How to Mine ZCash?

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2019)

Zcash is a cryptocurrency aimed at using cryptography to provide enhanced privacy for its users compared to other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the code used for Zcash is ZEC and at the time of writing 1 ZEC was equal to $245 approximately.

ZEC uses a mining algorithm known as EquiHash that is also used by Bitcoin Gold and Bitcoin private and is only minable by GPU’s, it is also minable by CPU but is useless as there is no profitable earning ming ZEC using CPU’s.

The mining rig setup is same as of Monero etc and the mining software can be  Claymore (for AMD cards) or DSTM miner, Bminer, or EWBF miner (for Nvidia cards). EquiHash algorithm mostly uses Nvidia Cards.

Mining Hardware:

We will list some of the best mining hardware that can be used for mining ZEC.

GTX 1080 Ti

  • Price: $900 – $1,150
  • Hash Rate: 700 H/s – 800 H/s
  • Power Usage:  200 W– 280 W
  • Price Efficiency: 1.125 $/H– 1.64 $/H
  • Power Efficiency: 0.25 W/H  – 0.4 W/H

GTX 1080

  • Price: $620 – $670
  • Hash Rate: 510 H/s – 620 H/s
  • Power Usage:  180W – 210 W
  • Price Efficiency: 1 $/H – 1.31 $/H
  • Power Efficiency: 0.29 W/H – 0.41 W/H

GTX 1070 Ti

  • Price: $520 – $600
  • Hash Rate: 500 H/s – 550 H/s
  • Power Usage:  110W – 200 W
  • Price Efficiency: 0.95 $/H – 1.43 $/H
  • Power Efficiency: 0.2 W/H – 0.4 W/H

GTX 1070

  • Price: $400- $600
  • Hash Rate: 420 H/s – 520 H/s
  • Power Usage:  145 W – 210 W
  • Price Efficiency: 0.77 $/H – 1.43 $/H
  • Power Efficiency: 0.28 W/H – 0.5 W/H

AMD Vega 56/64

  • Price: $750 – $800 / $850 – $1200
  • Hash Rate: 440 H/s – 515 H/s
  • Power Usage:  140 W – 170 W
  • Price Efficiency: 1.46 $/H –  2.7 $/H
  • Power Efficiency: 0.27 W/H – 0.386 W/H

Conclusion

These are the best GPU hardware we can give information about, but the most important factor is that AMD cards are not better for the EquiHash algorithm and the power supply required for these type of hardware can be clumsy and hard to manage.

 


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