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It is not a secret that the default firmware and even settings for many of the ASIC miners that come out from the manufacturers are hardly with the best/optimal settings and often they are also limited in what you can tweak yourself. So some more advanced users take the matter in their hands in order to further optimize for performance and or stability and reliability and even add extra features that help owners of the devices to get better profit or higher profit for example. One such case is the Antminer D3 Blissz Modified Firmware for the X11 ASICs being produces by Bitmain that you might want to give a try if you have even at least one of these ASIC miners.

The custom firmware promises up to 20% lower power usage and some extra features such as ASIC voltage settings per chain as well as the ability to overclock or underclock per chain as well as more control on fan operational speeds. There are some usability improvements in the interface to make it easier and clear to use as well as some slight performance improvements as well to make it more stable and reliable in terms of operation including cgminer binary optimizations.

Do note that this is an experimental custom firmware and using it might void your warranty. Also note that it comes with built-in 1.5% developer fee built-in, so do have that in mind, although the improvements if working as promised are well worth the dev fee. The good thing is that even if you don’t like something or it does not work as expected flashing back the original firmware is as easy as installing the custom one, so you can quickly give it a go and if you don’t like the results to get back to the original.

For more details and to download and try the Antminer D3 Blissz modified firmware…

It seems that BaikalMiner also wants to join in the recent wave of new and much faster second generation X11 ASIC miners with their Baikal Giant X10 that was just announced on their twitter account (still not on the official website). The device is supposedly going to offer 10 GHS hashrate for X11 (DASH) at 800W of power usage as well as Quark and Qubit algorithms initially with lower power usage. Support for X13, X14 and X15 is not available on this device, but there is a mention of a future update that will add 4 new algorithms. The miner will supposedly be available at a price of $1188 USD with deliveries starting by the end of October. It is certainly not the fastest, but pricing does seem pretty reasonable for what you get in terms of hashrate and the extra flexibility in the form of support for additional algorithms is interesting and still unique compared to other X11 only ASIC miners.

PinIdea has updated their product range with a new 17GHS X11 ASIC miner named DR-100 in order to be able to cope up with the increased competition from Bitmain and Innosilicon with their recently announced new X11 miners offering significant X11 hashrate boost. PinIdea seems to be planning to start shipping their new X11 ASIC miner in September with first-come first-served principle. Currently the miner is already out of stock due to the big demand apparently (or limited number of units), even with the price of a single unit close to almost 3 BTC.

PinIdea DR-100 X11 ASIC specifications:
– HashRate: 17000 MHS (+-5%)
– Power: 820W (wall power +-5%)
– Dimensions: 28cm x 18cm(h) x 15cm(w)
– Weight: 5KG
– Interface: Lan (100m/1000m)
– Fan: 2x 14038 Double ball fan (55DB)
– Operating Temperature: 0C~40C
– Mining Software: Custom CGminer

For more information about the PinIdea 17GHS X11 ASIC Miner DR-100…


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