New ZCash crypto mining software update

    Its time to update your rigs again, we have updates !  First off, a few minutes ago Claymore’s ZEC AMD GPU miner has been updated to v9.0.

***v9.1 now available.  Dev Fee reduced to 2% if using SSL connection and added stability***

    Here are the details:

Latest version v9.0:

– improved speed by 3-20% (depends on card model). About 310H/s on stock 390X, 220H/s on stock RX480, 295H/x on stock Nano.
– added “-i 7” and “-i 8” values, about 1% speedup, but can be unstable in some cases.
– added SSL/TLS encryption support for better security, see “-zpool” option description in Readme file for details.
– added “License.txt” file that contains the License Agreement.
– added “-v” option.
– several bug fixes and minor improvements.
– EthMan: improved saving options.

    So far we can say that for Rx470/480 models you will see an 15 to 20% increase in hashrate.  For a 390, a 5% increase, a 380 a 10-15% increase and a 280x a 4-5% increase.  We’ll take what we can get, but we are hitting the maximum as far as optimization for zec goes.  Fortunately, there are other developments in the works, and it may be possible to hit 300sol/s with a Rx470/480 in the future, so stay updated !

   SilentArmy (by MRB, who won 10k$ in the open source contest for ZEC) is also being updated.  This is great news for the open source community.  V6 should be out in the near future.  User Zawawa is also working on a silentarmy fork that looks promising.  Finally, user NerdRalph said he will probably take a look at ZEC to try to improve mining speeds.  These are all very capable users and this is good news !

    For the Nvidia users, we have a new miner, EWBF’s miner.  Use at your own risk.  Users report good hashrate, but lots of rejected shares and some instability.  Will be updated soon.  We recommend you stick to Nicehash’s EQM miner.

GPU and Crypto Mining sales !

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NEWS FLASH: New version of Claymore’s ZCash Miner v8.0 released !

    The latest version of Claymore’s ZCash (ZEC) miner is out (v8.0) !  Hashrates have improved, Again!  We are talking about up to 15 to 25% increase in hashrate on top of the V7.0 update.

(From Claymore) Latest version v8.0:

– improved speed by about 15-25% (depends on card model). Up to 300H/s on stock 390X.
– added “-i 5” and “-i 6” values, 1-2% speedup, but can be unstable in some cases.
– now remote management is working in read-only mode by default.
– some bug fixes and minor improvements.

    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 6 which seems to give the best hashrate.  Power consumption seems to be the same as V7.0.  To monitor your rig with EthMan use the -mport -3333 option (monitoring only) to be safe (this is now set by default).

    You can now reach most incredible speeds of (up to) 210 sol/s on a 280x (up 15%), and 175-200 sol/s on a 470/480 (up 15%), 140 sol/s on a 380 (up 20%), and 290 sol/s on a 390 (up 25%).

    This should help with the drop in profitability, and further reduce Botnet’s (cpu mining) influence.  This is great news for home miners, and proving again that paying that hefty 2.5% fee is worth it.  Upgrade your rigs !

Latest version of Claymore’s ETH miner is now v7.4


    Claymore’s Dual Ethereum+Decred AMD+NVIDIA GPU Miner has been updated recently to v7.4.  The most important update is the ability to see the miner console in a web browser, which can quite useful for seeing what’s going if you’re not on site.  There are quite a few options available to use, so be sure to check out the bitcointalk forum thread here !  You may find it more profitable to dual mine again due to ZCash’s drop in profitability, although so far its pretty much the same on average so far.  You can mine with AMD or Nvidia, and dual mine Decred (DCR), Siacoin (SIA) or LBRY.  Happy mining !

    Bonus Bob Ross painting happy little trees !

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 !