Got Vegas? Time to upgrade your drivers!

For those of us who have Vega Cards, we have had to use the old Blockchain drivers from August 17 in order to maintain full speed against Cryptonight based coins. Finally, the changes is here!

From Adrenalin 18.3.4 you can now maintain at least the same speed, actually you should be able to provide a slight boost at same wattage, the new drivers are slightly more efficient. We where able to run the Vega 64 smoothly on 2khs @ only 156w !

Please note that the soft power play / registry mods will not work with these drivers, and they’re not needed any more. You can use OverdriveNTool to finetune your card(s) now.

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AMD Adrenalin Drivers – Should you upgrade?

EDIT 30.03.2018. AMD Adrenalin 18.3.4 drivers provides same or better hashrate than Blockchain drivers from Aug.

 

AMD Have just released a “brand new” driver set called Adrenalin! We have tested its performance on XMR/Monero, for now this is our conclusion.

We dont recommend anyone to Upgrade to the new AMD Adrenalin 17.12.1 drivers. Beta Blockchain drivers from 23. August is still the best one, even though they do have their problems and issues but they still outperforms newer drivers from AMD with integrated blockchain/compute driver.

You can expect around 1100-1400 H/s on Vega 56 and 64, and very high power usage.

We have also tested it on RX550, RX560, RX570 and RX580 Cards, all cards have shown no increase and most had lower hashrate of ~5-40 H/s with the latest Adrenalin drivers, therefor we suggest that you keep blockchain aug23 driver if you are using that one. If you have drivers newer than blockchain aug23 you can try to upgrade, the difference for cards other than Vega`s is minor even though we noticed about 1-4 % decrease in hashrate. These tests where performed on a windows build earlier than 1709.

VEGA USERS: We still recommend Windows 10 without Fall Creators update combined with Blockchain Beta drivers from 23. August and Registry mod. Its currently unbeatable when it comes to performance for Cryptonight, and is highly efficient.

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v0.64b is Patched for Awesome Miner support!

Some of the reasons of the release of v0.64b was to add Awesome Miner support, as they have added support for XMR-Stak miner from Awesome Miner v. 4.2.2.

Awesome Miner is a really, well Awesome controller for mining software and hardware that you can use on your Windows computer. It also supports external monitoring which is what we will do with AMD XMR Miner now.
AMD XMR Miner v0.64b have a patched Json API so that Awesome Miner can recognize it as it was an XMR-Stak miner. Lets guide you through, Awesome Miner is free to use with upto 2 miners.

Go over to Awesome Miner and download then install latest version, run the application.

Click on the “Add New Miner” in “Main” Section.

Click <Next> and Select “External Miner”, click <Next> again.

Configure the new miner as described above. Use XMR-Stak as software selection. Change Miner description to fit your needs, and change ip if you have the miner on another computer. If you are running the miner on the same computer as your software, you can use 127.0.0.1:4664. Change <4664> if you have changed the port in AMD XMR Miner, by default its 4664.

Click <Finish> to confirm this miner.

If AMD XMR Miner is not started, start it. After it have started, you will see it starts to update hashrate, accepted and rejected shares, uptime and estimated earnings.

You might have to Define Coin, as its starts with “Undefined Cryptonight” coin which may not be correct. You can do so by going to “Pools” in the miners overview, and click “Define coin…”

Select “Monero (XMR)” or another coin if thats not what you are mining.

 

Now all your informations should be up and going. Until now there is no way of controlling the miner from Awesome Miner, and it only works as a “External Miner” configuration, but we all hope this will be added in near future.

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Version 0.64b released today!

We have updated the miner to version 0.64b. We are continuously working on the application and have done several bugfixes since last release.

  • Added a new function: Retry Limit. If you loose your internet connection for a while, the miner will close if its not able to reconnect within 10 times in v0.63b and earlier. From version 0.64b this limit is changed to 20 be default, and is not adjustable by user with this command: -rl or –retry-limit < your number >

This version is mostly just a couple smaller bugfixes as we are working on a larger version with more universal support.

Always check for latest version: AMD XMR Miner Downloads

 

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MINERS: Put Fall Creators Update on HOLD!

Just a little heads-up. Installing Windows Fall Creators update 1709, would reduce your hashrate almost to half and make mining unstable. Its recommended to wait until AMD releases Blockchain drivers that fit this update.
This recommandation is only for those of us who mines with AMD GPU`s.

