General Mining Questions


#1

Hi everyone new member here. I wanted to ask a few questions.

I've been testing out setting up a wallet and mining on Ubuntu 16.04 with a VM on Windows 10.

  1. Is there a simpler way of checking if your mining other than ./src/zcash-cli getinfo ?

  2. Is gen=1 in zcash.conf and being synced all I need to be up and running?

  3. At current diff ~260-300 how long would it take to find a block with a fast CPU and are blocks every 2 minutes on testnet?

CPU doesn't seem to heat up enough for me to be sure I'm mining unless I set procgenproclimit=#ofcores and yet again I'm not sure.

Both an i7 quad core processor and a 3930K (6 core cpu) gives me very close numbers 33 vs 25 respectively. I suppose thats due to single core performance or am I missing something here?


#2

If you use Ubuntu's System Monitor (or something similar on the windows side) you should see one core is always maxed out if you're mining.

re: #2, that oughta do it.

The projected block time is 2.5 minutes. Sorry, I can't tell you how often you should expect to get a block. And, if those numbers you're referring to are from the zcbenchmark, the only reason one system should be faster than the other is if it has faster memory.


#3

Hi,
answers to your questions (respectively)

  1. If you like typing commands, then open the terminal as root, and type this:
    apt-get install htop
    Then simply run htop and it will display all of running services, and how many cpu threads are being used (with percentage)
    I use htop with Ubuntu servers, and desktops

  2. Yes

  3. Voluntary explained it in a simple clear way:

and regarding this:

No, you're not missing any thing here, it's all about RAM (Mostly) as Voluntary already explained.