More commonly known as a graphics card, it is a computer chip that creates 3D images on computers, but has turned out to be efficient for mining cryptocurrencies.
A graphical processing unit is commonly known as a graphics card and is most widely used to process images and videos on computers. GPUs can also be used to mine cryptocurrencies. Mined coins
use a proof-of-work
(PoW) consensus mechanism
is the most popular example of a mined coin, although it is not mined with GPUs but ASIC
GPU mining works just like mining Bitcoins with ASICs. Miners
have to solve complex math functions, most commonly SHA-256 hash functions
. This prevents double-spend
of mined coins and secures the blockchain. When a miner has solved the hash, they get a mining reward
SHA-256 is the most popular cryptographic hash function. Its product is a 2-byte (256-bit) signature for text strings. Bitcoin (BTC)
, Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
, Terracoin (TRC)
and Peercoin (PPC)
are based on the SHA-256 algorithm.
uses Scrypt as an alternative to SHA-256. It is less resource-intensive and the output is measured in kilohashes rather than in gigahashes. Scrypt also has a faster block generation time of only 2.5 minutes.
X11 is an energy-efficient mining algorithm that has its output measured in megahashes. Some of the cryptocurrencies that use the X11 algorithm are Dash (DASH)
, StartCoin (START)
, CannabisCoin (CANN)
and XCurrency (XC)
Ethash was the mining algorithm for Ethereum
and is still the mining algorithm for its forks EthereumPoW
and Ethereum Classic
Ethereum used to be the most popular cryptocurrency that could be mined with GPUs. However, after its switch to proof-of-stake, this form of mining has become a lot less popular, which caused a crash in the prices of GPUs. The most popular coins to mine with GPUs are:
You can learn more about GPU mining in our article What Is GPU Mining?