As you probably know, Ethereum network hashrate is about to fall into the hands of ASIC owners. The Antminer E3 should hash as good as 6 GTX 1070 cards at the price of only $ 800 USD ($2000 now) and with a power consumption of 800 W.
This means that we probably should look for other coins to mine. Lately, I’ve been testing Ravencoin that is probably one of the most promising ASIC-immune coins to the date. Ravencoin is based on a signature algorithm – the X16r and its purpose is to allow people to create and trade digital assets. It is a community-driven project that is getting a lot of love lately; you can read more about it here.
There is quite a lot of Ravencoin mining software to choose from, at the point it can get a bit confusing on which one to use.
Most of them have nice descriptions but those don’t really highlight the real differences and features (ESPECIALLY when it comes to hashrate with a specific GPU). I thought that the best way of figuring out which miner to use was by testing them all on my rigs and let the numbers speak.
The sole goal of my tests was to see how those miners perform when in the exact same conditions and using the exact same gear with the same clocks and voltage settings. Each of the miners has been working for an hour non stop.
I was also using a different wallet for every miner to make it easier to track the earnings.
Here is the hardware I’ve been using:
Top 5 Miners for Ravencoin
After the tests, I’ve picked five contestants that are interesting enough to be mentioned here. Let me briefly introduce them to you:
Nevermore is a ccMiner fork that is optimized for X16r mining. It was made by brianmct and alexis78 based on tpruvot’s work. According to certain reviews, this miner is more stable when mining X16r than the original ccMiner 2.2.5.
Created in March 2018 and updated in April, suprminer is yet another ccMiner fork. It works on all modern operative systems, though devs warned that Windows x64 releases might not be as good hashers as x86 ones. If you’ve been using previous versions of this miner, you might want to give the 1.5 one a try since it has got a lot of performance improvements.
z-enemy-1.05a – 1.08
Initially a ccMiner fork, z-enemy is now a fully independent piece of software. Reviews point out that z-enemy might be one of the best, if not the best hashers out there. That being said, it is a close-source software, which is why not everyone is going to use it. In order to get the latest version, you’d have to join the dev’s discord channel.
Latest benchmark for z-enemy-1.08
Ravencoin Miner v2.5 – v2.6
As its name suggests, this miner is designed to work exclusively with Ravencoin. I’m expecting this one to hash quite well since the user feedback is quite great for this one. The miner has also some useful elements in their interface. For example, the program calculates an estimate on how many RVN would you mine in a day if your rig keeps the same hashrate. Devs reflect the somewhat friendly nature of the coin and they allow you to painlessly set the dev fee to 0% right from the miner interface – no need to recompile the whole application every time.
- Download ravencoin miner v2.6 precompiled version https://mega.nz/#!cxYHTCJB!NFZb4Ala2F8iy5DzqyOjNJWifVcyZxxh7zyZaJtn1Bk, original https://github.com/Ravencoin-Miner/Ravencoin/releases
- OS: Linux, Windows
- Dev fee: 1% – can be set to 0% by using “–donate 0”
- Open Source: Yes
- Latest updates: Optimizations to all hash functions bmw, jh, blake, groestl, keccak, skein, luffa, cubehash, echo, shavite, simd, fugue, hamsi, shabal, whirlpool, sha
Latest benchmark for Ravencoin v2.6
Most of you are probably already familiar with ccMiner. ccMiner was here for a while and it supports a wide variety of algos, including CryptoNight, X11 and Blake256, among others. Recently, it has been updated to support the new X16r algorithm.
Silet Miner v1.1.0 (new)
From my tests looks like
Nevermore z-enemy-1.08 is the one to go, like i said i have used the same intensity (-i 21) with all miners, same clocks (core clock +100, mem clock -502) and same TDP (65%). Let me know what are you results by commenting below! 🙂
I really wish miner creators email me their best tested settings so i ca re-do the tests 🙂
Luckily for us, there are a lot of miners to choose from. It is impressive how much attention and love Ravencoin is getting now. Even more impressive for a coin that is only few months old.
I am also working on an article where I will be talking about the best hardware for Ravencoin mining. Don’t miss it out! I’m sure you will find a lot of interesting info there.
Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.
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