ASIC Miners

ASIC crypto miners are the most powerful tools for mining crypto currencies. Accordingly, the sector is becoming rather crowded as new new companies have started emerging to challenge Bitmain’s domination of the sector. Some of these new startups are dubious and should be treated with a strong degree of caution.

Neverthless, there are numerous reputable manufacturers which offer legitimate services. See our table below which provides information about some of the most powerful ASIC miners and the companies which manufactured them.

The list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you a good idea about the main types of ASIC hardware currently available.

ASIC ManufacturerASIC ModelHashratePowerReleasedAlgorithm
PangolinWhatsMiner M10s55 Th/s3500wSep 2018SHA-256
EbangEbit E11++44 Th/s1980wOct 2018SHA-256
GMO MinerB333 Th/s3417wNov 2018SHA-256
InnosiliconT2 Turbo+ 32T32 Th/s2200wSep 2018SHA-256
BitmainAntminer S1528 Th/s1596wNov 2018SHA-256
CanaanAvalonMiner 92120 Th/s1700wSep 2018SHA-256
HalongDragonMint T116 Th/s1480wApril 2018SHA-256
BitmainAntminer S9j14.5 Th/s1350wAug 2018SHA-256
CanaanAvalonMiner 82111.5 Th/s1200wFeb 2018SHA-256
BitmainAntminer R48.7 Th/s845wFeb 2017SHA-256
BitmainAntminer DR37.8 Th/s1410wSep 2018Blake256R14
BitmainAntminer D319.3 Gh/s1350wOct 2017X11
InnosiliconA9 ZMaster50 Ksol/s620wJune 2018Equihash
BitmainAntminer Z942 Ksol/s970wSep 2018Equihash

ASIC Crypto Miners – Further Information

Further information about the most popular ASIC crypto miners currently on the market, including technical specifications and details of the cryptocurrencies they are able to mine.

Antminer S15

Bitmain Antminer S15

The Antminer S15 represents Bitmain’s effort to jump on the ‘next genration’ bandwagon in an increasingly competitive sector that has seen the introduction of 7nm technology. The S15 works on the SHA-256 algorithm and will go head-to-head with hardware from the likes of Bitfury and Ebang.

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Technology

As mentioned, the S15 utilises the very latest 7nm technology and is the first of two ASIC miners that will be released in the coming months. The second, called the T15 is slated for launch in December 2018. Both use the BM1391 ASIC chip which Bitmain waxed lyrical about at the World Digital Summit in September. The S15 and T15 can boast 28Th/s and 23Th/s respectively.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1596 W ±7 %
  • Hash Rate – 28 TH/s ±2 %
  • Algorithm type – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 22.1cm x 17.54cm x 27.88cm

Pros

  • Latest 7nm Technology
  • Competitive Hashrate
  • Established ASIC Manufacturer
  • Comparitively Low Power Consumption

Cons

  • Better Hash Rates Elsewhere

A9 ZMaster ASIC

Innosilicon A9 ZMaster

The A9 ZMaster is one of Innosilicon’s flag-ship ASIC miners. Its release in June of 2018 was much-lauded in the crypto mining sector, largely because of its potent hash-rate. Aimed at the Equihash algorithm, the ZMaster has been specifically developed to mine crypto-currencies like Horizen (ZEN), ZCash (ZEC), Bitcoin Interest (BCI) and ZClassic (ZCL).

Technology

One of the major things that stand out with the A9 ZMaster (apart from the hash-rate) is its low power-draw. At just 620w, the A9 consumes less power than all high-end ASICs currently available. The ZMaster also comprises a comparatively small form-factor and is, by all accounts, a silent operator, despite the presence of two cooling fans.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 620W +/-5%
  • Hash Rate – 50ksol/s +/-6%
  • Algorithm type – Equihash
  • Form factor – 36 cm x 12.5 cm x 15.5 cm

Pros

  • Hash Rate (!)
  • Low Form Factor
  • Ships with PSU

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to Source

Antminer Z9

Antminer Z9

The Antminer Z9 is the latest ASIC from Bitmain. Unsurprisingly, they’ve hailed it as the most efficient, most powerful ASIC currently available. Designed for use on the Equihash network, customers will be able to mine for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Gold, Komodo and ZCash.

