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October 19, 2015, 05:38:20 PM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?



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October 19, 2015, 07:01:49 PM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?




Ultimately its up to the user and their preferences of how long they want the machine to potentially last.
Its hard to answer ur question definitively due to so many environment variables & operating conditions between cubes.
What everyone needs is a laser temp reader to take temperature checks of the inductor on the DCDC modules while its hashing. If its true that the inductor is generally within 10C of the webgui stat then a SAFE MAX temp @ 40A is... between 70 & 75C, so webgui stat should no higher than 80-85C.

Whats interesting is with more airflow these DCDC's are rated for more current safely at any given temp, even if the temp is the same vs less/no airflow.

For example, temp of inductor 80C @ no airflow is safe up to 34A.  80C @ 2-3m/s of airflow is safe up to 40A
At 100C inductor temp: 20A safe for no airflow, 30A safe for 3m/s of airflow

Another facet of max life from DCDC's is keeping them at their rated 40A max or lower. I know most of mine in the titan @ 325mhz are at 40-41A ... which I imagine aint bad, but I think around 43A ur starting to really push it. The actual Current limiting function of the DCDC's kicks in at 46A

This is the life expectancy of the DCDC's given everything is within spec:
MTBF at 90% confidence level = 11.52 Mh

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October 19, 2015, 07:08:36 PM
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BTW, if anyone feels like tackling it.... LOL

350mhz is doable, if ur freaking crazy and want to melt ur titan asap, but it is doable.
The key lies in reverse engineering the spimux-titan.rbf binary file. Its closed source, maybe, if ur lucky u can try to beg KNC to release the source =)

BE WARNED!, ur DCDC's will probably catch fire and ur PSU will melt eventually and power cables turn into burnt spaghetti noodles but what the hay!!! YOLO!! =P
If anyone loves fireworks, 350mhz+ is the way to go!

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October 19, 2015, 07:09:21 PM
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I can test it of sent me firmware
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I can test it of sent me firmware


Um, Im not trying to reverse engineer that file. I was saying if someone wanted 350mhz, the key to unlocking it is in that file. Im not willing to do it and either brick my fpga or burn up my titan LOL

I bet KNC kept it closed source cuz they didnt wanna have to service a bunch of peoples cubes who abused them by running them at 350mhz and frying everything.

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October 19, 2015, 08:06:57 PM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?




Ultimately its up to the user and their preferences of how long they want the machine to potentially last.
Its hard to answer ur question definitively due to so many environment variables & operating conditions between cubes.
What everyone needs is a laser temp reader to take temperature checks of the inductor on the DCDC modules while its hashing. If its true that the inductor is generally within 10C of the webgui stat then a SAFE MAX temp @ 40A is... between 70 & 75C, so webgui stat should no higher than 80-85C.

Whats interesting is with more airflow these DCDC's are rated for more current safely at any given temp, even if the temp is the same vs less/no airflow.

For example, temp of inductor 80C @ no airflow is safe up to 34A.  80C @ 2-3m/s of airflow is safe up to 40A
At 100C inductor temp: 20A safe for no airflow, 30A safe for 3m/s of airflow

Another facet of max life from DCDC's is keeping them at their rated 40A max or lower. I know most of mine in the titan @ 325mhz are at 40-41A ... which I imagine aint bad, but I think around 43A ur starting to really push it. The actual Current limiting function of the DCDC's kicks in at 46A

This is the life expectancy of the DCDC's given everything is within spec:
MTBF at 90% confidence level = 11.52 Mh

So, safe bet would be to keep DCDC amperage at 40 or below if I wanted the cubes to last longer? I see at 325 some of them goes as high as 44.

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October 19, 2015, 08:15:54 PM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?




Ultimately its up to the user and their preferences of how long they want the machine to potentially last.
Its hard to answer ur question definitively due to so many environment variables & operating conditions between cubes.
What everyone needs is a laser temp reader to take temperature checks of the inductor on the DCDC modules while its hashing. If its true that the inductor is generally within 10C of the webgui stat then a SAFE MAX temp @ 40A is... between 70 & 75C, so webgui stat should no higher than 80-85C.

