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KnCMiner has revealed some more additional details about the chips that are going to be used in their upcoming Scrypt ASIC miners, the now already expected to provide a hashrate of 300 MHS Titan. It seems that each KnC Titan will will have four Scrypt ASIC chips in order to make sure they’ll output the guaranteed minimum performance of 300 MHS. Each chip will have 2284 cores that will be able to run 18272 threads simultaneously and will have 300MB of onboard memory. And since we are going to have 4 chips in each miner, this means that each Titan will come with 9136 cores running 73088 threads in total and resulting 300 MHS of Scrypt hashrate.
KnC says they were able to squeeze all of that in a 55 mm x 55 mm package while simultaneously extracting over 300 Watts worth of thermal energy, so it will be interesting to see how will they be able to cool these units. This however means that the total power consumption for a 4 chip Titan could go up to 1200W. According to KnCMiner the final tape out of the chips should happen within the next few weeks, or with other words the miners are not going to be ready to ship in Q2 and early Q3 is probably way too optimistic… so maybe something like August or September seems like a reasonable expectations. The price of the 300 MHS KnCMiner Titan Scrypt ASIC miner is still $9995 USD without VAT.
With all that said we are already seeing Scrypt-based ASIC miners using the Innosilicon’s A2 28nm chips to be already on sale and apparently shipping. And while these are more expensive and go only up to about 80-90 MHS, they can be further scaled up with more modules, the problem that remains however is that they come pretty expensive, though you can get them without having to wait them on pre-order. So it will be very interesting to see how will things progress on the Scrypt ASIC market in the next few months. Zeus is also expected to start shipping their first batch of 55 nm Scrypt ASIC miners in just 5 more days, so these should be able to fill in the gap between the smaller Gridseed’s GC3355-based miners and the Innosilicon A2-based big miners.
The company Zeus has released an update on their website about the current progress for the ZeusMiner Scrypt ASICs that they already promised to start shipping by the end of this month. They have just announced that they will be starting to ship the first 500 orders from May 20th to latest May 25th, so apparently they are a bit ahead of the previously announced schedule to start shipping by May 31st. Another interesting thing is that the company will be releasing the miners not pushed to the maximum and promises an update that will allow users to further increase the hashrate later on. Also the company has announced that they will give out a second free miner, one that is a level lower in the product line than the ordered by the customer, so only the Blizzard customers will not get a second free miner with their orders. There is also a not so good quality video published from the company’s assembly factory in Shenzhen, China that you can see embedded above. So far things are looking pretty good for Zeus and their ZeusMiners and the only problem we currently find is that they do not have an official distributor in Europe for example to make it easier to get their products as they will be shipped from China.
We have decided to order one of the smallest 1.2 MHS Blizzard ZeusMiners in order to be able to test it and publish our hands-on experience with the Zeus Scrypt ASIC chips that are also used in the bigger miners. There are two options to pay directly to ZeusMiner, with BTC/LTC via CoinPayments or with Direct Bank Transfer, obviously using coins would be easier and faster and with no extra taxes from the bank. The price of the small Blizzard ZeusMiner is $199 USD and the shipping we got to Europe was $53.98 USD, so pretty steep price for shipping a small package from China, unless express courier service is used. Our order number was #2054, so apparently a lot of people have ordered Zeus Scrypt ASIC miners already with the company close to start shipping the actual units. We’ll keep you updated how things progress with our order.
Zeus Integrated Systems, another Chinese company developing what they call ZeusMiner has announced that they have received the first sample batch of their Scrypt ASIC chips and have started building the first prototypes of the so called ZeusMiner mining rigs. The Scrypt ASIC chips that Zeus is making are apparently based on 55nm manufacturing process and should be able to deliver 1 MHS of Scrypt mining hashrate with something like 10-12W of power consumption according to the specifications. What is more interesting is that Zeus promises to start delivering by the end of this month (May), though the prices of the miners are not that attractive with the current crypto currency market prices.
The ZeusMiners Scrypt ASICs will apparently be available in four flavors: 1.2 MHS Blizzard available for $199 USD, 18 MHS Cyclone for $2999 USD, 36 MHS Thunder for $5500 USD and 72 MHS Lightning for $9999 USD. The smallest ZeusMiner Blizzard could be an interesting solution and could easily replace the smaller 5-chip Gridseed ASIC miners due t the higher performance and similar price, especially if it turns out to be easily overclockable. The ZeusMiner Blizzard apparently consists of 4 chips with 300 KHS hashrate per chip and about 3W of power usage, so we see something similar to the Gridseed Infinity USB miner design. And we are going to be picking up one of these small units for sure if/when they become available in order to be able to review it.
With that said we are still waiting to see the first devices actually available on the market and be able to test them, before talking more about if they will be worth purchasing. What we can say is that at the moment ZeusMiners seem to finally start looking like an actual product and a one that will be available on the market soon, though we do not claim this for sure or endorse the company before we see the actual product. We see that some of the Gridseed distributors we have posted about hereon the blog are already listing the ZeusMiner products on their websites such as Hash-Master for example and others have already announced what seems like their own branded miners that are most likely based on the ZeusMiner Scrypt chips judging form the listed specifications. You can check the GAWMiners Scrypt Miners as well as the Hashra Lunar Landers for more information. These two companies are planning for early June availability, so shortly after the date that Zeus plans to start delivering.