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New dstm’s ZCash CUDA Miner 0.6 Tested and Reviewed

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Eventually, equihash-based coins are receiving more attention lately from both developers and miners alike. One of the latest additions was a new CUDA miner for NVidia cards.

If you’ve got an NVdia GTX 7xx, 9xx or 10xx GPU, then you will definitely find this news interesting.

I’ve been testing the miner with my own GPUs and I am sharing my findings with you in the sections below.

GPU Compatibility

The new dstm’s ZCash CUDA Miner 0.6 is meant to be used with the following NVidia GeForce GTX GPUs for desktop:

7509501050 / Ti
750 Ti9601060 / Ti
9701070 / Ti
980 / Ti1080 / Ti

It also works with the following non-GTX versions:

TITAN X
TITAN XP

And it even supports some mobile cards too:

830MGTX 950M910M
840MGTX 960M930M
GTX 850MGTX 965M940M
GTX 860M*GTX 970M
GTX 980M

(*) only the version that comes with Maxwell cores

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What’s New in Version 0.6?

Compared to the previous version, the v0.5.2, this new one includes a lot of features we’ve requested to be able to mine properly. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • Failover pool support, making this CUDA miner a decent alternative to the EWBF miner. You might want to use the FarmWatch bot to get the most out of it.
  • GPU mining intensity control
  • Configuration file support
  • Better hashrates using the same gear and clocks when compared both to EWBF and to dstm’s miner version 0.5.2
  • Interface and overall user experience overhaul

In brief, dstm’s Zcash CUDA Miner is now the best miner for Zcash and will remain like that until EWBF receives its long-waited update.

To Keep in Mind

Here are some more details about the dstm’s miner to keep in mind:

  • Even though it features higher hashrate, your profits might still stay the same because of the fixed 2% developer fee.
  • dstm’s CUDA miner is closed source software
  • People are having some issues with flypool – sometimes you can prevent crashes by changing mining pool
  • It supports stratum and NiceHash’s extranonce, which means you will be able to use it to sell equihash hashrate
  • dstm has announced that he will be releasing version 0.6.1 soon where he claims to have some of the bugs from the Bitcointalk thread fixed

System Requirements:

  • 64-bit Windows or Linux
  • C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 installed

Download dstm’s ZCash / Equihash Nvidia Miner v0.6 (Linux / Windows) precompiled version: Windows or Linux

Here are the results of my tests using different NVidia GPUs:

Equihash hashrate benchmark

ZCash, ZClassic, HUSH, ZenCash, BitcoinGold, Bitcoin Private, Komodo

MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

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In Conclusion

I am glad to see that Zcash is finally getting some love from miner software developers. Zcash is one of the less volatile coins that exist today. While it had a price spike from $300 USD/ZEC to $700 in January, it then returned to the $300 mark as it was 8 months ago.

Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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