Mining ZCash with your CPU & GPU (Windows)

Mining ZCash with your CPU & GPU (Windows)

Today we are going to show you how to mine Zcash with your CPU and GPU on Windows. We are going to use two miners (Software) for each type of hardware: Nicehash miner for CPU and the claymore miner for GPU. 

Mining ZCash with your CPU (Windows)

For the CPU part of this guide, we are going to use Nicehash miner. While this miner works for both CPU and GPU, we are going to get the best performance if we use different miners for CPU and GPU. This is because the Claymore miner is faster but only works for CPU.

Step 1: Click here to download the Nicehash miner. Scroll down for the latest releases

Step 2: Extract the files within the .zip

In order to use this miner, you must specify how many cores you have for maximum performance. You can check your CPU core count by opening the Task Manager and going to the performance section.

The NiceHash miner comes with 2 versions. one to get paid in Bitcoin (nheqminer), and another one to get paid directly in zcash (nheqminer_zcash).

Step 3: Open the "nheqminer_zcash" file

 

Step 4: In order to start mining with your CPU type or paste the following command with the required modifications:

nheqminer_zcash.exe -l eu -u ZEC-ADDRESS -t 8

Replace "eu" for your mining pool address found on the pool "Get Started" page, "ZEC-ADDRESS" for your zcash wallet address (transparent address) and lastly replace "-t 8" for the number of threads you want to use. (If you're using the Nicehash pool, you can use -l to specify your location like "eu" for Europe)


Mining ZCash with your GPU (Windows x64)

On the GPU side, we are going to use the Claymore miner. Claymore has a long-standing reputation for optimizing miners and this miner speaks for it. It improves the hashing rate considerably and that is why we are going to take the time to download and use this miner as well. The genoil miner only works for pool mining and with AMD graphic cards. This miner charges a 2.5% developer fee. Every hour the miner mines for the developer during 90 seconds. However, the performance increase is well worth the fee charged. If you don't agree with the dev feem, don't use this miner

Catalyst (Crimson) 15.12 is required for best performance and compatibility. You can get very bad results for different drivers version, or miner can fail on startup.

For multi-GPU systems, set Virtual Memory size in Windows at least 16 GB:
"Computer Properties / Advanced System Settings / Performance / Advanced / Virtual Memory".

Step 1: Click here to download the Claymore Zcash miner. (Alternative link)
Step 2: Choose a version and download it. The latest version is at the bottom right. 

 

Step 3: Extract the files within the .zip

Step 4: Open the "Claymore's ZCash AMD GPU Miner v6.0 Beta" folder

 

Step 5: Open the "config.txt" file with your notepad and enter the following configuration:

GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 0
GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100

ZecMiner64.exe -zpool stratum.zcash.nicehash.com:3357 -allpools 1 -zwal t1RjQjDbPQ9Syp97DHFyzvgZhcjgLTMwhaq.YourWorkerName -zpsw x

Replace "stratum.zcash.nicehash.com:3357" with your pool's server. and replace "t1RjQjDbPQ9Syp97DHFyzvgZhcjgLTMwhaq" with your zcash wallet address. Optionally, replace "YourWorkerName". If you want, you can also replace "x" with your password. 

You can check out the full list of commands here.

If you followed all the steps, you should see something like this:

 

Now that you've got your hands dirty, just sit back and watch your zcash roll in! Be aware that you are mining to a transparent address (it starts with t). You can follow this guide to learn how to create a private and transparent wallet.

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