Whats interesting is with more airflow these DCDC's are rated for more current safely at any given temp, even if the temp is the same vs less/no airflow.

For example, temp of inductor 80C @ no airflow is safe up to 34A.  80C @ 2-3m/s of airflow is safe up to 40A
At 100C inductor temp: 20A safe for no airflow, 30A safe for 3m/s of airflow

Another facet of max life from DCDC's is keeping them at their rated 40A max or lower. I know most of mine in the titan @ 325mhz are at 40-41A ... which I imagine aint bad, but I think around 43A ur starting to really push it. The actual Current limiting function of the DCDC's kicks in at 46A

This is the life expectancy of the DCDC's given everything is within spec:
MTBF at 90% confidence level = 11.52 Mh

So, safe bet would be to keep DCDC amperage at 40 or below if I wanted the cubes to last longer? I see at 325 some of them goes as high as 44.

Yeah, I would say on dies which drive the DCDC's above 41A , I would first try to lower the voltage a notch, if thats not stable then put the die at 300mhz and then tweak the voltage down as desired.
Also, like I mentioned above, I would keep the DCDC temp threshold at 85C(if ur trying to achieve longest lifespan that should be the max)

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October 19, 2015, 11:18:29 PM
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Thanks for the mention TXSteve. Smiley

The one thing in that video that I wouldn't recommend doing more than once, is bending those ends down on the cube case. It got pretty flimsy the second time I did that and it completely broke off the third time! Sad KnC used some really cheap metal, which is even more aggravating considering what we paid for them, heh.

As TXSteve mentioned, taking the stickers off the VRMs is a good idea, especially if you use the thermal tape, like they did in the video.

GenTarkin, here's my before and after temps with the heatsinks and thermal epoxy/adhesive. http://i.imgur.com/2aE6f7S.jpg This is on a Neptune cube, but they are laid out the same. That hot VRM must be messed up or something, because it always runs really hot compared to all the rest of my cubes.

These also compare the different fans, KnC's supplied fans and the Noctua upgrade:
Copper Heatsinks with thermal tape: http://i.imgur.com/fcX9cp7.jpg
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Copper Heatsinks with thermal epoxy: http://i.imgur.com/yNIsXby.jpg
As you can see, the epoxy worked quite a bit better than the 3M thermal tape that came on the heatsinks. Cool

I didn't do a test going from the stock thick thermal pads, to the heatsinks with thermal tape. I was doing this upgrade on the Bonus Neptune, which came with NO thermal pads! By the time I modified that one regular cube (first link), I had already switched to using the epoxy.

Here's my full gallery if you want to browse through the rest: http://imgur.com/a/zQDSa

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October 19, 2015, 11:36:27 PM
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OK quick question.  I own one of these and one of my cubes is being a little finicky.  Any advise would be appreciated.  When I run the miner only one die seems to be working one cube 3, but as it mines, it switches dies which work???  So one minute die 1 will work and the other 3 wont and then after watching it for a couple of minutes die one goes off and die 4 works, etc, etc,...  Any clues, or anyone that has had this happen.  I have 3 titans and this is the only one that does that.  thanks in advance for any help.














 

 

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October 20, 2015, 12:16:30 AM
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Thanks for the mention TXSteve. Smiley

The one thing in that video that I wouldn't recommend doing more than once, is bending those ends down on the cube case. It got pretty flimsy the second time I did that and it completely broke off the third time! Sad KnC used some really cheap metal, which is even more aggravating considering what we paid for them, heh.

As TXSteve mentioned, taking the stickers off the VRMs is a good idea, especially if you use the thermal tape, like they did in the video.

GenTarkin, here's my before and after temps with the heatsinks and thermal epoxy/adhesive. http://i.imgur.com/2aE6f7S.jpg This is on a Neptune cube, but they are laid out the same. That hot VRM must be messed up or something, because it always runs really hot compared to all the rest of my cubes.

