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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…

Bminer is a relatively new miner for Nvidia GPUs for mining cryptocurrencies using the Equihash algorithm such as Zcash (ZEC). It is a closed source miner, available for both Windows and Linux operating systems and comes with a 2% dev fee included (optional, though disabling it apparently removes some optimizations). Bminer comes as an alternative to the popular EWBF miner, the development of which has been stalled for a while already, as well as the more recent dstm ZCash CUDA Miner that looks promising and is actively being developed, but still lacks some features such as failover pool support for example. So any new alternatives such as Bminer that are being actively improved and developed are more than welcome for the users and the crypto community as well.

According to its developers and most users that have tried the Bminer already it is the fastest publicly available Equihash miner for Nvidia GPUs and we can confirm that our initial impressions are showing a better local hashrate compared to the alternatives mentioned. So if you have a Compute Capability 5.0 or newer Nvidia GPU used for mining you might want to give Bminer a go and see if it will work better for you. The miner does come with SSL support as well as Nicehash support, has some interesting extra features, though it is still very easy to use. There is also an API and a web-based interface available for monitoring of your mining rigs that can be quite useful, so go and give it a try and report your results.

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


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