If you’re fresh to mining, you’ve very likely encountered — at one point or another — a mention of Claymore’s Ethereum miner. It’s one of the most popular, if not the most popular, software for quickly and lightly getting your mining equipment up and running. It offers extensive control features, runs sleekly, and even permits on-the-fly tweaking of certain parameters without a restart.
But for those who are just now getting into this mining thing, it might be a bit confusing to get running. What’s a config opstopping? What are parameters? How do I get this thing to make mij money?
Very first of all, I assume you’ve found this guide after already purchasing your mining equipment. If that’s the case, then feel free to read on. But if you’re still attempting to determine whether or not it’s worth it to get into Ethereum mining — or mining for any cryptocurrency, for that matter — I’d encourage you to check out our Is it worth it? series. Te that series, wij concentrate on the most popular coins and give you the latest information on whether or not it’s even worth mining that coin ter the very first place.
So you’ve already purchased all the hardware you need for your Ethereum mining equipment? Now you’re just attempting to figure out the software side of things and get things running slickly so that your electricity-to-crypto conversion machine is running slickly? If that’s the case, and this should go without telling if you’re reading this, Claymore’s is one of your best options.
The very first thing you need to do is download Claymore’s. For anyone with any technical background, this should be the most straightforward part of the process. Head overheen to the Claymore’s thread on BitcoinTalk and download the latest version. You’re going to have to unzip this verkeersopstopping to somewhere friendly on your PC. I chose my desktop, because I basically waterput everything on my mining equipment’s desktop. Why not?
Note: If you don’t have a modern graphics card with the suitable amount of RAM, you may spil well zekering reading here. Claymore’s only works with higher-end cards like the RX 470, 480 or 580 with at least 2GB of RAM (and some others), spil well spil the top-of-the-line cards made with Nvidia hardware.
Assuming you read our hardware guide and actually purchased the right graphics cards and other hardware, let’s proceed.
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Find a pool
Before you can get Claymore’s set up correctly, you need to determine on the Ethereum mining pool you’re going to use. But wait, you ask, what about solo mining where you can make the real money? Unless you have invested ems of thousands of dollars on your hardware, and you very likely don’t want to solo mine. You can, technically, but it’s a slightly more complicated process and you’re taking a big risk running your equipment for weeks or months and perhaps never making a single ether.
Most likely, if you’re reading this webstek, you want a pool. But which one should you join? And how do you join them? You’re ter luck, because wij’ve waterput together a nice list of all of the best mining pools for Ethereum. Personally, I’d recommend Ethermine or Nanopool. Both of them are highly-regarded te the community and have websites that are primarily ter English.
Set up your config opstopping
This is the part where most who are fresh to Claymore’s get zuigeling of lost. To run the app correctly and have it mine Ethereum to your wallet, you need to set up/format your commence.bat opstopping (yep, it’s ter that folder that you extracted earlier) to match the pool that you chose above. Setup for thesis pools tends to vary very slightly (some might ask for you to include your email te the config opstopping, while others won’t, for example), but there are some basics that are true to all of them.
Here’s a quick look at what an unconfigured begin.bat opstopping looks like (to see this for yourself, download Claymore’s, samenvatting the files, right-click begin.bat, and click “Edit” to open it te a text editor). I’ll explain how to configure each part of it below.
Here’s the utter string of text:
EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool us1.ethpool.org:3333 -ewal 0xD69af2A796A737A103F12d2f0BCC563a13900E6F -epsw x -dpool stratum+tcp://dcr.suprnova.cc:3252 -dwal Redhex.my -dpsw x
The .bat opstopping is for launching the program EthDcrMiner64.exe, that’s why it’s the very first chunk of this. The surplus of the information here goes after different parameters. Thesis are signified by the “-” and a term such spil “epool”: “-epool”, for example. The string of text after this parameter is what you’re setting the parameter to.
For example, the default embark.bat opstopping is configured to run “-epool” (ter this case, the Ethereum pool you want to use) spil “us1.ethpool.org:3333”. Spil you might guess, this means that “-ewal” (the Ethereum wallet you want to mine to) is set to “0xD69af2A796A737A103F12d2f0BCC563a13900E6F”.
