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December 16, 2014, 11:09:37 PM
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Disclosure: Spondolies Tech was very kind to send me a SP20 miner as per their Legendary Review review thread here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=887807.0

The obligatory background story: I'm a long-time bitcoin user since 2011. I first came across bitcoin and CPU-mined a block around 2010, but sadly I did not back the drive up. I've been a part time miner since then, starting up with GPU's and slowly upgrading to FPGA's and an Avalon. I have stopped mining for over a year due to my relocation and being generally super busy with everything else.

The review:

Shipping:
The miner was shipped extremely fast via Fedex from Israel to US. In total, it took 3 days including a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was at the door early morning on Monday.  Grin

The package was extremely well thought out and designed, and I could not feel any give in even after trying to sit on it.

Shown is the paper box housing it came in:





Setting up:

I bought two CX750 PSU's in anticipation of the miner. Setting up was straightforward - a paper clip was inserted in the green wire and a black wire respectively. (shoutout to Dogie for his extremely concise website here: http://www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20.html) Two cables of each PSU were connected to the miner, and powering up was effortless.

PSU's that I used:


The actual setting up took much more time on my part as I was trying to get it to connect to a large workspace network. For regular users with a limited number of devices on their network, opening myminer.io on any browser would work instantaneously. With the help of Spondolies-Tech (Guy), wh00per and the others, I managed to get it online.

Procedures for situation like this:

1 ) Get wireshark installed in your computer.
2 ) Connect the miner directly via ethernet cable to the computer.
3 ) Set up monitoring on the ethernet port using wireshark.
4 ) You'll get the DHCP requests from the miner unit as it tries to go online.
5 ) Write down the MAC address.
6 ) Whitelist the MAC address on your network.
7 ) Connect the miner directly to the network.
8 ) Using AngryIP scanner, try to determine the actual IP of the device. (I skipped this as I have access to the admin page showing the IP of the miner)
9 ) Fire up a browser while on the same network and go to http://(the ip address).
10 ) If it works, you'll be presented with a login screen. (user/pass:admin)

The mining:

It is really straightforward after you manage to connect to it. Just input your pool settings and you're good to go.

The miner stats after some time:


ASIC Stats:


The noise level is quite high - the decibel tool on my phone gives me around 80dB.


After running continuously for almost 24 hours, I'm happy to say that everything went well, although initially I had a few crashes (complete crash needing a power cycle) that I suspect was due to high temperatures in the box killing the control unit. I've since placed it somewhere cold, and it has been mining happily since.

Update: It's been running continuously for almost two days straight. No reboots/power cycle was required. It's been a dream.


Cheers,
John

PS: I'll add stuff to this as I keep on playing with it.

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i'm only posting in these threads coz i'm nosey. don't scorn for this post  Kiss

It's getting cold outside, come on by in! Cheesy

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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

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i'm only posting in these threads coz i'm nosey. don't scorn for this post  Kiss

It's getting cold outside, come on by in! Cheesy

in fact I was most interested to read your review in particular, as I read your troubles with getting it connected to your broad network.
I'm sure this will prove helpful to many people, I'd have been far more clueless than yourself.

ps. I also mined a block in 2010 and like you, failed to realise what I was actually getting into. I wonder how many BTC were dropped to oblivion by folks like us. (sorry, gone off topic)

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December 16, 2014, 11:30:00 PM
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Thanks for the review, and welcome back to mining!

I can see why Spondoolies-Tech are sending rigs to Legendaries for review... all the reviews so far are excellent.

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Oh! I should also say... now that you are back mining John... this is a short term phenomenon but I drew up a short guide to help miners get some pre-2013 BTC mining earnings

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=894826.0

^it'll end friday/saturday... i strongly recommend you follow the guide for best return on your efforts.

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Thanks guys, and yep, I'm planning to do a more concise write up about how to get to mining in a broad network (think a workspace/university for example), and how to set up wireless mining etc.

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Oh! I should also say... now that you are back mining John... this is a short term phenomenon but I drew up a short guide to help miners get some pre-2013 BTC mining earnings

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=894826.0

^it'll end friday/saturday... i strongly recommend you follow the guide for best return on your efforts.

