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August 29, 2011, 03:59:21 PM
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X6500 Custom FPGA Miner

Please visit our website for user guides, hardware documentation, and other information: fpgamining.com

Has mining with GPUs become unprofitable for you? Are you tired of all the heat, noise, and huge electricity bills? Would you like to invest in mining hardware that will continue to be profitable well into the future of Bitcoin? Then check out the X6500 FPGA Miner!



Details:
  • Dual Spartan-6 LX150-3FGG484C FPGAs.
  • USB interface for configuration and mining communication.
  • Power supplied through 4-pin Molex connector or 5.5 x 2.1 mm barrel connector (wall wart style).
  • 350 MH/s guaranteed, 400 MH/s typical.
  • 15 W power consumption measured at 360 MH/s (more measurements pending).
  • Independent protection fuses on each power connector.
  • JTAG available for development and debugging (headers are not populated by default).

New features for the X6500 Rev 3:
  • Independent temperature monitoring for each FPGA.
  • Heatsink mounting holes, compatible with many heatsinks designed for the Northbridge chipset.
  • Additional clearance to allow for larger heatsinks.
  • 3-pin headers to power 2 standard 12V fans.
  • Draws from the 12V supply at the Molex connector.
  • LEDs to indicate that the FPGAs are configured properly.
  • Mounting hole size diameter increased to allow for #6 size screws.
  • 98 x 85.5 mm (3.86 x 3.37 inch) overall size



Power:
To power the board, one can use either a standard ATX power supply with a spare 4-pin Molex connector or a wall-wart or brick style AC adapter with a 2.1 x 5.5 mm center-positive barrel connector. If using the barrel connector, use an adapter with a 5-12V output, and enough current capability to supply 20 W. Note that the rev3 board has headers to power two fans. If these are used, be sure to include the power consumption of the fans when choosing a suitable power supply.



Software:
The X6500 is currently supported by two software miners: Modular Python Bitcoin Miner and x6500-miner. Both are open source and publicly available and both work on Windows, Linux, and Mac.



Purchase:
Cablesaurus.com is the exclusive distributor of the X6500 FPGA Miner. The X6500 is priced at $565. An X6500 with included heatsinks is priced at $580.

Pre-ordered customers: Please see the pre-order product page on Cablesaurus.com to complete your payment and receive your board.

Bulk pricing:
We offer quantity discounts on bulk orders! Please contact sales@fpgamining.com for bulk orders.



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August 29, 2011, 04:14:09 PM
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Isn't 100pcs a typical bulk order point where you could have saved even more money for your customers? Or were you not expecting so many orders and are overwhelmed?
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August 29, 2011, 04:37:10 PM
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Isn't 100pcs a typical bulk order point where you could have saved even more money for your customers? Or were you not expecting so many orders and are overwhelmed?

I agree. If you pushed back delivery date a bit, could everyone save a bit more money since you could take more preorders?
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August 29, 2011, 06:44:30 PM
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It has been mentioned that the biggest cost component, the FPGA itself, has no volume discount (below 1000's). So the max saving might not be very much at all...
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August 29, 2011, 06:46:53 PM
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Pre-orders have ended to make sure all deadlines are met. We really can't push that deadline back at this point, because all of those deposits were made based on that date. The most important thing to us right now is to fill all of these orders and keep everybody happy!

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August 29, 2011, 07:08:43 PM
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Pre-orders have ended to make sure all deadlines are met. We really can't push that deadline back at this point, because all of those deposits were made based on that date. The most important thing to us right now is to fill all of these orders and keep everybody happy!

What if preorders remained open at a different and later date?
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August 29, 2011, 07:23:20 PM
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OH Bugga!!  Sad I think I went and ordered the X6000. I'd really much prefer the X6500. Any chance for that order to be upgraded?  Huh

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August 29, 2011, 10:37:47 PM
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How many reservation you have right now in place? and witch model?
Thank you

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August 29, 2011, 11:13:43 PM
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August 29, 2011, 11:20:03 PM
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Christian-

We've sold (66) X6500's and (3) X6000's. You can still check this number on cablesaurus.com.

We are very close to a final price, the only remaining issue being how much Paypal money we have access to. I really wish I could tell you what the final price is, but the other team members would be angry if I did. In any case, I will push them to publish the final price ASAP.

Karmicads- this is not a problem! We are now at (67) X6500's and (2) X6000's.

For your solar setup, you realize the larger board may draw 15W, right?