Technology

As is the case with all Bitmain ASICs, the Z9 features aluminium alloy heat sinks and computer-controlled fans to help further with cooling. An external power supply is required to power the IO board – an ATX PSU with 7 six-pin PCIE connectors is recommended by the manufacturer. A 10 amp power supply must also be purchased.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1150w
  • Hash Rate – 40.8kH/s.
  • Algorithm – Equihash
  • Form factor – 27.9 cm x 22.6 cm x 13.2cm

Pros

  • Most powerful, energy efficient Bitmain ASIC
  • Excellent hash rate

Cons

  • Price
  • Separate PSU required
  • Power cord not provided

EBit E11+ ASIC Miner

Ebit E11+

Successor to the E9i and E10, Ebang’s E11+ series of ASIC miners are designed for SHA-256 algorithms and can be used to mine majro cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as well as emerging currencies like Acoin (ACOIN), eMark (DEM) and Crown (CRW).

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Technology

The E11+ (++) ASICs are powered by 10nm DW1228 chips and feature hash-rates of 37TH/s, meaing they can outperform some of Bitmain’s latest ASICs. Whether or not they’ll be able to outperform Bitmain in terms of sales figures remains to be seen, however.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1950W
  • Hash Rate – 37Th/s (+)
  • Algorithm type – SHA-256
  • Form factor – Information not available

Pros

  • High-End Hash-Rate
  • 10nm Technology

Cons

  • Power Hog
  • Limited Technical Information Available

Innosilicon T2 Turbo+ 32T

Innosilicon T2 Turbo+ 32T

Innosilicon released its super-charged SHA-256 ASIC to much fanfare in September 2018. Aimed squarely at Bitcoin, the T2 Turbo is one of the most powerful ASICs currently available. Offering a lofty hash-rate that’s superior to most rival ASICS, save for GMO’s B3, Innosilicon’s latest piece of kit packs a serious punch.

Technology

The T2 Turbo has been developed with Samsung’s 10nm FinFet semiconductor technology and outputs 24 trillion hashes per second (24 TH/s). Offering a reasonable power consumption rate of 2200w, the T2 ships with its own PS, although you’ll have to source your own 220v connector cable (You can’t have everything). A built-in ASIC boost feature is also available for certain models.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 2200w
  • Hash Rate – 32Th/s
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 40cm x 15cm x 18cm

Pros

  • Very High Hash-Rate
  • Most Powerful ASIC on the Market
  • Ships with PSU

Cons

  • Expensive
  • PSU Connector Cables not Included

Avalon 921

Canaan AvalonMiner 921

The AvalonMiner 921 A9 is currently the most efficient Bitcoin miner on the market. Unveiled by Canaan Creative in September of 2018, the 921 is based on 7nm processing technology and is intended for the SHA-256 algorithm.

Technology

The AvalonMiner 921 offers a hash-rate of 20 TH/s while drawing 1700w from the wall. Its temperature, which is regulated by a single fan, is heavily based on the cooling systems of previous miners. However, featuring 104 x A3206 7nm chips and the latest semi-conductor technology, Canaan’s latest release should offer a solid foundation for future iterations.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1700W
  • Hash Rate – 20 TH/s, -5% ~ +10%
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 37.8cm x 17cm x 15.5cm

Pros

  • Good Hash-Rate
  • Efficient
  • Developed with 7nm Technology

Cons

  • Separate 2000-2200w PSU Required

GMO B3 Miner

GMO B3 Miner

The B3 is an SHA-256 miner intended for the Bitcoin blockchain and features next-generation 7nm chip technology. To be released in November 2018, this compact ASIC crypto miner directly challenges Bitmain’s famed, Antminer S9. Unsurprisingly, the B3 is already sold out, so laying your hands on one is going to be difficult for the time-being.

