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New cryptocurrency targets AMD Ryzen CPUs and their generous caches

by Vyncent ChanNovember 11, 2021
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With most of the latest graphics cards going to cryptominers instead of actual gamers now, it is quite worrying that they might have a new target now: AMD Ryzen CPUs. The AMD Ryzen CPUs which are already in short supply, might see even worse availability if Raptoreum mining takes off.

Raptoreum really likes AMD Ryzen CPUs and their big caches

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X gaming performance

AMD’s move to include larger L3 caches starting with the AMD Ryzen 3000 series have allowed them to make huge leaps in gaming performance, with the AMD Ryzen 5000 series catching up to their Intel contemporaries. Aside from improving gaming performance, it is also apparently very beneficial for mining Raptoreum.

This new cryptocurrency is based on the Proof-of-Work (PoW) model and the GhostRider algorithm, which prefers CPUs, and especially those with large L3 caches. While Intel has added quite a bit more cache to the 12th Gen Intel Core processors, AMD is still king, with the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X offering 64MB of L3 cache. According to the Raptoreum Mining Profitability Calculator, a single AMD Ryzen 9 5950X can churn out 4247h/s, earning you 191 Raptoreum or approximately $4.32 a day, at the current price of $0.02262373 per Raptoreum.

With an energy cost of $0.12/kWh, you will be looking at a daily profit of $3.96 per day. According to Tom’s Hardware’s estimations, an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X will pay for itself in 153 days, while the Ryzen 9 5950X will practically be free in 178 days. Those are some pretty good returns!

amd 3d v-cache package

But those are just rookie numbers. Serious cryptominers will probably look towards the Ryzen Threadripper processors that offer even more CPU horsepower and L3 cache. According to the calculator, the Threadripper 3970X is able to mine 387 Raptoreum a day, more than double that the Ryzen 9 5950X is capable of. It will also be very interesting to see what happens when AMD finally drops their Ryzen processors enhanced with 3D V-Cache that will bring up to 192MB of L3 cache. Hopefully those won’t go all to Raptoreum miners, because that will suck.

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Pokdepinion: I think most gamers would already have gone or will be going with Intel for their gaming systems, with the shortage of AMD Ryzen 5000 processors, so I guess this won’t change the status quo much.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.