How do I know when my mining GPU has been worn out?


On the NVidia Control Panel you can choose which graphic card to use, but you can not know which graphic card is running.

If you just want to know which graphic card is running, you can have an icon in the notification area which show the running graphic card.

Here is the explanation to enable it according to acer website:

1 - Click Start and then Control Panel. Select Classic View from the left side of the window.

2 - Double-click NVIDIA Control Panel.

3 - Click View and next Display GPU Activity Icon in Notification Area.

4 - Click the new icon in the notification area. A pop-up will show applications using the NVIDIA graphics. When the NVIDIA graphics is not used, it will show...

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Mining Ethereum can be done in a variety of ways - you can buy a cloud contract and get someone else to do all the hard work for you, or you can do it yourself and get your GPU, or Graphics Card, up and running. However the efficiency of your graphics card can vary a lot and picking one can be quite difficult. What we have done is make the process easier for you by picking a handful of suppliers and showing you how to choose which GPU mines the most and which GPU is the best value for money.

Each Graphics card will mine slightly differently depending on the way it is made. This is all about how each GPU runs the ETHASH algorithm which is key to the proof of work in Ethereum. They also use different amounts of power.

You can sort on our mining equipment pages by filtering out bitcoin equipment and find the best GPU for you to mine ethereum with.

To make it easy we have taken a selection of Ethereum mining GPU's and taken their average stats and metrics...

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Here's some random info before I go pass out. We're definitely keeping an eye out on suggestions, so keep them coming. Hopefully we can get a release out early next week with some of the more annoying things fixed.

In general zr5 (the ziftrCoin algorithm) appears to be very sensitive to GPU clock speed, but not so much to GPU memory speed. Our miners, at the moment, are also very sensitive to driver versions.

For example, for my computer at home I actually had to download AMD beta drivers (15.3) to get a decent hash rate out of my 290x. With those, an over-clock to 1200 ghz, and the water cooling to keep the GPU from down-clocking itself, I'm at 5.4 MH/s.

For sgminer standalone:

sgminer -k zr5 -o -u username -p password -I 18 -w 256 -g 1

You can tweak -I and -w a bit, raising -I will get you the most but it might crash if it's too high. You can also use --xintensity 256 instead of -I.

For ccminer standalone:

ccminer -a zr5 -o -u...

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Video Guide

What is Maxcoin?

Maxcoin is a new cryptocurrency that can be CPU mined and GPU mined. MaxCoin had a zero % premine, proven by the timestamps of the first blocks in a block explorer, and we have attempted to combat low-difficulty instamining with a fast retarget rate up until block 200. At block 200 the Kimoto Gravity Well implementation took over the retargeting. You can read more about KGW and it’s benefits against pool hopping issues (such as coins stuck in high difficulty

Online Wallet– Mine directly to Deposit Address, Direct Windows Wallet

More Info –Tech Specs ,

Exchanges –


How to Mine MaxCoins

1.)Disable your Antivirus.

Disable for at least 15 Minutes

and here is why…

You should be saying – That seems Suspicious… Why should i disable my antivirus is this a Virus? The answer is no it is not a Virus, you can verify...

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"I know the CRA will look at the crypto to bank EFT transaction. They are classified as capital gain once it's withdraw to bank officially."

Curious, how do you know this to be true?

What if you buy coins at say 1K but the market crashes and you want to get out. You sell for $600.00 and take the loss. If you then withdraw cash via EFT etc does the CRA still get a report that you owe capital gains? How would they even know without auditing the exchange that you lost money, or how would they know without auditing the exchange that you owe taxes?

What if you buy 100 ether at $24.00 each, withdraw the coins (as you should never leave more than a few coins on an exchange) but then you end up losing the coins somehow? What if the exchange gets hacked and the coins are stolen? or you lose your USB key containing the backup files and you have no other backup? or your house catches fire etc.).

Do you still report capital gains if those coins appreciate regardless...

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This article will explain how you can begin to mine Ethereum on the PC that you have right now. I will keep to basics that will apply to almost everyone and toward the end of the article I will offer additional guidance for those who may want to setup dedicated computers for mining, also known as a rig.