Technology

The B3 was the first ASIC to be developed with 7nm technology and is expected to output a hash rate of between 24 – 33 TH/s. Its diminutive form factor also saves up to 50% space, according to the GMO website. Other features include smart power functionality and a clock regulator.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1950w – 3417w
  • Hash Rate – 24-33 TH/s.
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 43cm x 13.6cm x 16.3cm

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Decent Hash Rate
  • Smart Power Functionality

Cons

  • Unknown Entity
  • Sold-Out

Pangolin Whatsminer M10

Pangolin WhatsMiner M10

The WhatsMiner M10 was launched in September of 2018 by ASIC upstarts, Pangolin. Intended for use with the SHA-256 algorithm, it is able to mine both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Intriguingly, the M10 developed by ex-Bitmain developer, Yang Zuoxing, and it offers a lower power consumption rate than many high-end ASIC crypto miners currently available.

Technology

The WhatsMiner M10 is powered by 315 16nm chips on three hash-boards. Working temperatures are capped at 40c and regulated by two cooling fans installed either end of the unit. It offers a hash-rate in the range of 30 – 33.5 TH/s and ships with a PSU.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 2145W
  • Hash Rate – 33 TH/s, +5%
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 39cm x 13cm x 22cm

Pros

  • High Hash-Rate
  • Low(ish) Power Consumption
  • Ships with PSU

Cons

  • Un-established Manufacturer

DragonMint T1 ASIC

DragonMint T1

Hailed as the world’s most efficient miner, the DragonMint T1 is Halong Mining’s flagship ASIC. It was released in April 2018 and is designed to work with SHA-256 algorithms. Drawing 1480w and featuring a 16TH/s hash-rate, the T1 is primarily intended for BTC crypto mining.

Technology

The DragonMint T1 comprises a typical, dual fan tube design which features three chip boards and a pair of fans which operate at 1480W, keeping ambient temperatures of 25 °C. The T1 is also ASICBoost-ready and works with mining pools that have implemented the power-saving technology. In terms of hash-power its dropped down the league table in recent months. With that said, the use of multiple T1s still represents a good option for crypto miners with medium budgets.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1480W
  • Hash Rate – 16Th/s (+)
  • Algorithm type – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 34 cm x 12.5cm x 15.5cm

Pros

  • Reasonably Energy Efficient
  • AsicBoost Ready
  • Cost-Effective Option

Cons

  • Superseded by More Powerful ASIC miners
  • Hard to source

 

Antminer S9i/j

Hailed as ‘the world’s first consumer grade 16nm ASIC miner’, the Antminer S9i succeeds the popular S7 series and is three times more powerful. Able to generate 13.5 TH/S the s9i was built primarily for Bitcoin, but can also be used to mine for any currencies using the SHA-256 algorithm.

Technology

The S9 ASIC miner comprises 189 BM1387 chips, which have been built using TSMCC’s 16nm process node. Its control board features a Dual ARM Cortex A9 processor with CoreSight and includes Gigabit Ethernet to help ensure the instant submission of mined blocks.

To aid with cooling, the S9 heat-sinks and case are made from high-grade Aluminium alloy. Two computer-controlled fans also assist with heat extraction, replacing hot air at the required pace.

ASIC mining hardware often requires a separate PSU. And so it goes with the S9 which needs a power supply unit of at least 1600w in order for it to operate reliably.

This must be connected to the 3 PCI-e connectors on each hashing board as well as an additional 6pin PCI-e connector on the IO board. Although multiple PSUs can be used for both the hash boards and control board, the use of a single unit is recommended.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1350W
  • Hash Rate – 14 TH/s ±5%
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 35cm x 13.5cm x 15.8 cm

Pros

  • Most powerful, energy efficient ASIC on market
  • High hash rate
  • 90 day warranty when purchased from Bitmain

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Separate PSU required

Avalon 821

AvalonMiner 821

The AvalonMiner 821 is an eighth generation Avalon ASIC which uses an A3210 – the very latest 16nm Bitcoin chip. Consequently, it is able to perform far more efficiently than the popular 741, offering a hash rate of 11TH/s, while drawing 1200w.

