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The Best Altcoins To Mine Using a Laptop or a PC in 2017

Even though I am a fond of huge in-house bitcoin mining rigs, I also love to experiment on PC altcoins’ mining, in an attempt to find the best altcoins one can mine using his/her PC. Accordingly, I decided to look through the altcoins one can mine with his PC and GPU. After researching through a considerable number of coins, which can be mined without ASICs, I found some interesting results.


My Laptop Specifications:

For this cryptocurrency mining experiment, I used my HP i5-5200U laptop which has an average CPU benchmark of 3543. Here are the detailed specifications of my machine:

Microprocessor Intel Core i5-5200U with Intel HD Graphics 5500 (2.2 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Memory 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)

My GPU Specifications:

My Graphic card is a NVIDIA GEFORCE 820M with an average GPU benchmark of 577. Here are the detailed specifications of my graphic card:

Model: GeForce 820M

Bus Interface: PCIe 2.0 x16, with a maximum memory Size of 2048 MB,

Core Clock(s): 954 MHz,

Graphics API Support: DirectX 11 OpenGL 4.5 Max

TDP: 15 W

My Operating system is Windows 10 64 bit

How The Results Of My Experiment Can Benefit You:

To estimate how much money you could make via using your PC or laptop to mine altcoins, you have to benchmark your CPU +/- your GPU. I recommend using PassMark Software to benchmark your CPU and GPU; it is free to use and can give you a relatively accurate estimate of the power of your machines. So, if your CPU has a benchmark of around 7000, you can make the double amount I made with my laptop and so on.

My Altcoin Mining Experiment:

I mined the following altcoins using my CPU +/- my GPU using pool mining. I excluded the mining fees of the pools from the results below. The following represents the amount of each coin I mined in 24 hours and its worth in USD.

Monero XMR:

Miner used: I used the open source Cryptonote AMD GPU miner for Windows. Please, note that the script is designed to utilize the AES-NI instruction sets.

Important – you might have to manually enable the AES-NI in your BIOS , as some manufacturers disable it by default. Your mining rate will be directly proportional to your CPU’s AES encryption speed.

Amount mined in 24 hours: 0.0128

Monero price on the 12th of December, 2016: 7.85 USD

Total amount earned after mining for 24 hours: 0.097 USD

Bytecoin BCN:

Miner used: I used Minergate’s mining software, as it is free to use, enables you combine CPU and GPU mining and also has a “smart mining” feature that automatically picks the best altcoins to mine based on market price.

Amount mined in 24 hours: 2,522 BCN

Bytecoin price on the 12th of December, 2016: 0.000046 USD

Total amount earned after mining for 24 hours: 0.116 USD

Fantomcoin FCN:

Miner used: The fantomcoin qt wallet. It is easy to use, allows you to use CPU and GPU mining and also enables you to also mine Bytecoin BCN, Quazarcoin QCN or Monero XMR while mining FCN using merged mining.

Amount mined in 24 hours: 0.205 FCN

Fantomcoin price on the 12th of December, 2016: 0.0341 USD

Total amount earned after mining for 24 hours: 0.07 USD

DigitalNote XDN:

Miner used: Minergate’s mining software. The great thing about XDN is that supports merged mining with XMR and other Cryptonote-based coins.

Amount mined in 24 hours: 666.1 XDN

DigitalNote price on the 12th of December, 2016: 0.00015 USD

Total amount earned after mining for 24 hours: 0.0999 USD

Other coins:

I tried mining Ethereum, AEON, DASH and Quazarcoin, but none of those yielded more than 0.05 USD after mining for 24 hours.


Using your PC and Graphic card to mine altcoins can help you make a few cents per day utilizing a PC that you have hanging around your place doing nothing. Based on my experiment Bytecoin BCN, MemoryCoin MMC, MonetaVerde MCN and Fantomcoin FCN are the best altcoins to mine using a PC or a laptop. Always put into your consideration the price of the altcoin you choose to mine and always consider shifting to the coins whose prices are soaring!!


  1. If you don’t pay for electricity that is fine. But i’m pretty sure a computer with CPU and GPU at maximum rate create lots of heat that is not very good for the life of a laptop. And power cost for 24hrs of that computer running is a lot more than a 0.10$USD per day..

    • Exactly.

    • Also, mining tends to KILL hardware. Remember the electrical engineers may design the CPU, or GPU to handle the exessive head, but other components like the caps, etc cannot.

      I’ve re-flowed many a motherboard/logic-board because of the bitcoin mining craze of 2013.

      lol idiots mining on a 3K MacbookPro, just to find out you killed your Caps! haha No, Applecare doesn’t cover it :P

      best bet, get into a pool, dedicated mining rigs, or skip it, just buy it on the exchange low, sell hi, or buy your drugs etc

  2. I have mined using 10 used used (bought on Ebay) GPUs on 2 cheap motherboards/CPUs minimal RAM for about 9 months. !st Ethereum, then Zerocash and occasionally Monero. I have made thousands of dollars but since the Ethereum network was flooded with the new RX AMD cards and difficulty went through the roof, then the Zerocash price just kept dropping, it’s hardly worth it anymore. It’s probaly too late unless a new coin appears or one of them rises dramatically in price. Glad I got in early.

  3. why u no include the speed of mining?

  4. I guarantee you that if you go around looking at the ground downtown or better yet, hang out at grocery stores waiting for people to forget their quarters in the cart you will make way more money than you will by killing your computing hardware by mining for pennies.

  5. I want to mine Bitqy which in new token, what software would I use?


  6. what about ziftrcoin…???

  7. Sympathy for the Donald

    i have an NCR mini computer the ones they use in restaurants i cant seem to find the specs for it anywhere does anyone know anything about these NCR commercial-computers?

  8. I recommend mining these altcoins and sitting on them until price goes up. did very well on feather and peer coin the past year.

  9. That’s it, you don’t mine on ‘nows’ prices and compare earnings today. Its like buying an investment and comparing your winnings to what you bought it for. Mining is an investment, you mine coins in the hope that one day the price increases.

    Its free investing rather than paying for coins, that’s the reason to do it.

  10. Why are you using an AMD gpu miner when you have an Nvidia gpu?

  11. I want to mine with my college computers they are near about 25 most with i7 problem is want to mine Secreatly like miner runs in background without trace, nd whn i attach pendrive contaning miner to pc it automatically installs in back. Can i get some help? I would feel happy to donate first months earning with the person who help me.!?

  12. Absolutely do not recommend “Minergate” reasoning being they skim off the top so what they show you “earning” you’re actually earning more but they are taking that % off so no it’s not “free” if anything go Nicehash and sell your hashpower there, or MiningRigRentals and sell your hashpower there, or even mine directly.. Minergate is a sham just look it up. Multiple reddit posts with proof confirm this.

  13. Cleetous The Slack Jawed Yokel

    I used minergate never could withdraw, and nicehash was hacked quite a while ago I wouldn’t trust them now nutter.

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