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May 02, 2012, 11:23:49 AM
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What´s the best FPGA to mine? I have $10,000.00 to spend with miner.

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May 02, 2012, 02:15:05 PM
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What´s the best FPGA to mine? I have $10,000.00 to spend with miner.

First, there is no "best" FPGA.
Second, there is a whole subforum for FPGA topics.

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May 02, 2012, 04:40:15 PM
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IMHO you should purchase $10,000 worth of BTC's, wait until the price doubles, and then sell $10k of your BTCs to buy hardware.

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May 02, 2012, 05:22:03 PM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

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May 02, 2012, 06:41:24 PM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

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May 02, 2012, 06:46:24 PM
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Yes, that's why I'm still use GPUs.

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May 02, 2012, 06:59:37 PM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

And what about Icarus (lancelot)?

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May 02, 2012, 07:07:44 PM
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It's a little out of date, and does not include specs for BFL, but here is a small comparison: http://bitcoinfpga.com/

Instead of asking what is the best, it would be more ideal for you to do some research yourself. For example, we could tell you "BFL is the best", but then you would be subject to shipping delays, and would be using a LOT of power. Or, we could tell you "Ztex is the best", and then you would find out that it costs significantly more than other solutions for less speed, even though it will sip electricity and has a 2 year warranty.

If you want to spend that much, get someone else to invest alongside, and get a larger device such as LargeCoin, or the BFL Mini-rig. Or, as others have said, learn some trading strategies and start playing the market, you could even invest in Pirate's operation (Bitcoin Savings and Trust), if you want to earn interest.

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May 02, 2012, 07:56:32 PM
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What´s the best FPGA to mine? I have $10,000.00 to spend with miner.

Like everyone here has already point out; you need to do some more research on to see what suits your needs. Having said that, let me point in the direct of a few good products:

1.) www.fpgamining.com - X6500 (Dual Spartan 150's), right now its at 400mh/s for about $580 USD + accessories. It consumes about 16-19w of power per unit and since Rev. 3.0 hit the market it's definitely a solid product (tempurature sensors and push-pin mounts for DIY north-bridge heatsinks.

2.) www.ztex.com - Ztex Quad ( Quad Spartan 150's), so far is the only quad spartan FPGA on the btc market. Not much info on it yet, but looks pretty sweet in terms of its performance (800mh/s+), the price tag not so much ($1000 EUR / $1300 USD)


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May 02, 2012, 10:38:41 PM
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Ztex does have a 2 year warranty,but ROI is about 14 months.190-210mh/s @ $414 , 8-10 watts

X6500 has no warranty & the same ROI time frame.360mh/s @ $580 , 20 watts

Those two are great but the ROI spoils it for me.They both use alot less power though.

I don't think either of those comes with a power adapter,so you need to get a wall wart or buy cables to adapt to a PSU.

BFL has a 6 month warranty (not great,but better than none),ROI is about 6 months,include 2-3 month ship time & its around 9 months.Comes with power adapter. 830mh/s @ $ 600 , 80 watts.

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May 03, 2012, 12:05:41 AM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

Why not? Is it a software or a hardware issue?
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May 03, 2012, 12:07:07 AM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

Why not? Is it a software or a hardware issue?
Firmware and software - but BFL has stated that they are working on modifications to the firmware so that it can support P2Pool, and then the associated software would need to be changed to support it.

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May 03, 2012, 12:09:45 AM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

Why not? Is it a software or a hardware issue?
Firmware and software - but BFL has stated that they are working on modifications to the firmware so that it can support P2Pool, and then the associated software would need to be changed to support it.

So do all BFL products use proprietary software and hardware? As in, they will not work with 3rd party miner software?
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May 03, 2012, 12:11:12 AM
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Cost/Mhs the best is BFL.

Yes, and you will get your BFL 3 months after you order it, and it isn't usable with p2pool.

Why not? Is it a software or a hardware issue?
Firmware and software - but BFL has stated that they are working on modifications to the firmware so that it can support P2Pool, and then the associated software would need to be changed to support it.

So do all BFL products use proprietary software and hardware? As in, they will not work with 3rd party miner software?
No, the API is open, and cgminer and ufasoft's miner both work with it (and others too, possibly). They are developing their own software, but it hasn't been released yet.
The hardware and firmware are not open though.

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May 03, 2012, 02:45:18 AM
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So do all BFL products use proprietary software and hardware? As in, they will not work with 3rd party miner software?

I use CGMiner with mine, currently in BAMT

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May 10, 2012, 07:34:31 PM
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Icarus 469$ (multiple of 30)

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May 11, 2012, 06:29:07 AM
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bitminter has support for bfl
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May 15, 2012, 06:01:46 AM
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As does MPBM

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May 17, 2012, 01:33:21 AM
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bfl's work great on bitminter
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May 17, 2012, 06:28:29 PM
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bfl's work great on bitminter
that's right. it was the easiest way and it's the fastes, too.

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