The aim of this website is clear- we’re searching for and featuring the best Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency mining software, that’s easy to use and has a graphical user interface.
And it’s being a long time since I last wrote a solid, data-based article on this topic.
The reason for this is simple- I’m pretty busy, but also not much is going on in the mining industry.
I’ve hired a few freelance writers to keep things going and write about more general Bitcoin topics, but there hasn’t been an article on best mining practices, at least not since October 2019 when I wrote What is Cryptocurrency Mining.
Still using GTX 1060’s for mining as that’s what’s in my home, but I’ve already run the tests with them and my laptop in 2019. And those tests are available on the mining software pages, the logic is the same, and only the price has changed.
This is why I felt like I need a new hardware in order to write something meaningful on Bitcoin mining software again.
And it went easier than expected :D
Mining hardware used when choosing the best Bitcoin/Crypto Mining Software in 2020
But today, we’re bringing guns. Serious ones. And although virtually, we’re going to put our hands on them and test the beasts with various GPU mining software.
How did I manage to get my hands on the strongest GPUs for mining?
Buying them wasn’t an option since they are expensive and have a long time ROI.
Borrowing them from friends wasn’t an option either, since #1- not many gamers in my circle have them, and #2- if they have them they love them as babies(no wonder).
So I did a bit of research and found a perfect solution. I will rent the GPUs and access them virtually.
And after checking the first page results for “rent GPU”, I’ve decided to go with xesktop.com.
Many providers of this service offer a limited workspace, like GPU rendering software and empty Linux/SSH server.
Xesktop, on other hand, made all this very easy for my needs.
They provide clean Windows 10 servers, and an RDP connection to access them.
Their price isn’t cheap, but since I needed just a couple of hours it was irrelevant.
And their hardware speaks for itself
There’s an availability factor, but when they aren’t cluttered you can choose from two server specs:
Node type 1 $6/h
10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti 11GB
– CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.1 GHz
– RAM: 128-256 GB
– OctaneBench 4: 2093
Node type 2 $12/h
8x Nvidia Tesla V100 16GB
– CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-4627 2.6 GHz
– RAM: 128 GB
– OctaneBench 4: 2978
That’s right! We did our tests with two different servers, one running 10 GTX 1080Ti 11GB and the other running 8 Tesla V100 16GB.
Processors and RAM are exceeding the basic requirements needed for mining, but I was grateful that tests can be run hassle free.
I know you’re excited to see the data and conclusion but just bear with me as I continue to explain how the test was set up.
Rules for testing the best Bitcoin/Crypto mining software in 2020
The test was run against software I already feature on this site. The aim is simple and easy to use, so we didn’t test with console miners. Furthermore, I feel like MinerGate is slowly losing its race when it comes to simplicity and up time, so I’ve limited the tests to the 6 most used GUI miners for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
This list currently includes:
The server was resting between the tests, as it had brakes during which I removed the previous mining app and installed a new one.
And of course, the timer for each mining app didn’t start until the app was installed, configured and ready to mine.
When it comes to hardware, we kept it simple- GPUs only. There are lots of GPUs on these servers, so I wanted them to be served properly by the CPUs.
Using servers that are expensive meant I needed to be fast. Luckily, all 6 apps can be installed within minutes, and that saved me some time and money.
Still, I had to put a fixed time amount for each app to mine, and after thinking about the magic number- I came up with 20 minutes per mining app.
Of course, there isn’t a magic number, but 20 minutes seemed good enough to see the performance as well if any errors will pop up after few minutes.
I wasn’t that generous for an 8 x Tesla V100 16GB server, and the timing for each app was 10 minutes(after all, the price is double for this one).
Bitcoin price(and other cryptos price) is always tricky to determine when performing tests. We’re using different time spans, and if Bitcoin price is known for one thing that have to be fluctuation.
But that didn’t put me away in my pursue of currently best mining software for Bitcoin.
I’ve simply noted the in and out prices for each mining app and used that to get an average price during which the mining have taken place.
Then I used this average price during the 20 minutes time span and compared it with mining earnings made during that time.
