The former SUQA project, now SINOVATE (SIN), is about to hardfork in a couple of hours with numerous changes going into effect at block 170,000 that should be reached in a couple of hours time. With the hardfork there will be a new algorithm going into effect, switching from the old X22i to the new X25x algorithm for mining. The new algorithm is heavier and more memory intensive, so the hashrate you will be getting after the fork is gong to be lower with X25x compared to what you would be getting with X22i. There are already miners available for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs, you can find the expected performance below for GTX 1080 Ti and RX 580 8GB and as one would expect Nvidia is doing better for the new algorithm as well. Make sure you re ready for the hardfork by upgrading your wallet now, before the hardfork occurs… download the latest SIN wallet here.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – T-Rex 0.11.0
– X22i: 18.85 MH/s (6x 113.12 MH/s)
– X25x: 2.31 MH/s (6x 13.83 MH/s)

AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB – WildRig Multi 0.17.3
– X22i: 5.08 MH/s (8x 40.71 MH/s)
– X25x: 0.74 MH/s (8x 5.93 MH/s)

Visit the official website for more information about the SINOVATE (SIN) project…

The latest two version of GMiner 1.45 come with some extra performance for the following supported algorithms: Grin29 (GRIN), Aeternity (AE) and SWAP on Nvidia GPUs. So if you are mining any of these on Nvidia-based mining rigs you might want to check out the new version and take advantage of the slight hashrate boost that it should provide for your hardware.

The GMiner miner requires an Nvidia GPU with CUDA compute capability 5.0 or later as well as CUDA 9.0 driver support, some algorithms are already supported on AMD GPUs as well (Cuckaroo29, Cuckoo29, Cuckaroo29s, Beam’s Equihash 150,5 as well as the recently added Equihash 144,5 and 192,7). Do note that GMiner is a closed source miner for Nvidia and AMD GPUs with binaries available for both Windows and Linux, also there is a 2% developer fee built-in the software.

To download and try the latest release of the Gminer v1.45 Nvidia and AMD GPU miner…

Here comes CryptoDredge 0.20.1 and it brings along support for a new algorithm – Argon2d (NIM) algorithm (Dumb mode only), as well as number of fixes and additional performance improvements for MTP and Argon2d. The major version 0.20.0 did not get an official binary release, apparently due to some issues that were addressed in the 0.20.1 that was just made available for both Linux and Windows. The Linux version now also includes a watchdog feature…

Do note that the CryptoDredge miner supports only Nvidia GPUs and is a closed source software that comes with 1% built-in developer fee for all supported algorithms, however the dev fee is 2% currently only for MTP mining (Zcoin), there are binaries available for both Windows and Linux (CUDA 9.1/9.2/10.0).

To download and try the latest release of the CryptoDredge 0.20.1 Nvidia GPU miner…

The latest T-Rex Nvidia GPU miner version 0.11.1 brings very significant increase in the hashrate you get for the X25x algorithm that was recently added as supported… up to 3x the speed. The X25x algorithm is used by the SINOVATE (SIN) project (the former SUQA) and the performance you get with the latest T-Rex is up from abut 2.3 MHS for a single GTX 1080 Ti to about 6.8 MHS per card, or with other words from about 14 MHS to about 41 MHS for a 6x GTX 1080 Ti mining rig. The latest version also brings some new features and fixes to make the miner more usable and problem free.

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.

For more information and to download and try the latest version of the T-Rex miner…

Bitmain may not have a stock of their newer 7nm chips for the faster SHA256 ASIC miners, but they apparently have more of the old chips to push new miners, so hence the Antminer S9 SE is born. It is a 16 THS Bitcoin ASIC miner with built-in power supply(?) and a 1280W power consumption (80 J/TH power efficiency). The price of the new Bitmain Antminer S9 SE ASIC miner is set at $351 USD with the first batch to go on sale today scheduled for shipping in 21-31 July, 2019.

Although this may be far from the latest offerings in terms of hashrate, miners like the “new” Antminer S9 SE might be interesting for some people due to their low price and if they can be combined with low priced power it might be a good opportunity. The used market for Antminer S9 ASICs is booming lately due to the price of Bitcoin going up, so we see demand for the new miner for sure. Of course it also depends on the amount of units that Bitmain can deliver…

For more details about the new 16 THS Antminer S9 SE Bitcoin ASIC miner…

The latest two version of GMiner 1.46 come with more performance boost for the following supported algorithms: Grin29 (GRIN), Aeternity (AE) and SWAP on Nvidia GPUs and especially for GTX 1080 Ti mining rig owners. The performance boost is not that significant, but any bit of extra hashrate is welcome, so make sure you update to get a bit better hashrate. The new version also adds support for the Equihash 125,4 algorithm for Nvidia cards that is being used by ZelCash.

