Posts Tagged ‘X11 ASIC

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As we have already shared with you recently there were news of a X11 ASIC miner, namely the iBeLink DM384M ASIC DASH Miner some days ago and we were among the first to pre-order a unit in order to confirm it is indeed real and to test it out. This week we have received our iBeLink DM384M miner and we can confirm it is real and it is also time to share some photos of our unit and first impressions form the hardware. We want to start with the fact that we are in no way associated with Dual Miner who were selling the device or the Tiannengbo Group who are making the hardware, we have purchased the device as a regular customer and have paid the normal price. The total price of the iBeLink DM384M X11 ASIC miner was the $2098 USD stated on Dual Miner’s website + extra $157 USD for the shipping and then 20% VAT when it arrived from China + some extra fee for the courier company to get it cleared from the customs. The total cost of the device delivered to our door was $2726 USD with everything included that we have paid to get it. We are very happy with the service provided by Dual Miner, though they may be a bit slow in email communication at times, they do their job well and deliver on their promises… it is a shame that they do not have a larger product catalog offering more mining hardware options. Moving to the device itself, it was very well packaged and the box was not as big as we have anticipated actually. What we got is the miner itself plus a power cable with a US power connector, even though the unit was shipped to Europe and there was no manual inside (download the manual online in PDF format).

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iBeLink DM384M X11 ASIC miner we got is very much like on the first published photos, so the initial images were not from some prototype, but from the actual device that was shipped to customers. The build quality is quite good, the case is sturdy and everything is well fitted and bolted inside, so even after getting it shipped from China everything was fine and there were no fallen screws or disconnected cables during the transportation. It all feels like a solid product designed to last long and hopefully it will be able to even though this seems to be the first generation of X11 ASIC miners and we are probably going to soon see more efficient and even faster solutions becoming available. There are already some news for competition with higher hashrate and lower power consumption, however we can not confirm if there is actually other working X11 ASIC hardware or not yet. We can only confirm that the iBeLink DM384M X11 ASIC miner is real and works as we have actual hardware in our hands and are already using it for mining. We are going to share more details about it very soon, so stay tuned for additional feedback about the device as we continue to test it, details about power consumption, heat, overclocking, optimizations and so on are coming soon.

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iBeLink DM384M consists of four blades with 192 TNB0301 ASIC chips total and the device is supposed to be able to provide about 384 MHS hashrate at about 715 Watts power consumption at the wall. The four blades with chips are being controlled by a Raspberry Pi that also provides the user with an easy graphical interface to the cgminer software (the unit is being shipped with version 3.5.5) that is used for the mining process. The four blades are connected via USB ports to the RPi and the network interface of the RPi is used to be connected to your network in order to setup and control the miner. No need to have it connected to a standalone computer to control the mining process, everything is being done by the device thanks to the Raspberry Pi inside, all you have to do is connect the power and network cables and you are ready to configure it and start mining.

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The power supply built into the unit is an 850 Watts one, so with a power consumption of around 700 W it should be able to handle some more overclock if the miner is capable of such, we are going to be trying this out soon as well. The cooling of the ASIC chips is ensured by four Delta fans (server grade), so it is not very silent when in operation, even though the air exiting the case of the miner does not feel very hot. There seems to be no temperature sensor and fan control available, to reduce the noise if the operating temperatures are lower, so definitely the miner is not suitable to be used in a room where people are present more of the time as it is pretty noisy.

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Here is how a single blade looks like with the 48 TNB0301 ASIC chips on it. The cooling heatsink is not placed on top of the mining chips, but is instead on the back side and it uses the PCB to transfer the heat of the chips to the heatsink. This is the easier way to do the cooling when the chips are not getting way too hot as we’ve seen from other ASIC miners in the past.

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The last part of our initial impressions that did not leave us very happy is the fact that there was quite a bit of dust buildup inside the miner, way more than there should be from a normal testing of new hardware before shipping to customer for example. The outside of the miner makes an impressions that it is new (cleaned well), but on the inside – the fans and the heatsinks of the blades with chips have dust that is hard to cleanup with just compressed air without taking the device apart. The amount of dust we should normally be associated with at least of few weeks of usage in normal everyday environment (non server room) and we don’t think that these devices are tested in a very dusty room. So it seems that they have been “tested” for some more time before being shipped to customers…

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After the recent news about the first X11 mining ASIC iBeLink DM384M ASIC DASH miner it seems that others people working on X11 ASIC hardware are going public with information about their work. The announcement was made in the DashTalk forum and does not contain a lot of information, including more detailed photos and videos, so you should be careful and not treat that information as 100% true and accurate. According to the specs mentioned the miner using a custom developed X11 ASIC chip called Shooter will be capable of achieving 500 MHS hashrate for X11 mining for Dash or other crypto currencies using the same algorithm with just about 280 Watts of power usage.