Update 27.10.2017:
This warning still exists for Vega Miners. Other devices like RXx70/x80 can use the new windows update with latest AMD drivers. Latest AMD Drivers includes Blockchain version, go to AMD Settings -> Games -> Global Settings -> Global Graphics and change GPU Workload to Compute and apply(for each card).

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Version 0.63b released today

We have yet again updated the miner to version 0.63b. We are continuously working on the application and have done several improvements since last release.

Always check for latest version: AMD XMR Miner Downloads

Minimum Hash Feature

There is added a minimum hashrate + watchdog feature. This feature must be considered experimental, the minimum hashrate function can also work in automatic mode, by automatically setting recommended minimum hashrate after the miner have been running for a while, to activate this add command -m -1. By default, watchdog feature is activated, to deactivate this add command -m 0, or to have minimum hashrate and watchdog activated to any of your own hashrate set -m YOURMINHASHRATE.  (Considered as Experimental)

GPU Temp Monitoring

We have also added ability to display GPU`s temperatures when mining, this is included in hashrate reports. For now this feature is not active when using the miner in manual mode and information is not sent over JSON. This will be updated and included in a later release of the miner within a month.

Optimizations

There is also added optimizations for RX550 2GB Device, with a result of ~320 H/s @ only 28w.

Soft Closing Application

It have been reports that when closing the miner, issues with reset of AMD`s Wattman have happened and loss of overclockings have disappeared, therefor we have included the ability to softly release memory objects on your GPU to avoid this problem. To do this just use “q” on your keyboard when you want to quit, instead of Ctrl+C or whatever method you are currently using now. This does not work if the miner is in Daemon mode (will be fixed in a later release)  (Considered as Experimental)

In Miner Restart

Its been added ability to restart the miner by using “r” on your keyboard. This does not work if the miner is in Daemon mode. (Considered as Experimental)

– Added Device Temperature Readings
– Optimizations for RX550 2gb Devices. ~320 H/s @ 28w
– Added Watchdog feature (Consider as Experimental)
– Added Minimum hashrate feature (Consider as Experimental)
– Added Ability to Soft Shutdown GPU`s. (use “q” to quit application)
– Added Ability to Restart miner (use “r” to restart miner) (Consider as Experimental)

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Reach stable ~2000 H/s mining XMR on Vega`s

We have noticed that people have been starting to do edits to windows registry to make the Vega`s perform better even at lower powers. We had to try it! And lets just say we where amazed, currently doing a stable ~2000 H/s @ only 155w with Vega 64 cards. The user <brnsted> over at bitcointalk forums have created a simple XML file in order to easily create new registry edits to your Vega`s.

Here is a couple things that you need to have:

  • AMD`s Vega 56 or Vega 64.
  • Windows 10, preferable build 1703.
  • Beta Blockchain drivers from AMD
  • Depending on your amount of cards, its recommended that you have at least 8GB Virtual memory for each Card.
  • You cannot use your Vega for Displays with this modification, it will most likely result in failure to boot your system. Use internal GPU or another Card.

 

