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We have compiled a new windows binary of the cgminer 4.3.5 fork from the latest source with support for the Zeus-based Scrypt ASIC miners as well as Gridseed Scrypt ASICs by dmaxl. People had some trouble making the previous release work properly, especially if trying to run multiple different ASIC mienrs, so with the updated one things might be running a bit better. Do note that supports both direct serial access by specifying the COM port the miner is attached on or by using WinUSB drivers with the help of the the Zadig software (check the Readme file for more details).
A few days ago ZeusMiner has released a teaser video about their new Scrypt ASIC miner prototypes with 30% lower power usage. And now they have officially announced the new models with their specifications and made them available for pre-order. ZeusMiner calls the new miners Next Generation Miners and they have introduced 4 new models, claiming to have cut the power consumption in almost half compared to the previous generation of miners.
The Next Gen ZeusMiner Scrypt ASICs include:
– LIGHTNING X6 – 42-44Mh/s – 980W – 16kg – $2,199 USD
– THUNDER X6 – 18-20Mh/s – 450W – 9kg – $1,099 USD
– HURRICANE X6 – 9-10Mh/s – 230W – 3kg – $399 USD
– BLIZZARD X6 – 3.6+Mh/s – 110W – 1.5kg – $229 USD
The new miners are supposed to be shipped out within 7 days of pre-ordering, however do note that these pre-orders do require full payment. And for the first batch of the next gen miners ZeusMiner is giving away free bonus Scrypt ASIC miners from the previous generation along with your new miner. So essentially you are getting almost like between 1/3 and 1/2 more hashpower than the standard hashrate for a single new miner, and this is not a bad deal at all.
Now, if you wonder how Zeus has managed to squeeze more hashrare from the same 55nm Scrypt ASIC chips they are using or alternatively how they have managed to lower the power consumption, well the answer is pretty easy. They have apparently squeezed more chips running on lower frequency/voltage and thus needing less power and producing less heat. This makes the production price of the ASIC higher, however is the easiest way to optimize performance and hashrate without having to make new chips. In fact we have already seen other ASIC manufacturers taking advantage of the same approach and it works well for both the company and the customers, giving some extra time to develop new hardware.
ZeusMiner is apparently working hard in improving the power consumption of their Scrypt ASIC miners and they have just released a video showing some new prototypes with 30% better power efficiency compared to the already available products. The new devices should be capable of providing 19-20 MHS with less than 400W of power usage and 9-10 MHS with less than 200W according to the latest update from Zeus. These numbers sure do look better than what the current power consumption of the ZeusMiner Scrypt ASIC miners is, but are still far from what we were promised before the company has finalized their products. There are still more powerful 55nm Scrypt ASIC miners, in terms of hashrate, that do offer lower power usage than what the new miners from Zeus should be providing. The advantage that ZeusMiners do have however is the more attractive price of the hardware, and that can be a reason enough for people with cheaper electricity to go for them.