Thanks guys! You may have seen that other FPGA board come up for sale today. Well, if you got an X6500, ours is better in $/MHash, even with our older code. fpgaminer is taking a look at his code right now. If it works, there's no reason why it can't be applied to our boards. Then they will all be better

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It has been mentioned that the biggest cost component, the FPGA itself, has no volume discount (below 1000's). So the max saving might not be very much at all...
This is correct. Digikey turned me down on a discount for 100

EDIT-- We absolutely promise a final price by Wednesday 8/31. This will be less than the promised $620, we just don't know how much less yet. Don't expect any miracles, but do expect the best $/Mhash of any FPGA rig

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August 30, 2011, 12:03:29 AM
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We are very close to a final price, the only remaining issue beign how much Paypal money we have access to. I really wish I could tell you what the final price is, but the other team members would be angry if I did. In any case, I will push them to publish the final price ASAP.
I'd be interested in a rough price, even if it's not finalized.
50 USD - 500 USD? Tongue

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August 30, 2011, 01:27:37 AM
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This might be a late/useless input but wouldn't it be nice to have the name (or model) of the board represent the FPGA that is on it (instead of generic name like X5000, etc.).

e.g.: XS6-150 (single FPGA) or 2XS6-150 (dual FPGA).

That will be easier to identify what board does what since the generic names does not carry any useful information.
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August 30, 2011, 01:56:39 AM
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You're probably right. The name started off as a pure joke, and it stuck.

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August 30, 2011, 03:13:07 AM
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You're probably right. The name started off as a pure joke, and it stuck.

I always know I'm not geeky enough when I don't get jokes like this.  Undecided No. don't tell me. I hafta work it out for myself.  Wink

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Karmicads- this is not a problem! We are now at (67) X6500's and (2) X6000's.

Phew. Thanks newMeat1. You guys just rock.  Smiley

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For your solar setup, you realize the larger board may draw 15W, right?

So with a 130W panel I could load it up with 8 units. for 1.44 GH/s. Sweeeeeeeeet. Cool

EDIT: Actually, I realized since posting this, that I'd only have to buy half the FGPA's while using half the wattage to charge a battery for night time use. Still, 720 MH/s is nice for ZERO running costs. At under $3500 total investment that runs out to breaking even after about 2.7 years, solar panel extra hardware and all. The beauty is, after paying for itself, it's all money for (no)jam. Who wouldn't buy a $3500 (retail) FPGA solar mining kit, knowing the sun's gonna shine and FPGA will last and dominate for probably another decade? Those are conservative figures BTW and don't account for the rapid disappearance of GPUs after the next difficulty increase, nor the steady rise in value of the BTC.


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August 30, 2011, 04:02:52 AM
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No big joke, it's just extremely corny      Grin

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August 30, 2011, 01:43:36 PM
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Replying so thread will show up in my "Show new replies to your posts" list.  There doesn't seem to be a way to add that manually.

There's an option for subscribing to the thread, but that delivers notifications to your email instead.

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August 30, 2011, 05:34:39 PM
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A nice little announcement for everyone... Due to customer demand we are putting a 5.5mmx2.1mm barrel plug on our boards. This will allow you to power the boards from common "wall wart" AC adapters. Anything at or above 5V 3A or 12V 1.5A will work, as long as it has a 5.5mm x 2.1mm plug. Here's one cheap example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-100V-240V-Converter-Adapter-DC-12V-1-5A-Power-Supply-/320749488518?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aae28c986

No more dependency on Molex, yay!

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August 30, 2011, 06:24:09 PM
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Are there any plans for  4x or 8x fpga variant depending on demand?  It almost looks like you should nix the single chip board altogether.  The price vs performance was obviously too good to pass up for almost everyone.

This is so exciting.


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August 30, 2011, 06:52:23 PM
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A nice little announcement for everyone... Due to customer demand we are putting a 5.5mmx2.1mm barrel plug on our boards. This will allow you to power the boards from common "wall wart" AC adapters. Anything at or above 5V 3a or 12V 1.5A will work, as long as it has a 5.5mm x 2.1mm plug. Here's one cheap example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-100V-240V-Converter-Adapter-DC-12V-1-5A-Power-Supply-/320749488518?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aae28c986

No more dependency on Molex, yay!

That's great to hear! Now it just run off my laptop.

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August 30, 2011, 06:56:09 PM
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A nice little announcement for everyone... Due to customer demand we are putting a 5.5mmx2.1mm barrel plug on our boards. This will allow you to power the boards from common "wall wart" AC adapters. Anything at or above 5V 3a or 12V 1.5A will work, as long as it has a 5.5mm x 2.1mm plug.

Could you fill us in on what sort of regulator you're using to go from 5V to 1.2V?  The LMZ's aren't rated for this, so it looks like the scheme has changed.
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