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MinerGate Review – Is It Legit?

By: Ofir Beigel | Last updated: 1/14/21

Mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be complex, and it’s generally left to the techies who know what they’re doing. Some companies are, however, bringing cryptocurrency mining to the average user.

In this MinerGate review, you’ll find out about how MinerGate works, what its main features are, and what users think of their mining software.

MinerGate Review Summary

MinerGate is a “download and run” mining program that can run on almost any machine. The software allows you to mine cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Monero and more from your PC or laptop.

While being easy to use, it seems to be quite inefficient in terms of profitability when not operated on dedicated mining hardware. Additionally, public opinion regarding the company is undecided.

That’s MinerGate in a nutshell. If you want a more detailed review, keep on reading. Here’s what I’ll cover:

  1. What is MinerGate?
  2. How to Use MinerGate
  3. MinerGate Features
  4. Cryptocurrencies and fees
  5. Public Opinion and Community Trust
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Conclusion – Is MinerGate a Scam?


1. What Is MinerGate?

MinerGate is an open mining pool where people use their computers to add hashing power to that of thousands of other miners. The user interface is openly downloadable and allows people to quickly start mining Ethereum and a selection of other altcoins.

It helps users to break down the usual complexities found in mining to a simple “download and run” process.

MinerGate allows anyone to grab their program and run it on their computer. A large, powerful machine can, of course, add more power, but even smaller, amateur miners can use a normal PC or laptop.

It sounds great, but in reality, the weaker your device, the less you can earn. The average laptop will put a little more starch in your pants, and it can make it fun to get involved, but returns will still be minimal. It also depends a lot on the coin you mine.

Additionally MinerGate has a mobile app which helps you to manage the mining processes remotely. The MinerGate mobile application is a control app through which you can monitor your devices. It shows you the balances and you can receive push notifications about the mining process.

Note, it is not possible to mine cryptocurrencies with a mobile phone with the MinerGate mobile app.

While MinerGate is quick and simple to use, there are complex algorithms running in the background. In just a few clicks, it exploits the maximum capability of your hardware, based on how much you want to dedicate to the process.

The MinerGate team will reward you based on how much hashing power you are committing. You can put your computer to work while you aren’t using the hardware. But be aware – sometimes the money you’ll make won’t even cover the electricity cost of running your computer while you sleep.

There are lots of other mining pools around, but many require more knowledge to run and can only mine one cryptocurrency.

MinerGate has the distinct advantage of working from both the CPU and GPU to mine multiple cryptos for maximum profit. For example, you can mine both Ethereum and Monero simultaneously.


2. How to Use MinerGate

The beauty of MinerGate is how easy it is to fire up and start mining. Here’s a quick run-through to show you the steps.

Step 1: Swift sign-up process

Head over to MinerGate and sign up. You only need an email address—no verification or laborious forms.

Sign up at MinerGate

Step 2: Download the software

The website should detect your operating system.

Install software

Step 3: Install MinerGate

Install and open MinerGate like any other program on your operating system.

Step 4: Use the Benchmark feature

This allows MinerGate to analyze your hardware and let you know what you can achieve.

Benchmark Feature

Step 5: Start mining

Either click “Smart Mining” for the most profit or manually select a cryptocurrency.

Start Mining


3. MinerGate Features

You’ll see that there are a few different options and functions built into MinerGate.

The first page will encourage you to start Smart Mining. Smart mining automatically mines the most profitable cryptocurrency for you.

How much this takes market prices and difficulty into account is hard to tell, nonetheless, it’s an enticing feature if you want to get started with no complications. All you need to do is select your core output and let it do its thing.

You’ll also see a Benchmarking tab, which might be a good place to start before you do anything. In a few minutes, the software will analyze your hardware to see what you can achieve.

I ran this on my Surface Pro, which is ideal for writing and content work. It’s a hybrid laptop-tablet, so it’s not really geared toward mining. The result was a $25 earning potential over a year. Not super inspiring—but maybe better than expected.

Revenue per year

The Mining tab is probably the most complicated, but it’s pretty easy to get your head around. You can quickly select which crypto to mine with the CPU and which to mine with the GPU. Again, you can designate different amounts of power to each mining process.

I tested this on my laptop, putting all four cores to work on mining. Very quickly I could hear the power output from the hardware, and after checking the task manager, I found that it was indeed giving the system a complete workout.

CPU usage


4. Cryptocurrencies and Fees

You can mine the following coins with MinerGate:

  • Ethereum
  • Bitcoin Gold
  • Zcash
  • Ethereum Classic
  • Litecoin
  • Monero
  • Grin
  • EOS
  • Tron
  • ICON

MinerGate’s Bitcoin mining pool was shut down on 3 April 2019, so there is no bitcoin mining opportunity on Minergate now.

The fees don’t seem over the top either. The flat fee of 1% or 1.5% is pretty favorable compared to some competitors. The complete fee schedule can be seen here.


5. Public Opinion and Community Trust

The court of public opinion wavers quite heavily on the subject of MinerGate. Word of mouth is the driving force behind any brand, and MinerGate seems to be littered with poor experiences—with some even labeling it a scam

Many report withdrawals into their cryptocurrency wallets elsewhere not appearing, with records of failed transactions on the blockchain. Others simply say they never saw their money.

That being said, there are some who use the software with success often, although these scenarios are a little harder to find.

Furthermore, most people who praise MinerGate usually attach their affiliate links to their reviews, so they’re less trustworthy in my opinion.

It’s very worrying to hear from so many frustrated users who are trying to withdraw funds. There’s plenty to see and love about the simple functionality of MinerGate, but if you can’t get your money, then it’s a waste of time.

Another issue is that many users are complaining about the lack of transparency of the MinerGate mining pool.

