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41  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 22, 2013, 04:17:49 PM



   What hash rate are you getting at 400Mhz @ 1.3v for only 10 chips?   Right now the most I've OC my Avalon is 358Mhz.


I dont recall exactly.  I believe It was a bit over 4ghs
42  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 22, 2013, 03:20:02 PM
whoa that wire mod looks sick...
do you think w/o an overvolt that more consistent voltage will help HW% errors drop and thus a bit higher clock even at stock voltage? cuz that mod seems simple enough.

Yup.  JFET transistors act like tiny capacitors when they're closed - the current doesn't actually stop flowing until the capacitor is 'charged'.  And of course more volts means faster charge time.

On the other hand, of course, it means more heat, and more risk of damaging your chips...

Just the wire mod for consistent voltage risks damaging the chips?! ... I would think the more consistent voltage has little / no chance of damage to chips w/ stock cooling..

I know its obvious a mod like 1.34v risks damaging / overheating chips if not properly cooled, but wasnt thinking about doing that. Just the wire mode for tad more clockspeed cuz of the more consistent voltages.
I think my cooling setup should handle it fine (5k rpm 250cfm fans)


Just adding a wire (assuming done correctly) will have no chance of damaging your chips.    However if you have never soldered to electronics before I recommend leaving the board as is.



where exactly have you soldered the 2 points? i dont see the r10 resistor anywhere on the first pic.



If you look closely the resistor in the exact center of the image is R10.   It is an 0603 size resistor with a 0402 sitting on top. << look closely, its there.


43  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 22, 2013, 03:18:02 PM
Stability comes from 2 ways.   Voltage and cooling.

Overclockers have been using liquid nitrogen to reach insane speeds for years.   To say weather you can hit a specific speed depends on voltage and cooling. 
I certainly think that if you can do 370mhz stable(no total crashes) with a lot of errors the wire will probably reduce the error rate by boosting the marginal chips voltage. 

Whenever I overclock the first thing I workout is my thermal solution.    You have to do something with the extra heat or it will kill your chips.   Running cooler also helps with stability and error rates.

44  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 22, 2013, 02:15:09 AM
Wire and voltage mod preliminary results:  Successful!   Grin

              300Mhz      350Mhz        400Mhz
Inductor   1.299v       1.299v         1.299v
 
Middle      1.290v       1.290v         1.288v

Bottom     1.291v       1.291v         1.289v
chip

Before the 16awg wire I was seeing 50mv drop from top to bottom.


Only one module of 10 chips was powered up. 

400Mhz was perfectly stable.  I only ran for 10 minutes due to thermal reasons(my watercooling solution is not active yet)

From the Burnin thread SebastianJu is getting 450MHz@1340mV
I suspect I should get close to that if the VR can provide the current.

Note 400Mhz at 1.3v is a LOT hotter than at 300Mhz!!! if you do this mod you MUST upgrade the stock cooling!!!!   Thermal paste on the back of the chips at the MINIMUM!!!!! 


45  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 21, 2013, 03:20:17 PM
whoa that wire mod looks sick...
do you think w/o an overvolt that more consistent voltage will help HW% errors drop and thus a bit higher clock even at stock voltage? cuz that mod seems simple enough.

Yup.  JFET transistors act like tiny capacitors when they're closed - the current doesn't actually stop flowing until the capacitor is 'charged'.  And of course more volts means faster charge time.

On the other hand, of course, it means more heat, and more risk of damaging your chips...

Just the wire mod for consistent voltage risks damaging the chips?! ... I would think the more consistent voltage has little / no chance of damage to chips w/ stock cooling..

I know its obvious a mod like 1.34v risks damaging / overheating chips if not properly cooled, but wasnt thinking about doing that. Just the wire mode for tad more clockspeed cuz of the more consistent voltages.
I think my cooling setup should handle it fine (5k rpm 250cfm fans)


Just adding a wire (assuming done correctly) will have no chance of damaging your chips.    However if you have never soldered to electronics before I recommend leaving the board as is.

46  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: A word on profitability on: August 20, 2013, 04:27:52 PM
Then just buy BTC directly and make more profit.
47  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 20, 2013, 03:08:46 PM
whoa that wire mod looks sick...
do you think w/o an overvolt that more consistent voltage will help HW% errors drop and thus a bit higher clock even at stock voltage? cuz that mod seems simple enough.


From what I have read from others on Burnins board thread they are seeing big changes in performance with just a 10mv difference.  

a 16awg wire should be good for 10a without much voltage drop.  

it will be a couple of days before I can finish up on the watercooling stuff before I can fire the boards up and take some measurements.




Doh! I'm anxious .. oh u already did volt mod huh, that's why gotta wait till WC setup is good...?

Where were the voltage readouts listed, tried finding them in this thread - didn't find them, was it in the avalon users thread?

Bunch of stuff here and the next few pages after.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=179769.msg2927914;topicseen#msg2927914

They are running at 1.4v and higher it seems!!!  These are old chips at 110nm i believe!  they will run into signal integrity issues with high clock rates long before we burn one out due to over voltage.    Going too high will just waste a bunch of energy.  

Mine is modded to 1.34v which seems like a good place based on what I have read on Burnin's thread.



48  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 20, 2013, 02:50:50 PM
whoa that wire mod looks sick...
do you think w/o an overvolt that more consistent voltage will help HW% errors drop and thus a bit higher clock even at stock voltage? cuz that mod seems simple enough.