First off a disclaimer; attempting to mine Ethereum, or any cryptocurrency for that matter on a computer, will tend to run it harder than normal. This combined with 24/7 operation can pose additional problems including, but not limited to: noise, excess heat build up, accelerated wear and failure of the PC, and increase risk of a fire hazard. Please carefully consider these risks before attempting to mine, as you do so at your own risk.

To mine Ethereum on your own PC you will need to make sure it meets a few requirements. While you can mine on almost any PC that has a dedicated graphics card, you will have the best results with a recent model AMD or...

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Hi all,

(Note, I have references here to limiting fan speed to 85%. I've changed my limits to 65% as of 02/2014. It's too much trouble to change every reference here. But, I did change the config file. Ron)

I've been mining Litecoin off and on since April 2013.
I'm using gpus. I wanted to post some info about killing (or not) your
gpu fans. Basically, if the fans fail, your gpu is out of commission as
a miner. The problem is that gpu's are designed to run a few hours per
day at heavy load. They are not designed for 24/7 operation with the
fans at 100%. There is a little blurb about this in the cgminer gpu
readme file. I have personal knowledge that running the fans at high
speed on a couple of particular cards will kill them in less than a
year. I've had this happen on the MSI 7850 cards with the Twin Frozr
III cooling system. RMAing these is a pain and I have to pay shipping
so I'm phasing these out of my...

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To answer this I'll go backwards in what you asked.

Yes it is mined in the same way as bitcoin with some alterations, bitcoin uses the hash algorithm SHA-256, while Decred uses Blake-256 with 14 rounds compared to the default 8 so it needs to work more compared to Blakecoin which also uses the default Blake-256. (This is a lite explanation as it's more complex but there will be a full doumentation that will be released when the mainnet is released by the devs.)

For some guide right now (Again because there is no testnet/mainnet software and full documentaion) I would recommend using AMD GPUs as the software is more designed for their architecture but Nvidia is a close second but not recomended when getting a new card.
I would recomend the R9 Nano at this time as it's cheaper than the fury from the stores i'm looking at and you get more performance for less wattage.

but if you have a few GPUs arround or already have a close modern card in the last 2 years,...

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Primecoin – the first scientific computing cryptocurrency is now available at official website. Primecoin is the first non-hashcash proof-of-work in cryptocurrency, it’s pure prime number based proof-of-work.

Primecoin mining results in data that is scientifically useful, something Bitcoin sadly lacks. At the time of release only CPU mining is available, while GPU mining is being developed. We’ll update this page with GPU mining instructions as soon as it is available. So don’t forget to subscribe our Facebook / Twitter handle for latest updates. You can also join our free e-mail list.

How to mine Primecoin with CPU :

Step 1. Download official Primecoin QT client (click here) and install on your machine.

Step 2. Launch Primecoin QT client and go to “Help” > “Debug window” > “Console” tab > type “setgenerate true -1” to use all processing cores.

Note : If you want to use 2 / 4/ 6 cores then use “setgenerate true 4”...

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Hi all, I'm wondering if anybody could help me please.

My P.C specs are as follows if needed:
Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 Mobo.
6 core AMD FX-6300 APU Black Edition clocked @ 4.0Ghz.
8GB Corsair XMS3 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM.
MSI GTX 670 2GB DDR5 GPU, Core clocked @ 1070Mhz and Memory clocked @ 1700Mhz.
1GB HDD, 500GB HDD and 64GB SSD.
Windows 8.1 64Bit Pro.

I have been using MSI Afterburner 4.0 version to overclock my GPU upon start up of Windows. I've never had any trouble with the software in the past and my GPU has held up very well in Unigen Heaven tests and a recent play through of Alien: Isolation.

However, upon starting my P.C up today, I realised that the fan on it was making a loud noise. I checked MSI Afterburner and GPU-Z to find that even idleing on the Windows Desktop, the GPU Usage was fixed at 99%. The temps are not worrying, but obviously the fan has kicks in as a result of the Usage. Out of curiosity, I switched off my...

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Most seek the safety net of a pool for mining.
Running a gpu for hours or days and getting zero coins requires patience.
In simple math if you mine any proof of work coin solo your yield each day should average out to the same you can earn in a pool or actually more if the pool charges a fee and still more if the pool payout is a pplns system as with solo mining there are no 'ramping up' rounds.

Still in todays world of mining coins I know I am a member of a small minority who prefer to solo mine.

