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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.

WhatsMiner M10 is a Chinese Bitcoin ASIC miner that is apparently starting to ship just now that promises performance comparable to other top SHA256 ASICs available on the market at the moment. At 33 THS with 2145 Watts of power usage it is surprisingly efficient for 16nm chips available at a price of $2000-1800 USD including a power supply. What is more interesting though is that MicroBT, the manufacturer of the WhatsMiner, has just announced their next product called WhatsMiner M10S that will supposedly be able to deliver up to 55 THS with about 3500W of power usage at 65W/THASH or 44 THS with about 2600W at 60W/THASH power usage.

Whatsminer M10 Specifications:
– Chips: 315 * 16nm ASIC
– Hashrate: 33TH/s (+/- 5%) (depends on cooling)
– Power Consumption: 65 W/THS, 2145 W per miner (+/- 10% )
– Power Supply Unit: WhatsPower P5, 2500w, 93% efficiency 220V
– Operating Temperature: -5C ~ 40C
– Dimension: 34cm x 20cm x 17cm
– Weight: 8.55 kg

The only problem with ASIC miners going forward with higher performance is the increased power usage and that is causing trouble for people that are running smaller mining farms, let alone small home miners that do not have the infrastructure available that is capable of handling this high power usage per device. Anyway, with the current market situation it is arguable what is wiser to do – invest in Bitcoin mining equipment or buy directly BTC and hold, that is if you are investing fiat, not crypto.


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