Thanks for the guide - I think I read your guide yesterday and am mining on westhash right now. Cheesy

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Oh! I should also say... now that you are back mining John... this is a short term phenomenon but I drew up a short guide to help miners get some pre-2013 BTC mining earnings

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=894826.0

^it'll end friday/saturday... i strongly recommend you follow the guide for best return on your efforts.

Thanks for the guide - I think I read your guide yesterday and am mining on westhash right now. Cheesy

this pleases me immensely.  Wink

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Oh! I should also say... now that you are back mining John... this is a short term phenomenon but I drew up a short guide to help miners get some pre-2013 BTC mining earnings

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=894826.0

^it'll end friday/saturday... i strongly recommend you follow the guide for best return on your efforts.

Thanks for the guide - I think I read your guide yesterday and am mining on westhash right now. Cheesy

  John I am enjoying   it myself. I have  6x sp20's purchased with close to perfect  timing.

 All earning crazy numbers on west hash.

Nice review.  Thanks Phil



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Oh! I should also say... now that you are back mining John... this is a short term phenomenon but I drew up a short guide to help miners get some pre-2013 BTC mining earnings

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=894826.0

^it'll end friday/saturday... i strongly recommend you follow the guide for best return on your efforts.

Thanks for the guide - I think I read your guide yesterday and am mining on westhash right now. Cheesy

  John I am enjoying   it myself. I have  6x sp20's purchased with close to perfect  timing.

 All earning crazy numbers on west hash.

Nice review.  Thanks Phil




ROI suddenly is much more faster, eh. Wink Mine came just in time too for the hike!

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December 17, 2014, 01:20:46 AM
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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

No Y axis? I had a VR headset and Nintendo Power Glove ready to go, but your picture is unfortunately lacking the necessary coordinates...

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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

No Y axis? I had a VR headset and Nintendo Power Glove ready to go, but your picture is unfortunately lacking the necessary coordinates...

Haha I was thinking about that, but then I'd have to stitch it into a 3D model and display it in heavy flash rather than lightweight java.

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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

No Y axis? I had a VR headset and Nintendo Power Glove ready to go, but your picture is unfortunately lacking the necessary coordinates...

Haha I was thinking about that, but then I'd have to stitch it into a 3D model and display it in heavy flash rather than lightweight java.

Great review from a legend.  And also that is one heck of a 360 Dogie.
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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

No Y axis? I had a VR headset and Nintendo Power Glove ready to go, but your picture is unfortunately lacking the necessary coordinates...

Haha I was thinking about that, but then I'd have to stitch it into a 3D model and display it in heavy flash rather than lightweight java.

Great review from a legend.  And also that is one heck of a 360 Dogie.

You'll probably like the SP35 one then, much more even look. Those damn shiny silver miners take ages to post process, and almost have to be photographed in a black room. http://www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp35---360-degree-view.html

I think I'll do these for most reviews now.

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PPS: I'm concentrating on the other parts like mining experience and stuff with my review, as I see I can't beat everyone else's photos. Tongue

Like my 6k 360 degree view? Wink www.dogiecoin.com/spondooliestech-sp20---360-degree-view.html

[720p uploaded for comcast reasons]

Hell yea. It's so beautiful! *ogles*

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December 17, 2014, 07:58:23 AM
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After running continuously for almost 24 hours, I'm happy to say that everything went well, although initially I had a few crashes (complete crash needing a power cycle) that I suspect was due to high temperatures in the box killing the control unit. I've since placed it somewhere cold, and it has been mining happily since.

Cheers,
John

PS: I'll add stuff to this as I keep on playing with it.
Thank you for the review.

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After running continuously for almost 24 hours, I'm happy to say that everything went well, although initially I had a few crashes (complete crash needing a power cycle) that I suspect was due to high temperatures in the box killing the control unit. I've since placed it somewhere cold, and it has been mining happily since.

Cheers,
John

PS: I'll add stuff to this as I keep on playing with it.
Thank you for the review.

Thank you for giving me the chance to review it!
PS: Updated with some long term review. The only problem that I have with it right now is the noise, and everything else is fine.

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