Zencash : Nvidia GPU Mining Windows Edition

Considered a relatively new Cryptocurrency to have come out in 2017, Zencash was designed to be an improvement over Zcash and the direct result of a fork. However, Zencash offers several technological innovations while it uses the same ”equihash” algorithm as Zcash and trades under the symbol ‘ZEN’

ZenCash is a platform designed for private communications and private economic activity. Cutting-edge cryptography and zero knowledge proofs enable fully anonymous peer to peer communications with ZenCash

It is an evolution of the Zcash codebase aimed at primarily enabling secure communications and resilient networking

Learn how to start mining ZENCASH (ZEN) on Suprnova’s Mining Pool using EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner

Mining Setup

Personal Desktop

Operating System  Windows 10
Graphic Card GTX 1060 STORMX 3072M GDDR5 192bit
Processor Intel i5-7400, 3GHZ, 6MB Cache, LGA1151
Motherboard ASUS H110M-K

Step 1 – Sign up & choose a Mining Pool

Create a profile at Suprnova Pool by registering a free Account with them, the Username and Password used will also determine your Miner’s Identity, since you’ll need to be assigned a worker ID which categorizes you as one of Suprnova’s Pool worker

To get Started Quick, use your Suprnova Account password as your Miner password! And use ”mining” as your Worker name

In the context of Cryptocurrency mining, a mining pool is the pooling of resources by miners, who share their processing power over a network, to split the reward equally, according to the amount of work they contributed to solving a block. Because of that you’ll need to assign a Worker ID by setting it up through your Dashboard

To get Started Quick:

Go to “Under My Account”< “My Worker”

Now add a Worker, set your ending Name and Password for your Worker

Worker Name: mining

Password: Use the same Sign-in Password for convenience

Step 2 – Setting up the EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner

For your general information, just know that you can mine Zencash with Nicehash, Claymore, Optiminer, Genoil, and other popular mining software but for this Guide we’ll be using EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner which was built initially for the purpose of mining Zcash, but also can be used for Zencash mining after making some simple changes

First, download EWBF’s CUDA Zcash Miner Version 0.3.4b from the Bitcointalk.org Forum, or just press here for the Window 64x or Linux 64xVersion.

You’ll also need a ”File Extraction” program like Winrar, to unzip the downloaded file

 

Step 3 – Miner Configuration

Let’s get a bit more technical. Since we need to get the right configuration in order to successfully connect our Miner to Suprnova’s Mining Pool. All you need for this step is to open your program Notepad (part of Windows)

Now, on a separate Window open up Notepad, go to ”File” > “Open

Search the file ”0.3.4b”, it should be in the folder where you Unzip the downloaded EWBF’s Zec Miner. Once, you locate the File Directory just type ” suprnova.bat” in the ”filename search bar” and Open

When opening a ” bat. ” file, it will consist of a series of commands to be executed by the command-line interpreter, stored in a plain text file. You need to make few changes, to configure the Mining software to allocate your GPU resources to the dedicated Mining Pool

This is what you’ll see! To help you better understand on how to proceed with following changes, the red underlined words in the following Picture need to be changed in order for the EWBF’s Zcash Miner to connect to the pool

This will ensure that you’re connecting to Suprnova’s dedicated Zencash Mining Pool, when you sign up for an account and use your worker’s setting used in ”Step 1”

Now proceed with saving the Notepad document and go back to the 0.3.4b file to directly open up ”suprnova.bat” file. The official Window’s Command Prompt (CMD) will open and start using your Nvidia Graphics Card to mine Zencash. Once the Command Prompt is open in a dedicated window, mining stats will automatically appear and indicate your connectivity to the Network. Users will be able to determine the number of shares successfully mined and also keep track of the temperature & speed of the Graphics Card Unit that is allocated for mining

That wasn’t too hard, right? If you have been mining either Zcash or Ethereum, mining Zencash would be a profitable alternative to consider

To get started mining, all you have to do is make some changes in the batch file and save the file, which is similar to most mining software out there

 

Step 4 – Get a Zencash Payout Address

Go to your Suprnova Dashboard to monitor your Miners progress and don’t forget to set your Zencash payout address. To get started quick, just sign up an account at Bittrex’s Exchange and generate a new Zencash address. To receive mining reward, you can manually withdraw or set the Automatic Payout Threshold setting under ”Edit Account” to receive Zencash payments once a certain amount is reached in earnings

Once configured, all that is needed to do is to press on the ”suprnova.bat file”, the rest is automated from here besides occasionally losing connection to the Pool, if this occurs just close the CMD and restart the process. Zencash mining seems to be really profitable now, according to whattomine.com as of 7th July 2017, so it makes sense to dedicate some of your spare computing power to earn a couple of bucks

Enjoy the process of learning to mine Cryptocurrency, not only is it financially rewarding if done properly, but also educational since you get to learn how to interact with Mining Pools and Blockchain Ledgers. Individuals who engage in Cryptocurrency mining are speculating Cryptocurrency Markets for gains, but they are also essentially securing many of Distributed Networks that we use today, especially for Proof of Work coins like Bitcoin, Litecoin & Zcash

Considering himself a futurist, Sven has the passion to keep up with the latest technological breakthrough especially surrounding the FinTech sector. From a young age, Sven has been fascinated with Traditional Financial Markets but has after discovering Blockchain Technology in 2014 he has dedicated most of his time staying ahead in the industry

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