How to do it

  • If you have already installed AMD Drivers, and their not Blockchain version you will need to remove your drivers, and download the blockchain drivers from amd: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Crimson-ReLive-Edition-Beta-for-Blockchain-Compute-Release-Notes.aspx
  • Before you install the Blockchain drivers, you need to use Display Driver Unistaller(DDU): http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html and completely remove your AMD Drivers.
  • Proceed with installing Blockchain drivers, and allow the computer to reboot. We have had some issues installing blockchain drivers on a machine with multiple GPU`s on it, and had to remove some cards in order for the driver to install, and plug them in again after the driver have been installed.
  • Run Regedit and search(ctrl+f) for <4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318>. You must ensure that you are on the correct GPU.. Example on a wrong one:
  • As you see in this image, we have located a amd registry, what we need is the four last numbers from “Driver” array, in this case its “0002” thats great, but look at the line above “DeviceDesc” you can see that this is a RX 580 device, which means we have the wrong device. Continue search by pressing F3 button till you find Vega devices like below:
  • As you can see, we have found Radeon RX Vega device, and the last numbers in “Driver” section is 0005. If you have multiple Vega devices you need to do this for them all.
  • I would suggest that you use regedit to also take a backup of the orginal registry information if something goes wrong. Go to < HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}\0001 > replace 0001 with what is correct from what you found above. Right click on that map and export it to a safe location.
  • Now you can download “Unlocked RX Vega 56 – Brnsted” or “Unlocked RX Vega 64 – Brnsted” depending on your device – You find these downloads on the bottom of this page.
  • Open the file with Excel (if dont have excel, look further down to get premade files). If it ask permission to do changes etc, allow it.
  • Go to the Field “Graphic Card #” located at AC5 and change this field to the number you found while searching in regedit above.
  • You can do multiple changes here to optimize it further, but if you`re not sure what you are doing – lets go with current settings. If you run into error, do try to lower MEM Clock first in field AC25
  • When done, click on “Generate reg file” and a file will be saved in same folder as the excel file.
  • Open the file generated and allow it to run the registry, do so on all files if you have multiple cards.
  • Reboot your computer when its done.
  • Open AMD Settings go to Gaming > Wattman and do a reset for overclock settings. Change temp target to 50c and save(!!IMPORTANT TO KEEP MEMORY TEMP LOW!!)
  • Then go to Gaming > Global and disable crossfire if its active(If you`re current screen is running on integrated graphics, its usually disabled and not even visible..)
  • In Gaming > Global: Turn HBCC to Off position. If it is currently off, turn slider ON and then OFF again -> Apply and wait for AMD Settings to restart. Do this for each card you have. – FOR EVERY REBOOT YOU NEED TO DO THIS.
  • In Gaming > Global: Turn HBCC to On position and select about 14GB for 16GB Systems, Around 11GB for 8GB Systems -> Apply and wait for AMD Settings to restart. Do this for each card you have. – FOR EVERY REBOOT YOU NEED TO DO THIS.
  • Download latest version of AMD XMR Miner
  • Run the miner with your decided pool and wallet. If all settings are OK, you should now be seeing around ~2000H/s stable with Vega 64`s @155w and around 1950 H/s stable with Vega 56`s.
  • For more advanced users with Vega 56`s, look into the option of flashing Vega 64 BIOS. It will gain you a couple more hashes each second, google it on how to do it.

 

Non Excel Users

If you don`t have Excel available, you can try to use the premade files included in pre_vega_56.zip and pre_vega_64.zip. You need to edit the files, and correct the field that defines location. See the field marked with red ring:

Change it for every GPU you have.

 

Downloads:

 

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Premade Vega 56 Registry Files 3,26 Kb 1015 downloads

MD5 Hash: 2e3cbfb16e2fa1879e7e5321edfab946 Created...
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Premade Vega 64 Registry Files 4,42 Kb 1322 downloads

MD5 Hash: ef0b9f3c46599d2eba7c00a784e35e66 Created...
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Unlocked RX Vega 56 - Registry Edit 30,6Kb 916 downloads

MD5 Hash: 81ce26eb2f8f2a9268ca529501a3585dCreated...
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Unlocked RX Vega 64 - Registry Edit 28,4 Kb 1059 downloads

MD5 Hash: e4c9c652497982c5d668d07725f7ff23Created...

     

     

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    New Version of AMD XMR Miner

    There are constantly things changing, we have just released a new version of our AMD XMR Miner; v0.60b.

    There are multiple upgrade to this version, including better support for the AMD RX VEGA 56 & 64 which now can do upto 1960 H/s. This are the most important changes:

    • Added better support for the new Vega Devices.
    • Changes to the code have been done to be optimize all AMD Cards better. Ellesmere devices generates around ~50 H\s more on same power usage than earlier version.
    • Added more information on list devices function
    • Added in-application usage help
    • Added ability to disable separate devices
    • Minor changes on information output
    • Minor bug fixes

     

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    What is Monero?

    Being the fork of Bytecoin, Monero (XMR) is an anonymous and decentralized cryptocurrency with CryptoNight (64-bit CPU-only) PoW hash algorithm and based on CryptoNote protocol. It also has the fastest (1 minute) block generation speed among all CryptoNotes. Monero was known as BitMonero for the first 5 days of its release. Nowadays it is the second most successful CryptoNote currency in terms of market cap, with very active community around the coin.

    You can read more about Monero on Getmonero.org

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