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February 04, 2018, 04:34:07 PM
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What's exciting about a stack of shrink-wrapped mailboxes?

You've inspired me for a new novelty bitcoin item.
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February 04, 2018, 11:05:24 PM
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...snip...

https://twitter.com/HalongMining/status/960050172033052672

This might be exciting news then

mmm, low quality video, looking like they are stacking little aluminium cuts, into trays.. "Yah i see chips, MUST be real!"

well, the looks of them, they are 50x50mm BGA chipsets. looks something like the old KnC miner chips..

none the less, still no stats on what the chips are or how they are laid out..
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February 06, 2018, 12:59:33 AM
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If these are coming through bitshopper.de then I will buy a few as well. The reduction in shipping and import VAT makes it a payable hobby again in the UK.

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February 07, 2018, 07:36:57 PM
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Wondering out loud if the crash of BTC, China and Korea seriously clamping down on crypto trading, major CC companies blocking crypto exchanges from using to purchase, if the supply of mining hardware and chips has eased up any. E.g. demand for hardware has fallen off a cliff.

Seems Bitman has product suddenly back in stock again
https://shop.bitmain.com/productDetail.htm?pid=000201801170959500908a6LT4fg0669

and so does
https://halongmining.com/shop/dragonmint-16t-miner/

But the prices are still as high (or higher) than ever.
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February 07, 2018, 08:01:22 PM
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Wait, the miner nobody's ever seen and has been advertising its first (sold out) batch shipping in March has something in stock?

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February 07, 2018, 08:30:59 PM
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No, it is a May batch pre-order..

Sigh.

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February 07, 2018, 09:30:59 PM
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Bitmain also has their "new" Model V9 out - cheap price but it sure looks like a recycled S7.

March delivery - and it's ALREADY very marginal on profitability even at MY super cheap electric rate.


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February 07, 2018, 11:42:43 PM
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This is actually quite surprising!!!

For the DragonMint.

Minimum quantity: 1 unit. (used to be 5)

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I guess since BTC is fluctuating so wildly hour to hour the time between when you transfer BTC into your pay account and are actually able to make the payment can swing by $1000's making an actual dollar value purchase impossible.
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February 08, 2018, 12:13:13 AM
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Okay but now we've diverged into stuff that belongs in the Halong speculation thread.

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February 10, 2018, 09:54:50 AM
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Bitmain also has their "new" Model V9 out - cheap price but it sure looks like a recycled S7.

March delivery - and it's ALREADY very marginal on profitability even at MY super cheap electric rate.



I bet its old stock that's been re-lazed with a new label on each chip if it indeed is a different part number;  OR they thought about it in advance, and has a run of chips for the units they were going to be using in-house to be able to easily sell them after they are done with em.


I wouldn't touch those with a 30 foot pole unless BTC was over ~50K.....  and even then I would only accept one for free.... maybe.


But, on-topic;  I am excited to see what this year brings for the new products.   Last year seemed to go by silently; as you were full-ham on production of current devices.
I hope to see this thread relatively active for this year =)   I guess it all relies on having a chip supplier come through at this point, correct?

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February 10, 2018, 01:14:34 PM
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Yes, thank you for quoting something from a year and a half ago.

I do still have Bitfury 16nm samples, but last time I asked a bulk order of chips was about 9 months lead time so I started looking at alternatives. I have worked out an arrangement with someone who already had some solid R&D on a different chip to share his knowledge in exchange for help with cgminer integration (and a cut of sales), which put me about two months ahead on a new design.

I'm also talking to, or trying to talk to, a couple of those "new guys" who show up out of nowhere and whose chips may or may not exist now or sometime in the future. I know that's pretty vague and that's sorta deliberate because I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Never promise more than you can deliver, right?

Once I have new-chip stuff ready, we'll be retiring the 2Pac in favor of a new-chip stickminer. The Terminus R808 pod will probably still be around for a while but I also intend on making a new-chip pod. It'll be more capable but it'll also be more expensive, hence why I'd keep the R808 around as a cheaper entry-level option. The new pod miner would be form-factor-compatible, all the jacks and mounting holes in the same place so a case for one would work for the other.
The new pod, and ideally the new stick as well, would have software-controlled adjustable voltage.

By now the assembly line is pretty well laid out and I don't have to do nearly as much myself, which means R&D on new stuff gets done more efficiently. That's good news.

Oh yeah and I've got a bit of a concept change for my powered USB hub project that should take out some of the headaches, so I should start prototyping on that soon. Who knows, maybe it'll be available to ship with the new 16nm stickminers.

Also for anyone who hadn't already noticed, I do have an actual salesperson now to handle customer communication so small sales are re-opened on 2Pacs, and she's making a list of people interested in pod miners and 2Pac seconds for when those are in stock. Contact laura@gekkoscience.com if you're interested in buying something - yes, that's the same Laura whose medical expenses benefit from the sale of 2Pac seconds. We've figured out a mutually beneficial way of helping her both more directly and more substantially.

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February 13, 2018, 06:51:25 PM
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You still thinking of doing that S1/3 upgrade kit?
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February 13, 2018, 07:08:24 PM
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Yep.

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February 14, 2018, 06:36:17 PM
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Do you have any updates on these upgrade kits?

... I'm wondering if I should buy an old s3 off eBay to get ready...

Will there be separate kits for the s1 vs s3 vs s5 in that they'll have different final hash rates, or will it be a uniform board that can be swapped out of any device?  I'll keep my eyes peeled for some cheap miners but would like to plan on what the eventual finished product might could be...😊
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February 14, 2018, 11:49:23 PM
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You still thinking of doing that S1/3 upgrade kit?
@ Sidehack: and still have that heap of old s1's I sent ya long ago? Would be good for folks wanting a ready-to run solution.

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February 15, 2018, 12:11:28 AM
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I'd be interested in a s3....
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February 15, 2018, 02:10:54 AM
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Between S1, S3 and S5 chassis I have probably 150-180 miner cores laying around.

They're mechanically compatible. All the heatsinks are the same size with the same screw positions. So a board for one will work on all 3. That's the whole point, and a question I've been answering for roughly 3 years.

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February 15, 2018, 04:51:18 AM
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... That's the whole point, and a question I've been answering for roughly 3 years.

Sorry. Haven't been following you that long.  I'm still working my way through some of these ancient threads.
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February 15, 2018, 08:00:40 PM
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You still thinking of doing that S1/3 upgrade kit?
@ Sidehack: and still have that heap of old s1's I sent ya long ago? Would be good for folks wanting a ready-to run solution.

If/when folks are interested I still have a fair number of s3's that can be had just for cost of shipping within USA only.

PM'd you. I'd be interested in this
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February 16, 2018, 04:07:33 AM
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@ Sidehack: and still have that heap of old s1's I sent ya long ago? Would be good for folks wanting a ready-to run solution.

If/when folks are interested I still have a fair number of s3's that can be had just for cost of shipping within USA only.

pm'd you for a quote. thx
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