The reason I left mining in 2011-2012 (yes, I do regret it deeply) was the software and the support level my small farm needed were way harder on me than the income. It was literally a full time job. Things changed, but it’s still a chore, which is why Nicehash became so popular – it manages everything instead of you and you get paid. But if you like to ride the waves, there is another way to do it – using profitability-switching. I did that on pools like Zpool, it was too bothersome to do it on Yiimp, today I can still do it in Miningpoolhub if I chose a single miner and point it to the right port.
Some time ago I tried Awesome Miner and it seemed a bit confusing. Few days ago I was mining Equihash at a time when another algo was going for twice more and I thought – time to try it again. So I got the Premium version (and I’m not affiliated, so I bought it), and after a day of tweaks (mostly not needed) I’m really happy with it! But first things first.
What is it?
Awesome Miner manages the currently running miners on one or more computers using profitability switching. The list of supported algos is shorter than the list of algorithms in Nicehash (or I think so, but I only look at the GPU-friendly algos). You can instal the remote control software on another PC and manage it through a single point elsewhere, or even through the web interface.
Major cons to begin with
Awesome Miner is not free if you want the cool stuff, namely the webinterface, clock control, more miners attached. After testing them – you can live w/o the overclocking, it uses the MSI Afterburner Server anyway (you can download it, open the folder, open another Explorer window, type shell:startup and drag a shortcut to the MSI Afterburner Server to make it autostart with Windows 10). If you want to lock at specific voltage and clock speeds, it’s not possible from Awesome Miner interface, it’s strictly MSI Afterburner feature.
It also uses the compiled Alexis78 version of ccminer from Crypto Mining Blog, which gives some errors. You can download the NemosMiner and extract the ccminer from Alexis78, it’s strictly better, or use the Palgin mod here – the miners are usually hidden under C:/Users/AppData/Roaming(or Local)/AwesomeMiner(or AwesomeMinerService)/ and you have to turn off mining, remove the respective ccminer.exe from the folder and put another file with the same name there.
There is a lot of confusion in the options! My best recommendation is to head to Options > Profile Profiles and create a profile for each rig. Then go back to the main interface, chose Tools, click on a miner, chose Benchmark on top, and then save those speeds in the rig’s profile. Head back to the Options and choose the Algorithms tab, then uncheck everything you don’t want to mine. Going to the Profit Switching tab will let you choose pools – personally I prefer Miningpoolhub and Hash Refinery over the rest, but that’s my choice.
The huge pros?
It is Awesome! There are Rules in the options allowing you different triggers (like accepted shares dropping to trigger miner restart), there is online monitoring (you will have to open up a port in your router!), and then – the profit switching is great and has some optional rules too. What’s best is that connecting a miner rig in the same network is very easy – just install the Awesome Miner remote Agent and point to your rig. Having static IPs is probably needed.
I won’t give a detailed explanation about every good side of the Awesome Miner. IMO it is a great tool, but needs a learning curve to be used effectively. On the other hand, I would expect anyone having few rigs to be able to manage it (hey, they managed without it!), and I’d give them heads up – if you are tired of managing switching, this program is a great tool, and it still keeps you on Nicehash too, so if there is a huge order there for some algo, you will still mine some there too. It’s cheap (sold in dollars) to the point of double the daily income of every Average Joe, and it’s better than those script-based tools that you have to redo every time there is a ring not quite the same as the previous one.