Gaming company Razer has announced a new app enabling users to mine cryptocurrency with their gaming PC.
The app, named Razer SoftMiner, puts your gaming rig to work once you’ve stopped gaming, utilizing the idle GPU processing power. SoftMiner is still in beta but currently supports 5,000 users per week.
But there’s a catch. Rather than being rewarded with cryptocurrency directly, you’ll earn Razer Silver, a “rewards currency.” Razer Silver can be redeemed for gift vouchers, games, and discounts off Razer products.
Razer claims that users can earn up to 500 Razer Silver per day.
How does it work?
The SoftMiner app is powered by GammaNow’s computer engine. It runs silently in the background, solving complex blockchain puzzles and contributing to the mining network.
The amount of Razer Silver you earn corresponds to how much processing power is devoted to mining and how long you leave it running.
You can download and install the app via the Razer Central portal, accessible here. Razer recommends you have a GPU of at least a Nvidia GTX 1050 or AMD RX 460.
How else can I mine cryptocurrency with a gaming PC?
Earlier this year, Asus launched a mining motherboard, which plugs directly into your PCB and supports 20 graphics cards.
If you’d rather not splash out on a full motherboard, Asus has also collaborated with Quantumcloud to help gamers put their idle GPU to use. The Quantumcloud software handles the tricky aspects, like setting up a wallet and mining platform. Users are paid via PayPal or Wechat.
What about mining directly? If your PC is sufficiently powerful, you can download mining software like ethminer or Claymore and put your computer to work. However, you’ll probably want to join a mining pool (a collective of miners who contribute processing power and share the cryptocurrency rewards). Mining pools include AntPool, Slush, Ethermine, and BTC.com.