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Hive OS 2.0 is coming soon and it will apparently replace the existing first version of the Linux-based GPU mining platform. Although the changes are mostly on the web-based front end, so the Linux OS on the rig is not going to need to be necessarily changed initially, although updates with new features to that will probably follow as well. All user accounts are going to be migrated automatically, in fact you can use your existing Hive OS account to login in the Hive OS 2.0 public test website, but after the migration happens any changes in it will be wiped out wit the data from your old Hive OS 1 account. Migration will happen in a couple of days, though no exact date has been announced yet.
If you want to move a mining rig to the Hive OS 2.0 to test it thre you will need to update the Hive host url to the one of the public beta, you can easily do that by running the following command on the mining rig:
sed -i 's/^HIVE_HOST_URL=.*/HIVE_HOST_URL=api2w.hiveos.farm/g' /hive-config/rig.conf && hell
To switch back to the original Hive the command is this one:
sed -i 's/^HIVE_HOST_URL=.*/HIVE_HOST_URL=api.hiveos.farm/g' /hive-config/rig.conf && hello
Yet another update from sp on his open source and free fork of supminer (ccminer) called Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #7 (source) with a bit more extra performance thanks to optimizations done to hamsi/Echo/echo-simd. The X16S support should be fixed in this release as well as it was broken in the previous, but our quick tests in a few pools show that no shares are being accepted – low difficulty or invalid shares getting reported by the pools, so it may need some more work.
The ultimate goal of this miner is apparently to take the top spot in terms of X16x performance from the current leader z-enemy 1.15a and this release is a step closer to that goal. Our tests on GTX 1080 Ti show that Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #7 is still a tiny bit behind in terms of pure performance, however you should not forget that the z-enemy miner contains a 1% developer fee built-in and that already makes things pretty much even on actual performance. It is always good to have some competition as it drives things forward.
It seems now that the fastest Bytom (BTM) mining performance is once again being offered by the latest Bminer 10.0.0, beating what the latest NebuTech BTMiner 7.0 is delivering at the moment. The latest version of Bminer brings substantial increase in BTM mining hashrate of up to 30% over what the previous Bminer 9.1.0 was able to deliver, thus beating the competition with at least 10% on GTX 1080 Ti (percentage can vary depending on your hashrate). Unfortunately it seems that the new version also supports only pools with direct wallet addresses as worker IDs, it does not seem to work with pools that rely on worker usernames and that actually limits the usability of the miner even if it is the fastest performing one you cannot use it on all mining pools.
The new Bminer also introduces support for mining Zhash (Equihash with parameter set 144,5) based coins and that also makes it more attractive to wider audience of miners that are switching to algorithms not being supported by ASIC miners. An example of popular crypto coin that uses this particular variation of Equihash is Bitcoin Gold (BTG), though there are others as well. The other let us say minor update is the addition for support fore reported hashrate feature on ETH pools. Do not forget 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 mining Ethash and Blake.
There is an update fo rthe popular CryptoNight AMD GPU miner SRBMiner that brings some fixes and improvements, though this time no new algorithms are being added in version 1.6.6. The most interesting new feature in the latest version is the algo/coin switching protocol currently in beta, though you should know that in order for this to work the pool must support it. There is just one pool at the moment that supports the new switching protocol and that one is Monero Ocean that supports 9 different CryptoNight-based coins at the moment. To enable this new mode you need to add the
--usealgoswitching parameter in your command line for running the miner. The fee for using the miner in algorithm switching mode is ~0.91%. The only not so great thing about this new feature however is that when a switch of the algorithm/coin is happening the miner is being restarted, so it takes some extra time to start mining for each switch. You can find what are the other changes, new features and fixes below.
SRBMiner V1.6.6 Full Cangelog:
– Added support for algo/coin switching protocol BETA (pool must support it)
– “restart_devices_on_startup” and “restart_devices_on_startup_script” is now replaced with –resetvega and –startupscript
– Fixed “reboot_script” parameter, which should be triggered by hashrate watchdog
– Kernel 2 should be now automatically selected for R9 200 series
– Auto setup for RX 4XX and 5XX series should be now a little bit better
– Fixed a bug which could occur when receiving jobs too rarely
– Added miner version to API
– DevFee mining is not displayed anymore
Another update from sp on his open source and free fork of supminer (ccminer) called Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #6 (source) that promises another +10-15% performance increase (Optimizations to aes, echo and simd) over the recently released Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #5. The only not so good thing is that this miner comes at a time when X16R and X16S mining is not very profitable to be mined, but that goes for many other algorithms as well in the currently low profit period for mining. The Github repository only has an official Windows binary, 32-bit CUDA 9.2, so if you need something else you would need to compile from source yourself.
