Finally, there is a major update to our console-based miner. The 8.2 console release is available for Windows, Ubuntu and FreeBSD systems to download here.
Let’s see what has changed in this version.
New coins to mine
We’ve added five cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Zcash (ZEC) and Monero Original (XMO). All other cryptocurrencies supported by MinerGate remain available for mining.
Merged Mining After Monero Fork
Recently Monero (XMR) survived the hard fork and MinerGate supports both two currencies that appeared as a result of the fork, each on separate blockchain: XMR and XMO. Due to the modification of the hashing algorithm (= mining algorithm), the Merged Mining feature is now available for XMO only. XMR uses a different mining protocol and is incompatible with CryptoNight-based coins.
Merged mining allows you to mine Fantomcoin (FCN) or MonetaVerde (MCN) in addition to the major coin without reducing its hashrate.
Here’s the updated list of console commands for Merged Mining:
minergate-cli -user <your_email> –xmo+fcn <number of cores>
minergate-cli -user <your_email> –xmo+mcn <number of cores>
For example, to mine both XMO and MCN on all cores use this command line:
minergate-cli -user firstname.lastname@example.org –xmo+mcn
A new look of console miner statistics.
Shared mining on several GPU devices
We’ve added the option to mine on several GPUs at the same time. It will help you improve the performance of your hardware and increase your hashrate. This command line along with other new ones has been added to “Help”.
Mining without CPU involvement
Another new feature is the option to mine only on GPU device without using the CPU powers. To enable it, use the new flag “–no-cpu”. For example, the command for Merged Mining of Monero Original and Fantomcoin on GPU only will be as follows:
minergate-cli -user <your_email> –no-cpu –xmo+fcn <number of cores>
Windows OpenCL 1.2 support is back
Back by popular demand, we’ve returned support of OpenCL 1.2 in app for Windows, that was removed in versions 8.0 and 8.1.
Code refactoring is a common thing in continuous software development. We’ve revised our code to increase the miner performance in some cases.
Messages and tips
We’ve reviewed and improved messages about miner’s work and tips in “Help” in order to give precise information on your activity.
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MinerGate is continuously developing to make your mining more comfortable and efficient. We’re tending to improve our software in order to meet the expectations of every miner, preparing updates of major features and introducing new options.