The New Gridseed Blade Miner is Almost Here, For Real This Time

2 Apr
2014

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If you remember the story from last month about an supposedly upcoming 19.2 MHS Scrypt ASIC based on Gridseed chips that was briefly put for preorder on aliexpress by a Chinese seller with not a lot of details, then you would be interested to read this exclusive information hat we just received. We just got some real and exclusive information and photos of the upcoming Gridseed Blade Miners from MinerEU.com, an official Gridseed EU distributor. It seems that the new Gridseed Blade Miner will be officially released next week and we already have some real photos and information about the specifications of the hardware.

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The new blade miner will still use GC3355 ASIC chips, the same same as in Gridseeds USB miners. There are 2 PCB panels in each Blade Miner and each panel has 40 GC3355 chips, or you get a total of 80 chips on a single Blade Miner device. Each PCB of the miner has own power socket and USB port to control it, so it is like having two miners in a single package with. The official Scrypt mining hashrate is 5.2 MHS (2.6 MHS for each PCB), but we believe we should be able to improve that hashrate a lot as what we did with their USB ASIC miners by overclocking and modifying them.

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We should note that apparently Gridseed is no longer advertising the new Blade Miners for use for BTC (SHA-256) or Dual Mode mining, instead they are intended for use for Scrypt mining only. Using these devices for BTC mining could create power and cooling issues and the resulting hashrate you could expect is definitely not worth it compared to what you should be able to get in Scrypt only mode… especially after overclocking and maybe voltmodding.

The new Gridseed 80-chip Blade Miner is equivalent to 16 Gridseed 5-chip USB miners, the official total hashrate is quoted as 5.2 MHS or about 65 KHS per chip, so there should be some room for improvement with overclock and possibly voltmod. The total power usage at default frequency should be around 64-70W for each panel or a total of about 140W per Blade Miner. The device should be compatible with the already available software miners such as cpuminer, cgminer and bfgminer with Gridseed support as it essentially uses the same way of communication with the computer as the smaller 5-chip devices.

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If you are eager to get your hands on these new Gridseed Blade Miners, you can order from MinerEU now and expect a delivery probably sometime next week (deliveries are scheduled to start around April 8th). Due to limited availability at the moment, the new miners are not yet publicly listed in their online shop, the order link is intended for their resellers. You can see the official product page of the new Blade Miner on MinerEU’s website with photos and specs, link below. We are going to be ordering one of these devices to be able to play with it more and meanwhile we have been invited to test the new miner by MinerEU, so more details will follow very soon.

To check the official product page of the Gridseed Blade Miner on MinerEU’s website…



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13 Responses to The New Gridseed Blade Miner is Almost Here, For Real This Time

Miner

April 2nd, 2014 at 15:57

Imagine selling something that expensive that could be ruined if you plug things in the wrong sequence.

Quote from the site:
“Do not plugin the 12V DC power before you have USB cable connected and setup CGMiner’s parameters to say BTC=0 or you may burn the chips. Damage caused by this is not covered under warranty.”

It’s all being rushed to market. We wouldn’t even have software to run these things but for the community and this blog’s admin.

another miner

April 2nd, 2014 at 17:20

I think you are a bit too aggressive.

the warning seems to be for those who are new, there are special version miner will turn off BTC cores automatcially for you.

i guess they say that so you don’t damage your miner by accident. it is always better to be cautious than sorry. right?

actually, even you plugged the power in, as long as you haven’t start mining, it will be fine. they just want you to be extra careful

admin

April 2nd, 2014 at 18:45

Note that this miner would need something like 16x 60W or close to 1 KW Power Supply (500W per board) in order for you to run in LTC/BTC Dual Mining mode with no overclocking and heat could really be an issue. If you manage to provide enough power and cooling you might be able to use it, but in our opinion the little over 100 GHS of SHA-256 mining hashrate with a 1000W power usage are not worth at all.

Miner

April 2nd, 2014 at 19:03

They should disable BTC mining on the board if you can burn the chips by “accidentally” turning it on with software. Hopefully it is just a warning and it can’t get so hot as to cause a fire.

admin

April 2nd, 2014 at 19:34

This warning is more of a safety precaution as only the earliest cpuminer for Gridseed did not disable the BTC cores when running in Scrypt only mode, good that they point it out, so that you would be careful… better safe than sorry.

PaasBaas

April 2nd, 2014 at 22:11

Okay, so this thing costs 3000 dollar and is equivalent to 16 Gridseeds right?
Let’s do math! You can get 16 Gridseeds at $ 160 per unit, so that makes 16×160 = $ 2560, excluding PSU/cables.
1 Gridseed in scrypt mode draws about 1A, so 16 makes 16A. A 12V 20A PSU costs about $ 40 on AliExpress, throw in some cables and you’re totaling $ 2700…
So I don’t see why this is such a big thing to be honest.

admin

April 2nd, 2014 at 22:19

PaasBaas, not everyone can get 16 of the smaller 5-chip ASICs at $160 and people that can probably will be able to get a better price for the blade miner as well, but that is not the main point. 16 separate devices are much harder to setup and manage as compared to 1 (two actually), especially if you want to scale the hashrate multiple times… it is as simple as that.

PaasBaas

April 3rd, 2014 at 00:07

Admin, I agree to some extend. However, 16 Gridseeds are really easy to setup with your version of bfgminer, as it automatically starts mining on all connected Gridseeds. Throw in two 10 Port USB Hubs and you’re pretty much done :)

Jimmy

April 3rd, 2014 at 00:26

U can get the gridseed for 90 each !

QMan

April 3rd, 2014 at 00:27

I don’t see the point of this product other than for Gridseed to maximize the limited opportunity they have left on their current chip design. I understand it is more convenient than running a pack of Gridseed miners, but looking to the near future, no variation of current Gridseed miner will matter when difficulty levels skyrocket as products like the KnCMiner come out.

Run this Gridseed blade miner through a profitability calculator. Look at how long it takes to break even running Scrypt and that is at current difficulty levels! At least with a comparable Mhs GPU mining rig you have some options, like selling the parts or moving to a Scrypt-alternate or newly developed hash algo. You don’t have those options with this blade device when new ASIC Scyrpt devices show up. I get the point about reduced power, but again, the power issue is dwarfed by the obsolescence issue.

jamie

April 3rd, 2014 at 02:50

Jimmy,

if you can get them at 90 please tell me where I’ll buy them right away

Kent

April 14th, 2014 at 09:41

I know you can get them for $120 try zoomhash.com

admin

April 14th, 2014 at 11:11

Kent, there are new prices for the 5-chip and 80-chip miners already, the G-Blade is currently about $1600.

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