Gpu Mining


Gpu mining is comprised mostly of three applications. Cudaminer (Nvidia), CCminer (Nvidia), CGminer (Ati). We will talk about these three apps in the following paragraphs.


In the early days of mining there was no ability for Nvidia users to use CUDA technology to accelerate mining of bitcoins. Cudaminer came to the rescue as it uses CUDA to squeeze up to 200%  more performance out of nVidia cards, as compared to OpenCL mining applications used previously.

CudaMiner supports the following Algorithms:

  • scrypt
  • scrypt-jane
  • scrypt-N
  • keccak
  • blake ( in github version only)


CCminer (Nvidia)

This is the younger brother of Cudaminer and is used to mine other altcoins instead of bitcoin. Ccminer is less polished, but features new coins and algorithms with a clear mining advantage for some nVidia graphics cards.

Ccminer supports the following Algorithms:

  • HeavyCoin
  • MjollnirCoin
  • Fugue
  • Groestl
  • Myriad-Groestl
  • Diamond-Groestl
  • JackpotCoin
  • Quark
  • AnimeCoin
  • TalkCoin
  • X11/DarkCoin
  • X13/MaruCoin


Cgminer (Ati and Asic)

Cgminer, is the best and most stable mining application of them all as it is written in c programming language, it is cross platform for Windows, Linux, OSX and other operating systems, with monitoring, fanspeed control and remote interface capabilities. It is completely overhauled based on the original code of cpuminer. Some of Cgminer features are the following.

– Supports stratum servers and long polling.

– Preemptive fetching of work prior to completion of current work.

– Prevention of stale work submission on new block.

– Supports multiple pools with multiple intelligent failover mechanisms.

– Ability to cope with slow routers.

– USB miner support.

– Support for different mining devices.

– Devices can be hotplugged.

– Heavily featured RPC API.

– Multicast support.

– Proxy support.

Gpu mining comes in two forms. Specialised and non-specialized mining hardware. Generally speaking ATI graphics cards overwhelm their Nvidia counterparts by far. You can more information about the hashrates they produce and compare them here and here.

The recent advances in Asic mining has rendered GPU mining Bitcoin impracticable and almost obsolete. The hashrate of most GPU units is below 1GH/s, and as of 2014, some single ASIC units are able to reach speeds of over 1,000GH/s while consuming far less power than used by a GPU.

On the other side of the same coin are Cpu coins which can be easily mined with cpu but not on modern asics due to cache memory limitations. Some of them are on the following list.


Coin name      Ticker   Algorithm

Aeon               AEON  CryptoNight
Boolberry        BBR    Wild Keccack
Bytecoin          BCN    CryptoNight
Darkcoin          DRK    X11
Ducknote         XDN    CryptoNight
Fantomcoin     FCN    CryptoNight
Givecoin          GIVE    X11
GroestlCoin     GRS    Groestl
Hirocoin           HIRO    X11
JackpotCoin     JPC    JHA
Logicoin           LGC    X11
MemoryCoin    MMC    Momentum with SHA-512
Monero            XMR     CryptoNight
Moneta Verde  MCN    CryptoNight
QuazarCoin     QCN    CryptoNight
Riecoin            RIC      Prime Constellations
Slimcoin          SLM    Dcrypt
YACoin            YAC     Scrypt-YAC


Sometime it’s good to go back to basics.



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