Here are the basics (I may edit & expand this later)

1) I will assume you are on win x
2) download qt wallet
3) 'synch up' blockchain
4) close the client and find the file folder C:\computer\root\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\Yourcoin
5) although I may edit this in the future this is for scrypt 1024 (litecoin) based coins or sha 256d (bitcoin) based coins only. For n factor, Groestl, DarkCoin & all others I will add to the post...

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Article by Julian Vernon

In a perfect world, the hardware experts at PC Gamer would accompany you on a shopping trip to pick up your next graphics card. We'd happily share our experience and tell you what to watch out for, what to avoid, and what you need from a GPU to squeeze the highest number of frames per second out of your gaming rig. Then again, would you really want to spend an afternoon with our posse of hardware-obsessed game addicts? The good news is you can receive the same benefit by reading our new buyer's guide below. When you're done, you don't even have to shake our clammy, mouse-worn hands.

The three most important traits of a graphics card: Model number, model number, and model number

The ultimate performance indicator of any graphics card is its model number, which represents a combination of graphics processor (GPU), clock rates, and memory bandwidth. The format is brand name + model number, i.e. Radeon R9 290X, or GeForce GTX...

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If you’re new to mining Ethereum, this guide covers all the important facts in a simple, low-jargon way. Let’s start with some short answers to common questions about Ethereum mining:

Q: Why should I mine Ethereum tokens (aka ether or ETH)? doesn’t mining Ether take up a lot of electricity?

A: If done properly, more money is earned by selling mined ETH than is spent on electricity. In other words, it’s profitable! You can check out the profitability with our Ethereum mining calculator.

Q: Can I mine with my CPU (Personal computer’s processor) instead of an expensive graphics card (GPU)?

A: GPUs are so much faster that CPU-mining is no longer profitable or worthwhile. Even entry-level GPUs are about 200 times faster than CPUs for mining purposes.

Q: What’s the best GPU to use for getting the most ETH for the least electricity?

A: AMD cards tend to edge out similarly-priced NVidia cards in terms of efficiency. We cover the best cards to get...

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Last updated: 26th November 2013

There are three main categories of bitcoin mining hardware, each more expensive and more powerful than the last. This guide to setting up a bitcoin miner explains each of them, and talks about how to make them work.

By this stage, you will understand how bitcoin works, and what mining means. But we need to get from theory to practice. How can you set up a bitcoin mining hardware and start generating some digital cash? The first thing you're going to need to do is decide on your hardware, and there are two main things to think about when choosing it:

Hash rate

This is the number of calculations that your hardware can perform every second as it tries to crack the mathematical problem we described in our mining section. Hash rates are measured in megahashes, gigahashes, and terahashes per second (MH/sec, GH/sec, and TH/sec. The higher your hash rate (compared to the current average hash rate), the more likely you...

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GPUs are much better than CPUs when it comes to mining for Bitcoins due to the nature of their design. Graphics rendering requires tons of mathematical computations which GPUs are specifically designed to do.

Since Bitcoin mining also requires math computations (hashing) GPUs work very well for this purpose.

While CPUs can also be used to generate hashes they are not nearly as effective as a GPU.

Here is a popular analogy:

A CPU is like a small group of very smart people who can quickly perform any task they are asked to do.

A GPU is like a large group of dumb people who on their own are not very fast or intelligent, but they can be taught to do repetitive tasks, and as a group they can be more productive due to the sheer number of...

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Bitcoin Mining Hardware Comparison

Currently, based on (1) price per hash and (2) electrical efficiency the best Bitcoin miner options are:

AntRouter R1

5.5 Gh/s 50W 1.0 pounds Yes $59.95 0.00001058

Antminer S9

13.5 Th/s 0.1 J/GH 16 pounds Yes $2,264.51 0.3603


2.5 GH/s 1.00 W/GH 1.6 ounces Yes $23.87 0.00006672

Before we begin...

Before you read further, please understand that most bitcoin users don't mine! But if you do then this Bitcoin miner is probably the best deal. Bitcoin mining for profit is very competitive and volatility in the Bitcoin price makes it difficult to realize monetary gains without also speculating on the price. Mining makes sense if you plan to do it for fun, to learn or to support the security of Bitcoin and do not care if you...

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