Cast XMR - high speed CryptoNight miner for RX Vega GPUs

Updated on February 1st, 2018 to version 0.8.5

Here is ‘Cast XMR’ the high performance CryptoNight miner for CryptoNote based crypto currencies like Monero (XMR), Bytecoin (BCN), DigitalNote (XDN) and many more.

Cast XMR is specially optimized for the Radeon RX Vega series of GPUs, reaching hash rates of more then 2000 CryptoNight Hashes/s on an single RX Vega 56 or Vega 64.

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Hash faster and try it for yourself:

Cast XMR 0.8.5 for Windows (64 bit)

Features

  • Full support for CryptoNight/CryptoNote based currencies:
  • Fastest miner for AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU series
  • Radeon RX Vega 64
    • Stock driver (Crimson 17.10.2) and settings: 1180 Hash/s
    • Blockchain driver and 1025 MHz mem clock: 1930 Hash/s
  • Radeon RX Vega 56
    • Stock driver (Crimson 17.10.2) and settings: 1150 Hash/s
    • Blockchain driver and 945 MHz mem clock: 1970! Hash/s
  • Radeon RX 480/RX 580
    • Stock driver (Crimson 17.10.2) and settings: 640 Hash/s
    • Blockchain driver and 2315 MHz mem clock: 810 Hash/s
  • Radeon RX 470/RX 570
    • Stock driver (Crimson 17.11.4) and settings: 640 Hash/s
    • Blockchain driver and 2250 MHz mem clock: 830 Hash/s
  • Multiple GPU support
  • Monitor temperature and fan speed of each GPU
  • Full pool support
  • Nicehasher support
  • Remote http access for statistics in JSON format
  • only 1.5% dev fee

Requirements

Change History

Cast XMR Version 0.8.5 (2018/2/1)

  • 1% performance gain for Vega Frontier Edition with Blockchain driver (fastest GPU around)
  • 1% performance improvement with current stock driver (18.1.1) for RX Vega 56/64 (40% to go to reach Blockchain driver)
  • fix for random blocking console output
  • GPU now always logs with its device id not the order they are listed in the -G argument
  • --log option to log output to a file
  • remote access includes CORS support in HTTP header

Cast XMR Version 0.8.1 (2017/12/15)

  • Fix for OpenCL automatic platform detection for Crimson driver 17.12.1 (Adrenalin). Blockchain driver is still way more performant on Vegas though

Cast XMR Version 0.8 (2017/12/14)

  • kernel optimizations result in subtle performance improvements
  • --fastjobswitch option (experimental) to force fast switching to new jobs. When enabled the GPUs will switch to the new job within less then 100ms. This improves the effective hash rate by 1 to 5% as nearly no GPU performance will be wasted on calculating outdated shares anymore. The drawback is a slightly lower displayed hashrate as while switching no hashes are calculated.
  • improved support for more then 8 GPUs
  • support for Radeon RX 470/RX 570 (Polaris) added
  • --forcecompute option to force kernel for compute mode on Polaris (RX470/570/480/580) GPUs. In the Radeon Settings GPU Workload has to be switched to ‘Compute’. This option is available in Crimson 17.10.2 (or later) driver and reaches nearly the same performance on Polaris based GPUs as with the Blockchain driver.
  • openCL platform is auto detected if --opencl is not specified
  • --nonicehash option to disable nicehash support
  • nicehash support will automatically disabled if more then 8 GPUs are used. Otherwise search space could be exhausted to early and the GPUs search in overlapping nonce ranges.

Cast XMR Version 0.7 (2017/11/29)

  • network and job status added to current statistics
  • remote access to get current status at http://127.0.0.1:7777 in JSON format (enable with --remoteaccess)
  • command line option to specify number of reconnects to pool (default 100) before giving up (set with --reconnects n). To realise a simple failover to another pool set it to a lower value and add a second configuration to batch file
  • fix for nicehash to support upto 8 GPUs (before only 4 were possible)

Cast XMR Version 0.6 (2017/10/27)

  • improved queue sync which results in an 0.1% higher average hash rate
  • experimental support for Radeon RX 480/580 GPUs added
  • pressing ‘s’ key prints the current statistics
  • count outdated and invalid shares separate
  • fixed random crash when quitting app
  • bugfix: invalid command line arguments did hang app

Cast XMR Version 0.5 (2017/10/19)

  • support for multiple Vega GPUs. Specify multiple GPUs comma separated with the -G switch like “-G 0,1,2,3”
  • monitor temperature and fan speed for each GPU
  • subtle performance improvements in core

Cast XMR Version 0.4 (2017/10/13)

  • performance optimzations result in 1 - 2% higher hash rates
  • reduced dev fee to 1.5%

Cast XMR Version 0.3 (2017/10/10)

  • performance optimzations result in 5 - 10% higher hash rates
  • breaking the 2 KHashes/s barrier with working overclocking settings for RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56

Cast XMR Version 0.2 (2017/09/27)

  • performance improvement result in 1% higher hashrates
  • Improved support for RX Vega 56 (now goes faster then a Vega 64 !?)
  • Detection if Blockchain driver is installed
  • Fix for Sikka and Intense pools

Cast XMR Version 0.1 (2017/09/22)

  • Initial Release

How To

cast_xmr has a command line interface. For a minimal configuration run:

cast_xmr -S [pool server] -u [username or wallet address]

To select which GPU to use the -G switch, e.g. for using the 2nd card use:

cast_xmr -S [pool server] -u [username or wallet address] -G 1

To select multiple GPU to use the -G switch and list comma separated the GPUs which should be used, e.g. for using the 1st and 3rd card use:

cast_xmr -S [pool server] -u [username or wallet address] -G 0,2

In case you have multiple OpenCL implementation installed or mixed GPUs (Nvidia, Intel, AMD), the correct OpenCL implemenation can be selected with the “–opencl” switch:

cast_xmr -S [pool server] -u [username or wallet address] --opencl 1 -G 0

For a complete list of configuration options run:

cast_xmr --help

Read here how to get the best mining performance with a Radeon RX Vega 56/64 GPU

A Linux version to follow somewhere in time when useable Linux OpenCL drivers are available …

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