The price of a single miner is set at 500 Dash or equivalent amount in BTC per device with shipping cost not included (roughly $2000 USD at the current price without shipping). Each buyer can only purchase one device at most. 50 devices should be available next month according to the official information. Estimated to be shipped by Mid-March via UPS, SF-Express from Mainland China. Below is a quote of the officially published specifictions.

Miner Specifications:
– Hash Rate: 500 MH/s ±10%
– Power Consumption: 280 W ±10%
– Number of Shooter chips per unit: 60
– Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C
– Power Supply: ATX 12V required
– Dimensions: 290mm(L)*130mm(W)*150mm(H)
– Weight: 4.5kg

Shooter X11 ASIC chip:
– Single Unit Performance
– Package Type: QFN64 8mm*8mm
– Interface: SPI
– Hash Rate: 8.5Mhash/s @400Mhz
– Power Consumption: 4.3W @400Mhz

We have already pre-ordered iBeLink DM384M and are waiting for a unit to be shipped, so we can confirm its existence for sure and do a detailed review of the device. Meanwhile we would advice people that are interested in purchasing the miner not to be in a hurry, especially with the additional news of another (unconfirmed) X11 ASIC promising better specifications that may also be coming soon.

Visit the official website of the developers for more details about their X11 ASIC miner…

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Interesting announcement for what seems to be the the world the first X11 ASIC miner as well as the 1st DASH ASIC miner called iBelink DM384M. Developed by Tiannengbo Group, a consortium of high tech companies based in China. The iBeLink DM384M Dash miner contains 4 hashing blades and a Raspberry Pi B+. Each hashing blade contains 48 TNB0301 ASIC chips, and can be managed (or controlled) for mining separately. The total hashrate of one unit is supposed to be 384 MHS with a total power consumption of 715 W. We could not find any additional information other than what is posted by DualMiner who will apparently be selling the first units of the device, so we are not yet able to confirm for sure if this is real X11 ASIC miner. We are going to be keeping a close eye on this as it really seems a very promising alternative to GPU mining of X11 and could easily bring the end of X11 mining with video cards if true.

iBeLink DM384M Miner Specifications:
– Hash Rate: 384 MH/s ±10%
– Power Consumption: 715 W (at the wall, with 25C ambient temp)
– Power Efficiency: 1.8 J/MH (at the wall, with 25°C ambient temp)
– Number of TNB0301 chips per unit: 192
– Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C
– Network Connection: Ethernet
– Power Supply: 110V to 240V, 50Hz/60Hz
– Certifications: FC, CE
– Dimensions: 490mm(L)*350mm(W)*180mm(H)
– Weight: 21kg

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Miner Features:
– High integration for Plug and play (just need to connect power and Ethernet)
– Contains 4 hashing blades, LED for each blade’s status
– Faulty conditions self-detection and auto restart
– Email warning for abnormal hashing conditions
– Faulty chip detection
– Possible DIY repairing faulty hashing boards (modulated hashing board, 8 boards/blade)
– DIY reducing fan speed(or noise) by selecting low voltage power (reduced hash rate)

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TNB0301 Chip ASIC Specification:
– Package Type: QFN64 8mm*8mm
– I/O Interface: Serial with clock & data
– Hash Rate: 2 Mhash/s
– Power Consumption: 1.8 J/Mhash

The first batch of 50 iBeLink DM384M units will be sold through dualminer.com online store exclusively. iBeLink DM384M price is $2,098 USD, which includes shipping and handling. Orders will be shipped to your address directly from China through UPS Worldwide Saver service. In general, it should take one to two weeks for your order to reach you. If your shipping costs are more than $300.00, additional shipping fees may be charged. Payment is accepted in the form of Bitcoin (Bitpay will convert your BTC to USD immediately) for any quantity order, or bank wire transfer for 3 units or more. Shipping is set for the 1st week of March.


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