First Impressions from the Baikal Mini Miner ASIC

14 Sep


We have been playing around and testing the Baikal Mini Miner for a few days now and we are ready to share our first impressions from the device. First off it really works and works well with all of the six supported algorithms – X11, X13, X14, X15, Quark and Qubit. This is the first and only ASIC manufacturer (to our knowledge) to offer a dedicated ASIC miner supporting multiple algorithms (though they are not that different from each other). The device is able to deliver the promised hashrate of about 150 MHS in the different supported algorithms and does it with a low power usage also as promised in the specs. Furthermore thanks to the low power consumption is it really compact and nowhere near as noisy as we are used to get from ASIC miners lately, so the Baikal Mini Miner is actually great for a home crypto currency miner.

We are going to be talking more about exact numbers as well as technical details in a future post about the Baikal Mini Miner. This post covers our initial impressions from the device after a few days of normal mining usage to confirm it is working stable and reliable and it does indeed do that. The build quality and the overall design is probably not the best out there, but it works well and apparently allows for easy stacking up of multiple devices as we’ve seen form the Baikal Quadruple Miner that essentially stacks for of these devices together. Everything about the device looks pretty impressive so far aside from the price, the device is being sold for about $500 USD or 56 DASH coins. So it seems a bit expensive, but it is not when you compare it to the competition in terms of X11 ASIC miners that are less power efficient for the hashrate they provide and end up costing you more for the same hashrate. Not to mention that they only support X11, while this one comes with support for 5 other algorithms, so it is more usable and offers support for significantly more crypto coins.


The Baikal Mini Miner comes with its own mini computer unit similar to a Raspberry Pi that essentially controls the device, so there is no need to actually connect it to a computer for it to work. All you have to do is connect it to your Ethernet LAN network and then open up the web interface for control and monitoring of the device through a browser, the device uses DHCP to get an IP address on your network. The web interface is a modified version of Scripta mining distribution for Raspberry Pi. The default password for the web-interface is baikal and the username and password for the console login are also the same baikal and baikal respectively. You should be able to change them for security reasons of course, though be careful when you change them to note the new passwords for access.

The Scripta mining distribution works stable and really well with the Baikal Miner, it is easy to configure and monitor the device with it. There is a temperature sensor available and it is being reported by the software, though you probably will not be interested much in it as the temperature of the miner is really low. The switching between the 6 supported mining algorithms is as easy as clicking a button after you configure mining pools for each of them of course. The software supports priority based failsafe switching between pools/algorithms. What it could really use however is some sort of automation for profitability based switching between the supported mining algorithms.


Talking about profitability we cannot forget to do some calculation on the actual profitability of using the device as this is the factor that can be decisive in you choosing to get it or not. The Baikal Mini Miner does come with support for 6 mining algorithms, though not of them are really that popular and widely used. For example X11 is quite widespread, but there are already a lot of X11 ASIC miners on the market, yet it is still often the most profitable one to mine. Other such as X14 and X15 were never that popular, so unless there are some new coins coming out using them there are probably not that much worth mining (they use more power). Mining Quark and Qubit can also do you some good profit if you manage to catch something good. So for actual profit you will probably have to go looking for new coins or for trending ones and risk a bit more and mine them.

If you decide to go the safer way and just sell your hasrate on a service such as NiceHash for example you will have a bit more stable and reliable profit in Bitcoin, but it might not be as high as if you can get by mining the right coins at the right time. Based on our experience using NiceHash with the Baikal Mini Miner we can say that you can expect to get something like 0.0034 BTC per day with the more profitable algorithms. That is like $2.08 USD a day, fortunately the power used by the device is really very little and the cost is not much, something like up to 1 kWh per day. So making let us say $2 USD per day and $60 USD per month it would take you more than 8 months to get enough to cover the cost of the miner. Not that much, but not that little time for the crypto currency world either, and that is only if the current conditions remain for the duration of the next 8 months. Of course you can also risk it and try to get more profit than using the more safer way, though in the end the result might be either better or worse. It is up to you to decide…

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10 Responses to First Impressions from the Baikal Mini Miner ASIC


September 15th, 2016 at 14:57

Can you comment on the temperature and/or ambient noise levels of the device while running? Everything else sounds great, but the temp/noise level could be a dealbreaker for a hobby miner like myself.


September 15th, 2016 at 17:00

i also own one and for me the noise level is low, regarding temperature it never exceeded 45° (europe ambient temperature, currently relatively hot)


September 15th, 2016 at 20:47

i confirm very low noise level and temp around 40°

@cryptomining blog : you mined on Nicehash but did you find a way to auto-switch algos? if yes, can you share your configuration? thanks


September 15th, 2016 at 21:09

autoswitching on zpool works fine, nicehash not sure (as sgminer is 4.9.3 and not >=5.0)

for myself i have written a small bash script to switch between nicehash and zpool and select the most profitable algo


September 15th, 2016 at 22:52

Still yet to see the miner go past 40 degrees Celsius, on the algorithms that use less power it is closer to 30 than 40, though that may depend on the ambient temperature a lot.

Didn’t yet have the time to write anything for auto switching, but maybe Felix would want to share his solution…


September 15th, 2016 at 23:40

the bash script is here:

it uses which has to be installed *somewhere*, the miner should also work (its ubuntu after all)


September 18th, 2016 at 14:48

turns out one does not need to restart the miner after setting the config with the php settings script, so i have removed those steps like so:


September 20th, 2016 at 22:53

update regarding the temperature: with my current colder ambient temperature the miner sits at 26°C, no extra cooling

Todd Hill

September 22nd, 2016 at 00:06

I posted on the prior Baikal miner article, not realizing that their follow-up article had already been published. I purchased one of these miners almost two weeks ago, and it does perform as advertised. The speeds seem to be impressive, and in a perfect world you’d think that you had purchased a really powerful miner.

However, given the recent flood of ASIC X11 miners from Baikal and two other manufacturers, I’m seeing disappointing returns. On at least one DASH pool, my 150 MHs was quickly dwarfed by another user who was mining at an unbelievable 65 GHs!!! leaving me with a much smaller award than I had hoped for with my brand new X11 powerhouse miner.

In fact, the amount of DASH I received was almost on par with what I had been earning when doing X11 mining on 3 NVIDIA GPUs a year ago.

So while you will see very fast performance from your miner compared to the good ole days of GPU mining, understand that the field is quickly becoming crowded and it will take you awhile to break even on your hardware investment.


September 23rd, 2016 at 19:19

I think I learned my lesson trying to be in the ASIC game when Scrypt got its flood of asics. Unless you have deep pockets and space/time/cheap electricity….it’s too hard to make a profit on a coin that has asics publicly available.

Fare thee well, x11…

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