Mining news and software updates SPRING 2018 edition

    Hi to all the great crypto mining recession survivors !  Here are some long awaited updates on mining software and related news that may be important to you.  Now is a perfect time to tweak your mining rigs and have them run 100% to be ready for the next great Bitcoin bull run.

    The current state of affairs is as follows :  Profitability down across the board.  New ASICS are shipping as we speak for various algorithms, destroying GPU profitability.  Time to adapt.

    Monero has forked to an ASIC resistant variation of itself, for the time being at least.  This is cryptonight v7.  Other similar coins, like SumoCoin have forked to different variations, such as cryptonight-heavy.  To mine the new algo I would suggest simply using the latest CastXMR/Xmr-Stak, Claymore’s miner or GatelessGateSharp.

    RavenCoin and other X16r/x16s coin are very popular and are traded on de-centralized exchanges, such as crypto-bridge.  To mine these you need Avermore miner for AMD and EnemyMiner/Nevermore for Nvidia.  Enemy Miner 1.08v also mines other crypto such as Bitcore.

    Those still mining Ethereum can also use Phoenix Miner, a fast, low-fee alternative to Claymore.  For Nvidia GDDR5x memory, you get can get a nice little program that modifies your memory timings by OhGodACompany.  Gets you 50-55mhs for a 1080ti.

    Finally, GatelessGateSharp is really coming along.  Did you know you could put a stock AMD GPU, and change its memory timings without flashing your BIOS ?  Introducing a whole new level of customization, multi-algo and multi-pool support, all for a very low fee and great support.  It is not bug free yet, but I highly suggest you keep an eye on this project, which we have talked about in the past.  Also, some of these miners are closed-source, and thus always install miners on safe machines, not ones where your crypto can be compromised.

Happy mining !

Antminer E3 is on sale !

Featuring 180mhs for 800w, its stats are similar to a 6 GPU rig.  Of course the main difference is the price – 800$USD.  Since it ships mid-July at earliest profitability is again not a certain thing.  GPU miners are already proposing ASIC resistant changes to the ETH ecosystem and other similar coins.  Buy it on the Bitmain site directly if you must.

Claymore ETH Dual Miner v11.4

    New update for ETH miners:  V11.4 from Claymore.  Although some people are switching over to PhoenixMiner V2.7c, you should compare for yourself and check the results on the pool where you are mining.  The latest version includes an auto-detect feature for -dcri options in ETH only mining, which is quite useful if you haven’t optimized your GPUs yet.  RX550 cards also get a small bump in speed with ASM.

Edited for 11.4.  Now with less stale shares !

Dual mining lives again !

Claymore has updated the Dual ETH miner to v11.0.  Now you can mine keccak or blake2s as a second coin.  The fee also has been brought down to 1.5% when dual mining.  Happy Mining !

 

– added new algorithm for dual mode: blake2s (stratum pools only), use “-dcoin blake2s” option.
– added new algorithm for dual mode: keccak (stratum pools only), use “-dcoin keccak” option.
– reduced devfee for dual mode, now it is 1.5%.
– for 2GB cards devfee is removed completely, i.e. on 2GB cards you can mine all ETH forks without devfee. Check Readme for details.
– added “-tstart” option.
– “-asm 2” option value now supports Tahiti, Tonga, Ellesmere, Baffin; in some cases it can be a bit faster in ETH-only mode.
– removed “-allcoins exp” option value.
– a few minor bug fixes and improvements.

Miner software updates !


    Here are a few miner updates from the past few weeks that can improve your mining uptime and performance.  For Nvidia users, you should always check out NemosMiner and the various ccminer updates here.  For AMD users, we have new updates from Claymore.  We have an update to the ETH Dual miner, now v.10.3.  These updates mostly fix issues with the latest Adrenaline AMD drivers.  The Cryptonote update is now at v.11.2.  And Zawawa has updated his Gateless Gate Sharp to v1.1.16, which is now becoming a very interested free software.

Latest GPU Rig Build


We’d like to thank our friends, Initech Solutions inc. over @ www.gpurigbuilds.com who have shared this build with us.  You can order Pre-Assembled and configured Rigs for crypto mining at a reasonable price.  We of course suggest to make your own, but those are solid rigs.


This rig hashes around 170-175mhs on Ethereum, using 800w.  It can be configured to use less power but it has to be tested for stability over a few days.  Parts include an EVGA 1000GQ, 6x Armor 4G RX570/580 GPUs, a high quality rig frame, which is stack-able, 8G of ram (really needs only 4), 32gb usb 3.0 flash drive and a Biostar TB250-BTC motherboard paired with a G3900/30 LGA 1151 CPU.

Just wanted to share what a clean build looks like compared to home made rigs.  Also available in up to 12 GPU configurations 🙂