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There is a new more powerful ASIC miner from Baikal Miner that supports multiple algorithms for mining, the new Baikal Miner BK-G28 is a more powerful successor of the previous BK-X model that the company was selling up until recently. The new BK-G28 is almost 3 times faster in terms of performance on all supported algorithms and adds Groestl support on top of the already supported other algos. With the Baikal Miner BK-G28 you can get up to 28 GHS mining performance on X11, Quark, Qubit, Myriad-Groestl, Nist5 and Groestl with varying power consumption. The hashrate for Skein is at 14 GHS and for mining X11Ghost you can expect to get about 3.5 GHS. Baikal Miner is already taking orders for the new hardware, though they do not cite official price for the device yet.

Currently it is most interesting and profitable choice for the new BK-G28 is to be used for the Groestl algorithm, however a big number of these ASIC mines will easily reduce profitability in not time. Mining Groestl in GPUs is obviously getting depreciated, as most likely Baikal Miner will soon add support for Groestl for the owners of BK-X ASICs as well… most likely as son as they sell enough BK-G28s.

For more information about the new Baikal Miner BK-G28 muli-algorithm ASIC miner…

It seems that BaikalMiner also wants to join in the recent wave of new and much faster second generation X11 ASIC miners with their Baikal Giant X10 that was just announced on their twitter account (still not on the official website). The device is supposedly going to offer 10 GHS hashrate for X11 (DASH) at 800W of power usage as well as Quark and Qubit algorithms initially with lower power usage. Support for X13, X14 and X15 is not available on this device, but there is a mention of a future update that will add 4 new algorithms. The miner will supposedly be available at a price of $1188 USD with deliveries starting by the end of October. It is certainly not the fastest, but pricing does seem pretty reasonable for what you get in terms of hashrate and the extra flexibility in the form of support for additional algorithms is interesting and still unique compared to other X11 only ASIC miners.

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We have been playing around and testing the Baikal Mini Miner for a few days now and we are ready to share our first impressions from the device. First off it really works and works well with all of the six supported algorithms – X11, X13, X14, X15, Quark and Qubit. This is the first and only ASIC manufacturer (to our knowledge) to offer a dedicated ASIC miner supporting multiple algorithms (though they are not that different from each other). The device is able to deliver the promised hashrate of about 150 MHS in the different supported algorithms and does it with a low power usage also as promised in the specs. Furthermore thanks to the low power consumption is it really compact and nowhere near as noisy as we are used to get from ASIC miners lately, so the Baikal Mini Miner is actually great for a home crypto currency miner.

We are going to be talking more about exact numbers as well as technical details in a future post about the Baikal Mini Miner. This post covers our initial impressions from the device after a few days of normal mining usage to confirm it is working stable and reliable and it does indeed do that. The build quality and the overall design is probably not the best out there, but it works well and apparently allows for easy stacking up of multiple devices as we’ve seen form the Baikal Quadruple Miner that essentially stacks for of these devices together. Everything about the device looks pretty impressive so far aside from the price, the device is being sold for about $500 USD or 56 DASH coins. So it seems a bit expensive, but it is not when you compare it to the competition in terms of X11 ASIC miners that are less power efficient for the hashrate they provide and end up costing you more for the same hashrate. Not to mention that they only support X11, while this one comes with support for 5 other algorithms, so it is more usable and offers support for significantly more crypto coins.

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The Baikal Mini Miner comes with its own mini computer unit similar to a Raspberry Pi that essentially controls the device, so there is no need to actually connect it to a computer for it to work. All you have to do is connect it to your Ethernet LAN network and then open up the web interface for control and monitoring of the device through a browser, the device uses DHCP to get an IP address on your network. The web interface is a modified version of Scripta mining distribution for Raspberry Pi. The default password for the web-interface is baikal and the username and password for the console login are also the same baikal and baikal respectively. You should be able to change them for security reasons of course, though be careful when you change them to note the new passwords for access.

The Scripta mining distribution works stable and really well with the Baikal Miner, it is easy to configure and monitor the device with it. There is a temperature sensor available and it is being reported by the software, though you probably will not be interested much in it as the temperature of the miner is really low. The switching between the 6 supported mining algorithms is as easy as clicking a button after you configure mining pools for each of them of course. The software supports priority based failsafe switching between pools/algorithms. What it could really use however is some sort of automation for profitability based switching between the supported mining algorithms.

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Talking about profitability we cannot forget to do some calculation on the actual profitability of using the device as this is the factor that can be decisive in you choosing to get it or not. The Baikal Mini Miner does come with support for 6 mining algorithms, though not of them are really that popular and widely used. For example X11 is quite widespread, but there are already a lot of X11 ASIC miners on the market, yet it is still often the most profitable one to mine. Other such as X14 and X15 were never that popular, so unless there are some new coins coming out using them there are probably not that much worth mining (they use more power). Mining Quark and Qubit can also do you some good profit if you manage to catch something good. So for actual profit you will probably have to go looking for new coins or for trending ones and risk a bit more and mine them.

If you decide to go the safer way and just sell your hasrate on a service such as NiceHash for example you will have a bit more stable and reliable profit in Bitcoin, but it might not be as high as if you can get by mining the right coins at the right time. Based on our experience using NiceHash with the Baikal Mini Miner we can say that you can expect to get something like 0.0034 BTC per day with the more profitable algorithms. That is like $2.08 USD a day, fortunately the power used by the device is really very little and the cost is not much, something like up to 1 kWh per day. So making let us say $2 USD per day and $60 USD per month it would take you more than 8 months to get enough to cover the cost of the miner. Not that much, but not that little time for the crypto currency world either, and that is only if the current conditions remain for the duration of the next 8 months. Of course you can also risk it and try to get more profit than using the more safer way, though in the end the result might be either better or worse. It is up to you to decide…


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