The latest update of the CryptoDredge Nvidia GPU miner to version 0.9.4 for both Linux and Windows introduces support for a number of new mining algorithms as well as some performance improvements. The new algorithms include Exosis, C11, Polytimos and BCD (Bitcoin Diamond) and as far as performance improvements go, there is improvement in the hashrate for Allium (+3-5%), PHI1612 (+16-20%) and Skunkhash (+18-25%). Definitely worth the upgrade, even if you are not currently using your Nvidia GPU mining rigs for any of the supported algorithms, just to keep them up to date and ready for something new and interesting that pops up. Do note that the CryptoDredge miner supports only Nvidia GPUs and is a closed source software that comes with 1% built-in developer fee and with binaries available for both Windows and Linux (CUDA 9.1/9.2/10.0).
The latest version 0.7.2 for the T-Rex Nvidia GPU miner brings support for the new X22i mining algorithm used by the SUQA project. The even better news, besides the fact that another miner supports this new algorithm is that T-Rex 0.7.2 provides up to about 40% faster performance for X22i compared to the latest zjazz Nvidia miner that was previously the fastest in terms of hashrate. The SUQA coin has just reached its first planned block reward halving, so gaining some extra performance boost might be just what you need to keep things profitable on the longer term.
If you are mining SUQA on Nvidia GPUs, then it would be a wise idea to update from zjazz to the latest T-rex and continue mining it with significantly higher hashrate. If you are having stability issues with X22i mining you might try to decrease your overclock or play with the power limiter until you have the mining rig stable. Do note that the T-Rex is a closed source miner with 1% development fee built-in. Also make sure you have a recent video driver installed (the latest for CUDA 10 support) as the binaries for both Linux and Windows are compiled for CUDA 9.1/9.2/10.0.
There is a new more powerful ASIC miner from Baikal Miner that supports multiple algorithms for mining, the new Baikal Miner BK-G28 is a more powerful successor of the previous BK-X model that the company was selling up until recently. The new BK-G28 is almost 3 times faster in terms of performance on all supported algorithms and adds Groestl support on top of the already supported other algos. With the Baikal Miner BK-G28 you can get up to 28 GHS mining performance on X11, Quark, Qubit, Myriad-Groestl, Nist5 and Groestl with varying power consumption. The hashrate for Skein is at 14 GHS and for mining X11Ghost you can expect to get about 3.5 GHS. Baikal Miner is already taking orders for the new hardware, though they do not cite official price for the device yet.
Currently it is most interesting and profitable choice for the new BK-G28 is to be used for the Groestl algorithm, however a big number of these ASIC mines will easily reduce profitability in not time. Mining Groestl in GPUs is obviously getting depreciated, as most likely Baikal Miner will soon add support for Groestl for the owners of BK-X ASICs as well… most likely as son as they sell enough BK-G28s.
The development for the WildRig Multi AMD GPU miner continues with a nice temp with new algorithms, performance improvements and new features being added constantly. Since the last time we covered the miner there a few more new algorithms now added as supported to the latest WildRig Multi AMD GPU miner, these are – X22i, Exosis, Skunkhash and Bitcore (timetravel10) along with some performance improvements for some of the already available algorithms and various fixes and functionality improvements. Support for more new algorithms is coming soon with ones such as Xevan and Lbk3 being the most likely candidates for the upcoming updates.
Do note that the WildRig Multi currently supports only AMD GPUs with the newer RX series and VEGA supported out of the box and a separate download of binary kernels needed for older R9 series Fiji, Hawaii and Tonga. Unlike its predecessor the WildRig Multi miner does not support Nvidia GPUs, it will only work on AMD-based mining rigs. The WildRig Multi 0.12.5.1 Beta is currently available for Windows, Ubuntu Linux and HiveOS as a closed source binary and with a 2% developer fee built-in by default, though it can be reduced.
While we are still waiting Bitmain to release AsicBoost support for all of its Antminer S9 variations, Braiins OS Wolfram was made available from the Braiins team. This new release of the Braiins opensource OS for Bitcoin ASIC miners comes with support for all Antminer S9 variants and adds support for AsicBoost as well, it also works on DragonMint T1 (only the variant with Xilinx based control boards). Aside from AsicBoost support on S9 mining hardware, by using the Braiins OS Wolfram you also get the ability to change the clock frequency and voltage for the miners on per hashboard basis, so more tweaking options.
