- Dec 15, 2015
Nicehash, the way you're running it, basically rents out your computing resources to the people who provide the Nicehash client. Nicehash uses your hardware to do the work, and they give you a cut of the mining proceeds. Or at least that's my understanding of it. It is possible to get a version of the Nicehash client that mines only Zcash though I think there is still a dev fee to use it.
SilentArmy v5 is a dedicated Zcash mining client that mines only Zcash, and you keep all the profits. It has fairly good CUDA support.
Rgr, I thought that was how Nicehash worked. It makes sense to give a cut to someone else to manage the heavy lifting for me, but I may shift to silentarmy if it's something that 'just works' as well but lets me keep that remaining 5-10% or whatever it is of the profit. Having said that, if ZCash takes a shit profit-wise, that means I start chasing whatever the next trending currency is, right?
Yeah, in the settings I turned everything off except Zcash. I didn't want to go through the trouble of trying out different core and memory clock settings for the various different algorithms.
Aren't you potentially missing out on the benefit of Nicehash though, being that it switches between algorithms based on what's profitable at any given time? I feel like if you're restricting yourself to zcash, you may as well find a dedicated zcash miner instead and pocket the extra.
I set up the GF's computer to mine last night as well, she's got a gtx970 which benched at roughly half for most of the algos as my 1080, with a few exceptions. I left it turned off for her processor though, as she has an old iron i7, so it'd probably sap more electricity than it was worth running at full load. Nicehash's calc still predicted the 970 as pulling in a healthy profit over electricity costs in my area. This took me from a rough avg of probably .003BTC/day, to .004-.0045ish. Monthly projected went from around $55 to $83.
I have a GTX960 I yanked out of her computer to replace with the 970 when I got my 1080. Now I'm wondering if I should throw it in mine as a mini-miner/physx card. TDP's 120w I think, if it comes closeish to the 970's benchies (145w) it should still pull a profit.