New Nicehash Miner update !


    There is a new Nicehash Miner software update, and you should get it if you have 750ti’s or other Nvidia cards.  It provides a nice speed boost, and an increase in profits.  Get the update files here (short link from Nicehash twitter, final version windows) !  See instructions on twitter, but in short you replace the files inside the /bin/eqm folder of the Nicehash Miner.  The Nicehash miner itself is found here.

    Nicehash Miner software is really good stuff, especially for testing out rigs or for beginners.  You simply download the software, benchmark your rig and start mining !  All you need is to input your bitcoin address and your preferred location.  You will automatically mine the most profitable algorithm, and get paid in bitcoin.

Biostar TB85 Review (6 pcie slots) and GPU Ghetto PVC Rig build


    New Hardware just in the crypto lair !  This time we review the affordable Biostar TB85 motherboard.  Biostar made this for the specific task of crypto mining.  The TB85 features 6 PCIE slots, the LGA 1150 Intel chipset and all the usual goodies, usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s.  RAM is supported up to 1600mhz, and two sticks in dual channel are the maximum you can put in.  This certainly isn’t a good buy for a normal gaming rig, but for a dedicated mining operation it does the job !

    Basically you have one 16x and 5 1x PCIE slots, BUT you cannot use the 16x without a riser if you want to use all 6.  The reason is your GPU will cover up one 1x slot, and thus limit you to 5.  In the BIOS, there aren’t too many options, but you can select what is important for GPU mining – auto-restart on power loss, and Gen 1/2 for pcie lanes.  All important drivers are already pre loaded so there isnt much to do really.

    Onboard LAN works like a charm right out of the box, but the CPU fan default setting is pretty much maximum.  Remember to change it to the auto setting, and you have the option of “quiet”, “aggresive”, or manual.

   There are 2 molex 4 pin connectors on the motherboard.  I suppose you would use them if you had 6 non-powered risers, but since most people will use usb 3.0 powered risers (you really should) these aren’t needed at all.  The downside here is that there is a lack of fan connectors directly on the motherboard (only one), same for the cpu fan header.

   In conclusion, for about 60$usd this is a good buy.  Cryptominingtalk approves.    We have had no problems so far, and if we do we’ll let you know.

   Bonus content !  Here is our little Crypto Mining rig, PVC Style !  You can build this yourself for very little money (around 20-25$) and little tools (hacksaw and drill).  For the dimensions, just buy 2 lengths of 10 feet 1/2 inch PVC pipe and you should be good.  8 90 degree corners and 4 “T”‘s.  No glue was used, the PVC fits very well and is hard to take out once inserted all the way.  Cut it up how you want it !  This one is made overly long (about 2 feet 1/2), but there is a lot of space so the only concern was space between the gpu’s, and a hassle free installation.  Of course these are not super esthetic, nor stack-able, but those weren’t part of the criteria for building it !  For cheap builds, you can also buy a wire rack that can fit 2 rigs for about 30$.  Have fun building and send us your pics !  Feel free to ask questions too.  Stay tuned, we will add pics once we get 6 gpu’s on it.  The PSU here is the EVGA 1000GQ.  It was on sale at a great price, has plenty of PCIE 8-pin connectors and is rated Gold.  A little trick:  Since it only comes with one Molex cable strand, just open a ticket with EVGA and ask for 2 extra molex cables.  They just might send them to you for free !

Crypto Mining sales and deals


    Every week or so you will be able to find great deals on crypto mining hardware right here !  This is mostly for the USA and Canada regions.  A great place to find PC hardware sales is on reddit :  Build a PC sales and Build a PC sales Canada.  Full disclaimer:  When possible I include a referral link to the item, this helps support the website.  A large part of profits will go to future giveaways and promotions (they will be announced on the main page).

Just released ! Claymore ZCash AMD GPU Miner v7.0


The latest version of Claymore’s ZCash (ZEC) miner is out (v7.0) !  Hashrates have again improved.  We are talking about up to 15 to 40% increase in hashrate on top of the V6.0 update.  This is a windows only miner and is very easy to use.  See this thread.  If you have a weak/normal CPU we advise to lower the intensity setting (-i 0 to 4), although in the latest versions CPU usage has gone down by a lot.  It is now possible to use -i 4 which seems to give the best hashrate.  Power consumption is also up for some, but that is expected when we squeeze even more hashrate out of the GPU’s.  To monitor your rig with EthMan use the -mport -3333 option (monitoring only) to be safe.