Technology

As with most Avalon ASICs, the 821 can be connected to another five AvalonMiners by using the same type of AUC3 USB converter found on the 741 – this results in a formidable hash rate of 22TH/s. The same Airform Cooling Technology is also employed to help ensure effective heat management. The 821 does not feature a built-in controller so any purchase should include either an AvalonMiner or Rasberry Pi controller. A separate power supply of at least 1200w is also required.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1200W
  • Hash Rate – 11TH/s, -5% ~ +10%
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Form factor – 37cm x 15cm x 13.6cm

Pros

  • More efficient than the 741
  • Effective cooling system

Cons

  • PSU sold separately

Bitmain Antminer DR3

Bitmain Antminer DR3

The Antminer DR3 has been specifically developed to mine on the DECRED (DCR) network, which uses the Blake256R14 algorithm. Its release in early October of 2018 raised a few eye-brows within crypto mining circles given DECRED’s lowly market-cap ranking. Perhaps Bitmain knows something we don’t.

Technology

The DR3 features a hash-rate of 7.8 TH/s and a power consumption of around 1400w. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about its development or design. With that said, the relatively low price tag should appeal to amateur miners targeting low-value currencies.

Specifications

  • Power consumption – 1410W
  • Hash Rate – 7.8Th/s
  • Algorithm – Blake256R14
  • Form factor – 29.3cm x 13cm x 18.7cm

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Decent Hash Rate

Cons

  • Poor Energy Efficiency
  • DECRED??

Antminer R4

The Antminer R4 is a consumer-grade ASIC which was released in 2017. Boasting an energy efficiency of 0.098 J/GHs and a hash generate rate of 8.6 TH/s, it’s aimed squarely at home-based crypto miners. As far as overall performance is concerned, the R4 sits between the Antminer S9 and S7 and offers a good solution for miners with medium budgets.

Technology

The Antminer R4 features the same BM1387 chips found on the S9 although not as many (126 v 189). It’s also been specifically designed to operate as silently as possible and includes a rotary blade fan that’s said to reduce noise levels by up to 50%.

The control board, which is specially-designed to reduce latency, makes use of a Xilinx ZYNQ-7000 system-on-a-chip and a dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based Application Processor Unit. The R4 also consists of a slimmed down form factor that allows for convenient placement.

The Antminer needs a separate power supply unit – Bitmain recommend their custom-made APW5 which features a dynamically-controlled fan for the further reduction and operates on both 220v and 110v.

  • Hash rate – 8.6 TH/s
  • Algorithm – SHA-256
  • Power consumption – 845W
  • Form factor – 51.5cm x 10cm x 22.2cm

Pros

  • Silent runner
  • Energy efficient
  • Simple User interface
  • Good hash rate

Cons

  • Expensive

Antminer D3

Antminer D3

The Antminer D3 was developed for DASH mining and works on the X11 proof of work algorithm. It has an efficiency rate of 1.6 J/MH and can generate up to 17 GH/s while drawing 1200W from the wall. As with most ASICs from Bitmain, the D3 offers a strong degree of stability

Technology

The D3 features three hash boards and 180 x BM1760 chips. There are three PCI-E ports, of which all are required for the connection to a separate ATX Power supply unit. All in all not a bad investment and an ideal ASIC miner for altcoins. Forget about currencies with higher difficulty levels though.

Specifications

  • Hash rate – 17GH/s±5%
  • Algorithm – X11
  • Power consumption – 1350W
  • Form factor – 32cm x 13cm x 19cm

Pros

  • Decent hash rate
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Separate PSU required

 

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