BitBurner XX – Bitcoin mining hardware – hands on
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Last april there was something in the air. A groupbuy was organized by Sebastian JU, which directed our attention towards the first generation of Avalon chips. At this point nobody suspected there was going to be a huge delay.
Hoping for the best, we ordered our chips, despite having no idea how we were going to get the PCBs. There were a few options – getting the boards directly from the Klondike project or assembling them from the available gits. After a few days of browsing we finally found a topic on bitcointalk – „[Work in progess] Burnins Avalon Chip to mining board service”
Splendid, that was exactly what we needed! You probably have guessed the rest – ultimately late delivery on the chips. Burnin had already taken the orders on the PCB, and then the cold shower came: Avalon offered a refund on the undelivered chips. Hard decision still – the difficulty was sky high, the prices remained at around $110. We thought we needed to balance the risks, so we had some of the chips refunded and kept some of them.
Considering the price rise later on, it proved to be a good decision. But normally I would say it was more like Russian roulette. If the price had stayed on $110, it would have been a bad decision. You know the golden rule: If you want to make your profit on the price rise, don’t buy a mining equipment, invest in the bitcoins.
Finally, we got the good news. The chips were delivered to Burnin (burninmining.com) and we were waiting for the boards. One day a friend of mine said that we would be near Hamburg and he could pick them up personally for us. Quick email, quick response, and boom – we had the miners.
Huge paper box, everything separated and brand new.
WHAT WE ORDERED (without numbers):
– Bitburner XX-s with avalon chips
– PSUs – EVGA Supernove 1000 G2
– Raspberry Pi
– CAN-bus cables
WHAT WAS NOT INCLUDED:
– Wires to connect double boards
– Jumpers for the end line of each Can-bus circle
cgminer-nogpu –avalon-options 115200:32:10:d:400
–bitburner-voltage 1250 milivolt
As you can see, it runs on 400mHz and 1250 milivolts. One tower, 16 boards, and it is hashing on 119 Gh/s stable, running cgminer 3.5.0.