A Comparison of ewbf, dstm, and bminer


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A Comparison of ewbf, dstm, and bminer
–Which Equihash NVIDIA miner runs faster?

Hi guys, Ewbf,Dstm & Bminer are the 3 equihash (ZEC, ZCL, & BTG) miners for CUDA GPUs. There is no systematic comparison between these 3 miners to figure out which one is the fastest, so I did it.

Here is my conclusion: Bminer is the fastest miner and Bminer is also very stable. I will explain my experimental results in detail.

FAQ
****What is equihash?
Pls visit this blog: https://z.cash/blog/why-equihash.html
****Why should I mine Zcash?
You can visit whattomine and make a simple calculation by tick your GPU and the device number you had to figure out the most profitable coins you can mine, and it will show you a list that the most profitable coins you can mine on 1080ti/1070 are ZCL(zclassical) ,Zen, BTG and Zcash(Zec).
****What Can I mine with Equihash NVIDIA miners such as Ewbf,dstm & bminer?
Equihash miners can not only be used to mine Zcash but also zcl(zclassical),zen, and BTG; you can switch the coins you want to mine anytime.

My experimental setup

I tested three miners on my personal mining rigs in Ubuntu 16.04. Each rig contains one NVIDIA 1080ti GPU and five NVIDIA MSI 1070 GPUs. I downwatt my 1080Ti to 170W and my 1070 to 115W for power efficiency, because there is a maximum power I can draw for my house. All GPUs are in the stock settings.

This screenshot presents nvidia-smi output:

Here are the result of my testing and How I did it:

I tested the 3 miners one by one on the same 10 machines. I ran them for more than 10 hours each and measure the reported average 6-hour on nanopool. I got the speed on the pool site for 60 GPUs so the result are convincing.

Miner Avg latest 6-hour hashrate from pool(sol/s)
Ewbf 25476.5
Dstm 26528
Bminer 27253.7

As you can see based on the hashrate reported by nanopool, Bminer is faster than Ewbf by 7.0%. Bminer is also faster than Dstm by 2.7%.

Results screenshot:

dstm running results on one machine

dstm results of 10 machines on nano pool:

Bminer running results on one machine:

Bminer 5.1 results on pool side:

Ewbf results:

Ewbf results on pool side:

Notes

About devfee: Bminer, dstm, and ewbf have 2% devfee. I tested ewbf with both normal and -fee 0 options. I see no difference in the hashrate. I cannot tell whether ewbf still collects fees with -fee 0 or not, but at least you do not benefit from using -fee 0 in ewbf.

2% devfee is pretty high. Unfortunately, it seems we have no open source alternative for Equihash that is even close to bminer and dstm.

About stability: I did not observe any crash from bminer and ewbf during my experiments. For dstm, during my first attempt, it crashed on one of my rigs after running for 4 hours. I had to restart the experiments on dstm again for collecting its data. So for me, bminer is more stable than dstm.