    You can now reach most incredible speeds of (up to) 180 sol/s on a 280x (up 35%), and 155-175 sol/s on a 470/480 (up 15-20%), 115 sol/s on a 380 (up 20%), and 230 sol/s on a 390 (up 25%).

    This should help with the drop in profitability, and further reduce Botnet’s (cpu mining) influence.  Such wow.

MSI ARMOR 470 4G Review


    ***Updated for Claymore’s Zcash Miner V9.0***

***Update: Some variants (new ones) have an 8pin connector and Samsung memory,  With mem clock up to 2050, you can expect 28.5mhs stable***

    (This doesn’t really make a difference as the card doesnt overclock much, and power usage with  ZEC is quite low, but still)

    The all new MSI armor 470 4g just arrived in the mail today.  So let’s review it !

    Compared to the MSI GAMING X, the Armor has a smaller box, and is a smaller GPU too – All thanks to the less impressive heat sink.  After running DDU and the latest AMD drivers, we are all ready to go.

    Stock:  The MSI Armor hashes away at 205 sol/s on Claymore’s v8.0 ZCash miner.  Not bad, but what is impressive is that undervolted to -96mv on MSI afterburner, with stock 1230 Core Clock and 1750 memory clock (a bit overclocked – default is 1650/6600Mhz and Memory type is Hynix) we find ourselves with a voltage of 0.95v, and a GPU-Z power consumption of 72w.  At the wall we are talking about a 105w total !  This card has an 82% ASIC quality, so there is possibility of bringing the voltage down even more, perhaps saving another 10w.  If you fine tune yours, let us know !

    BIOS Mod:  A simple BIOS Mod through ATIWinFlash and PolarisBIOSeditor for the memory timings (1500 timings copy pasted to all higher values) nets us a 215 sol/s, with a slight core overclock (1250) for 105w total.

   This card is cheaper, well built, smaller, backed by a 3 year warranty and is a solid GPU all around.  Although it may be cheaper than the MSI GAMING X, there is a big price difference.  It may be worthwhile to pick that one up on sale, but we are very impressed with the results so far.  It also has an 8 pin power connector.  A total performance of 215 sol/s with 105w at the wall usage (Gold PSU on 120v) means .49 watts used per sol/s performed (Or 2.05 sol/s per watt).  Let us say this again, very good results.  Good Show MSI.

    NOTE:  MSI confirmed these are Ball Bearing fans.

Claymore ZCash AMD GPU Miner v6.0 just released !


    The latest version of Claymore’s ZCash miner is out (v6.0).  So far, it is a stable release and hashrates have improved again compared to the v5.0 version.  We are talking about up to 25% increase in hashrate with some minor bug fixes.  This is a windows only miner and is very easy to use.  See this thread.  If you have a weak/normal CPU we advise to lower the intensity setting (-i 0 to 4), although in v6.0 CPU usage has gone down by a lot.  It is now possible to use -i 4 which seems to give the best hashrate.  Power consumption is also up, but that is expected when we squeeze even more hashrate out of the GPU’s.  To monitor your rig with EthMan use the -mport -3333 option (monitoring only) to be safe.

    You can now reach incredible speeds of (up to) 130 sol/s on a 280x, and 155 sol/s on a 470/480, 95 sol/s on a 380, and 185 sol/s on a 390.

Claymore ZCash AMD GPU Miner v5.0 is now released


    The latest version of Claymore’s ZCash miner is out (v5.0).  So far, it is a stable release and hashrates have greatly improved compared to the v4.0 version.  We are talking about up to 60% increase in hashrate.  This is a windows only miner and is very easy to use.  See this thread.  If you have a weak/normal CPU we advise to use -i 0 for the intensity setting, although in v5.0 CPU usage has gone down by a lot.  Power consumption is also up, but that is expected when we squeeze more hashrate out of the GPU’s.  To monitor your rig with EthMan use the -mport -3333 option (monitoring only) to be safe.

    You can now reach incredible speeds of (up to) 120 sol/s on a 280x, and 125 sol/s on a 470/480, 70 sol/s on a 380, and 150 sol/s on a 390.