Monero is a great coin for CPU/GPU miners because of its anti-ASIC stance, and six-monthly upgrades. It recently forked on the 9th March 2019 which resulted in a hash rate plummet of over 80% and a purge of Bitmain’s ASIC miners from the network.
The CryptoNight proof-of-work algorithm for Monero means it can be profitably mined on CPUs, although this had led to some controversy as it was the preferred coin for “cryptojacking” – malicious code on websites that secretly mine Monero – although this problem is mostly in the past now. It’s also suitable for GPU miners, and is one of the most popular coins to mine on GPUs.
Here’s our top 5 Monero Mining Software to try in 2019:
XMR-Stak is a universal Stratum pool miner. This miner supports CPUs, AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, and can be used to mine the crypto currencies Monero, Aeon and other CryptoNight coins. It’s also one of the most actively maintained projects, and it supports Windows, Mac and Linux. XMR-Stak is well optimised for its sole purpose of mining CryptoNight, and is known to generate a higher hash rates than other miners.
#2 Cudo Miner
Cudo Miner is a highly profitable GUI Ethereum miner for Windows, Linux and Mac that can automatically switch to mining other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ravencoin, Grin, Verge, Vertcoin, or Ethereum Classic if they are more profitable. It has a nice feature where whatever it mines, it can still pay you in Monero (or another coin of your choice such as Bitcoin or Ethereum). It has a simple GUI that makes it easy for beginners to get going but also has advanced features for professionals such as overclocking and hardware optimisations.
XMRig is a high performance Monero miner, with support for Windows. It was one of the original popular miners for Monero but hasn’t been updated for some time. You’ll also need to choose which version to use depending on whether you want to mine on CPU or GPU.
#4 Claymore’s CryptoNote CPU or AMD GPU Miner
Claymore has long been top of the list of Ethereum miners but the CryptoNote miner hasn’t been as actively maintained and only offers CPU and AMD versions of the miner. However, it has good support and good hash rate.
MinerGate is a mining pool and offers its own GUI mining software that’s linked to the pool. The software is multicurrency, so it supports different coins, and being a GUI miner it’s very simple to get going so it’s good for beginners.