These also compare the different fans, KnC's supplied fans and the Noctua upgrade:
Copper Heatsinks with thermal tape: http://i.imgur.com/fcX9cp7.jpg
VS
Copper Heatsinks with thermal epoxy: http://i.imgur.com/yNIsXby.jpg
As you can see, the epoxy worked quite a bit better than the 3M thermal tape that came on the heatsinks. Cool

I didn't do a test going from the stock thick thermal pads, to the heatsinks with thermal tape. I was doing this upgrade on the Bonus Neptune, which came with NO thermal pads! By the time I modified that one regular cube (first link), I had already switched to using the epoxy.

Here's my full gallery if you want to browse through the rest: http://imgur.com/a/zQDSa

hey teslaman, good to see you -- you were putting out a lot of good info on modding these things back when there was very little if any other info to go on. Copper heatsinks, 2 part thermal epoxy, noctura fans, cutting the Eplate and probably a bunch of other stuff I forgot, were all originally his ideas. After doing and redoing a bunch of these thing I like to think I learned a few of my own tricks too, but he got the ball rolling. thx dude  Smiley
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October 20, 2015, 02:51:54 AM
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hey teslaman, good to see you -- you were putting out a lot of good info on modding these things back when there was very little if any other info to go on. Copper heatsinks, 2 part thermal epoxy, noctura fans, cutting the Eplate and probably a bunch of other stuff I forgot, were all originally his ideas. After doing and redoing a bunch of these thing I like to think I learned a few of my own tricks too, but he got the ball rolling. thx dude  Smiley

Cheers man, much appreciated and you're most welcome! Smiley Indeed, I've no doubt that people have expanded on those ideas with even more improvements, which is what it's all about. Cool I'd like to try some more things, but I'm still working my way outta the hole this Neptune put me in, lol. Speaking of bitter (cold), way up north from you, I'm already switching over to using my miners for heat, brrrr! Seems like we completely skipped Fall up here.

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October 20, 2015, 06:18:53 AM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?




Ultimately its up to the user and their preferences of how long they want the machine to potentially last.
Its hard to answer ur question definitively due to so many environment variables & operating conditions between cubes.
What everyone needs is a laser temp reader to take temperature checks of the inductor on the DCDC modules while its hashing. If its true that the inductor is generally within 10C of the webgui stat then a SAFE MAX temp @ 40A is... between 70 & 75C, so webgui stat should no higher than 80-85C.

Whats interesting is with more airflow these DCDC's are rated for more current safely at any given temp, even if the temp is the same vs less/no airflow.

For example, temp of inductor 80C @ no airflow is safe up to 34A.  80C @ 2-3m/s of airflow is safe up to 40A
At 100C inductor temp: 20A safe for no airflow, 30A safe for 3m/s of airflow

Another facet of max life from DCDC's is keeping them at their rated 40A max or lower. I know most of mine in the titan @ 325mhz are at 40-41A ... which I imagine aint bad, but I think around 43A ur starting to really push it. The actual Current limiting function of the DCDC's kicks in at 46A

This is the life expectancy of the DCDC's given everything is within spec:
MTBF at 90% confidence level = 11.52 Mh

So, safe bet would be to keep DCDC amperage at 40 or below if I wanted the cubes to last longer? I see at 325 some of them goes as high as 44.

