GPU Mining Software

Once you’ve built a GPU mining rig from a hardware perspective, the next task is to find the right software to start mining. We’ve compiled a list of GPU mining software options below. We have only included software that has been updated in the last 12 months and we’ve placed the miners we ourselves use at the top of the list. If you notice an omission or mistake please contact us – we’re happy to update and augment the list.

GPU mining software we currently use

The software we run is all command line. Not familiar? Here’s what you see (for the most part):

GPU Mining Command Line

What GPU miners see when they close their eyes.

Claymore’s Dual Ethereum AMD+Nvidia GPU Miner

This is one of the most popular GPU mining software options. Claymore handles both AMD GPUs as well as Nvidia GPUs – even when mixed on one mining rig. While Ethereum is used in it’s name, any Ethash algorithm cryptocurrency can be mined with it. When dual mining, one of the two miners is always an Ethash while the second can be one of many. We’ve included the popular coins it can mine below.

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
  • GPUs Supported: AMD, Nvidia (including mixed setups)
  • Price (Developer Fee): 1% to 2% when dual mining
  • Interface: Command line
  • Primary Algorithm: Ethash
  • Primary Cryptocurrencies: Ethereum (ETH), Expanse (EXP), Musicoin (MUSIC), Pirl (PIRL), Ubiq (UBQ)
  • Secondary Algorithms: Blake (r14), Blake (2b), LBRY, Pascal
  • Secondary Cryptocurrencies: Decred (DCR), Siacoin (SIA), LBRY (LBC), Pascalcoin (PASC)
  • Information and Download Link

We run Claymore on our 6 GPU and 8 GPU mining rigs. We can’t really speak of any large scale issues we’ve come across with this miner. It just tends to work and work well. Miners tend to be willing to pay Claymore’s fees as the miner is fast, actively updated and well tested before release.

EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner

We turn to EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner for Zcash (big surprise). We also enlist it when mining ZEN. The miner is solid and we love the fact that it has a clean browser-based reporting screen that tells you everything you need to do at a glance.

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
  • GPUs Supported: Nvidia
  • Price (Developer Fee): 2%
  • Interface: Command line, with browser-based monitoring
  • Algorithm: Equihash
  • Cryptocurrencies: Hush (HUSH), Komodo (KMD), Zcash (ZEC), Zclassic (ZCL), Zencash (ZEN) 
  • Information and Download Link

We have come across issues where one or more GPU is taken offline (due to temperature, for example) and is subsequently attempted to be brought back online. Rarely the miner will lose all the cards and sit in a loop where it isn’t mining, just reporting it’s frustrations. These situations usually involve a card that was running hot which the software reacted to correctly, and it isn’t a rampant issue. Due to the positives easily outweighing the negatives we continue to use EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner. Even with it’s 2% fee, we’ve kept EWBF in our Applications folders.

ccminer for Nvidia CUDA (tpruvot)

We use tprovot’s fork of ccminer for it’s flexibility. Of all the coins we’ve mined with it, MONA is at the top of the list. The miner is updated and adding algorithms all the time. Most GPU algorithms are present. As stated in their README file, the only algorithms that have been purposefully overlooked are CPU-only.

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
  • GPUs Supported: Nvidia
  • Price (fee): 2% when dual mining
  • Interface: Command line, with browser-based monitoring
  • Algorithms: Bastion, Bitcore, Blake, BlakeCoin, Blake2s, BMW, CryptoLight, CryptoNight, C11, Decred, Deep, DMD-GR, Equihash, Flax, Fresh, Fugue256, Groestl, Heavy, HSR, Jackpot, Keccak, LBRY, Luffa, Lyra2, Lyra2v2, Lyra2z, Mjollnir, MYR-GR, NeoScrypt, Nist5, Penta, PHI, Quark, Qubit,  Scrypt, Scrypt:N, Scrypt-Jane, S3, SHA256t, SIA, SIB, SKEIN, SKEIN2, SKUNK, TIMETRAVEL, TRIBUS, X11evo, X11, X14, X15, X17, Vanilla, Veltor, Whirlpool, Wildkeccak, ZR5
  • Cryptocurrencies: 1coin (ONE), AEON (AEON), Bitcore (BTX), Blakecoin (BLC), CacheCoin (CACH), ChainCoin (CHC), Decred (DCR), Denarius (DNR), Diamond-Groestl (DMD), FeatherCoin (FTC), Flaxscript (FLAX), Groestlcoin (GRS), Halcyon (HAL), Hshare (HSR), HUSH (HUSH), Joincoin (J), Komodo (KMD), LBRY (LBC), LUXCoin (LUX), MaxCoin (MAX), MachineCoin (MAC), Monero (XMR), Nevacoin (NEVA), OneCoin (OC), Myriad-Groest (XMY), Quarkcoin (QRK), Qubit (Q2C), RevolverCoin (XRE), Siacoin (SIA), SIBCoin (SIB), Signatum (SIGT), Skeincoin (SKC), BTC TalkCoin (TALK), Ultracoin (UTC), Veltor (VLT), Vertcoin (VTC), Woodcoin (LOG), Zcash (ZEC), Zerocoin (XZC) 
  • Information and Download Link

It does a lot, and works as advertised. Many of these algorithms (and coins) we’ve never heard of. But, when we do see a coin on a run and want to give it a shot, chances are this is the miner that we’ll end up firing up.

GPU mining software we don’t use (but would)

We don’t do very much standalone AMD mining. Ever since the Nvidia camp took the lead (barring complex BIOS editing) in performance and efficiency, we’ve stuck with them. Hence, the overwhelming focus on Nvidia miners above. Regardless, there are other miners out there that we trust but simply don’t use. Here are a few:

Genoil Ethereum Miner

Genoil took the now defunct cpp-ethereum project’s miner and improved upon it. As you’ve probably guessed, it mines Ethereum or the cryptocurrencies using the Ethash algorithm. We did briefly use this miner as it sounded like the safest bet when we initially started mining.

We used Genoil for a short period of time before moving on to Claymore’s Dual Miner. We haven’t seen a benchmark in awhile, but our recollection was that Claymore had a slight advantage on Genoil.

 

Which miner is for you?

Well, there’s a couple of things that narrow the field dramatically: what you’re mining and what hardware you are mining with. From that point your choices have narrowed quite a bit.

Ethereum mining software

if you’re mining Ethereum we’d give the nod to Claymore’s Dual Miner. It works with either AMD or Nvidia GPUs, is consistently updated and tested, and it’s fast.

Mining all other ALT coins

For just about everything else our other two mainstays, EWBF and ccminer will have you covered. But, that’s only if you’re running Nvidia hardware.