Once I had all that out of the way, the tests followed:
Running Kryptex on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
The download, installation, and benchmark went smoothly, and I started mining within minutes.
The Bitcoin price fluctuation was fair to us, and the data I’ve gathered was easy to interpret.
Average BTC price during mining: ($10135+$10132+$10113)/3 = $10127
Monthly estimated earnings: ($321.71+323.04+$322.1)/3 = $322
Daily estimated earnings: ($10.72+$10.77+$10.74)/3 = $10.74
Earned during mining: 0.00001469 BTC = $0.15
All in all, a great experience and no problems whatsoever.
Gallery Kryptex 1080Ti(proof):
Running Cudo Miner on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
Cudo Miner was equally easy to download, setup and run, and it took just a few minutes.
Cudo displays earnings in Satoshis, so I had to convert the price to USD.
Average BTC price during mining: ($10072 + $10089 + $10086)/3 = $10082
Monthly estimated earnings: 0.02406886 BTC * $10082 = $243
Daily estimated earnings: No real time data inside app so $243/30 = $8.1
Earned during mining: 0.00001662 BTC = $0.17
This one also went without any issues.
Gallery Cudo Miner 1080Ti(proof):
Running Honey Miner on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
Honey Miner continued where the first two started, with download, setup, and run taking not more than 2 minutes.
Unfortunately, some apps update earnings less often than others, and Honey Miner is apparently one of those. The earnings number didn’t change,
so I had to wait until the morning and get the mining stats.
Even tomorrow, the mining earnings aren’t showing inside their web console. I know for a fact that this isn’t a bad mining app, and I did mine successfully for months with them, using my GTX 1060s.
Still, the test was time-based, so I have to disqualify Honey Miner. If the earnings show up(as a matter of delay), I will update this section.
Average BTC price during mining: $0
Monthly estimated earnings: $0
Daily estimated earnings: $0
Earned during mining: $0
Gallery Honey Miner 1080Ti(proof):
Running BetterHash on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
Downloading, installing, and configuring BetterHash went smooth as well. Benchmark is kind of slow compared to apps from above, but that’s not necessarily a big flaw.
After all, I don’t mind spending 10 minutes more on benchmark if the app proves stable and can compete with other mining apps. But this was taking around 20 minutes, and it just benchmarked two CPUs and first GPU, so I stopped it.
There was apparently a slow down when benchmarking ZEC mining, so I decided to save money on the rented server, and use the same settings for all 10 GPUs. They’re the same, so it made perfect sense.
But this wasn’t the end. Better Hash was mining, and it also mined during the benchmark. Plus, it didn’t show any earnings during the mining phase.
Yet, the web console was showing shares being received, so I’ve decided to take a few minutes break, and then try mining with BetterHash again. The break helped distinguish old mining earnings from the new ones, allowing me to gather the proper earning data, even if numbers stick to zero inside the app.
But when starting for the second time, the app showed “restart needed” in the top right corner, so I’ve tried restarting Windows to see if it will help.
And it worked! After a minute or so, everything looked good and the numbers were there.
I was able to successfully test BetterHash, but it took more than planned, and I was tired to continue until tomorrow morning.
Average BTC price during mining: ($10140 + $10147 + $10150)/3 = $10146
Monthly estimated earnings: $311.21
Daily estimated earnings: $10.04
Earned during mining: Unknown. It’s calculated separately for each of the mined coins, and some shares didn’t get paid yet. Based on estimates from above- $10.04/24/3 = $0.14
Gallery BetterHash 1080Ti(proof):
Running CryptoTab Browser on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
The CryptoTab Browser download was easy. It’s browser-based on Chrome(at least looks that way), and it allows you to mine Bitcoin while browsing. What’s specific about this app is that it has a lot of referral levels, so you can make a solid income if you refer enough in the first tier.
Anyway, it was extremely easy to install and run, so I started within minutes and had no issues during the testing phase.
This browser displays the current hashing rate(mining speed) and updates balance here and there, so daily and monthly estimates had to be drawn by waiting for the balance to settle and show me how much I was able to mine.
Something that has to be accounted for is that I didn’t find an option to disable CPU and mine with GPUs only.