Obviously, to get Claymore’s running correctly, you have to configure all of thesis parameters for your pool and your wallet. Otherwise, if you just run the embark.bat verkeersopstopping without switching any of thesis parameters, you’ll just be mining for the developer of Claymore’s. Trust mij, that dude doesn’t need any more Ethereum.
Spil I said, since there are a bunch of different pools, the configuration of this opstopping varies slightly. But for most pools, you’re going to be packing ter the address and port (the port is the :3333 part of the URL) of the pool you want, adding te your Ethereum address so that you get payouts, and specifying a worker name (usually after the wallet address).
Example 1: Ethermine
Let’s use Ethermine.org spil a very first example (and if you use a different pool you can check their sites to see how their configuration might slightly differ). Conveniently, that webpagina has provided the volmaakt template for setting up your embark.bat verkeersopstopping. If you want to use Ethermine, simply delete everything te your commence.bat, substitute it with the following string, and pack te the information for your equipment. (Or you can make a copy of commence.bat so you don’t lose the default.)
EthDcrMiner64.exe -epool eu1.ethermine.org:4444 -ewal <,Your_Ethereum_Address>,.<,RigName>, -epsw x
Here’s how to set this up for your equipment.
- Select a server that’s physically near you to reduce ping (Ethermine offers us1, us2, eu1, eu2, and asia1, I’ve chosen eu1 for this example spil you can see above). If you want to switch it, simply substitute that part of the URL ter the embark.bat verkeersopstopping you’ve just created.
- Substitute <,Your_Ethereum_Address>, (including the brackets) with your Ethereum address commencing with 0x.
- Substitute <,RigName>, (including the brackets) with any nickname you want to give your equipment. Be sure to leave the period te inbetween the Ethereum address and the equipment name.
- That’s it!
For Ethermine.org at least, that’s all you have to do to embark mining Ethereum. If you want to dual-mine a different coin, there’s a bit more work to that, but this is just a basic Ethereum pool mining set up.
Example Two: Nanopool
For another example (and perhaps a more noob-friendly example), let’s take a look at Nanopool. This pool, unlike Ethermine, provides a web interface where you can pack ter all the details for your configuration. It then uses this information to slobber out a perfectly-configured batch verkeersopstopping.
Spil you can see above, it’s spil plain spil choosing your OS (Windows or Linux), your GPU vendor (AMD or Nvidia), naming your equipment (whatever you want it to be named), adding your email (this is used for switching settings for payouts and other things), choosing a server that’s physically near you, adding te your Ethereum address, and clicking generate. This will download a .zip verkeersopstopping that you can samenvatting to find your batch verkeersopstopping. If you want this to work, of course, you have to waterput it te that Claymore’s directory with EthDcrMiner64.exe and run it.
But this little dialog also offers an option for a “second algorithm”: what’s that? Spil mentioned above, Claymore’s is capable of “dual mining”. Basically, the application can mine another coin that’s relatively effortless to mine at the same time spil Ethereum without strenuously impacting the hashrate you get for Ethereum. Essentially, you’re stocking up te another coin that might not be worth all that much… because why not? Wij’ll explain that further ter another guide.
Note: Another thing you might notice about Nanopool’s generated batch verkeersopstopping is that it has the following text on the lines above the actual Claymore’s launch directive:
setx GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 0
setx GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
Thesis instructions are a good idea to include ter your batch verkeersopstopping, spil they make sure your GPU is optimally configured for mining. They aren’t necessary for mining te most cases (using a 2GB RAM graphics card is one notable exception, ter that case you certainly want to add thesis guidelines), but they’ll just avoid errors you might not have known you would have encountered if you didn’t include them. Wij’ll also explain thesis further ter another guide.
Once you feel like you have a familiarity with Claymore’s, you might want to dive into the “Readme. ” text opstopping that the program includes. Within this verkeersopstopping you’ll find what seems like an infinite number of parameters to customize exactly how your mining equipment mines. You can choose to mine at lower energy (with lower hashrate), you can set a target temperature that you don’t want your GPUs to exceed, and slew of other useful tweaks.
You can read the total list of Claymore’s parameters here.
If you’ve followed through to the end of this guide, you’re more than likely ready to embark mining. Simply run your batch opstopping, blast up your Ethereum address at the webstek of the pool of your choice, and witness spil you leisurely but surely earn Ethereum. Wij’ll explain some more details about using Claymore’s te future guides, but this should be enough to get embarked.
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