Verus Coin (VRSC) VerusHash 2.1 Algorithm Mining With CPU
Verus Coin (VRSC) is an interesting crypto project available for a while already that offers a hybrid PoW/PoS mode of operation, so you can mine and stake VRSC coins. The idea of the project and its custom VerusHash algorithm is to be mined with CPU and even though GPU miners do exist for the algo, they do not offer a performance advantage over a powerful processor. Near the end of last year Hashaltcoin FPGA mining support was made available publicly for the VerusHash algorithm with much better efficiency compared to existing CPU/GPU miners and that quickly drove away regular miners. This required a revision of the mining algorithm and the latest VerusHash 2.1 made FPGA miners unable to be used and brought back CPUs as the main choice for mining.
The preferred choice for mining Verus Coin (VRSC) is with CPU and the miner you need is called hellminer, or alternatively you can try with nheqminer. Hellminer is the faster, but closed source even though there is no developer fee it is limited to a single pool only – LuckPool, available for Linux and Windows, so you might want to go for it first. The Nheqminer miner fork (about 10-20% slower compared to hellminer) for VRSC is a bit slower in terms of performance, but is open source and available for Linux, Windows and MacOS and can work with all of the available mining pools.
As already mentioned there are miners for GPUs as well, but they do not offer performance advantage over CPU mining, in fact a multi-GPU mining rig might offer similar or slower performance to a higher-end processor, but with a much higher power usage. So while it is not very reasonable to mine VRSC with GPUs, you can at least try to see what your hardware is capable of and how it relates to CPU performance. There is a ccminer Verushash fork available for Nvidia GPUs as well as AMD Verushash miner available for AMD GPUs.
As far as performance is concerned, AMD’s latest generation Ryzen CPUs do seem to have some advantage over Intel processors, but in general the more cores you have, the better hashrate you can expect to get. Ryzen 3900X (12C-24T) does about 30 MH/s, while an Intel 6850K (6C-12T) does manage to get you just about 11 MH/s hashrate. As a comparison a GPU mining a GTX 1080 Ti does manage to get you just about 6 MH/s per GPU, so as we’ve explained it might not be very wise to mine VRSC with anything other than a higher-end processor, although it is possible to also use GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.
If you need a mining pool where you can try mining Verus Coin (VRSC), then you probably want to head on to Luckpool where most of the hashrate is currently located, alternatively you can try Lepool or Zergpool. The largest pool LuckPool has some nice features to miners such as awarding the block finder with a fixed reward as well as a hybrid solo mining mode where you still get rewarded even when not finding a block yourself. VRSC is currently traded on multiple smaller crypto exchanges such as SafeTrade, STEX, Graviex, AAcoin, Kuang Exchange.
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