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