Braiins OS uses over (version-rolling) AsicBoost in accordance with BIP310. For Antminer S9, this is currently done using the bitstream provided by the manufacturer, but the goal is to switch to a custom open-source bitstream as soon as possible. All Antminer S9 models (S9, S9i, S9j) are supported, however, the amount of possible variations is rather high, so for this reason it is recommend to test an SD card image first on a single device and once you are confident that the firmware operates according to your expectations, you can apply factory transitional firmware images. Then you can start tweaking the voltage and frequency settings to utilize the extra power savings that you should get of about %13 thanks o the use of AsicBoost.
Really interesting news for everyone that owns Antminer S9 ASIC miners and other Bitmain BM1387-based models like the Antminer R4, S9i, S9j, T9 and T9+. Bitmain has officially released a firmware to activate the so called “Overt AsicBoost” for Antminer S9 Bitcoin ASIC miners and will have the firmware for Antminer R4, S9i, S9j, T9 and T9+ within a week as well. This comes just a few days after the announcement that Braiins OS might actually bring users support for Overt AsicBoost. According to Braiins the activation of the “Overt AsicBoost” functionality on S9 can bring down the power consumption by about 13% which is more than welcome at the current market situation for any miner using Antminer S9 Bitcoin ASICs. Bitmain however does not officially reveal how the new firmware with “Overt AsicBoost” affects the operating parameters of the S9, though the upgrade should reduce the power consumption for sure. If you upgrade your Antminer S9 miners to the new firmware please feel free to share your feedback in the comments below.
The latest version 0.9.3 of the CryptoDredge Nvidia GPU miner for both Linux and Windows introduces support for the new CryptoNight v8 algorithm that Monero (XMR) just recently forked to as well as some performance improvements and fixes. You can expect to get something like 1000 H/s mining Monero (XMR) on GTX 1080 Ti with the ETHlargementPill (dependig on your GPU settings), without the pill the hashrate is lower. You can expect to get some extra performance for mining crypto coins that use Allium and Phi2 with the new CryptoDredge 0.9.3. 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). CUDA 10.0 release is not yet available for the 0.9.3 version, though it should most likely be as there was a binary for the previous version.
If you are mining Merit (Cuckoo Cycle Edgebit 26), Bitcash (Cuckoo Cycle Edgebit 27) or SUQA (X22i) on AMD or Nvidia GPUs you might want to check the just released update for the zjazz CUDA and OpenCL 1.2 closed source miner and start using it or just upgrade if using older version. Both the AMD and the Nvidia versions (separate downloads) of the zjazz 1.2 miner come with stratum connection stability improved (should help efficiency on all supported algorithms), but AMD users also get some optimizations added to X22i algorithm or with other words some additional performance increase should be noticeable.
The Cuckoo Cycle algorithm used by MRT and BITC is CPU intensive and the zjazz miner provides multiple options to reduce the CPU load if you are mining on a GPU mining rig with a slower processor that is having trouble coping up, so make sure you check these out. Do note that the zjazz miner is a closed source software available as binary releases for both Windows and Linux and comes with a built-in development fee of 2%.
Monero’s planned upcoming hardfork to the new CryptoNight/CryptoNote V8 proof of work algorithm is going well and will just about a day left and miners already supporting the V8 algorithm people are getting ready to mine XMR. Even services such as MiningRigRentals where you can rent or lease mining rigs are already supporting the new V8 algorithm with rigs available. NiceHash however has also added support for V8, including support for their latest NiceHash Miner, so you can expect quite a lot of hashrate after the fork coming from the service.
The SUQA project that we recently introduced is continuing to gain more interest from users and its X22i algorithm has just been added to MRR. The good news for miners is that X22i is still too new and not big enough to catch the interest of NiceHash, though if things continue this way it will happen sooner or later. Anyway, SUQA is developing nicely with network hashrate growing as more users join the mining process and the project is progressing well on their announced roadmap, even though there is still some skepticism surrounding the 10% developer fee from each mined block.
The latest Bminer 10.5.0 release has introduced another significant performance boost for Bytom (BTM) mining support using the Tensority algorithm, you can get up to 4500 H/s on GTX 1080 Ti or even more which is faster than the latest performance boost offered by the NebuTech BTMiner 10.0. Have in mind though 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 in order to get the optimal performance. 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 mining Ethash and Blake.