Archive for the ‘Mining Hardware’ Category

Just the other day we were talking about some potential uses of AMD’s new AM4 motherboards for Ryzen to build multi-GPU mining rigs and Biostar apparently has already have a dedicated solution available. The motherboard manufacturer is trying lately to get more seriously into the crypto mining business and gain larger market share by utilizing the recent lack of AsRock Pro BTC motherboards and other suitable for 6x GPU mining motherboards. Biostar is not new to the GPU mining scene with their TB85 motherboard supposed to rival the very popular AsRock H81 Pro BTC and the more recent release in the form of Biostar TB250-BTC motherboard, both of which were for Intel-based platforms.

The two new BTC motherboards from Biostar meant for use with AMD’s AM4 platforms are the Biostar TA320-BTC with AMD A320 chipset and the very similar model with B350 chipset – Biostar TB350-BTC. Both motherboards feature 6x PCI-Express slots (single x16 and five x1 PCI-E) needed for building a six GPU mining rig for crypto currencies and go with the bare minimum of extra features that are not needed by miners anyway with the idea to make the price more attractive. There are two external 4-pin Molex power connectors on the motherboards available, though you don’t really need them if you are using powered extenders for the video cards anyway.

Both new AMD AM4 motherboards (TA320-BTC / TB350-BTC) fully support all of the already announced and released AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs and should support all upcoming lower-end AM4 models that we are expecting to see announced later thus year. The problem as we have already mentioned is in the fact that even the most affordable model at the moment, namely the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 is still a bit more powerful and expensive than what crypto miners are used to go for their GPU mining rigs with Intel processors. These two new motherboards will become much more interesting for miners when AMD introduces even more affordable Ryzen CPUs and especially APUs (with built-in graphics) than can make the cost of such a mining rig much more acceptable when compared to the Intel-based alternatives.

We are waiting to see what the pricing of these motherboards will be when they hit the market, though considering their specific target and lack of extra features to make them attractive for crypto miners they should be pretty interesting price wise. Again the problem is with the price of the currently available Ryzen CPUs that at this point do not make these motherboards like they could become if combined with a more affordable AM4 CPU that can become available soon (hopefully). The other problem is the availability of Biostar products, again we are reminding you that the brand is not as widely available and popular like AsRock for example… it is not even available on many markets around the world. So even with Biostar already offering multiple Intel-based mining motherboards and these two new ones for AMD AM4 are also coming it is not possible for many miners to get their hands on these products.

It seems that there is a new significantly more powerful X11 ASIC miner being prepared to be unleashed, a device offering 10.8 GHS X11 mining hashrate for Dash or other crypto currencies using the same algorithm. The iBelink DM11G is apparently the successor of the iBeLink DM384M X11 ASIC Miner that we have tested last year. There is still not much information regarding the new device, although there is a group buy apparently being arranged on Bitcointalk for $6750 USD with minimum order of 1 unit as well as a Russian company Bitbaza taking pre-orders for the device at $7500 USD with a minimum order of 10 units.

The new 10.8 GHS iBelink DM11G miner does seem a lot like the first generation from last year and we cannot confirm its existence yet, though there are some photos and a video of the device in action apparently. We had some doubts when we got some information about the iBeLink DM384M last time, but then again when we have purchased one unit it turned out real and delivered what was promised. So threat this information with caution for the moment, but also be aware that this product might be hitting the market in a couple of months (3 months for shipments to start). Do note that also getting in early with a so powerful hardware can make it easy and fast to get ROI on the investment, but if the manufacturer of the device manages to put out a lot of units the profitability can also quickly diminish in a matter of a month or two. Other competitors in the X11 market might also soon release updated products to match the hashrate of this device as well, especially with the 3 month shipping time for the iBelink.

Specifications of iBelink DM11G:
– Hash Rate: 10.8GH/s ±5%
– Power Consumption: 730 W (at the wall, with 25 °C ambient temp)
– Power Efficiency: 0.07 W/MH (at the wall, with 25 °C ambient temp)
– Number of TNB0303-FL28 chips per unit: 64
– Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C
– Network Connection: Ethernet
– Power Supply: 110V to 240V, 50Hz/60Hz, PSU 850W included
– Dimensions: 490mm(L)*350mm(W)*180mm(H)
– Weight: 22 kg

The crypto ASIC miner manufacturer BitMain has just announced a new product, this time not a high-powered new miner, but a low power WiFi router with a built-in Scrypt mining functionality. The new AntRouter R1-LTC is very similar to the already available Bitcoin oriented product AntRouter R1, but instead of an ASIC chip capable of mining BTC it contains one that is designed for mining Litecoin instead. The mining functionality is powered by the company’s BM1485 ASIC chip allowing you to mine any Scrypt-based crypto coin and not only just LTC. Of course the single Scrypt ASIC chip inside the router is not going to make you rich overnight as it mines with a hashrate of just 1.29 MHS, but still it is a nice and interesting idea for a multiple functionalities built inside a single portable device. There is no price announced yet, but the sales of the device should start tomorrow 28th of April and we are going to see the price then, though you should expect that it will be very similar to the one of the R1 BTC model that is being sold for $39 USD. Unlike the BTC WiFi router that is only for solo mining BTC, the LTC version should be able to be used for mining with just about any Scrypt pool according to BitMain, so it will be a bit more flexible and usable solution.

BitMain AntRouter R1-LTC Specifications:
– WiFi standard: 802.11g/n, 2.4G
– WiFi transmission rate: 150Mbps
– ASIC chip type: BM1485
– Hashrate of chip: 1.29MH/s
– Power consumption: 3.78W +2.9% at the wall (220VAC Power efficiency @25C ,85% conversion efficiency of built-in AC to DC power supply)
– Mining power efficiency: 2.93 J/MH +2.9% at the wall (220VAC Power efficiency @25C ,85% conversion efficiency of built-in AC to DC power supply)
– AC voltage input: 100-220V AC
– Input current: 0.2A
– USB charging port voltage: 5V
– Operating temperature: 0 – 40°C
– Storage temperature: -40 – 85°C
– Operating humidity: 5%RH-95%RH,prevent condensation
– Product dimensions: 84.5mm(L) x 56.6mm(W) x 29mm(H)
– Weight: 148 grams


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