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It seems that Gridseed might be working on a new even larger Scrypt ASIC miner, or that is what got as information from a reader that sent a link to publication on a new mining forum called MinerTalk. From the apparently leaked photos of the new miner published there we can see that it is a larger box miner with integrated PSU and a LAN network interface. There are still no specifications available and no information what ASIC chips will the device use.
The miner seems to have 5 PCBs or modules with chips inside and there are only three small fans. On the second photo we can see that the chips on the modules are small, similar to the Gridseed GC3355 ones, though these might be new chips as well. Judging from the size of the chips and the miner we can assume that the miner should be capable of something like 25 MHS or 50 MHS even more in terms of hashrate (5-10 MHS per module). Though there is no information about actual specifications, so these are only assumptions for the moment.
The software bfgminer 4.0.0 has been released and now the latest version does come with official support for Gridseed-based ASIC devices built-in, among a lot of other new features and improvements. The miner is intended for mining Scrypt and SHA-256 crypto currencies and the biggest advantage is the support for many ASIC miners, though most of these are still for Bitcoin mining and not for Scrypt. If used for Gridseed ASIC mining the advantage here is that you don’t need to replace the virtual USB to COM drivers with WinUSB or to send as parameters the COM ports for the ASIC devices to the miner – they will be autodetected. Below you can download the compiled windows binaries for the miner (32 and 64-bit) and be sure to check the example BAT files for running on Gridseed ASICs or just for Scrypt mining with a GPU. You can also compile bfgminer from source if you are using other operating system for example.
The last week of the month long photo contest we have organized together with our partners GAWMiners has ended and we have selected the last winner. The theme of the photo contest this time was Covert Mining – Operation CAMO and you can see the photos of the best submission we have received, the ones that have won a 5-chip Gridseed ASIC miner to the owner of this clever modification for mining with an Inifinity USB 5-chip Gridseed ASIC.
The person who won the third week award is Happydaze who has submitted photos of his interesting modification for a stealthy Gridseed ASIC miner hidden in a flower pot. Congratulations to Mark for his good idea and realization that has won him another Gridseed ASIC miner. And if you plan on doing a similar modification yourself do note that the flowers used are not real, so stay away with the water from this flower pot.
Here is how he has described his modification: “This is my Operation Camo Gridseed purchased from GAWMiners! This flower pot has been modified for maximum airflow while maintaining maximum stealth. The power supply is portable so you can take it with you in your car or boat as long as you have WiFi for for your laptop. It is an excellent way to get one more Gridseed into the house. The ladies in your life will appreciate your new found romantic side. You can also take it to the office and your boss will never know! You can covertly mine anywhere and everywhere with the Operation Camo Gridseed!”
If you missed your chance to participate in the photo contest, then unfortunately you really missed a good opportunity to show some interesting ideas and win a 5-chip Gridseed ASIC miner as this was our last week of the 4 week photo contest. But we are going to have more opportunities for you to win some cool crypto mining gear in the future as well, so stay tuned for more interesting things to come…