Is there anyway to use non AES-NI processors for mining Monero or is it mostly just a waste of time because the hashrate is so small?

  • It's mostly just a waste of time and electricity.
    – hyc
    Dec 18, 2016 at 7:42

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It is possible. You just have to set ./configure --disable-aes-ni when building the cpu miner. There is a memory leak when built without aes-ni. So you will have to restart it regularly (for me, that was at least once every 2 days).

With a pretty good core 2 duo, i get ~30 h/s (both core running) for ~100 Watt. So, unless you have a little army of them and free electricity, it is not worth it.

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    No need to use that obsolete CPU miner. I merged the CPU miner code into the GPU miner, and it auto-detects AES NI so you don't need to change the build flags. github.com/wolf9466/wolf-xmr-miner/commit/…
    – hyc
    Dec 19, 2016 at 13:55
  • Is this method also useful for compiling any of the coin daemons for similar processors? Mar 3, 2018 at 18:03
  • @hyc Did you make hyc/cpuminer-multi? It gave me CPU does not have AES-NI, which is required. When I tried it with --disable-aes-ni, it wouldn't compile.
    – ki9
    Mar 28, 2018 at 19:00

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