Heh ..not even gonna look ...I have one cube with 2 dies runs hot as hell always has 325 mh all out.(since march 2015 when I got my 2nd unit)
.....i always expect it to burn out ....looked yesterday 90c plus as per usual
that was when I got the used unit...so all the cube goes full out.....at max 325 setting any other cube i throttle it back (or titan says no way) looked today
100 to 101c on the 1 die chugging merrily along...I am befuddled as always ..so that is what 8 months of full out wtf is going on ..then again it has been
11 months wtf is going on with the dies I have set to OFF its only fair I be confused the other way around Smiley

so again confused on what witchery is involved in this tried to tone it down last march the die would  not come back and previous attempts..but ..put it back at 325 setting etc and viola
bat out of hell since (highest producing die too ..heh figures)

so i only have 2 weeks left on my warranty so it will blow up 2 days after

but man i'm clueless as hell on how just plain 'weird' these units act from my own experiences and the folk's on here saying stuff

So I'm trying to go with the 'idea' (likely) as best I can recall in them 'heady' months when the Titan was expected to arrive on time and such

It was designed for 250mh .....the dc's etc components (power jacks) etc etc with the 'appropriate' over engineering for that 250mh unit

They figured out before shipping (w/o telling us imho) that the units were probably gonna ship late....so upped the hash from 250 to 300mh to
compensate for the lateness i suspect they saw coming (although to be fair I doubt they thought they'd be as late as they were) Again still within
the likely 'over engineering' on a 250mh design

They shipped......1st batch had bad dies..the firmware sucked with lots of errors etc...Initially I was told to mine at 300mh anything above that was
my own risk...the firmware ...buggy as hell for 2 months plus was not helping hash .even with LTC ...the hardware had the bad die issues..thus suddenly
when I had 2 bad dies on 2 diff cubes ..I was told to overclock it to 325 speed on adv page (ie ok by knc techs) so I did and it worked ok (with 2 off dies)

Side note: By the way I seem to remember the 1st firmware you could not even SET the speed above 300mh or am I incorrect? Anyone?

But then they changed the rules and said because my orig titan got 306.1 mh with 2 dead dies anything over 300mh they would not take back equip and
nor any cube with only 1 die off.....amazing how rules got changed. Again this was against their previous advice of 300mh was max.

So essentially to cover their ass on shoddy firmware and equip and lateness of shipping you were 'required' to overclock.... the F*ck out of your Titan
to get around their failed design/promises and ship date..thus burning a lot of stuff out early as you can see from the 'wreckage' of this thread over the last
year or so.....all risk on us!

to get to my POINT:

 IT IS IMHO A FRIGGING MIRACLE THAT ANY OF THESE TITANS THE WAY THEY WERE DESIGNED 'MANAGED' TO GET ABOVE 300MH FOR A YEAR! I JUST NEED
 TO DEAL WITH THAT 'REALITY' (ie KNC lied on what the product should do vs what it could do) Smiley

So trying to go with the flow...they are frigging overclocked to the max at 325mh adv page settings..so it is easier to limit my expections to reality then to try to figure out how to tweak
these units above 300mh when they already are in 'flaky mode' at probably 300mh ONLY ..from what they imho were designed for!

Got to admire that KNC 'evil genius' chutzpah thou! We have all the issues/risks/etc and they limit their problems with these units by a lot!

By the By I have 2 weeks left on my warranty ...anyone want to use me to swap a cube out to knc for their 200 bucks I'm trustworthy enough to do so
(then again with 2 weeks left they may just never send it back claiming it did not arrive even thou on the shelf..ie must remember the 'evil' we are talking about)

But we should have a mechanism on here to move cubes back thru trusted parties for folk who's warranty has already run out....I mean its not like they
did not play such games with us..the old razzle dazzle misdirection tricks... (then again send cube 200 buck fee....in say a month the knc tech is fired (or quits) due to his impending loss of a job...as the 12 month fix them requirement goes away)

hell probably should just send them to Vegas would be safer I guess ..just frosts my cookies for those with cubes as door stops as we speak because
it is already past 12 months and they are stuck......whatever just wool gathering on above Smiley








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October 20, 2015, 04:08:49 PM
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BTW, heres an interesting tidbit for yall, I think why many titans "dies end up dieing permanently" are infact because the DCDC modules burn out. After looking over the tech sheet, its easy to see why. If the ambient temp (surface temp of the inductor) reaches the 80-90's these are only rated for 25-30A to maintain their expected lifespan.
The fact some folks run them at these temps 24/7 and draw over 40A through them, its easy to see why the DCDC's would die ....

