Cryptocurrencies you can still mine with your CPU/GPU in 2018

Cryptocurrencies you can still mine with your CPU/GPU in 2018

In 2018, there still exists some cryptocurrencies that you can mine with your CPU, or with a simple graphic card (GPU). The list includes coins that belong to the CryptoNote family and some other newer altcoins.

Less than six years ago, most cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, were mineable via PCs and inexpensive graphic processing units (GPUs). Interestingly enough, a Pentium4 PC was capable of mining more than 100 BTC back in 2010. Nevertheless, this has totally changed due to multiple factors, including the rise in network difficulty of most cryptocurrencies and the advent of complex ASIC miners. This rendered the vast majority of cryptocurrencies impossible to mine using a PC, a single graphics card, or GPU.

However, as of today, there exists a number of altcoins that one can mine with a PC or with a single graphics card (GPU). Throughout this article, we’ll review some of the most valuable coins that are still PC mineable, including some older coins that mostly belong to the CryptoNote family, and newer coins that have been launched during the past couple of years.

(Note: Don’t expect to make a fortune mining any altcoin with your PC or GPU, as you will mostly not be able to make more than a few cents per day. You can just test the waters by mining crypto this way, to just get acquainted with the overall process of mining. If you don’t want to get involved in any technical jargon, you can use Minergate’s mining software. It is very simple – just download the miner, install it, and run it to start mining instantly).

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Bytecoin (BCN)
Bytecoin has never been hotter, as its price recorded an astonishing 5,600% surge in 2017, scoring an all-time high of 100 satoshis in the beginning of the current year. Bytecoin is an altcoin that is based on the CryptoNote protocol, which promotes anonymous peer-to-peer cryptocurrency transactions. Bytecoin (BCN) is ASIC resistant, so you can mine it with a simple PC or GPU.

Xmrig is the best software for mining Bytecoin, as recommended by the coin’s official blog. There are three main versions of xmrig’s software: one for central processing unit (CPU) mining, another for GPU mining using AMD graphic cards, and the final version is for GPU mining using Nvidia graphics cards.

Monero (XMR)
Monero was also one of the altcoins that witnessed massive growth throughout the past year. During only the past couple of months, the price of monero rose by around 200%. Monero is highly recognized now as one of the cryptocurrencies whose transactions are fully anonymous, so it is almost impossible to track both senders and receivers of the coin’s transactions. Being a CryptoNote, monero is also ASIC resistant so you can mine it with your PC, or just a single GPU.

You can use Wolf’s CryptoNote miner for CPU mining. For GPU mining, you can use MonersSpelunker which is recommended by monero’s official website.

Ethereum (ETH)
Even though ethereum is currently the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market capital, it is surprisingly still able to be mined via CPUs or GPUs. Ethereum is highly appreciated for being a decentralized computing platform that features the “smart contract” functionality. Smart contract programming on ethereum’s blockchain is done using ‘Solidity’, a ‘turing complete’ programming language that permits the construction of highly complicated conditionals, opening the door to the creation of highly sophisticated, self-governed smart contracts. Ethereum’s price surged almost 200 times during the past year.

Ethminer is the most popular GPU mining software among the most experienced players in the cryptocurrency mining arena. In addition to ethminer, you need to also download and install Geth, a program that connects your machine(s) to Ethereum’s network, and relays information about newly mined blocks to your CPU or GPU to be able to mine further blocks along Ethereum’s blockchain.

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Electroneum (ETN)
Electroneum (ETN) is a relatively new cryptocurrency that was launched in September 2017. Even though electroneum’s price hasn’t increased since its launch, its underlying technology renders it one of the most promising cryptocurrencies in 2018. Electroneum is based on an advanced version of the CryptoNote algorithm, which means that it is ASIC resistant. Not only is the coin able to be mined via a CPU or a GPU, but you can also mine it using your smartphone. Actually, electroneum was inspired by the idea that targeting the world’s 2.20 billion smartphone users can trigger mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.

The XMR-STAK 2.2 miner is an all-in-one miner that can be used to mine ETN using CPUs, AMD, and Nvidia GPUs. The ETN mobile miner is available on Google’s Play Store. The moment you install the miner app on your smartphone, you can start mining ETN tokens and most importantly, the miner won’t eat up your 3G or 4G bandwidth.

Zencash (ZEN)
Zencash (ZEN) is one of the cryptocurrencies based on Zcash’s zero-knowledge encryption protocol, which promotes almost fully anonymous cryptocurrency transactions. The coin’s technology was highly appreciated during the past few months, as reflected by a 800% rise in ZEN price during the last quarter of 2017. ZEN’s anonymous transactions are pillared onto two main factors:

1- zk-SNARKS, or “Zero Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge” algorithm: This represents a proof construction where the verification of possession of a private key is possible, without any interaction between the prover and the verifier taking place.

2- Domain Fronting: This is an innovative technique that conceals the real endpoint of internet connections. Domain fronting prevents censorship across the Zencash network, rendering it almost impossible to trace zencash transactions.

You can mine Zencash with your CPU or GPU. Nicehash is recommended if you are to mine ZEN on your Windows PC. Claymore’s ZCash GPU Miner works great for AMD graphic cards. For Nvidia graphic cards, it is better to use EBWF’s Cuda ZCash Miner.

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Other coins
All other CryptoNotes are ASIC resistant too, so you can still mine them with your CPU or a GPU. These include dashcoin (DSH), fantomCoin (FCN), quazarCoin (QCN), monetaVerde (MCN), infinium-8 (INF8), digitalNote (XDN) and aeon (AEON). However, it is not advisable to try to mine infinium-8 or monetaverde, because both coins are totally dead.

(Note: Dashcoin (DSH) is an altcoin based on the CryptoNote algorithm, which is different from the altcoin named Dash (DASH))

The list of ASIC resistant (CPU/GPU mineable) altcoins also includes vertcoin (VTC), ethereum classic (ETC), gridcoin (GRC), and curecoin (CURE).

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