Mining

Everything you need to know about cryptocurrency mining, tips, and answers to popular questions.

Cryptocurrency mining

Simply stated, cryptocurrency mining is a process of generating new units of the cryptocurrency. Different machines around the world are working on the mathematical problem - an algorithm - and only some of them are finding the solutions - blocks. Read more →

CPU mining

While minerstat supports CPU mining by running a different independent CPU client, we don't support CPU-only mining. All CPU clients are supported on both Windows mining software and Linux mining OS. Read more →

GPU mining

minerstat supports GPU mining on Windows or by using independent Linux based mining OS called msOS. GPU mining is adjustable and can be controlled remotely from your minerstat web dashboard. Read more →

Bitcoin mining software

There are a different article available around the web that summarize all "Bitcoin mining" software that is available out there. It is important to note that there are two kinds of software or two kinds of mining when it comes to Bitcoin. Read more →

Linux mining

While Linux is gaining popularity in the mining world, there is still a lot of miners that prefer using Windows solutions over Linux solutions. The reason behind that probably lies in the interface that Windows mining is offering, even though the goal... Read more →

Windows mining

Looking at different trends graphs, one can clearly see that Windows mining was always a little bit more popular than Linux mining. This is probably due to the fact that Windows as an operating system is more popular for home and business use and that... Read more →

Dual mining

Dual mining was quite popular in 2017 as you could mine Ethereum and a lot of different coins at the same time. Because the other - dual - coins are harder to mine these days, the popularity of dual mining has slowly decreased. Read more →

Merged mining

While dual mining uses some of the hashing power to mine Ethash coin (e.g. Read more →

Why is hashrate on the pool different than what mining client reports?

Hashrate is a unit that represents the number of solutions per second. Because mining clients are counting solutions directly from the software and pools are calculating hashrate from the number of shares you sent to them and share difficulty, there c... Read more →

What is mining efficiency?

Mining efficiency is the ratio between accepted and rejected shares. You can calculate it by formula accepted/(accepted+rejected). Read more →

What is power efficiency?

Power efficiency is the ratio between hashrate and the power consumption. It means how many units of hashrate can be mined with 1 watt. Read more →

How does minerstat calculate estimated rewards?

It is very important to note that estimated earnings displayed on minerstat dashboard and mining calculators are only theoretical estimations. They are not indicators of actual earnings but a reference point. Read more →

Overclocking GPU

Overclocking and undervolting is a process of changing different GPU related values in order to achieve better performance and lower power consumption. It is an advanced method, which is not recommended to use for complete beginners. Read more →

MSI Afterburner

MSI Afterburner is one of the most recognized and used tools for GPU overclocking. While newer versions of minerstat for Windows don't require running MSI Afterburner anymore, it is still quite popular tool for overclocking and undervolting cards ... Read more →

Differences in overclocking on Linux and Windows

Please note that the same overclocking settings on Windows and Linux won't always give the same results. This can be because of different factors, such as: Different drivers; Different mining clients; The fact that OpenCL Linux and OpenC... Read more →

What is the silicon lottery?

Silicon lottery is a term that is commonly used when talking about performance of GPUs. You have probably already heard by a lot of miners that not all GPUs can accept the same overclocking values, even if they are from same manufacturer and exactly t... Read more →

How to improve latency?

Latency is the time interval between the action made and action accepted. In mining, it is really improtant as it affects the mining efficiency (ratio between accepted and rejected shares). Read more →

How to avoid pool ban by ISP, router, or firewall?

Sometimes ISP, router, or firewall will block some crpyto mining domains as a result of false positive when protecting user. If this happens, you won't be able to connect to the pool and mine on it. Read more →

What is the difference between PCIe GEN 1, PCIe GEN 2, and PCIe GEN 3?

You can see that many mining operating systems suggest that you set your GPUs to PCIe GEN 2 in BIOS. You might have asked yourself already why exactly 2. Read more →

How to secure your mining environment?

Cryptocurrency mining was in the past abused and used for harmful behavior so any sign of it is these days flagged by antivirus and defender programs. Which is good as it is better to be protected - even if it is a false positive - than not having pro... Read more →

How to disable GPUs?

You can't disable GPUs in your mining rig through the dashboard itself, but if the mining client you are using is supporting this feature, you can use advanced configuration and disable GPUs from there. Navigate to worker's config and to th... Read more →

How to set up backup pools

Some mining clients allow you to define backup pools so in case the main pool isn't working or is having issues, you will mine to a second pool. In this article, we will show you how to do that on most popular Ethash mining clients. Read more →

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