Nvidia Zcash Miner for Windows: Mining Zcash with Nvidia on Windows using Zotac 1060 6GB
For mining Zcash on windows, you will need a Zcash miner. You will also need a few other things that you will require to get started. Experts say that Nvidia graphics cards are best for mining Zcash which is also a cryptocurrency, just like Ethereum. The value of both is also quite identical. So if you are interested in mining and AMD cards are not your ‘thing’, it would be a wise decision in getting an Nvidia 1060 or 1070 graphics card which are equally good at mining – just not ethereum.
To get started, you will need to get yourself 1060 or 1070 card. I was able to find quite a few on Amazon.com. Here are links for both. For 1060, I have included the link only for the 6GB variant as 3GB variant delivers much less hashrate.
To mine zcash, you need a miner. I like using zec miner as it gives the best hashrate. There are no developer fees so there is no lost revenue like in case of other miners – like claymore that charges 2% developer fees. After downloading, it unzip and fireup START.BAT to see if everything is running as it should be. If you get no errors, open START.BAT in notepad and replace the Zcash wallet address with yours. We got our Zcash address from cryptonator.
Save the file and then start mining again. You can get a Zcash wallet from https://jaxx.io/ which works for Ethereum and bitcoin as well.
I am using flypool.org as mining pool which works great. You can manage your mining payouts by going to zcash.flypool.org and enter your address and you will be greeted with a page like this one – screenshot shown below. Those are my mining stats which are doing okay. I am running everything at stock settings.
Verdict – If the electricity is cheap in your area – $0.10 kw/h or less, definitely go for it. Mining Zcash with Nvidia graphics card is not a idea especially if done with Nvidia 1060 or 1070. Do not go for the Nvidia 1080 GPU as it delivers poor hash rates for both Ethereum and Zcash mining. This is due to GDDR5x memory. 1080Ti does works fine though as it uses same memory as 1060 and 1070. Of course, if you own an AMD graphics card, you can mine Zcash as well. Just follow these same steps and you will be fine.
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