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Innosilicon G32 Grin ASIC Miner is what seems to be the world’s first ASIC miner that is intended to support GRIN’s Cuckatoo31/32 algorithms. The device is apparently still in development with even the exact specifications not yet announced,though that does not stop the company to already take pre-orders for the first two batches (available only for pre-orders) with $2000 USD deposit (refundable within 2 weeks of final spec announcement) for each miner. Innosilicon will announce the preliminary specifications of the miner should be announced before mid-April, though the device should be with sub 500W of power usage and still unknown hashrate.

It is interesting to note that work on GRIN ASIC miners has already been started with the launch of he crypto currency as it is really still very young one and we are highly likely going to see ASIC mining hardware before the end of the year. Meanwhile however GRIN should work more on their user friendliness as one of the important things seen as a setback for the project at the moment is the lack of a proper wallet for Windows users as well as the not so easy transfer of coins between pools, exchanges and wallets.

For more details, though not that many yet, about the Innosilicon G32 GRIN ASIC miner…

It seems that not only Bitmain it getting back in the game with a more powerful Equihash ASIC miner, but Innosilicon also has a new offer for such device. The new Innosilicon Equihash A9++ ZMaster is the successor of their original A9 Zmaster ASIC from last year that offered 50 Ksol/s hashrate for Equihash. The new Innosilicon Equihash A9++ ZMaster comes with 140 Ksol/s hashrate at 1550W of power usage, so efficiency wise it does not seem much better than the original A9 Zmaster – it is almost 3 times faster at almost 3 times the power usage. Innosilicon listed briefly Innosilicon Equihash A9+ ZMaster (with just one plus) with 120 Ksol/s at the same 1550W, but it is not available anymore.

The Innosilicon Equihash A9++ ZMaster is available for order at a price of $1580 USD (without a power supply). It is very similar specifications wise to what Bitmain is offering with their AntMiner Z11, however the A9++ ZMaster could ship faster and be in your hands a bit early. The problem is that unlike Bitmain that caught up with their new product, Innosilicon seems to have just put more of the chips into a bigger device as they were ahead of Bitmain specs wise already with their A9.

Innosilicon Equihash A9++ ZMaster Specifications:
– Hashrate: 140Ksol/s +/-6%
– Power Consumption: 1550W +/-10% (normal mode, at the wall, with 93% efficiency PSU. 25°C temperature)
– Dimensions: 360mm(L)*250mm(W)*155mm(H), dual tube
– Net Weight: 11KG
– Ambient Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
– Network Connection: Ethernet

More about the new Innosilicon Equihash A9++ ZMaster Equihash ASIC miner…

It seems that the ASIC miner market is waking up for the new generation of devices even with a market situation where profitability is still not that good as more ASIC manufacturers are announcing their new products. MicroBT, a Chinese manufacturer that is not very popular like Bitmain outside of Asia apparently, has is soon releasing their new generation M20 SHA256 ASIC miners for Bitcoin and other crypto currensies with the same algorithm and it resellers are already taking pre-orders for July delivery. Even though the official MicroBT website still has no info (to be officially unveiled on April 15th?), some of the partners such as Pangolin Miner and WhatsMiner Net have already listed for pre-order the new M20 ASIC in what seems to be 3 different configurations…

The MicroBT WhatsMiner M20 is a 12nm ASIC Bitcoin SHA256 miner with integrated power supply ad available in a M20V1 version with 48 THS hashrate with 2200W power usage (46W/Th) and 2500W integrated PSU available for $1450 USD, an M20V2 version with 58 THS hashrate with 3364W power usage (58W/TH) priced at about $1500 USD and M20S model with 72 THS with 3312W of power usage (46W/Th) available for $2160 USD. The provided integrated power supplies are apparently only 220V, so this could be a problem for use in some countries where different voltage for the power is being used such as USA!

Looking at the specifications it seems that the M20V2 version is most likely an overclocked variant of the V1 as it delivers higher hashrate, about 10 THS more, but at higher power consumption and worse efficiency. Thus the price difference between the two devices is not that big as most likely only the PSU is changed with a more powerful model in order to be able to handle the extra power usage. The top model M20S with 72THS has the same power efficiency as the standard M20V1, so apparently it has more chips running at the same operating frequencies and voltage as on the smallest model, however any additional significant overclock of this model may not be possible as the power supply shipped with the device may be already close to its maximum specs.