When vegas measured the temp of the inductor from the side, it measured about 55C , the webgui showed about just over 60C ... so there is a really small delta between the ambient temp & internal junction temp(webgui reading) of these DCDC's

Meaning, if ur webgui shows 90C area, the inductor is probably not far behind, most likely running in the low 80's ... which means nowhere near 40A should be pulled from the DCDC at that point.

What would be the safest Maximum DCDC temp setting on advance page of your mod regardless of the ambient temp? I currently set it at 90 and all dies run at 325, should I lower it?




Ultimately its up to the user and their preferences of how long they want the machine to potentially last.
Its hard to answer ur question definitively due to so many environment variables & operating conditions between cubes.
What everyone needs is a laser temp reader to take temperature checks of the inductor on the DCDC modules while its hashing. If its true that the inductor is generally within 10C of the webgui stat then a SAFE MAX temp @ 40A is... between 70 & 75C, so webgui stat should no higher than 80-85C.

Whats interesting is with more airflow these DCDC's are rated for more current safely at any given temp, even if the temp is the same vs less/no airflow.

For example, temp of inductor 80C @ no airflow is safe up to 34A.  80C @ 2-3m/s of airflow is safe up to 40A
At 100C inductor temp: 20A safe for no airflow, 30A safe for 3m/s of airflow

Another facet of max life from DCDC's is keeping them at their rated 40A max or lower. I know most of mine in the titan @ 325mhz are at 40-41A ... which I imagine aint bad, but I think around 43A ur starting to really push it. The actual Current limiting function of the DCDC's kicks in at 46A

This is the life expectancy of the DCDC's given everything is within spec:
MTBF at 90% confidence level = 11.52 Mh

So, safe bet would be to keep DCDC amperage at 40 or below if I wanted the cubes to last longer? I see at 325 some of them goes as high as 44.

Heh ..not even gonna look ...I have one cube with 2 dies runs hot as hell always has 325 mh all out.(since march 2015 when I got my 2nd unit)
.....i always expect it to burn out ....looked yesterday 90c plus as per usual
that was when I got the used unit...so all the cube goes full out.....at max 325 setting any other cube i throttle it back (or titan says no way) looked today
100 to 101c on the 1 die chugging merrily along...I am befuddled as always ..so that is what 8 months of full out wtf is going on ..then again it has been
11 months wtf is going on with the dies I have set to OFF its only fair I be confused the other way around Smiley

so again confused on what witchery is involved in this tried to tone it down last march the die would  not come back and previous attempts..but ..put it back at 325 setting etc and viola
bat out of hell since (highest producing die too ..heh figures)

so i only have 2 weeks left on my warranty so it will blow up 2 days after

but man i'm clueless as hell on how just plain 'weird' these units act from my own experiences and the folk's on here saying stuff

So I'm trying to go with the 'idea' (likely) as best I can recall in them 'heady' months when the Titan was expected to arrive on time and such

It was designed for 250mh .....the dc's etc components (power jacks) etc etc with the 'appropriate' over engineering for that 250mh unit

They figured out before shipping (w/o telling us imho) that the units were probably gonna ship late....so upped the hash from 250 to 300mh to
compensate for the lateness i suspect they saw coming (although to be fair I doubt they thought they'd be as late as they were) Again still within
the likely 'over engineering' on a 250mh design

They shipped......1st batch had bad dies..the firmware sucked with lots of errors etc...Initially I was told to mine at 300mh anything above that was
my own risk...the firmware ...buggy as hell for 2 months plus was not helping hash .even with LTC ...the hardware had the bad die issues..thus suddenly
when I had 2 bad dies on 2 diff cubes ..I was told to overclock it to 325 speed on adv page (ie ok by knc techs) so I did and it worked ok (with 2 off dies)

Side note: By the way I seem to remember the 1st firmware you could not even SET the speed above 300mh or am I incorrect? Anyone?

