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Innosilicon has announced another new product in the form of a more powerful Scrypt ASIC miner called the A6 LTCMaster supposedly capable of delivering 1.23 GHS mining hashrate for Scrypt-based cryptocoins with 1500W of power usage. The new miner device is up for pre-order with January 20th to February 10th shipping, the price is $6300 USD or the equivalent of about 23.5 LTC or almost 0.4 BTC. The new device does seem like it just combines two of the previous Innosilicon A4+ LTC ASIC miners both in physical appearance and in terms of specifications as the new Innosilicon A6 LTCMaster essentially doubles the hashrate and the power of the previous device at just $100 less price than what two A4+ miners would cost. What Innosilicon should work a bit more on however is not the release of new miners all the time, they are doing pretty good with that, but instead on their service and customer support as a lot of people buying their devices do seem to complain of trouble in the communication with the company.

Innosilicon A6 LTCMaster Specifications:
– Part Number: INNOSILICON A6 LTCMaster
– Hashrate: 1.23 Gh/s (+-8% performance, can be over-clocked at user’s risk)
– Power Consumption: 1500W (+/-8%, normal mode, at the wall, with 93% efficiency PSU, 25°C temperature)
– Size: (L)350mm*(W)500mm*(H)155mm (dual tube)
– Net Weight: 7.55KG (without PSU)
– Voltage: +12V
– Required rated PSU: 1600W or above, 17 * PCI-E 6Pin
– Cooling: air-cooled with 2 fans per tube, 4 fans in total
– Internet connection: Ethernet
– Power supply connection: 2 PCIE port per power board

For more details about the new Innosilicon A6 LTCMaster Scrypt ASIC miner…

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…

The power supply (PSU) is one of the most important component for any crypto miner, even though it is often neglected as such by some miners, so it is no wonder that companies producing power supplies are starting to focus on the mining segment providing dedicated products. There are some companies such as Enermax, EVGA, Leadex that have very powerful power supplies that are not originally intended to be used for ASIC miners or GPU mining rigs, but often find their place as such. Fortron (FSP) however has announced their plans to release the first 2000 Watt power supply dedicated for miners and not for gamers or entusiasts – the FSP2000-A0AGPBI.

A good power supply for crypto mining needs has to offer high power output, good efficiency, reliability and most of all enough power connectors to suit every need that the miner will have for a certain application. FSP did that with the FSP2000-A0AGPBI by providing users with a good product offering 80 PLUS Platinum certification and 16x 6+2 PCI-E power connectors, so that should be enough for a lot of video cards or ASIC miners that fit into the power specs of the PSU. What might’ve been better is the peripheral connectors as they seem to be less than the ideal number you would want to have on a 2000 Watt power supply as you still need these for powering PCI-E extenders and it is never a good idea to connect more than two of these on a single line.

The FSP2000-A0AGPBI power supply is not fancy in terms of looks or offer any fancy stuff like RGB lights or whatever as you often see on some high-end gaming oriented products, it focuses on performance and features, though there is more to be desired. One would expect to see a great price that makes interesting alternative to already available similar products, but unfortunately there are talks about 450 EUR price and you might be able to get 2000W Leadex with similar specs for less. So again, there is more to be desired from FSP as they haven’t apparently taken into account all of the requirements that crypto miners might have from such a product and price also being one of the important factors that needs consideration.

Visit the official FSP2000-A0AGPBI product page for more details and specifications…


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