The GMiner miner requires an Nvidia GPU with CUDA compute capability 5.0 or later as well as CUDA 9.0 driver support, some algorithms are already supported on AMD GPUs as well (Cuckaroo29, Cuckoo29, Cuckaroo29s, Beam’s Equihash 150,5, Equihash 144,5 and 192,7. Do note that GMiner is a closed source miner for Nvidia and AMD GPUs with binaries available for both Windows and Linux, also there is a 2% developer fee built-in the software.

To download and try the latest release of the Gminer v1.46 Nvidia and AMD GPU miner…

The latest T-Rex Nvidia GPU miner version 0.12.1 brings some performance improvement for the MTP algorithm used by ZCoin (XZC), the performance should be up by 1%-3% on some video cards according to the developer. The new version also adds the ability to view the T-Rex log file directly in the web browser and fixes the issues with the Benchmark mode not working properly in the miner.

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.

For more information and to download and try the latest version of the T-Rex miner…

The latest ccminer 1.1.23 djm34 fork for the MTP algorithm used by ZCoin (XZC) seems to be providing the best performance for more recent Nvidia mining GPUs such as GTX 1070 or 1080 Ti including the latest RTX 2080 Ti as well (faster than the recently updated T-Rex miner). Owners of GTX 1080-based GPUs with GDDR5X memory can use the OhGodAnETHlargementPill to get a bit of extra boost in performance. The miner is open source, though there is a built-in 0.25% fee (that can be turned off) in the officially compiled binaries for both Linux and Windows. Do note however that the official windows binary requires CUDA 10.1-compatible video driver, so you may need to update your mining rigs. Linux binaries are available for CUDA 0.2, 10 and 10.1. Stability wise the miner may not be perfect yet, so make sure you have a loop set when running it to have it restarted if it crashes. NiceHash mining does not seem to be supported for the moment.

To download and try the latest ccminer 1.1.23 djm34 fork for the MTP algorithm…

Today is planned the first hardfork for the GRIN crypto currency and more specifically its Cuckaroo29 (C29) algorithm to the new Cuckarood29, the C31 algorithm remains unaffected by this hardfork. Grin is expected to hard fork at Block 262,080 which is estimated to happen at some point today (July 17th, 2019). All you have to do to be ready to continue mining GRIN after the hardfork is to update your miner to the latest version, most of the software supports autodetection of the algorithm switch and thus should continue working jst fine after the fork happens.

The miners that have already released updates to support the new Cuckarood29 algorithm to be sued by Grin after the hard fork include: GMiner 1.51, NBMiner 24.1, lolMiner 0.8.5, nanominer 1.5.1 for AMD and or Nvidia GPUs on Windows and Linux operating systems. You can of course also use the official grin-miner 2.0.0 as well, although it is not available for Windows operating systems (only Linux and Mac OS X), unlike all of the other alternatives mentioned.

The BEAM Project is having a hard fork in about two days and you need to make sure that you are ready for it if you are mining it or are using a local wallet for BEAM. The BEAM Hard Fork is scheduled for block #321321 which should be reached sometime in August 15th and you need to mak sure your wallet is up to date as well as your miner. Make sure you get the latest BEAM wallet if you use a local wallet, if you rely on exchanges make sure they have updated their wallets after the fork before doing any transactions.

The BEAM Hard Fork will also come with changes in the algorithm used for mining, the PoW algorithm will change from Beam Hash I (Equihash 150,5) to Beam Hash II (EquihashR variation). And while the new algorithm is still a modification of the Equihash you would still have to use a new miner or an updated one with support for the new algorithm (EquihashR parameters n = 150, k = 5 and r = 3). The initial information suggests that the new BeamHash II algorithms should be faster in terms of hashrate and with lower power consumption on the same hardware compared to the still currently used BeamHash I (Equihash 150,5) algorithm.

The software miner with support for BEAM mining have already started updating with support for the new algorithm, though not all of them already have Beam Hash II available. Our preferred Nvidia BEAM miner – GMiner 1.55 already has support for both AMD and Nvidia miners for the upcoming hardfork and the new BeamHash II algo… there is even an auto-switch function built-in, so that it will switch to the new algorithm after the fork is detected. The latest lolMiner 0.8.6 for AMD GPUs has added support for the BEAM hard fork and there is also an auto switch option available to help you seamlessly move to the new Beam Hash II algorithm. Other popular miners with BEAM support should most likely follow soon with updates adding the new algorithm as well…