From what I have read from others on Burnins board thread they are seeing big changes in performance with just a 10mv difference.  

a 16awg wire should be good for 10a without much voltage drop.  

it will be a couple of days before I can finish up on the watercooling stuff before I can fire the boards up and take some measurements.


49  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 20, 2013, 03:18:17 AM
Preview of what im working on.

Im going for 1.34v, watercooling, and a 16awg wire to distribute current to the bottom of the board.


39.2k R10 piggyback resistor


watercooling channels.  Extruded alu is not fun to weld.


16awg wire. 
50  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Cointerra Releases 2 TH/s Miner for ~16k on: August 20, 2013, 03:09:49 AM
Has anyone been able to meet these guys face to face yet?

51  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 16, 2013, 04:25:16 PM
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How about B3 machines that have changed design ? I see on one photos hash unit are probably grouped in 4 on one PCB and added thermal sensor on it.

My unit is a batch 3.   It looks like we are seeing the exact same voltage drop.
52  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 16, 2013, 03:57:53 PM

I measure my board with my 100MHz oscilloscope with 1.3V mod and did not see noise on power lines. I check it now after over 10 days mining.
About drop:
Standby: 1.298V
395MHz:
1.278 on coil VR and nearest capacitor  
1.268  first two chip
1.228 last chip.

I solder  silver-plated wire 0,8mm across  one board and check how its help.  


Thanks for the info. It looks like it's more work to do. Loosing 3% hashrate for voltage drops would be sad.


50mv drop is horrible!

adding a couple thick wires from the output of the VR to the last chips should help a lot.     although the problem could be a return path issue.  I dont have my unit in front of me at the moment.  I assume the bottom layer is Ground and the top is VCC?    There may be an issue with the ground vias/pins not being able to handle the current.
53  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 16, 2013, 02:58:23 AM
Thanks lastbit and GandalfG for the info.   I have access to a nice 12ghz oscilloscope and will take noise and ripple measurements of the output of the VR and see if it gets unstable past 20a.  

I am running a 1200w supply so I should be fine on the supply side. Going to be switching to 220v as well to gain a bit more efficiency.

I will be running coolant to a radiator outside for watercooling...  Unfortunately it has been 105f or 40c for the last month outside.  Which is even more reason I want to get the 800+watt this thing produces out of my house!

The main issue I see with cooling is getting the heat from the chips into the heatsink.  lastbit's photo earlier show the exact bowing away Im seeing.
As the board heats up you can watch it bow away.   I have a clamping solution im working on as well to hold the chips flat against the heatsink.
 

Just took some measurements.  At the top of the board closest to the VR im seeing 1.2v at the bottom im seeing 1.15v!  Im surprised to see so much of a drop!  They must have cheeped out on the amount of copper on the board.
54  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 15, 2013, 10:43:40 PM
Thanks lastbit!

Ill just pull the spec sheet for the controller.

Ill probably just drop to a 6k resistor and a 10k pot in series till I can figure out what voltage it takes to get to 400mhz.

Avalon chip spec shows 1.2v typical 1.32 max!

I wonder if I can shut off all of the individual modules except for the one Im working on.



55  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 15, 2013, 09:22:26 PM
@lastbit.

Have you reworked a VR with the 1.5uH?   How much current have you been able to push?
I haven't. I have to solve cooling first. I hope next week.



Im in the process of watercooling mine.   Should be done next week as well.  I plan on switching out the sense resistors(R10 i believe) on the VR to get to 1.2v.  

Where can I find the schematics for this thing?

56  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon ASIC users thread on: August 15, 2013, 09:10:12 PM
@lastbit.

Have you reworked a VR with the 1.5uH?   How much current have you been able to push?

57  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon Overclocking Thread - Share Your Results and Tips for others on: August 15, 2013, 04:21:54 PM
I'm interested in power consumption so I'd appreciate if someone could report that.

Some power measurements for Avalon.

Unit is batch#3 w/4 modules, fw 20130723.
Temperature target 65C. Keep in mind this is equiv with 45 for batch#1&2.
Temp1 (input temperature) is 21C .
Temp3 (output temperature) is roughly 15C lower then Temp2.
Wall is wall power in watts.
Errors is percentage of HW errors versus diff1 shares.

freqwallfan1fan3temp2errors
256 685 2280 2040 60
270 722 2280 2160 60
282 755 2400 2160 61
300 803 2400 2160 63 0.94%
325 873 2520 2280 66 1.08%
350 943 3480 3240 63 1.35%

Produces arround 109-110Gh/s @350MHz, confirmed by btcguild (more or less).
At 375MHz unit cannot maintain 65C temperature target. Hash is less, around 105Gh/s, due to large percentage of HW errors. 

58  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon batch [3] countdown! on: August 13, 2013, 04:46:00 AM
If I recall my 4 module batch 3 with Corsair AX1200 gold supply pulls ~800 watts at the wall at 325mhz.

i am in the process of water cooling my unit.  Will try and get past 350mhz soon.

The thermal/mechanicals on this thing are horrific!  You can actively watch the PCB bow up from the heatsink as the ASICs start hashing!!

I will post pictures of my solution once it is all finished.

 
59  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon batch [3] countdown! on: August 13, 2013, 01:23:29 AM
Your minercount should be 32.
60  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Incoming Avalon News 8/9/2013 on: August 08, 2013, 10:50:47 PM
I would like to see Batch 3 orders get free upgrade modules with 2nd gen chips!
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