But then they changed the rules and said because my orig titan got 306.1 mh with 2 dead dies anything over 300mh they would not take back equip and
nor any cube with only 1 die off.....amazing how rules got changed. Again this was against their previous advice of 300mh was max.

So essentially to cover their ass on shoddy firmware and equip and lateness of shipping you were 'required' to overclock.... the F*ck out of your Titan
to get around their failed design/promises and ship date..thus burning a lot of stuff out early as you can see from the 'wreckage' of this thread over the last
year or so.....all risk on us!

to get to my POINT:

 IT IS IMHO A FRIGGING MIRACLE THAT ANY OF THESE TITANS THE WAY THEY WERE DESIGNED 'MANAGED' TO GET ABOVE 300MH FOR A YEAR! I JUST NEED
 TO DEAL WITH THAT 'REALITY' (ie KNC lied on what the product should do vs what it could do) Smiley

So trying to go with the flow...they are frigging overclocked to the max at 325mh adv page settings..so it is easier to limit my expections to reality then to try to figure out how to tweak
these units above 300mh when they already are in 'flaky mode' at probably 300mh ONLY ..from what they imho were designed for!

Got to admire that KNC 'evil genius' chutzpah thou! We have all the issues/risks/etc and they limit their problems with these units by a lot!

By the By I have 2 weeks left on my warranty ...anyone want to use me to swap a cube out to knc for their 200 bucks I'm trustworthy enough to do so
(then again with 2 weeks left they may just never send it back claiming it did not arrive even thou on the shelf..ie must remember the 'evil' we are talking about)

But we should have a mechanism on here to move cubes back thru trusted parties for folk who's warranty has already run out....I mean its not like they
did not play such games with us..the old razzle dazzle misdirection tricks... (then again send cube 200 buck fee....in say a month the knc tech is fired (or quits) due to his impending loss of a job...as the 12 month fix them requirement goes away)

hell probably should just send them to Vegas would be safer I guess ..just frosts my cookies for those with cubes as door stops as we speak because
it is already past 12 months and they are stuck......whatever just wool gathering on above Smiley



At those temps Im surprised ur DCDC's have lasted as long as they have. Also, those arent DIE temps, there are no die temp measurements on these Titans, those are just internal temps of the DCDC's.
There is absolutely no way to detect internal temperature of the dies on Titan. Unless they have an undocumented thermistor somewhere in there LOL! ~ I doubt it.

Also, I have no idea what these units were originally supposed to be rated, but perhaps they were all supposed to be 5 cube units all along and they decided to take the cheap way out by shipping 4 cube units and telling everyone to OC. And yes u are right about early versions of firmware 300mhz was the max, the allowance of 325mhz is shown on github as a change to the spimux-titan.rbf file. Which is why I know the key to unlocking 350mhz is in that file =)

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Gentarkin, great job on the software btw, I am one of your donators Smiley you mention current above 40A being an issue can you make your software keep the settings in a "safe" range etc ?

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Gentarkin, great job on the software btw, I am one of your donators Smiley you mention current above 40A being an issue can you make your software keep the settings in a "safe" range etc ?


I could but it would be largely pointless. Being a tad above 40A is not as dangerous as running these things at temperatures for which they arent rated to handle 40A. So, I think temps are much more important then going over the 40A by a bit. Hence, I would recommend the max temp of my DCDC threshold code to be set to 80 or 85C.

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Thanks for the mention TXSteve. Smiley

The one thing in that video that I wouldn't recommend doing more than once, is bending those ends down on the cube case. It got pretty flimsy the second time I did that and it completely broke off the third time! Sad KnC used some really cheap metal, which is even more aggravating considering what we paid for them, heh.

As TXSteve mentioned, taking the stickers off the VRMs is a good idea, especially if you use the thermal tape, like they did in the video.

GenTarkin, here's my before and after temps with the heatsinks and thermal epoxy/adhesive. http://i.imgur.com/2aE6f7S.jpg This is on a Neptune cube, but they are laid out the same. That hot VRM must be messed up or something, because it always runs really hot compared to all the rest of my cubes.