They claim that MinerGate is displaying lower hashrates for your hardware than what is actually being used. This means that the platform is effectively telling you that you earned less than you actually did and keeping the difference.

MinerGate review

Very little is known about the company as a whole, with its About section just stating that it’s run by a group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts—always a red flag where scams are concerned.

It’s a common misconception that the team behind MinerGate is also the team behind Changelly, which builds trust. However, after speaking with representatives from Changelly, I can now confirm that these are two different companies.

I’ve asked our mining expert, Ian, to compare MinerGate’s performance to one of the alternatives – Claymore miner. Here’s what he had to say:

Here are two pics from the same rig running 4 Rx 470’s:

MinerGate comparison

Minergate running @ 985H/s and

claymore comparison

Claymore at 2499 H/s (meaning 2.5 times faster)

Now the question is whether that delta is malicious and they are “stealing” or redirecting hashpower somehow when using their interface vs. Claymore’s. I lean towards not and here is why:

When using Claymore on Monero I was still mining directly to my Minergate dashboard and wallet, getting the full yield of Claymore’s power. If they were really stealing I would think they would not actually give you the coins.

People pointing to the platform itself saying it’s not as good is rubbish because there are few developers in the world that can build a miner to run as well as Claymore.

Genoil is good and he can’t beat Claymore – is he stealing too? I think that for what they built – a GUI miner interface that can CPU and GPU mine at one click of the button it is very good. It’s just not highly tuned and optimized like Claymore’s.


6. Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Withdraw from MinerGate?

MinerGate withdrawals are done through Freewallet.

  • On MinerGate’s dashboard, go to the currency tab
  • Click on ‘Withdraw’
  • Fill in the ‘You send’ field
  • Click ‘Enter e-mail’ near the Freewallet logo
  • Fill in all the fields.
  • Fill in the ‘Verification code’ input field.
  • Click ‘Withdraw’ again

What is the XMR Pool on MinerGate?

The XMR pool is the mining pool for Monero which mines the Cryptonight algorithm. You can mine to this pool with a CPU or GPU.


7. Conclusion – Is MinerGate a Scam?

The great news is that you can download MinerGate, install it, and start mining within five minutes. That’s pretty cool even if you have no technical experience or just want to try it for fun.

The user interface is easy to get on with. It’s all neatly laid out, and it hides all of the complicated mishmash associated with cryptocurrency mining.

One rather large problem relates to the ability to access one’s funds. The wallet function has recently been moved from the software to the MinerGate website. If withdrawals were a technical issue, then maybe this has been fixed. The jury is still out though.

Finally, nothing can hurt a company more than a bad reputation. In this case, it seems that MinerGate hasn’t proven itself enough to be a reliable source of income. At the moment this is the most important thing to consider, in my opinion.

I actually ran MinerGate through our Bitcoin Scam Test, and the company came out legit, but the test isn’t 100% accurate. Use it at your own risk.

MinerGate scam test

MinerGate

7.2

Ease of use

9.2/10

Credibility

6.0/10

Support

7.2/10

Fees

6.5/10

Pros

  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Seems to be "stealing" user Hashrate
  • Support slow to respond
  • Anonymous owners

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  1. SCAM!! Stay away. I’ve had like 0.535 Monero in my account for years and they still won’t let me withdraw my crypto. I’ve gotten every excuse in the book from them. First they told me I need a different email (i lost the original email when my domain expired and someone squatted on it). Anyways, I got a new email set everything up, then magically their website/dashboard breaks. Then it’s fixed they start requiring all kinds of 2fa, change preferred email to another email address, etc.. After that finally everything looks good and I got to withdraw and it says “ACCOUNT LOCKED”. LOL! So I email support again and then they tell me I have to sign up to HitBTC.com and complete the KYC and provide them with my name, email, & screenshot with the verification email from HitBTC. After I DO ALL OF THAT I email them back and they tell me that signing up for HitBTC that was just a “suggestion” and that the payment system is “offline” indefinitely and they don’t have any idea when It will be back online. IT IS A SCAM and now they took all the coins offline except for Monero. Which to my understanding Monero transactions are much more difficult to trace because they use ring signatures and stealth addresses. So it looks like they plan on running off w/ many more ppl’s crypto as well and are just stringing everyone along as long as possible while they hide the currency.

    Oh and by the way I just checked minergate.com and they changed the login page. Now if you try to login it requires a “code” that is allegedly sent to your email address when you enter your username and password. Well after you enter your username and password IT NEVER SENDS AN EMAIL. So basically they’ve locked everyone out of their accounts now as well. I’m going to report them to ic3.gov (FBI INTERNET FRAUD DEPARTMENT). I hope others do as well. Because stealing like this is a crime. WIRE FRAUD buddy, they better hope they live in China or Russia…

  2. Nikolay Georgiev

    Hi
    To me it is a scam. I mined there for few months. Now I am unable to exctract the funds I mined. It is good that it is not more than 10$, but these are my money and they are holding it for months, because of a “technical issue”. What is that issue that can’t be solved more than 3 months…..

    Anyway my advise is to stay away from those guys, there a plenty of better mining options out there.

  3. What a scam! They keep one pool open, just to lure people in, then they close the pool and keep the crypto. It sucks even more when they ban you from the chat for telling the truth. The withdraws are always “temporarily unavailable” Its been over a year now. They are robbers on an enormous scale!

  4. I mined for several years and have a lot of tokens tied up there. Impossible to withdraw now pending a “maintenance issue” that’s been going on for almost a year! Unable to get thousands of dollars in my mined tokens out of there.

  5. The software was really cool back when it worked a couple years ago. Its just a bunch of scoundrels there now. My only complaint is I couldn’t withdraw my earnings. If you want to mine and wonder if you will get paid, its definitely the pool for you.

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