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Litecoin mining is currently more profitable for likely all GPUs. From the bitcoin and litecoin hardware wikis, you'd get 300-400MH/s for bitcoin mining and 340-470kH/s for litecoin mining if you set it up properly (and there is something VERY fishy about you getting 250MH/s with your CPU, I'd guess it is using your GPU though you don't know it...). For ...


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In many ways, it is just coincidental that GPUs are going at hashing. It doesn't surprise me that some GPU engines are a better fit than others. A particular GPU might be very good at some types of mathematical operations (or rendering, for that matter) but might not be particularly good for hashing. This is discussed in some detail on the bitcoin.it wiki: ...


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I think you misunderstand the problem. The reason mining is becoming impractical is because there's too much of it. It's like a restaurant that's too crowded. It means you can't get a table, but the restaurant is not going to go out of business.


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Here are some guidelines to choosing hardware for an effective GPU rig. CPU: The cheapest you can find. Low-end AMD CPUs are good for this. RAM: The cheapest you can find. ODD: Unnecessary, install the OS from a USB flash drive. HDD: Unnecessary, use a USB flash drive, the cheapest you can find which can hold the OS. GPU: Basically any ATI series 5XXX+ ...


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Heavy usage will certainly decrease the lifetime, but I think it's not incredibly much as long as it's not overclocked. You will probably even buy a new card (because the current becomes too outdated/slow) before the current one breaks down. Keep an eye on the temperature for a few hours (or as long as it's not stable/maxed out), it shouldn't exceed about ...


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Unfortunately, none of those other uses are worth the power your GPUs consume. I'd say sell it and use the money to find a new hobby, like skiing or flying model helicopters.


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Folding@home can run calculations on your GPU, Seti@home at least support nvidia. There's also gpugrid.net, which seems to be specialized on using GPUs for medical research.


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Vanity mining for example over at my Vanity Pool. Thanks to split-key vanity addresses anyone can request a vanity address without compromising their security, set their own bounty, and anyone with a mining GPU can try solving the work and claiming the bounty.


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Apparently I do not have enough points yet to give your answer a vote, but your solution also worked for me! Adding -T to the command line command did the trick. Not only do I now get a neat output of what is happening; the -T parameter also made the entire mining process actually work! Before adding the -T command: Screen flashed with the "Started CGMiner ...


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you could mine litecoins; the advantage of having a GPU over a CPU is not as pronouced as with bitcoin but it could still be profitable. you may have to run those numbers though. ltc-charts.com for exchange rates.


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You can try to "auto-manually" add your GPUs to bfgminer by pressing M then + and then typing auto, or you can use the -S opencl:auto option when launching bfgminer. NOTE: Not all graphics cards are compatible; various software is required (e.g., AMD APP sdk); it is not recommended to use GPUs for bitcoin mining with bfgminer. According to README.GPU, the ...


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200Mh/s is impossibly high for an HD6850 mining scrypt. My bet is that you're mining SHA256d, not scrypt. I don't see a -scrypt in your configuration file.


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No, these two terms are completely unrelated. Bitcoin block is a record of some or all of the most recent Bitcoin transactions that have not yet been recorded in any prior blocks. GPU block is just an unit of organization of threads running in parallel. The threads running on GPU are organized in blocks, and threads belonging to same block have effective ...


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Your best bet with a GPU is to mine scrypt coins. If you want the resulting payout to be in bitcoin, try using mining on a multi-pool like middlecoin.com. That pool automatically chooses the most profitable scrypt-based coin to mine and pays out daily in bitcoin. I have 4 7950s pointing at middlecoin and make between .05 to .1 bitcoin per day.


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There is a program called CudaMiner that can be compiled to run on Linux. https://github.com/cbuchner1/CudaMiner/ I've also written some more notes about compiling CudaMiner here http://www.fractured-state.com/2014/03/scrypt-mining-on-aws-nvidia-gpu-with-cudaminer/


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I get the same error using OS X 10.9 MBPR. Even though I followed http://atomton.roon.io/compiling-cudaminer-on-os-x-10-9 exactly. UPDATE: PROBLEM SOLVED. by changing include malloc.h to include malloc/malloc.h in both scrypt-jane.cpp and sha3.cpp


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Bitcoin mining is principally an integer maths task, not a graphics task. It just so happens that the hundreds of processors found on modern graphics cards can sometimes be suitable for parallel calculation of the bitcoin task, at upwards of a hundred times the best available rate from four cpu calculations. See wiki reports on bitcoin hardware for ...


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I have tried the bitminter client for mining and it seems that both of my gpus are used. You can try downloading it from here


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First the bad news: your Motherboard appears not to have a PCI-E Slot, which is required to fit any modern GPU. On the other hand for the price of a single GPU you can order more than 1 ASIC miner with lower power consumption, i.e., cheaper to run, and more computational power. I'd wait until the first ones actually ship, though.


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I have to say you did not research Bitcoin mining enough. Mining on a GPU is obsolete, reports say ASIC-based mining devices with x40 the performance have already started shipping.


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Currently the hash rate is around 25 TH/sec. It is expected that when the ASIC hit the market in Dec 2012, the new hash rate will be about 250 TH/sec. The difficulty is directly proportional to the hash rate, so it should also increase 10x. This would reduce the profitability of existing GPU miners by 10x. Plus about the same time the block reward will ...


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Nothing in the litecoin protocol changed, only a tool to mine litecoins using GPU was independently developed: the Reaper and caused difficulty to improve to make CPU mining much less efficient (compared to electricity price). Still, the rise of diffculty is not so dramatic as was the case for bitcoin and scrypt algorithm has proved its worth. CPUs can still ...


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Realistically, it's a multiplier of the two. You can make up for a slower clock with more cores and vice versa, but the number of hashes per second is dependent on both. Sadly, I'm not aware of any specific formula to approximate hashes per second for a given clock speed and number of cores. It's important to note, by the way, that the one thing that won't ...


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The rather new WebCL technology enables this, unfortunately WebCL is not directly supported by browsers yet. See http://www.coined.com/ and http://webcl.nokiaresearch.com/jsoclbm/ for examples of such miners. I expect more will follow in the coming months.


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It is possible, but not profitable. Even if you consider the server as already paid for you will not generate nearly enough of a hashrate to earn more than a few cents a month.


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A long time ago I read about using amazon cloud instances when the value vs. effort made it profitable to mine with them, but that was before GPU-mining took over. To be competitive today a service provider would have to employ ASICs. There would also be some economical overhead of providing the customer service, instead of just mining. Strict bitcoin ...


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12-14Mh/s is about right for the 5450. It's not that the card is weak, it's just that you're trying to make it do something it was never designed to do.


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In my opinion trading BTC has a higher potential of profit when compared to mining because of the sheer difficulty. If you do decide to go for an ASIC. I would recommend Coin Terra GoldStrike1 2TH/s ASIC miners.They are expensive at 6,000 USD.But their Break Even time on January Batch is 4 Days.If they deliver through this is the only miner I feel could ...


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You shoud instead use cudaminer for this. I use the same card and I have a mining rate of 150khash. The reason why you get a low mining rate is because Nvidia cards use CUDA cores to do most of their calculation and most of the miners do not use them since the best graphic cards for mining are AMD cards (and they do not have CUDA cores). I dont know where ...


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I think the important factors for scrypt in OpenCL are as follows GPU core clock rate Memory clock rate / memory bandwidth Memory bus width / channel Computation Units Processing Elements You can check out in Programming Guide of AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing. single or double precision of floating number does not matter. Either SHA-256 or scrypt is ...


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