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April 05, 2017, 10:59:10 PM
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Steemit blogging website:
https://steemit.com/review/@hagssfin/review-guide-hotmine-x5-upgrade-kit-for-antminer-s1-s3-s5

Nicely formatted version (February 17, 2018) is available for download here (Mega.nz cloud service):
https://mega.nz/#!c0FhDK6Y!pTfZtThRodoOKWTxeF9R1yd3ee4J4f6We0uGF6nLcrY



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So, this is Hotmine X5 upgrade kit for Antminer S5,
which consists of two hash boards and one controller board.

Manufacturer is Hotmine, and their headquarters is located in Kiev, Ukraine.

Hotmine:
http://hotmine.io/

Products page:
http://hotmine.io/#products

It uses a 16nm node process ASIC chip manufactured by Bitfury.
The chip model is more specifically Bitfury BF16BTC8162.
Also known as Bitfury BF8162C16 (maybe different revision or marketing name ?).

Bitfury:
http://bitfury.com/

You can also use Antminer S1 or S3 parts (frame, heat sinks, fan) with this,
but you need to buy Beaglebone Black / Antminer BB board separately.

Beaglebone Black / Antminer BB board is needed for the controller board.

And you also need some additional screws and mechanical support parts for the controller board.
I will come up with some kind of solution for this.

I have Antminer S1 in my shelf, so I bought the BB board separately from forum user Mammon.

Technical specifications:
Code:
Hotmine X5 upgrade kit for Antminer S5

Hash rate: 3.3-4.2 Th/s
Power consumption: 490 W
Power efficiency: 0.1-0.13 J / Gh/s
DC voltage input: 12V
ASIC chip type: Bitfury BF16BTC8162
ASIC chip quantity per unit (kit): 48 chips
Number of hash boards: 2 hash boards

Delivery for this upgrade kit from Ukraine to here Finland was pretty quick via Ukrposhta.

I paid 0.45 BTC including shipping
(this was in April 6, 2017).

Here are some pictures of the X5 upgrade kit parts and my Antminer S1 parts.

You can click these pictures invidually to show a high resolution version of the picture located in a Imgur.com picture album.


Hotmine X5 upgrade kit and Antminer S1 parts.
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Hash board picture 1.
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Hash board picture 2.
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A closer look on the hash board and Bitfury chips.
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Controller board (without the BB board installed).
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April 05, 2017, 11:01:38 PM
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You can click these pictures invidually to show a high resolution version of the picture located in a Imgur.com picture album.

April 07, 2017 update
I did some assembling today though I'm still waiting for the BB board (for the controller) to arrive.
I used some thermal paste I had left and installed heat sinks and frame parts.


Applying thermal paste.
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Hash board with heat sink installed.
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Both hash boards, two cooling fans (in a push-pull configuration) and frame parts installed.
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When installing a heat sink to the hash board, screws must be very carefully and evenly cross tightened.

You don't want it to go "taco".

April 10, 2017 update part 1
If you have a empty micro SD card you want to do following things
after which you have a working Hotmine firmware:

1.
Download ’Tools and Instructions to Image SD card’ and follow the instructions.

Download link mirror #1 (Bitmain.com):
https://shop.bitmain.com/support.htm?pid=007201604120945219855QObfk20066C

Download link mirror #2 (Mega.nz cloud):
https://mega.nz/#!4lVkUYDT!3D_hQKJC6ScoZtqK2NX8uttP3TIVV1lavIcWFUPC1cY

2. Unzip the X5 firmware tar.gz archive and copy files to the BtmBoot section of the SD card.
X5 firmware (March 23, 2017): https://mega.nz/#!xtVmwJgS!RBtNcPpBahclSH0joGfiXGcXbIBSvbUwvrqrc41nR-w

3. Delete the old .dtb file and your BtmBoot section with files in there should then look like in this screenshot:

Screenshot.
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4. Edit the uEnv.txt file with code shown highlighted in the previous screenshot image.
Code:
fdtfile=/dtbs/am335x-boneblack.dtb

5.
Put the micro SD card to the BB board and you are good to go.

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April 05, 2017, 11:02:05 PM
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April 10, 2017 update part 2
Today I received the BB board in today's mail, and it was time to move on with this build.  Smiley


BB board attached to the controller board.
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I made a support bracket for the controller by using parts that I was able to find in my everything-box  Grin.
It consists of two PC case PCI-slot covers, some screws and other stuff.
Pictures will tell more about the details.


Controller support bracket.
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Controller board with the BB board installed on the miner and connected.
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This is how the finished miner looks like  Smiley.

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And here is the test setup.

Test setup running.
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After some testing I decided to change fans and these type fans are nice and quiet ones that I use now.

Front fan.                                          Rear fan (found in a old Dell pc, connector modified for right pin order).
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Here are some performance results after one and half hour of mining with the quiet fans -setup.

Miner status screenshot.
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There is some difference in the temperature when comparing the two hash boards.

