Baikal Giant+ A2000 X11 Miner Released

Baikal Giant+ A2000

Baikal is a new-comer to the crypto-currency market with a couple miners that support six algorithms.   Baikals support the follow hashing algorithms:  X11, X13, X14, X15, Qubit and Quark.  The Giant+ A2000 is a significant increase in performance from the Baikal 150 units.   The 150 units I would consider more of a hobby miner because they didn't really lend themselves for hosted mining.  I did co-location a number of them for a client but with the stacking method and cording did make me a little uneasy.   The A200 give me none of these concerns.  It is very similar in design to the Avalon and Antminers.

They come with two hashing boards and a Linux based controller board.  The interface is your basic web interface with a performance monitor page and other pages for programming the miner and some basic networking to set it up on your LAN.  It has only a single cooling fan for the miner.  The miner is quieter than your  S9 and Avalon miners.  You can run these in your home without having to deal with a ton of ambient noise during its mining operations.

I do like that these miners have the controller built into the miner compared to others, which have external controllers.  Overall this is a solid miner and would recommend for purchase if you are interested in mining for these crypto-currencies.


Specifications
Manufacturer    Baikal
Model    Giant+ A2000
Release Date August 2017
Size    4.92 x 5.51 x 11.81 inches
Weight    6.56LB
Noise level    65db
Fan(s)    1
Power    450 watts
Wires    6 pins
Voltage    12 volts
Interface    Ethernet
Temperature    60 - 95 °F
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Bitmain Antminer L3+ (Litecoin SCRYPT Miner)

Antminer L3+ Miner

The Antminer L3+ is the ASIC-based 2nd generation offering from Bitmain supporting the SCRYPT hashing algorithm.  This algorithm is primarily used in mining for Litecoins, there are a number of other SCRYPT supported cryptocurrencies that support this protocol, including:  Gulden, Verge, Digibyte, Auroracoin, GameCredit and the famous Dogecoin.  Before Bitmain's entrance into in the SCRYPT market, KNCMiner was a major player in this mining hardware segment for the launch of the L3 miner series.  KNCminer's Titan series was their first ASIC miner that supported SCRYPT with a major jump in hashing performance.   

The L3 series is an even more significant jump in performance.  The L3+ is clocking in at over 500 Mh/s at only 800 watts per miner. One of the nice things you get with the magic 800 watts power draw number, is that when you run them at 208 volts or higher, you can fit four L3+ miners on a single 20-amp circuit.  That is a pretty big deal for large miners and crypto hosts.  People who handle large amounts of miners know that utilizing the most amps from your circuits is critical for infrastructure efficiency.  Four units per breaker makes this a good fit for doing co-location.   With these types of numbers, it is clear this will become the bulk of hashing power for the Litecoin network.  This still  have the same standard design you have gotten since the Antminer S7.  It is shorter than the S7 & S9.   

Same basic parts will need serving over time, this include: Front & Back fans, hashing boards, control board and rarely PSU.  These are easy units to breakdown and I could fully service a unit within 10mins.  Overall these are great mining units.


Specifications
Manufacturer    Bitmain
Model    Antminer L3+ (504Mh)
Release Date June 2017
Size    7.5 x 5.11 x 13.8 inches
Weight    9.70 LB
Chip boards    4
Chip name    BM1485
Chip count    288
Noise level    70db
Fan(s)    2
Power    800 watts
Wires    9 * 6pins PCI
Voltage    11.6 ~ 13.0 volts
Interface    Ethernet
Temperature    60 - 95 °F
Humidity    5 - 95 %
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Bitmain Antminer S9 ASIC Miner

Antminer S9 Bitcoin Miner
The S9 Bitcoin miner from Bitmain is their newest offering in their hardware lineup.   Released in June of 2016, they are coming in a number of models.  The Antminer S9 miner models are available in different speeds based on the batch order.   Hashing speeds are: 14Th/s, 13.5Th/s, 13.0Th/s, 12.0Th/s and 11.5Th/s.  At the wall, the S9 miner consumes about 1,330 to 1,450 watts under full hashing load.  

The design is very similar to the Antminer S7 unit.  The S9 is a little longer than the S7 but outside of that, basically the same.   They both share the same administration interface that the entire Bitmain miner family uses.  It is a very simple setup to get the unit mining, estimated setup time is under 5mins once you have it plugged in and on your network.

The performance increase is amazing compared to the S7 miners.  With very similar power consumption, this is a major upgrade from Bitmain and these will become the majority of Bitcoin SHA256 mining power on the Bitcoin network.  Out of warranty service is still very high  with only a few parts to support or replace in the event of damage.   

Parts normally needing service after 12-18 months of service are:  (3) Hashing Boards, Front or Rear Fans and Control board.   Normally you will see one or both fan bearings go out and if they are hosted in a high temperature environment, you will see a hash board failure potentially.   Control board and PSUs have very low failure rates.


Specifications
Manufacturer    Bitmain
Model    Antminer S9
Release Date June 2016
Size    5.31 x 6.22 x 13.77 inches
Weight    9.25 LB
Hashing boards    3
Chip name    BM1387
Chip size    16nm
Chip count    189
Noise level    85db
Fan(s)    2
Power    ~1330 to 1450 watts (at the wall)
Wires    10 * 6pins PCIE
Voltage    11.60 ~13.00 volts
Interface    Ethernet
Temperature    60 - 95 °F
Humidity    5 - 80 %
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Spondoolies released the industrial strength "Pickaxe" SP50 Bitcoin miner

Spondoolies SP50 Bitcoin MinerThis is the latest Bitcoin miner from Spondoolies, the SP50 Pickaxe.  This is released only for large commercial miners according to Spondoolies.   Looking at the whooping 16Kw needed to power this beast, they are correct.  You will need some serious power distribution and cooling to even handle a single unit.  The hashing power is the most impressive aspect, tipping the scales at 110 TH/s of mining capability.  They state it only used 0.15 / Watt per Gh/s, this makes it the most effiicent mining solution available to the commercial mining market.   We assume is still uses that clean UX admin interface and the design is pretty clean, getting its inspiration from the current Blade server chassises from Cisco.   The blades look to be the mining modules, 10 blades in all.  That means they have gotten 11 TH/s in each blade, that is a major improvement over the SP35 Yukon. 

Specifications from their website:

Item

SP50 "Pickaxe"

Effective Hash Rate

110 TH/s ± 10%

Nominal Power Consumption

16.57 KW

Power Efficiency

0.15W/GH/s

ASIC

800 Spondoolies-Tech Pickaxe ASICs

Controller

TI Sitara 1GHz (based on Beagle Bone Black)

Controller Board OS

Linux (embedded)

Mining Software

cgminer with custom plugin

Form Factor

11 U rack mountable (mounting ears provided)

Network

Single 10/100 Ethernet port

Fans

6 X 120 mm

Power Supply

10 x 16 KW

Input Rating

180 - 264 VAC

Ambient Operating Temperature

0 °C to 35 °C

Emissions Compliance

FCC / CE

Safety Certification

CE

CFM1350
 
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