perform better on lower-end AMD GPUs than on higher-end Nvidia GPUs thus not crating the equality needed for fair mining. The Cryptonight-GPU algorithm however manages to offer pretty good equality for both AMD and Nvidia lineups of GPUs, scaling performance from low-end to high-end GPUs regardless if they are AMD or Nvidia ones. This means that if you have a AMD Radeon RX 580 it will not be twice as fast as an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti as in some CN-based algorithms, instead the Nvidia GPU will be more than twice faster as it is a higher-end product than the specific AMD card. This means that you might actually be interested in mining RYO not only with AMD GPUs, but with Nvidia as well and the higher-end the GPU is, the better performance you will be getting.

It is interesting to note that RYO’s block reward changes every 6-months according to a specific scheme and it is still growing, expecting to reach its peak near the end of this year (mid-November) and then it will start dropping down steadily. The current block reward for RYO is 56.28 coins per block and it will max out at 65.07 RYO for two 6-month cycles before starting to go down again every 6 months. RYO and Cryptonight-GPU can be mined with XMR-Stak, XMRig and SRBMiner – the most popular AMD CryptoNight miners as well as with CryptoDredge for Nvidia GPUs for best performance. There are number of mining pools available with MinerRocks being the largest one at the moment in terms of hashrate.

If you are interested in more details about the Ryo Currency (RYO) crypto project…


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