These also compare the different fans, KnC's supplied fans and the Noctua upgrade:
Copper Heatsinks with thermal tape: http://i.imgur.com/fcX9cp7.jpg
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Copper Heatsinks with thermal epoxy: http://i.imgur.com/yNIsXby.jpg
As you can see, the epoxy worked quite a bit better than the 3M thermal tape that came on the heatsinks. Cool

I didn't do a test going from the stock thick thermal pads, to the heatsinks with thermal tape. I was doing this upgrade on the Bonus Neptune, which came with NO thermal pads! By the time I modified that one regular cube (first link), I had already switched to using the epoxy.

Here's my full gallery if you want to browse through the rest: http://imgur.com/a/zQDSa


Hey I had a thought...has anyone been crazy enough to 'water cool' these Titans or Neptunes...that would be cool (and likely expensive) but man that would be
a cool youtube video Smiley

(I nominate TXSteve (Titan) and Telsaman..(Neptune)...  all those in favor...carries....hop right on that will you my good fellows..thanks ) Smiley


Gentarkin, great job on the software btw, I am one of your donators Smiley you mention current above 40A being an issue can you make your software keep the settings in a "safe" range etc ?


I could but it would be largely pointless. Being a tad above 40A is not as dangerous as running these things at temperatures for which they arent rated to handle 40A. So, I think temps are much more important then going over the 40A by a bit. Hence, I would recommend the max temp of my DCDC threshold code to be set to 80 or 85C.


my titan has all them temps beat ...at least this last summer.....the orig 2 dies on 2 cubes that I have OFF have been so since last winter. So the likely
too hot the way I ran them ..did not seem to (yet) have an effect.  Basement setup. lostgonzo.imgur.com Just using fans an airflow thru Basement.

Then again my Titans the orig and even the 2nd one probably (newbie on temp beg of summer) been run way to hot under what you know recommend. Kinda
glad I did not know this over the summer would have been freaking out. I thought 90c and below was OK.

The 2nd unit I got from a guy in Australia was run even harder before I even got it. Winter here is Summer there.

 The way I can tell from his cubes from my cubes is from the way the paint is flaking off the top....
...got that faded "sun blasted"  look....I'm sure it will bite me in the a*ss soon (short life) but whatever been lucky

whatever this is likely my last season of home mining anything ..this winter... anyway if it can hold together and beat elec price thru that season vs coin its a win imho!


Sigh ..I always thought this crypto mining hobby I got into in 2013 would have been a LOT funner with 4 guys and a co-op kinda arrangement..how i used to run a huge gamer BBS...4x the cash. 4x the equip 4x the size..and.someone always available when one of the sysop's cracked up and made a mad dash to throw the dos server off the roof. (ah good times drunk computer builds)

So I would be up to doing a lot of these mods and stuff..but away from the crypto mod herd ..all by my lonesome....little time...and the cowardice of being alone.

Well probably for the best a co-op of 4 buys in 2013 we would probably have been 'taken' by BFL and I'd have 4 less friends..but this stuff would be a hell of a lot more fun
with some more folk. (I've tried ....in upper midwest USA from what I can fathom ..if you do bitcoin..you are more 'evil' then a door to door Amway salesman) Smiley

But doing computer mods in my past was always with someone along the lines of 'are you sure you want to do this''wtf did we do wrong i can't get it back together'...and of course the classic ' well that did not work well at all..... we needed a new (? put device here) anyway I guess...er hand me another beer (we used that a lot) Smiley

Its not the KNC junk that bugs me on these projects..its the lack of the cooperative effort of others to get around such..ie locally here with the shared crypto viewpoint......so far out in the crypto sticks I am!





