Mining software for DASH

As for CPU mining, a range of mining software is available for GPU mining. Most of it based on sgminer compiled with different optimizations specific to different hardware. A good approach is to identify your graphics hardware, then choose an appropriate build of sgminer. You can use GPU-Z to identify your GPU hardware:

GPU-Z showing details for AMD Radeon Turks and NVIDIA Quadro GK104 class GPUs

Next, download the mining software. Most of these are based on the original sgminer, but this is not suitable for the X11 algorithm, offers no compiled binaries and hasn’t been updated in years. We will describe using pre-compiled binary software maintained by newer developers only.

AMD (supports one pool only)

NVIDIA (focus on core application) (sp-mod, optimized CUDA kernels for Windows) (similar to SP version, more clean)

Download your chosen release and extract the zip file to a known location. The folder should look something like this:

Configuration for GPU Mining

Keep all your mining files in a single folder. In this example we will work from the Desktop. The node selected for this example is from the list and is located in China:

Next, open Notepad and create the basic configuration. The general format is as follows:

  "pools" : [
      "url" : "stratum+tcp://pooladdress:7903",
      "user" : "walletaddress",
      "pass" : "x",


pools = defines a list of pools (in this case, only one) towards which the hashing power is directed
url = URL of your mining pool, including the protocol and port
user = username, usually the Dash receiving address of your wallet or worker
pass = password, can often be set to x
algorithm = hashing algorithm to use, in this case darkcoin (for historic reasons) or darkcoin-mod