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How to Mine Bitcoin Gold (BTG) & Best Mining Rig Hardware – Tutorial

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I’m pretty sure most of you wonder what is the best GPU to mine Bitcoin Gold and which components should you use to create the mining rig for it. Iโ€™ve decided to create this quick guide to answer those questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

As you probably know, Bitcoin Gold is running on Equihash algorithm – the same that is behind popular coins such as ZCash, Zclassic, Zencash, Hush, Komodo etc. This means that Nvidia cards are definitely the best choice to mine BGold. It is no rocket science that GTX video cards performs much better than AMD when mining Equihash algorithm.

Here are the latest updates by the devs:

  • Equihash PoW change
  • Difficulty adjustment algorithm

ETA: Oct 29: Adopt BTG mining protocol for pool server

The new block header ย format is designed for existing Zcash pool and miners. BTG client is mostly compatible with them but according to ZIP-1, some minor changes are still needed in the pool servers. More specifically, the first 4 bytes of hashReserved field should store the block height rather than zeros.Dev Team

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In this tutorial, you will find the following:

  • Best Hardware to mine Bitcoin Gold
  • How to mine Bitcoin Gold
  • OS recommendation
  • Best mining software
  • How to mine Bitcoin Gold using a pool
  • Where to create a wallet address

I have already reviewed some great GTX cards and Iโ€™ve build few rigs with those. You can check the reviews here:

Best Mining Rig Hardware For Bitcoin Gold

Best GPU to mine Bitcoin Gold

GTX 1080Ti - 770 Sol/sGTX 1080 550 Sol/sGTX 1070 480 Sol/sGTX 1060 317 Sol/s
MSI GTX 1080 TI GAMING X
Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 TI GAMING OC Edition
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition GAMING
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G
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MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Edition

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 GAMING

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 GAMING

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Mini

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Mini

MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1060

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1060

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition

Mining Motherboard +ย  CPU, RAM, SSD Combo

6x GPU Rig8x GPU Rig12x GPU Rig13x GPU Rig19x GPU Rig
ASRock H81 PRO BTC R2.0 LGA 1150

ASRock H81 PRO BTC R2.0 LGA 1150 Mining Motherboard

CPU + RAM + SSD

Intel Celeron G1840
Kingston HyperX FURY 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
Kingston D120GB SATA 3
 

BIOSTAR TB250-BTC+ 8 GPU SUPPORT LGA 1151
Biostar TB250-BTC PRO 12 GPU SUPPORT LGA 1151
ASRock H110 Pro BTC+ 13 GPU SUPPORT LGA 1151

PSU – Power Supply Unit

USB Risers

VER 008VER 007VER 006

PCIE Riser VER 007 PCI Riser 6 PIN 1x to x16 Powered Riser Adapter Card w/ 60cm USB 3.0 Extension Cable

PCI-E 16x to 1x Powered Riser Adapter Card w/ 50cm USB 3.0 Extension Cable & MOLEX to SATA Power Cable

Mining Rig Frame

1stMR B Stackable
  • Motherboard standoffs
  • Designed to be assembled easily
  • Supports up to 6/8/12 GPUs & 2 power supplies
  • Any 2,5โ€ณ hard disks or SSD drives, any power supplies
  • Dimensions: โ€“ L545 xW345 x H355mm
  • Stackable

 

OS

I recommend the following:

Bitcoin Gold Miners

Here is a list with the best mining software that can be used to mine Bitcoin Gold:

Pool Mining

There are some good pools already waiting to kick in, but in this tutorial i will use the official one which is pool.gold

How to mine Bitcoin Gold on Winodws:

In this tutorial i will use Claymore’s BTF Miner

NOTE: This is on TESTNET, currently the devs are testing the network.

Mainnet launched

  • First of all create a wallet address here
  • Download the miner and extract the contents
  • Open config.txt file and paste the following details
  • -zpool eu.pool.gold:3044
    -zwal WALLET_ADDRESS.worker
    -zpsw z
    -ftime 1
    -tstop 85
    -tt 65
    -fanmin 65
    -fanmax 100
    -r 1
    -cclock 1200
    -mclock 2100
    -cvddc 900
    -mvddc 900
  • Save and close the file
  • start mining by running start.bat file

This guide will be updated once mining will be available ion MAINNET for Bitcoin Gold!

Mining: Martin has started the modification of the node-stratum in order to provide a solution for the pool providers and the miners. The main problem is the change of the protocol that is introduced in BTG. The first 4 bytes of the reserved header field from zcash blockformat are actually the block height. Currently the protocol is being tested. We want you to know that we expect the public testnet to be started on November 1st!Dev Team

UPDATE November 13, 2017:

Mainnet launched

You can use the same config settings as on testnet (check above).

RX 470 4GB Bitcoin Gold Mining Hashrate

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Bitcoin Gold Mining Hashrate

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

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