It is most likely because I used to different kind of thermal pastes in different boards and there is some performance difference.

So far I'm pretty happy with this miner and I've been wanting to do this kind of an upgrade for the good old S1 for a long time!  Smiley


If you got any questions, feel free to drop them in this thread.
I will try to give my best answer.


How to order?

You can make the order by contacting Hotmine using their contact form available at the website.
See more details at the website.

Hotmine:
http://hotmine.io/

Hotmine contact form:

http://hotmine.io/#contact

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April 05, 2017, 11:51:28 PM
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Sweet!  Cheesy
Will be nice to see how it goes.
Almost makes me regret giving most of my s1's to sidehack for parts...

Looking at the pics looks like there is no buck regulator and the string(s) are directly fed by the PSU. Effective but of course now the only way to control the chips Vcore is by adjusting the PSU itself (not that most intended users would/could). Only real downside is that if thin PCIe cables are used the chips just have to live with the reduced voltage out of them.

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April 06, 2017, 12:23:14 AM
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Nice, hardware porn  Grin

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April 06, 2017, 03:37:04 AM
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I have 2 S3s dusting in the shelves. Let see how this goes.



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April 06, 2017, 08:43:41 AM
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I'm wondering why don't they sell it to broad masses of S1/S3/S5 owners? I am trying not to buy several X6 upgrade kits - still no result (may be they will say something before the end of this week, if not - I buy Avalon741). And I have not yet heard that someone bought these upgrade kits...

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April 06, 2017, 05:48:46 PM
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I'm wondering why don't they sell it to broad masses of S1/S3/S5 owners? I am trying not to buy several X6 upgrade kits - still no result (may be they will say something before the end of this week, if not - I buy Avalon741). And I have not yet heard that someone bought these upgrade kits...
Yeah, I've only seen two of these kits: yours (X6 kit) and mine  Smiley

They do have a lot of potential customers. I bet there is a lot of people who still have old Antminers.

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April 07, 2017, 08:26:59 AM
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I sent an e-mail to them with exactly the same words! Looks like they just have no interest in such business...

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April 07, 2017, 12:45:54 PM
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Wonder if they'd do a group buy or a bulk buy to a reseller.

Also I have a half-dozen or so S5 controllers if anyone does get their hands on one of these and wants a brain for it.

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Wonder if they'd do a group buy or a bulk buy to a reseller.

I'd definitely be interested in a group buy!!!

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April 07, 2017, 01:51:27 PM
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I'm still waiting for the BB board but I did something today, see the 2nd message in this thread.  Smiley

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April 07, 2017, 09:36:15 PM
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Wonder if they'd do a group buy or a bulk buy to a reseller.

I'd definitely be interested in a group buy!!!

I emailed twice for purchase but no reply.
I'm in if they can deliver.

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Wonder if they'd do a group buy or a bulk buy to a reseller.

I'd definitely be interested in a group buy!!!

I emailed twice for purchase but no reply.
I'm in if they can deliver.

At least you could send them an email. I couldn't get their web form to work. Pressed the button and nothing happened. No error message. No confirmation. Nuthin.

Seems like this has a lot of potential, but only if we can communicate with them, and if they are really making and selling the upgrade kits.

Anyway, here's hoping they're really doing this. The more alternatives we have to Bitmain the better, especially with all the recent hullabaloo.

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Hey everyone.  Wanted to let you know that I received a response from hotmine!

They basically asked me:

1) How many & which kit do I want
2) My address

HagssFIN I assume since you obviously have a kit, you can vouch that this is a stand-up company?

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April 08, 2017, 03:18:50 PM
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Anyone in the US who gets one of these for an S5, I'll buy the old hashboards off ya.

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Anyone in the US who gets one of these for an S5, I'll buy the old hashboards off ya.

I'm in US.  Trying to get 3x kits, so may have 6 hashboards.  We shall see - PM me.

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April 08, 2017, 03:54:20 PM
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Hey everyone.  Wanted to let you know that I received a response from hotmine!

They basically asked me:

1) How many & which kit do I want
2) My address

HagssFIN I assume since you obviously have a kit, you can vouch that this is a stand-up company?

NY here I want one $480
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April 08, 2017, 04:20:49 PM
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Nice review. I have some S5s with dead Hash boards if you want them for kit work. Can send a big box.

OregonMines is expanding. Are you expanding with us?
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April 08, 2017, 05:30:03 PM
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Hey everyone.  Wanted to let you know that I received a response from hotmine!

They basically asked me:

1) How many & which kit do I want
2) My address

HagssFIN I assume since you obviously have a kit, you can vouch that this is a stand-up company?
Yes I can confirm that I had a smooth deal with Hotmine and mr. E. Turanov for this X5 kit.

This is a good kit for those with needed DIY skills for the upgrade.
As soon as I get the BB board and get this running I can have my final words on this.

Nice review. I have some S5s with dead Hash boards if you want them for kit work. Can send a big box.
Thanks, but I'm not planning to do a business on this.  Smiley

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