Equilibria (XEQ) is an interesting mineable crypto project, a relatively new one, that gives the ability to the owners of XEQ to issue $USDE – a stablecoin redeemable for $1 equivalent of Equilibria… the so called private and decentralized dollar. It is an interesting alternative to the traditional stablecoins we know and use in the world of crypto, so worth checking out. Another interesting thing is that the Equilibria (XEQ) project has forked and is currently using the Cryptonight-GPU algorithm that we know from RYO and we like thanks to the fair GPU mining to all participants in the mining process it offers regardless if they use AMD or Nvidia GPUs, unlike what most other CryptoNight variants.

The difficulty and hasrate for the Equilibria is not that big at the moment, so it might be a good oppotrtunity to jump in and mine some XEQ coins. As already mentioned the project uses Cryptonight-GPU can be mined with XMR-Stak, XMRig and SRBMiner – the most popular AMD CryptoNight miners as well as with CryptoDredge for Nvidia GPUs for best performance. There are a few mining pools available with HeroMiners being the largest in terms of hashrate at the moment. XEQ is also traded on a couple of exchanges already such as TradeOgre, Qtrade and Citex.

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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…

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