How to mine Ravencoin - Easy short guide

Here is how to mine Ravencoin using an nvidia GPU or rig of GPUs

You can mine using either Windows or Linux. Personally, I prefer Linux and I use Ubuntu 16.04 on all my rigs. Windows works fine, too.

First, you need to make sure you have the right drivers. Download those at this page on nvidia.com. There is a library called CUDA that mining software is built against, and your driver must match the CUDA version of the miner you download. If you are using the very latest nvidia driver, then you will want to use the CUDA 10 version of the miner. If you try a miner and get a CUDA error, try using the 9.2, 9.1 or 9.0 version of the miner.

Once your drivers are running, you can now download and run your mining program.

The open source miner is nevermore. Be aware that it does not get anywhere near the same performance as the closed source ones shown below.

Most people use either t-rex or z-enemy. Tests done by the MinerMore sysop in mid November showed t-rex 0.7.5 is the fastest x16r miner available. Get the latest version that matches your CUDA/nvidia driver.

download t-rex 0.7.5 here.
download older t-rex here.
Download z-enemy here


Note that both of these closed source miners have a dev fee. They will mine for a certain percentage of time for the people who released those programs. Currently, the increased hashrate that they provide more than compensates for the dev fee.

Now that you have installed your miner, you can start to mine. If you already have a Ravencoin address, you can use it as your username in the miner. If you don't want to setup a Ravencoin address yet, you can create a username on the MinerMore website and then use that username as your mining address. If you go that route, see our earnings page that explains how to do withdrawals.

Now that you have your mining address and your miner downloaded, run it like this:

t-rex -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://pool.minermore.com:4501 -u username.worker -p x

Replace username with your wallet address or website username. You can replace "worker" with the name of your rig. This way you can track the performance of each rig separately on the website.

Within a couple minutes you will start seeing reports appear on the website. To find your report, enter your username in the top-left search box and press enter, and it'll come right up. Be aware that you need to mine for several minutes before you start seeing realistic performance data. It takes time for the pool to start collecting your shares so it can figure out how fast you're mining.

A better way: config file with auto-failovers

We have prepared a ravencoin.conf file that you can use with t-rex. Download this ravencoin.conf file, open it in notepad to change your username in all the pool lines, and then start t-rex like:

t-rex -c ravencoin.conf

This config file will mine to the main MinerMore pool and will failover to the other stratum servers on our pool if the first one ever fails for whatever reason.

Alternative batfile approach: If you're on Windows, you can make a bat file that will start the miner and fall back on different stratums if one fails. Create your bat file like this:

@echo off
cls
:start
t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://pool.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://eu.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://hk.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
goto start


Just run that it'll loop through all the stratums if any should fall off. Speaking of stratums, we have a number of different servers you can connect to for mining here. They all report the shares back to the same place, and the block reward is shared among all the MinerMore pool servers, so it doesn't matter which one you mine to. Pick the one closest to your location.

If you're running Linux, you can just run the miner from the shell, or make a shell script that starts the miner. A good shell script might look like:

#!/bin/bash

while [ true ] ; do
./t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://pool.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
./t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://eu.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
./t-rex -r 0 -a x16r -o stratum+tcp://hk.minermore.com:4501 -u <wallet>.worker -p x
done


Once you're all setup and mining, you can tweak your settings. Generally you can save money without sacrificing much hash rate by running your cards at 60% power. So for a 1080ti card that runs at 250W, you can run it at 150W. You can change the power usage on Linux with the command:

sudo nvidia-smi -pm 1 ; sudo nvidia-smi -pl 150

Change the 150 above to whatever watts you want your card running at. If you're on Windows, download Afterburner and use it to control the settings. You can also play around with changing your clock and memory speeds if you're feeling adventurous. x16r is the algorithm that Ravencoin uses for hashing, and it can be... interesting. It rotates through different algorithms for each block, so some blocks you get a higher hashrate than others. It can also be very stressful to your power usage, so be sure you have plenty of power available to your system.

Mining on MinerMore is fun and enjoyable, and Ravencoin is a great project with a lot of excitement and a highly active community. Sometimes we find blocks really fast on this pool, and we make a lot of coins really quick. Other times we go a long while without a finding a block and everyone panics until the drought is broken. It's all part of the game and shouldn't be stressed over. Check out the other help documentations linked below if you want more information, and certainly join our discord channel for real time help and support.

Click here to go to the main Ravencoin pool page for MinerMore