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There are a lot of FPGA mining solutions out there, but arguably the most user-friendly one seems to be the Blackminer F1 series by Hash Altcoin. The company has just announced it is going to retire their retirement of the Blackminer F1 and F1+ devices as they have been sold out and there are no plans to manufacture them in the near future, but there will be a new device to take their place. The new Blackminer F1-Ultra FPGA miner is up for pre-order at a regular price of $2100 USD ($2100 USD if you use your invite code + $200 USD coupons), or $2000 USD if you want to support us and use our invitation code ZLOZLA. The shipping of the new HashAltcoin Blackminer F1-Ultra FPGA miners should start on 25th December and the same goes for the availability of hosted miners.

The new Blackminer F1-Ultra should contain 2 hashboards with improved hardware design and product structure over Blackminer’s previous product series. The upgraded core chips should improve the performance by more than 20% according to the manufacturer and the supported algorithms should also be optimized, and the optimization rate of different algorithms can reach 5% to 15%.

HashAltcoin Blackminer F1-Ultra Expected Hashrate:
– Veriblock (VBK) – 15.5 GH/s – 700 W
– VerusHash (VRSC ) – 372 MH/s – 494 W
– Nervos (CKB) – 26.5 GH/s – 1137 W
– DigiByte (Odocrypt) – 5.75 GH/s – 1157 W

It is interesting to note that the numbers above listed by the manufacturer are a bit weird and kind of contradict to what Hash Altcoin claims in terms of performance improvements compared to the specs listed on their website for the F1+ miners. The F1-Ultra hashrates for VBK are lower with similar power usage and for VRSC the hashrate is also lower with higher power usage compared to F1+ for CKB and DGB the hashrates are higher, but with higher power usage as well… maybe these are not the final specs and further improvements could be achieved as we are currently not impressed. Also the fact that the number of supported algorithm at this point is very limited, though the ones quoted by the manufacturer are among the most profitable to mine at the moment, lacking support for some others may lead to missed opportunities at times… compared to the much wider number of supported algos by the F1+.

Visit the HashAltcoin Blackminer F1-Ultra FPGA miner official product page…

Back in October Ravencoin (RVN) forked to X16Rv2 as a means to drive away the ASIC miners for the X16R algorithm it previously used. The new algorithm X16Rv2 has helped lower the hashrate and make RVN mining prfotable for mining with GPUs for a bit, but now it seems we are getting back on the road to ASIC miners in the near future for the new algo. The X16Rv2 is apparently getting bitstreams for FPGA miners like the BittWare CVP-13 FPGA with 240 MH/s cited hashrate for the initial release… this is faster than 6x GTX 1080 Ti GPU mining rig with a third of the power usage. The only catch is that the CVP-13 FPGA Cryptocurrency Mining Board is pretty expensive, but unlike ASICs it can be used for a number of algorithms and with future bitstream updates can be much more futureproof. Of course the next step is new ASIC miners coming in the near future for the new X16Rv2 algorithm with Ravencoin getting quite a lot of attention from users.

For more information about the BittWare CVP-13 FPGA Cryptocurrency Mining Board…

The traditional crypto miner is always looking at the profitability and specs of an ASIC, FPGA, GPU and CPU mining hardware and after that takes into account other factors that may not be as important. Then there are the non-traditional miners that might be more interested into a cool-looking and easy to use miner that may not be very or profitable at all on daily basis, for people like that the Coinmine might be the perfect solution. A nice looking mining box that runs silent and is easy to connect and operate via your smartphone and it even mines a number of crypto coins as an extra.

The CoinmineOne miner is available for $699 USD, it can mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, Grin and Monero and you can also earn 6.5% APR interest on the crypto in your Coinmine One wallet. With just 160W of average power usage and near silent operation it sure sounds like an interesting device to have if you are from the second group of non-traditional miners. Further extending the functionality of the device like adding Lightning support for example and other interesting crypto features could also make it more attractive. Definitely an interesting concept, though not for the traditional crypto miner.

For more details about the Coinmine One crypto mining device for home use…


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