Claymore 14.6 is currently the best miner for Ethereum, and it comes with a nice option of dual mining with some other altcoins (Decred, Sia… ) that can boost your profit by around 20-30% for 20% more power draw. Even if you have expensive electricity the bonus profit is probably worth it.
IS CLAYMORE’S DEVELOPER FEE A RIGHT THING?
Claymore software has a fixed fee of 1% when you are mining ethereum or 2% fee when you are mining decred. There are various problems that can happen due to the way the Fee is working. The fee works in a way that each hour you will be disconnected from your mining process and for about 1-2 minutes, you will mine for the Claymore developers. After that it will connect you again to your pool and start the mining again. By constant disconnecting and reconnecting each hour your GPU cools down and then heats up again, and by doing that you are risking the life of your GPU’s. I heard from many people that after some time one of the GPU’s would reset to the default clock settings because of the constant disconnecting/reconnecting or it would “hang” and crash the miner or cause it to recreate the DAG file, and you end up losing valuable time with that. Claymore is a really cool software and I think there could be a better way to support the developers, rather than risking our own miner stability. By using the official Claymore I lost about 3% of my shares compared to using the Claymore without the Developer Fee, everyone can try it for themselves and see the difference.
CLAYMORE 14.6 WITHOUT DEVELOPER FEE?
On the bitcointalk forum there are always releases for Claymore with the developer fee removed. Recently there was a 14.6 version released and confirmed to work (Claymore developers wrote that if you use a “hack” that would remove the developer fee from the program, it would autodetect it and give you a much lower hashrate as a punishment, but that was confirmed to be false).
You can download the Claymore with the developer fee removed: