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ZCash ZEC mining

ZCash uses Equihash as an hashing algorithm, which is an asymmetric memory-hard PoW algorithm based on the generalized birthday problem. It relies on high RAM requirements to bottleneck the generation of proofs and making ASIC development unfeasible, much like Ethereum.

How to mine Zcash with GPU and CPU (Windows) |  

Mining Guide

Miner Software



Install nheqminer on Ubuntu 16

Follow the steps here:


NV24 VM with Windows Server 2016

4x Tesla M60 video cards —


  • 60 I/sec
  • 112 Sol/sec




Ethminer on Win 2016 NV12 Azure VM

Benchmark using ethminer running on Windows Server 2016 inside a NV12 VM in Azure.

Change the number of streams

ethminer.exe -U -F --cuda-streams N -M
Test result with –cuda-streams 4
Trial 1... 33554432
Trial 2... 34952533
Trial 3... 34940886
Trial 4... 33554432
Trial 5... 33554432
min/mean/max: 33554432/34111343/34952533 H/s
inner mean: 23297806 H/s
Test result with –cuda-streams 2 
Trial 1... 33554432
Trial 2... 33554432
Trial 3... 34253482
Trial 4... 34253482
Trial 5... 33554432
min/mean/max: 33554432/33834052/34253482 H/s
inner mean: 11417827 H/s
Test result with –cuda-streams 8
Trial 1... 33554432
Trial 2... 33554432
Trial 3... 33554432
Trial 4... 36350634
Trial 5... 34694390
min/mean/max: 33554432/34341664/36350634 H/s
inner mean: 23681674 H/s
Test result with –cuda-streams 16
Trial 1... 27962026
Trial 2... 27952709
Trial 3... 22362167
Trial 4... 27934092
Trial 5... 27962026
min/mean/max: 22362167/26834604/27962026 H/s
inner mean: 27949609 H/s
Test result with –cuda-streams 32 
Trial 1... 33554432
Trial 2... 27197108
Trial 3... 42570961
Trial 4... 27164081
Trial 5... 34065413
min/mean/max: 27164081/32910399/42570961 H/s
inner mean: 31605651 H/s
Test result with –cuda-streams 64
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Minergate cli in Ubuntu 16

You can download Ubuntu (Debian) console of Minergate from official website

Link to latest version is:

From Ubuntu console, download the package

wget -O minergate-cli.deb

Install the package via dpkg

sudo dpkg -i minergate-cli.deb
Then you can use the console as reported in official guideline
minergate-cli -user -fcn+xmr

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GPU Ethereum mining on Ubuntu 16 VM in Azure

Only NC-series VM are supported running Linux – Source article

Instead of attach a data disk – resize OS disk from portal and expand File System

sudo resize2fs /dev/sda1

Install Nvidia video driver for Ubuntu VM – Only NC driver

Install GETH via PPA

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ethereum/ethereum
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ethereum ethminer

Copy the account file in “/home/<user>/.ethereum”. You can use a data disk as Putty doesn’t allow copy/paste or use wget to download if it’s reachable from internet

sudo mkdir /datadisk
sudo mkdir /home/<user>/.ethereum
sudo chmod go+w /home/<user>/.ethereum
sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /datadisk cp <UTC--yyyy-mm-ddTnn-nn--xxxx> /home/<user>/.ethereum 
sudo umount /datadisk 
sudo rm -d /datadisk/


Run GETH to sync the node with network =

geth --etherbase '0x47A7C11aBee697bBA83F2ea1Ec072dc937584998' --syncmode "fast" --cache 4096 --trace "geth.log"

You can verify the size of geth folder using this cmd (size should be 18+ Gb) =

du -hs ~/.ethereum/geth

Run GETH in a dedicated screen to start mining using CPU ( about 18Gb of DB files )

screen -S gethminer geth --etherbase '0x47A7C11aBee697bBA83F2ea1Ec072dc937584998' --mine --minerthreads 12 --trace "geth.log"
screen -r -S gethminer


CPU & GPU using ethminer

Make sure ethminer is installed and geth is synched correctly:

sudo apt-get install ethereum ethminer

Configure ethminer to CPU mining

screen -S ethminerCPU ethminer -C -F --disable-submit-hashrate
screen -S ethminerGPU ethminer -G -F --disable-submit-hashrate
View current status of mining processes =
screen -r -S ethminerCPU
screen -r -S ethminerGPU

Monitoring CPU and GPU resource usage

Open a new Putty session
CPU usage
sudo apt-get install htop
Network usage
sudo apt-get install iftop
sudo iftop
GPU usage
watch -n 0.5 nvidia-smi
Disk usage
sudo apt-get install iotop
sudo iotop

GPU Ethereum mining on Windows VM in Azure

Download Genoila ethminer 0.9.41 fork 1.1.6

Configuration as reported in MinerGate

ethminer.exe -U -F --cuda-grid-size 8192 --cuda-block-size 128

Use Ubuntu Linux as performance are way better than Windows