Posts Tagged ‘Bitmain ASIC

There seems to be a new interesting addition to the product line of Bitmain’s Bitcoin ASIC miners, though apparently currently only available on their Chinese website and not on the English version. The Antminer S9 Hydro is a water cooled miner that supposedly delivers 18 THS hashrate for mining Bitcoin with 1728 Watts of power usage. Even though it is just 4 THS more than the air cooled Antmoner S9 miners, the water cooling upgrade adds other advantages besides lower operating temperatures such as improved efficiency, lower operating temperatures and lower noise levels. The new device is currently listed at 7450 Yuan which roughly translates to about $1100 USD for the whole kit that includes the miner, the water cooling and the power supply.

Specifications of the Antminer S9 Hydro:
– Hashrate: 18.0 THS SHA256 ± 5%
– Power Usage: 1728w ± 10%
– Power Efficiency: 96J / THS + 10%
– Noise Level: 45dBA @ 25°C (max: 58 dBA, min: 26 dBA)
– Complete kit: S9 Hydro, HEX water cooling kit, Antminer APW5 Power Supply

An interesting possibility is if you go for a larger custom water-cooling solution too use multiple miners connected with your own water loop for larger scale miners. While this is most definitely an interesting product and something new that people were waiting for a while from Bitmain, with the current market situation we doubt that initial sales will be that big, though again large mining operations might be more interested in these new devices.

More details and photos about the new Antminer S9 Hydro (in Chinese)…

BitMain has released their first X11 ASIC miner for DASH and the initial batch was sold out in no time. It is no wonder as the specifications of the device claim 15 GHS X11 hashrate for 1200W of power usage, essentially killing all other competition currently on the market offering X11 ASIC miners. The price of the BitMain Antminer D3 ASIC is $2699 USD (1.12020985 BTC or 59.30564711 LTC) at the moment, so pretty attractive for the performance you get even with no power supply included in the price. Shipping is supposed to start around 15-25 September according to the latest update from Bitmain. There is not much information or details available as the launch of the new ASIC miner from BitMain was pretty surprising. They were so in a hurry that even the photo of the new miner on the official website is actually that of an L3+…

Specifications of the Antminer D3:
– Hash rate: 15 GH/s X11 (Variation of ±5% is expected)
– Power consumption: 1200W (at the wall, with Bitmain’s APW3 PSU, 93% efficiency, 25°C ambient temp).
– Dimensions of the miner: 320x130x190 mm

To visit the official product page of the Antminer D3 X11 ASIC miner for more details…

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BitMain has started selling the AntMiner U3 Bitcoin ASIC miner again with a slightly different design than the original first batch, other than that the specifications remain pretty much the same (with some minor differences in cited power usage). The new AntMiner U3 Batch 2 is available with a minimum order quantity of 20 units at a price of 38 USD (0.185 BTC) and the Batch 3 is with a minimum order quantity of just 5 units available at a price of 39 USD (0.19 BTC). The BitMain AntMiner U3 ASIC miners provide 63 GHS at about 60W with 1 Watt per GHS in the new specifications that are published by BitMain with a low noise level.

BitMain AntMiner U3 Specifications:
– Max Hash Rate: 63 GH/s ±5%
– Power Efficiency: 1Watt/GH/s on wall at 0.83V
– Voltage: DC 12V input, 6A
– Chip Quantity per unit: 4
– One 80mm fan
– Noise: ~25 DB at 25 °C ambient temperature
– Hashrate and VDD core voltage can be adjusted via cgminer command line
– USB connection
– 12V AC/DC power brick of 6A, but power line not included
– Certificate Compliance: FCC/CE

BitMain has these miners available for home users that want to have access to affordable priced and silent Bitcoin ASIC miners that want to play with them just for hobby, they are not designed to ROI due to their lower hashrate and not so great power efficiency. Since they are running batch 2 and 3 this means that there is interest in these little devices from users, though you probably would want to get a single unit to play with it and not buy a minimum of 5 or 20 units. This means that most end users will probably not be interested in directly buying AntMiner U3 from BitMain, but will look for some company reselling these at a single piece quantities.


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