Bitcore is a new coin based on bitcoin that was launched on April 24th, 2017. BTC holders were given free BTX. This meant that for every bitcoin you held on April 24th, 2017, you received 0.5 BTX. BTX was created because of the bitcoin block size debate. BTX decided to use 10MB blocks with segwit support, and change the block time from 10 minutes to 2.5 minutes. They also changed the mining algorithm from the ASIC Sha256 algorithm to a more GPU friendly Timetravel10 algorithm.

How to Mine Bitcore

Now that we know the details about Bitcore, let’s get to mining some BTX!

Some General Mining Tips

So before we start this tutorial, I have two tips for making the most out of your mining experience. First make sure you have the latest drivers for your GPU’s. Secondly, most mining software will get flagged as a virus from virus scanners. Because of this, if your mining on your normal everyday use or gaming computer that has an antivirus installed, you will want to exclude the mining software from the antivirus. What I like to do, is I make one folder and then put all of my mining software in sub folders. I then exclude the top level folder from the antivirus and that excludes all the mining software.

Mining Pools

The first thing we need is a mining pool. You can solo mine, but the payouts could take months depending on how powerful your mining rig is, and the mining pools usually charge a very small fee (1% or less). Using a pool will allow you to receive consistent payouts, multiple times per day.

For this tutorial we will use https://www.bitcorepool.cc/. I have chosen this pool because the pool has a 1.25% fee. As for their features, there a medium size pool.



They tell you to choose the port (1111, or 8001) which ever one has the least amount of miners on it. We will be using port 1111 since this has the least amount of users at the time of writing this tutorial.

Now that we have a pool, lets start mining!

CPU Mining

We will not focus on CPU mining since it is not profitable, compared to GPU mining.

GPU Mining – Nvidia

For GPU mining there are many programs for Nvidia, but the one I have found to be the best is CCminer. The miner does not have a Dev fee. This mining software is compatible with Windows and Linux, however there are only precompiled binaries available for Windows.

You can find the official page and the download link at https://github.com/tpruvot/ccminer/releases

Once downloaded, it is really simple to use.

Just create a new batch file (or script file if using linux) inside the folder where the miner is and paste this into the batch file

ccminer-x64.exe -a algorithm -o stratum+tcp://mining_pool:port -u public_key -p x

Replace “algorithm” with the algorithm you want to use. In this case we have to use “bitcore”

Replace “mining_pool” with bitcorepool.cc

Replace “port” with 1111 or 8001

Replace “public_key” with your public key

For example my setup is:

ccminer-x64.exe -a bitcore -o stratum+tcp://bitcorepool.cc:1111 -u 14vZVFPuNHyscxRwtjQUF7t9sgoUvvUJQF -p x

Double click the batch file to run the miner, and you should see something like this

The red arrow indicates the total speed for your GPU’s and the GPU it has detected.
The blue arrow indicates the GPU clock speed, hashes per watt, total power usage, temperature and fan speed.

GPU Mining – AMD

For GPU mining there are many programs for AMD, but the one I have found to be the best is sgminer. The miner has no Dev fee. The miner is compatible with Windows and Linux. You can find the official page and the download link at https://github.com/genesismining/sgminer-gm/releases

Once downloaded, it is really simple to use.

Just create a new batch file (or script file if using Linux) inside the folder where the miner is and paste this into the batch file

setx GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 1
setx GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100

sgminer.exe -k algorithm -o stratum+tcp://mining_pool:port -u public_key -p x

If using Linux, remove all of the setx commands.

Replace “algorithm” with the algorithm you want to use. In this case we have to use “timetravel10”

Replace “mining_pool” with bitcorepool.cc

Replace “port” with 1111 or 8001

Replace “public_key” with your public key

For example my setup is:

sgminer.exe -k timetravel10 -o stratum+tcp://bitcorepool.cc:1111 -u 14vZVFPuNHyscxRwtjQUF7t9sgoUvvUJQF -p x

If you are running large GPU’s (1GB of memory or more per GPU, jump down to the next paragraph, even if the mining software appears to work)

Double click the batch file to run the miner, and you should see something like this

The red box indicates the GPU total speed.
The blue box indicates the GPU temperatures, fan speed and individual speed.

If there are problems, you may not have enough virtual memory. You may need 16GB of virtual memory (for Vega GPU’s you need more like 16GB per GPU) to change this go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System and the click Advanced system settings on the left. From there, click settings under the advanced tab. Next click change, and then on the third screen, uncheck automatically manage, choose custom size, and type in the size (in MB) for both text boxes. Then press the set button, and then the ok button.

General Troubleshooting

One thing to monitor for is stale or rejected shares. If you see a lot of stale shares, you may want to try a server that is closer to you. If you see a lot of rejected shares, try to lower the intensity of the miner if available.

How much BTX will I earn per day?

To figure this out, you would go to https://whattomine.com/coins/202-btx-timetravel10 and use their calculator. The calculator does provide a rough estimate, so you may get paid a higher or lower amount than what the calculator actually says.

Most of the values are already correctly entered, and you only need to edit a few values.

Hash rate: Enter your total speed (in megahashes per second) for all of your mining computers. This would be the “total speed” value in your mining software. Make sure to add up all of the computers your using for Bitcore mining.

Power: Enter the total amount of power (in watts) that your mining rig is using. Some mining software will measure this for you. You can also measure total power consumption for your computer using special software, or a kilowatt meter. I prefer using a kilowatt meter, because I find it to be the most accurate. Make sure to add up all of the computers your using for Bitcore coin mining.

Cost: Enter the cost per kilowatt hour that you pay to your electricity company. I was able to find this info in my monthly bill, as well as on their website.

Pool fee: Enter the pool fee + the miner software dev fee. For our example you would enter 1.25 + 0 = 1.25

Hardware cost: Enter in the total cost of all of your hardware.

Using my AMD Vega system for an example, I will show you how to read the data. In the above image there is really 3 things that I look for.

  • Look at the Difficulty 24h and the Difficulty 7 days. We want these to be around the same, which they are. This tells us that the calculations we will look at in the second image below, will be accurate for days to come, as long as the price is not volatile.
  • Look at the EX. volume 24h and the Market Cap. Generally, the bigger these are, the less volatile the price will be. We want the price to not be volatile so our calculations will be accurate for days to come. In this example, the market cap is small, so the price could change a little day to day.
  • Look at the Create 1 BTC in and the Break even in. It is always interesting to see how long it will take your mining rig to create 1 BTC. The break even in, will show you a rough estimate of how long it would take to pay off your mining rig, by mining this particular coin. This is great to use before you build your mining rig, to see how long it will take until you will see profits.

In this image, we can quickly see how many coins and USD value we will make in certain time frames. You want to look at the Profit column, since this is the value after paying for your electricity usage. I usually just focus on the daily payout in USD. By just focusing on this number, you can run the calculator for a few different coins, and quickly see which coin is most profitable for your mining rig setup. Keep in mind you also want to weigh the daily payout with the market cap. A low market cap coin may be really profitable one day, and then could have half the payout tomorrow.

That’s it. You should now be mining Bitcore! Make sure to type in your public key into the mining pool’s dashboard, to keep track of your statistics.

Posted by Zach Hildreth

I am a developer who programs websites, games, software and is knowledgeable about cyber security. I have been a cryptocurrency investor, since 2013, and have been interested in cryptocurrency mining, trading and writing since 2016.


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