With the latest Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #6 the miner is trying to compete for the top spot performance wise with the other fastest X16R and X16S miners out there. Performance wise the spmod-git #6 seems to be slightly faster than T-Rex and z-enemy 1.14, but could be just a bit slower (in some of the algorithms) behind the latest z-enemy 1.15a. However you should not forget that the z-enemy miner is a closed source one and comes with a built-in 1% developer fee, while the Raven x16r/x16s Spmod-git #6 miner is free, open source and with no dev fee so taking that into account the end result in terms of hashrate you get maybe is already pretty much the same.
The latest zealot/enemy-1.15a (z-enemy) from Dk and Enemy was released soon after the previous version 1.14 was made publicly available and it brings more performance improvements as well as a support for a new mining algorithm. The hashrate has been further increased with about 1 to 5% for the following algorithms: X16, X17, HSR, Renesis, Xevan, Sonoa, Aergo, Poly, Phi1612. With these performance improvements z-enemy might once more be the fastest X16 miner out there, though for Renesis, another recently added algorithm the latest T-Rex miner is still faster in terms of performance.
The new z-enemy 1.15 has also added support for the new HEX mining algorithm that has been announced just a few days ago as introduced by the XDNA project. The working principle of HEX is calculating the block hash with a pseudo-random sequence of 16 different algorithms (kernels): BLAKE / BMW / GROESTL / JH / KECCAK / SKEIN / LUFFA / CUBEHASH / SHAVITE / SIMD / ECHO / HAMSI / FUGUE / SHABAL / WHIRLPOOL / SHA2. The latest public release of z-enemy-1.15a has a fix for the difficulty and allows you to use maximum intensity of up to 25 in order to further increase the performance of HEX with another +7% to +15% if your GPUs can handle the extra load properly. If you are looking for new coins using new mining algorithms, then XDNA and HEX might be an interesting choice for you, though XDNA is actually not a new coin release, it has been available fo ra while, just the HEX algorithm is new.
– Download z-enemy 1.15a Windows CUDA 9.1 32-bit
– Download z-enemy 1.15a Windows CUDA 9.1 64-bit
– Download z-enemy 1.15a Windows CUDA 9.2 32-bit
– Download z-enemy 1.15a Windows CUDA 9.2 64-bit
With the current low prices of altcoins and low mining profit in general it is always a good idea to check for potential new coins – either new releases or ones that have higher profit at the moment. So a new profitability mining calculator is always handy to have, especially if it offers more algorithms and supports more coins that other more established and well know such services. ShitToMine is a new such service that offers a more extensive mining calculator, covering more mining algorithms, including even some CPU ones as well as with more coins – over 300 being tracked at the moment.
There are presets for automatically setting hashrate and power usage for the latest generation of Nvidia GPUs, though unfortunately not available for all of the supported algorithms, so you will still need to fill in some values manually. Unfortunately no option for CPU algorithms or AMD GPUs at the moment to help you with hashrate and power in order to calculate profitability easier, you have to do it manually. Do note that there is also a section for ASIC miners with algorithms for the ones available where you also need to manually fill in hashrate and performance.
There is apparently more work needed to be done, it is still beta version, but it looks promising and can be useful, so we do recommend that you give it a try and see if you may find something useful as information and that goes not only for the mining calculator.
The development of the still relatively new CryptoDredge Nvidia GPU miner is moving pretty fast in lately with a number of minor releases made available in just a few days of time bringing some performance improvements, fixes and new features to the miner. Since the latest major release CryptoDredge 0.8.0 there is an improvement in Allium, Lyra2z, and Phi2 performance for low-end and middle-end graphics cards, a fix P2Pool bug related to many rejected shares as well as a fix TCP and WebSocket connections used for API along with added power consumption monitoring. Then there was a fix for a Phi2 bug related to smart contracts implemented, an improvement of about 3% for PHI2 as well as a much more significant boost of up to 30% for Tribus and a fix for Lyra2z performance on 1070 Ti and P104-100 graphics cards. And our usual reminder that the CryptoDredge miner is a closed source software that comes with 1% built-in developer fee with binaries available for both Windows and Linux (CUDA 9.1/9.2).
The T-Rex miner is one of the newer GPU miners out there and it is an interesting option for Nvidia mining rig owners that are looking for profitable new coins based on less popular mining algorithms. Since we last covered the miner there have been some new additions of the supported mining algorithms, namely x16r, x16s and renesis along with some performance improvements in 0.5.7 for a few extra percent of performance in renesis, hsr, x16r, x16s, x17 and c11.
Performance wise we were a bit surprise that the X16R and X16S algorithms are not only now slower, but in fact at times may be even a bit faster at times compared to the latest z-enemy miner 1.14, at least what the miner reports. Also the performance for mining Renesis (RESS) is better than the official fork of ccminer for that algorithm, so you might want to check it out if you still haven’t done so.
Finally, just a reminder that T-Rex is a closed source miner and that there is 1% development fee built-in and you need to have a recent video driver installed as the binaries for both Linux and Windows are compiled for CUDA 9.1/9.2.