What Are The Currently Available ProgPoW AMD and Nvidia GPU Miners

What Are The Currently Available ProgPoW AMD and Nvidia GPU Miners

Ethereum, News, Tech
ProgPoW or Programmatic Proof-of-Work can be seen as the successor of the Ethash algorithm with enhanced ASIC resistance and while it has been available for a while there hasn’t been that much going around the new algorithm up until recently. The fact that Ethereum (ETH) is considering the switch from Ethash to ProgPoW in the near future has sparkled interest in the algorithm and we may soon start seeing more coins and miners talking about the use of that particular algo. Some of you might remember that Bitcoin Interest (BCI) was the first crypto coin to switch to the ProgPoW a couple of months ago. And while BCI hasn’t been doing that well actually, before or even after the fork to ProgPoW, it is still interesting to note that it…
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First Impressions From Mining With the New Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU

First Impressions From Mining With the New Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU

Ethereum, News, Tech
We have beeing playing for a couple of days with one of the new reference design Nvidia RTX 2060 video cards and tried how well it performs for crypto mining using various miners and mining algorithms and as expected with new GPU releases there is more to be desired, but more on that in a moment. We like the design and implementation of the whole cooling solution from Nvidia on their GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition cards, though there will be a lot of custom partner designs as well. The later should be available in a couple of days as well and start hitting the market pretty soon by the time Nvidia starts delivering FE cards in a couple of days. One thing that we don’t like very much with…
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GMiner CUDA Equihash Miner v1.15 With BEAM (Equihash 150,5) Support

GMiner CUDA Equihash Miner v1.15 With BEAM (Equihash 150,5) Support

Ethereum, News, Tech
GMiner is a relatively new Nvidia CUDA miner with closed source and 2% development fee available for both Windows and Linux (64-bit only) compiled with CUDA 9 and supporting only more recent Nvidia GPUs with Compute capability 5.0+ (from the first generation of Nvidia Maxwell-based graphics processors). This miner is focused on supporting different variations of Equihash on Nvidia, so no wonder that it was one of the first to add BEAM support (Equihash 150,5) and is also currently the fastest one for that particular algorithm on Nvidia hardware. Aside from the newly added Equihash 150,5 support, with GMiner you also get support for Equihash 96,5 (MinexCoin), Equihash 144,5 (Bitcoin Gold, BitcoinZ, SnowGem, SafeCoin, Litecoin Z), Equihash 192,7 (Zero, Genesis) and Equihash 210,9 (Aion) and the performance on these is…
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New Bminer 11.4.0 Release With Experimental BEAM AMD Support

New Bminer 11.4.0 Release With Experimental BEAM AMD Support

Ethereum, News, Tech
The latest update of Bminer 11.4.0 has introduced experimental support for mining BEAM (Equihash 150/5) on AMD GPUs after the previous release brought support for the new algorithm on Nvidia GPUs. In order to enable AMD support you need to use an additional parameter in the command line of the miner, for example to run on the first AMD GPU: -devices amd:0, you need to list the deice IDs of the available AMD video cards in the mining rig that you want to use for mining. Do note that the BEAM Project does have an official AMD GPU miner as well as an Nvidia CUDA one, so you might want to try and compare the performance on AMD hardware between the two. Also note that BEAM mining support is still…
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Nvidia Has Announced Their New Mid-Range GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs

Nvidia Has Announced Their New Mid-Range GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs

Ethereum, News, Tech
Nvidia has announced their new mid-range GPUs, namely the GeForce RTX 2060 as the fourth GPU in their new RTX range following the release for RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 that are already available on the market. Specifications wise the new RTX 2060 is something in between the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 from the previous generation, along with the new Tensor and RT cores on top of the CUDA cores. As far as crypto mining goes however there is not much use of the new gaming technology built into the RTX graphics cards, but the new architecture does bring some extra performance as we have already seen with he earlier RTX models… especially with miners already getting optimizations for the 2000 series. It will be interesting…
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Ethereum Classic is subject to 51 percent attack

Ethereum Classic is subject to 51 percent attack

Ethereum, News
At the weekend, Ethereum Classic – is currently under attack: more than half of the miners are at times malicious and produce double spends. A classic 51 percent attack. In the late afternoon of Saturday, a developer at Coinbase noticed that something unusual happened on the blockchain of Ethereum Classic: The blockchain had reorganized itself by more than 100 blocks. To ensure the security of the credit, Coinbase has turned off on suspicion of deposits and withdrawals of Ethereum Classic. On Sunday, the developers observed that there were always such reorganizations. It quickly became clear that Ethereum Classic is under a “51 percent attack”. This attack attacks all proof-of-work blockchains, those with miners that produce hashes, and is the worst case for them. Already Satoshi has described the attack in…
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ProgPoW: Ethereum developers achieve “cautious” consensus on blocking ASICs

ProgPoW: Ethereum developers achieve “cautious” consensus on blocking ASICs

Ethereum, News
During the Core Devs meeting held on Friday, the Ethereum core team decided to push ahead with the implementation of ProgPoW (Programmatic Proof of Work), which would block specialized mining hardware or ASICs. Lead developer Hudson Jameson noted that developers will continue to follow the implementation of the algorithm unless a major problem is discovered during the test. However, no binding timeframe has yet been agreed, as core developers still have to discuss how much time is needed for testing and implementation. If general consensus is reached among the users of the Ethereum software, the code change referred to as “ProgPoW” will put an end to ASICs, such as those developed by the crypto-mining giant Bitmain. This change would be a blessing for GPU miners whose profitability has been severely…
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The Veil Project Has Launched, Mine it Using the X16RT Algorithm

The Veil Project Has Launched, Mine it Using the X16RT Algorithm

Ethereum, News
After a bit of a delay the official launch of the Veil Project happened earlier today and you can already mine VEIL coins if you are looking for something new and interesting to move your GPU mining rigs on to. Veil is the first Zerocoin-based cryptocurrency with always-on privacy thanks to combining Zerocoin and RingCT technologies to provide full-time privacy without compromise. Veil’s blockchain is secured via Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake, though initially only 50% of the coins (50 VEIL) are going to mining/staking and the rest is distributed among the founder, Veil Labs for ongoing research and development and Veil operations budget, funding operations activities such as core network and wallet development, project management, online user support, bounties, marketing and partnerships. You can check the official Veil Project website for…
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New Bminer 11.0.0 Release With Dual Mining BTM/ETH Support

New Bminer 11.0.0 Release With Dual Mining BTM/ETH Support

Ethereum, News, Tech
The latest Bminer 11.0.0 release has introduced Dual Mining mode for BTM/ETH similar to the support in NBMiner 12.0, although Bminer already had dual mining support for other algorithms the BTM/ETH pair is new. Have in mind that still not all of the BTM mining pools are supported by Bminer (like Antpool for example), so make sure you are on a compatible pool like f2pool in order to get the optimal performance with this miner in single or dual mining mode with Bytom mining. We remind you that that Bminer is a closed source Nvidia GPU miner available for Linux and Windows in the form of pre-compiled binaries and that there is a 2% development fee for Bytom (BTM), Equihash and Zhash coins, 0.65% for Ethash and 1.3% for dual…
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