How to Mine DASH with AMD GPU
Our renewed interest in both mining and altcoins, especially DASH. We decided it was time to try and mine again. X11 altcoins haven’t been “ASIC’d” yet, meaning there isn’t specialized hardware for X11 algorithm cryptocurrency. This has made X11 altcoins easier to mine with consumer hardware. I own an AMD Radeon 280X in my own desktop, so I figured I’d give it a run. It was both tougher, and easier to setup than I thought. I’ve mined Bitcoin many times before in the past and present, but with ASIC hardware thousands of times more powerful than consumer hardware, Bitcoin mining requires a ridiculous initial investment. Bitfury’s new chips do promise to change that though.
Why is DASH Easier to Mine at Home?
DASH mining won’t be profitable at this level for much longer, so get started now!
Understanding that DASH utilizes the X11 algorithm is important to understand before mining. DASH developers created this algorithm specifically to make it difficult for companies to manufacture hardware that solves it. X11 consists of 11 different cryptographic algorithms, so it’s more suited for GPU mining rather than CPU, although it is possible, but GPUs are more powerful at this. This makes mining more available to the people and decentralized as Bitcoin mining has become increasingly centralized. With that out of the way, let’s get into this. X11 AISC are on there way, so if you have a gaming rig, start mining now. It wouldn’t be profitable for long!
Getting started with DASH Mining
DASH Core Wallet
AMD GPU of the following:
Cape Verde: 7730/7750/7770
Pitcairn: 7850/7870/R9 270/R9 270X
Tahiti: 7870XT/7950/7970/R9 280/R9 280X
Hawaii: R9 290/R9 290X/R9 295X2
Time and electricity
Step 1: Get a DASH Wallet
If you don’t have a DASH wallet, please download the core program here. Personally I don’t trust payouts to third party wallets, so I always download the core program, regardless of cryptocurrency. Open the program and it will begin downloading the blockchain, which will take a while, so it’s important to do this first. Be sure to backup this wallet while using it to ensure your Dash doesn’t get lost.
Step 2: Download SGMINER
Sgminer can be downloaded here, at GitHub.Be sure to extract everything and keep it in an easily accessible folder. Other websites may include viruses with sgminer, so be careful when downloading. This is the mining program for AMD GPUs. It also comes with binaries for use with other devices, but this tutorial only covers AMD GPU mining.
Step 3: Configure Sgminer
In the folder with sgminer.exe, create a text file named sgminer. Open the file and go to save as, select “all files” and save it as “sgminer.conf”. This will act as the configuration file when sgminer is running. It will tell the program how fast the GPU runs, what pool/masternode to use for mining verification, and what wallet the mined DASH will be sent to.
First, copy and paste this in the text file:
"pools" : [
"url" : "stratum+tcp://188.8.131.52:7903",
"user" : "XheyzUntHSgmg1Qoo3NdNeoqLTiAAt1zhA",
"pass" : "",
"xintensity" : "64",
Step 4: Start Mining DASH
Now that the miner is configured to send DASH mined on this computer to your DASH wallet, let’s fire it up. Go to your installation folder and run sgminer.exe. If all is right, the screen should look something like this:
Onwards and Upwards!
Mining DASH is profitable on consumer equipment…. for now.
How Much Will I Make Mining?
|Time Frame||DASH Coins||BTC (DASH/BTC at 0.01521273)||USD (BTC at $423.07)||Power Cost (in USD)||Pool Fees (in USD)||Profit (in USD)|
For a more info visit: https://dashtalk.org/threads/reubens-guide-to-mining-dash-with-an-amd-gpu-on-windows.4051/