ZCash mining evolution

ZCash Mining 101 Guide

ZCash Wallet – Windows

 

Miner App

Best open source GPU miner = nheqminer-0.5c

Miner Pool

nheqminer.exe -l eu1-zcash.flypool.org:3333 -u <address>.<worker>

 

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XFX RX 580 ZCash Mining tuning

Card Tech Spec

RX580 XFX

  • Card Vendor = XFX
  • RAM Vendor = Hynix

Radeon Tech Spec

https://radeon.com/en-us/rx500/rx-580/

Compute Units1 36
Stream Processors 2304
Clock Speeds (Boost / Base) Up to 1340 MHz / Up to 1257 MHz
Peak Performance (TFLOPS) Up to 6.2
Memory Speed (Effective) Up to 8 Gbps
Texture Units 144
ROPs 32
Memory Bandwidth Up to 256 GB/s
Memory Interface 256 bit
Memory Type GDDR5
GCN Architecture 4th Generation
AMD FreeSync™ Technology 5 Yes
DirectX® 12 and Vulkan® Support  Yes
HDMI™ 4K60 support
DisplayPort Version 6 1.4
HDCP 2.2

 

BIOS Tuning

<in progress>

 

Miner settings

Since the Equihash (Zcash) algorithm usually prefers a higher core timing than does the Ethash algorithm that is used for Ethereum mining, I also ran a second test run with the core clock set a bit higher to 1300 MHz. I then needed to increase the core voltage to 1050mv too, so it does come as a trade-of between hash/sec versus power consumption. On the plus side, Zcash is not as memory bandwidth dependent as Ethereum, you can lower the memory clocks a bit, or to default in this case, to save a bit of power.

 

Tools

 

Source

ZCash ZEC mining

https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/guides/how-to-mine-zcash/

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) | CryptoCompare.com  

Mining Guide

https://github.com/zcash/zcash/wiki/Mining-Guide

Miner Software

nheqminer-0.5c

https://github.com/nicehash/nheqminer/releases

https://forum.z.cash/t/miner-nicehash-zcash-cpu-gpu-for-linux-and-windows/2861

 

Install nheqminer on Ubuntu 16

Follow the steps here: https://github.com/nicehash/nheqminer

 

NV24 VM with Windows Server 2016

4x Tesla M60 video cards — http://www.miningspeed.com/page.php?id=300341&hash=950sol/s

Performance:

  • 60 I/sec
  • 112 Sol/sec