Average BTC price during mining: ($10105 + $10105 + $10125)/3 = $10112
Monthly estimated earnings: $0.288 * 30 = $8.64
Daily estimated earnings: $0.004 * 3 * 24 = $0.288
Earned during mining: $0.004
I’m not sure what’s the cause of such bad results for CryptoTab, but I had to stick with the test rules. Most likely the only CPU mined, but that’s a minus on usability/compatibility, so the results are as they are.
Gallery CryptoTab Browser 1080Ti(proof):
Running Computta on 10x Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080Ti
Computta can be downloaded and installed within seconds, although you’ll have to register in order to access the download files.
Once you get the files, the installation takes seconds, followed by a benchmark that in this case lasted less than 5 minutes.
The Computta started mining soon, although by using combined CPU and GPU, and no option to choose only GPUs.
Average BTC price during mining: ($10113 + $10119 + $10121)/3 = $10118
Monthly estimated earnings: $193.56
Daily estimated earnings: $6.45
Earned during mining: $0.06
Gallery Computta Mining 1080Ti(proof):
Now that we gathered all of the data, let’s make a conclusion:
Best Mining Software in 2020 – Tested With 1080Ti 11GB
The initial plan was to use average BTC prices during mining and then create some kind of points system which takes BTC price into account.
That seemed only fair since BTC price fluctuates pretty much every second.
But the fluctuation was fairly irrelevant- $10146 was high and $10082 was low.
The difference was around 0.00634795 – or less than half percent(<0.01).
With this in mind, I’ve decided to keep the things simple and leave the BTC price out of the table.
Yup, a simple table showing everything together:
|Mining Software||Monthly estimated earnings||Daily estimated earnings||Earned during mining|
Number #1 in daily and monthly estimated earnings, and number one in my personal preference. Great app and web dashboard, lots of data, and highest number of payment options.
Number #2 in real earnings earned, but very close to #1, and since the time was limited it’s safe to say that Kryptex may be #1 Bitcoin mining software for Windows.
#2 Cudo Miner
Number #3 in monthly and daily estimates, but #1 in real earnings(which could fluctuate since time was limited).
The great working app, lots of options and unique goal to become #1 on all 3 platforms(Windows, Linux and Mac)- this is the #2 Bitcoin mining software for Windows, as well number #1 mining app for Linux and Mac.
#3 in real earnings and #2 in estimated daily and monthly earnings. I had some troubles getting it up and running, as well as gathering data, but all in all, it worked and showed a solid potential. For this reason, I give it the title of third best Bitcoin mining software on Windows machines.
Number #4 in daily and monthly estimated earnings, and #4 in real earnings achieved during the test. With so many #4’s, it had to be #4 on the list.
The installation and configuration are surprisingly simple and easy, but both estimated and real earnings proved low for any higher position.
Very low earnings, but considerably easy to set up and run. This browser can probably do much more when it comes to Bitcoin mining, but our test was time-limited and it seems like the CryptoTab browser didn’t use GPUs for mining at all.
#6 Honey Miner
Probably the biggest disappointment of this test, at least for myself.
CryptoTab is a browser so not really a mining dedicated software, but Honey Miner had to do a better job.
GTX 1080Ti 11GB is a widely used GPU for mining, and that’s a reason more why it should work out of the box.
We will see how Honey will play with 8x Nvidia Tesla V100 16GB, but for now- the embarrassing #6 with no fight.
Conclusion on Best mining software using GTX 1080Ti 11GB
My findings are above, and you should definitely test Kryptex on Windows as well Cudo on Windows, Linux and Mac.
But I always repeat this and it never gets me boring- do your own research.
The 2 main reasons why you should test Bitcoin mining software yourself:
- This test was done using 10 x GTX 1080Ti 11GB- if you have different hardware, and even same, you may get different findings.
- The test was limited to 20 minutes per app, so can give you some insight but not a definitive conclusion.
Even though it was planned to make the tests with 8x Nvidia Tesla V100 16GB here as well, this article already looks rather long, and it’s obviously going to take a lot more time, energy, and space to finish it.
This is why I’ll make this post the first of a 2-part series, so be sure to check for a new one in a couple of days :)