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Hey I had a thought...has anyone been crazy enough to 'water cool' these Titans or Neptunes...that would be cool (and likely expensive) but man that would be
a cool youtube video Smiley



Dumping that sorta $ & time into a project like water cooling titans .. is rather pointless and a waste lol!
Would have to make a custom block just for the dang VRM's and the ASIC. I dont even know if the ASIC runs that hot.
It consumes about 250w overclocked, highend video cards consume that much and have smaller heatsinks and are cooled just fine.

It would be nice to know the actual die temps of these things....guess we'll never find out LOL

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here you go searing   --   mineral oil cooled mining rig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpNERMxvPTk&feature=player_embedded

this actually might be feasible

-- run main supply & return tubing to an automotive radiator
-- put a larger circulator pump in the main loop to keep the oil moving
-- use a smaller pump for each cooling tank that taps into the main supply & return
-- set the PSU's above the tank on a rack
-- move the radiator outdoor in summer & indoor in winter

other videos show the psu in the mineral oil too, but that'd take a lot more work and  larger tanks.

I wonder how many cubes one radiator could handle?


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UPDATE: will be releasing v.99e within a couple days, maybe even today =P

Features will include:
-groundwork code for multilanguage capability in webgui. Upon reboot after installing upgrade it will ask which language you want the webgui, only working & complete one is English for now
-chinese skeleton site, only includes the status page translated
-much more accurate wall watts
-ability to set your PSU's expected effeciency in SYSTEM tab which is used to calculate wall watts(defaults to 85%)
-more accurate cube power consumption in ADVANCED tab
-more modular code in monitoring script(which will give way to autotune someday =-) )



Future release:
Since I have the code in place to deal w/ the config file for voltage & clocks now, I will start coding some sort of autotune sometime =)
Im thinking initially it will only adjust voltages up and down a few notches by monitoring HW% error rate for each die in bfgminer and adjust voltage up/down accordingly. The maximum hw% Im gonna let a die have is 1% (overall hw% no greater than 2%) (based on my titan) .. Im not sure about the overall range of die hw% quality out there so a lot of this will require people willing to test the autotune.
Best(desired) clocks will still be required to be set by user.
There are lots of stuff to consider when tinkering w/ voltages automatically, such as per die DCDC current draw, per die DCDC temps, overall cube power draw, HW%, etc... this could get really complex really fast which is why Ive been putting it off =-P

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UPDATE: will be releasing v.99e within a couple days, maybe even today =P

Features will include:
-groundwork code for multilanguage capability in webgui. Upon reboot after installing upgrade it will ask which language you want the webgui, only working & complete one is English for now
-chinese skeleton site, only includes the status page translated
-much more accurate wall watts
-ability to set your PSU's expected effeciency in SYSTEM tab which is used to calculate wall watts(defaults to 85%)
-more accurate cube power consumption in ADVANCED tab
-more modular code in monitoring script(which will give way to autotune someday =-) )



Future release:
Since I have the code in place to deal w/ the config file for voltage & clocks now, I will start coding some sort of autotune sometime =)
Im thinking initially it will only adjust voltages up and down a few notches by monitoring HW% error rate for each die in bfgminer and adjust voltage up/down accordingly. The maximum hw% Im gonna let a die have is 1% (overall hw% no greater than 2%) (based on my titan) .. Im not sure about the overall range of die hw% quality out there so a lot of this will require people willing to test the autotune.
Best(desired) clocks will still be required to be set by user.
There are lots of stuff to consider when tinkering w/ voltages automatically, such as per die DCDC current draw, per die DCDC temps, overall cube power draw, HW%, etc... this could get really complex really fast which is why Ive been putting it off =-P

Looking forward to the update!

In regards to auto-tune, that's a good idea. I've done the tuning myself manually, also aiming to have no more than 1% HW errors per die. Once that's dialed in, I leave putty connected in screen to monitor for bfgminer restarts due to dies being un-restartable with your watchdog. When that happens, I bump the offending die's voltage a notch until it's completely stable. That leaves me with a 100% stable Titan at the lowest power consumption possible.

Here's what that looks like:



That's mining on nicehash in case you're wondering.
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