pxlcoin-alternative-crypto

PXLcoin (PXL) is another alternative Scrypt crypto coin, however here the algorithm being used by the coin is not the most interesting thing about it, in fact it is the least interesting one. The Million Dollar Homepage was created in 2005, where people could purchase pixels on the site for $1 and then upload an image and hyperlink. As people began buying up those pixels and uploading their images, the homepage was filled out and internet history was created.

PXLCoin official website contains a new canvass for the cryptocurrency community. Instead of charging “real” money, each pixel on the site can be purchased using PXLs. Upload whatever your imagination desires – your clan logo, pictures of your doge, a business logo or advertisement – whatever you want. And the image can also link to a web URL.

Website
http://pxlcoin.com/

Block Explorer / Crawler
http://blocks.pxlcoin.com/chain/Pxlcoin

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Scrypt Algo
  • 10,000,000 Total Coins
  • 600 Second Blocks
  • 25 PXL Coins Per Block
  • Block Reward halves every 200,000 blocks
  • NO PREMINED COINS

DOWNLOADS
Windows
Mac

Source Code
at GitHub

PORTS

  • RPC Port: 17765

POOLS
http://pxl.minar.cc/
http://pxl.bitember.com/
http://pool.pxlcoin.com/
http://115.28.161.45/

EXCHANGES
Atomic Trade

skeincoin-alt-crypto

Skeincoin (SKC) is another alternative cryptographic currency that uses a different algorithm – the Skein hashing algorithm combined with SHA256 hashing as Proof of Work. Skeincoin hashing is fast and can be implemented for CPU, GPU, FGPA and ASIC. Note that the use of a specialized algorithm means that Skeincoin requires a specialized miner in order to be able to mine SKC.

Website
http://www.skeincoin.org/

Block Explorer / Crawler
http://explorer.skeincoin.org/blocks

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Skein-SHA2 Algo
  • Block target of 2 minutes
  • Block reward of 32 SKN, halving every year (262,800 blocks)
  • No premine
  • Total coins are around 17 million

Source Code
at GitHub

PORTS

  • RPC Port: 21230
  • P2P Port: 11230

POOLS
http://skc.coinmine.pl/

EXCHANGES
Atomic Trade

antminer-s1-hashing-chips-sideways

Today we’ve decided to finally do a measurement to see how much power does a Bitmain AntMiner S1 Bitcoin ASIC use both at idle (not mining), at stock 180 GHS and at overclocked 200 GHS mode. We’ve been using Bitmain AntMiner S1 miner for a while now and have already shared our best settings for overclocking AntMiner S1 to 200 GHS as well as some very interesting thermal images that what gets hot and how hot actually gets on the AntMiner S1 board. We are going to be measuring the power consumption (at the power socket) with the help of a very good 80 Plus Gold certified Power Supply (Seasonic SS-400FL) that is able to deliver about 90% efficiency at maximum load. This means that the actual power usage of the ASIC miner is 10% less than what our measuring device shows and the other 10% of power are being lost during the conversion essentially in the form of heat dissipated by the PSU. What you are paying for is the actual power measured by the device we are using for the tests of the power consumption.

antminer-s1-idle-power-psu

The idle power we have measured was 75W (67.5W + 7.5W). This is the power usage that you can expect from the device as soon as you power up the AntMiner S1, it takes some time to start up and to connect to the Internet in order to get work from the pool and the power usage during that time is about 75W. Also should your ASIC miner loose connection to the Internet or the pool it is configured to mine at gets down and there is no backup or the other pools are also not available the device will consume 75W of power doing essentially nothing.

antminer-s1-power-usage-under-load

What you will be more interested in though is the power usage of the Bitmain AntMiner S1 ASIC when it is working and mining for Bitcoions. At the default frequency of 375 MHz of the Bitmain chips used in this device and a hashrate of about 180 GHs you can expect a power consumption of about 407W (366.3W + 40.7W). And if you overclock the device to 393.75 MHz as per our guide here you are going to be getting 20 GHS more hashrate at the cost of a small increase in power usage. In 200 GHS overclocked operating mode Bitmain AntMiner S1 ASIC will use about 422W (379.8W + 42.2W). So if you haven’t overclocked your Antiner S1 yet, then you should and our overclocking guide will ensure you get low HW error rate, lower power consumption and stable 200 GHS of hashing performance.

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