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The End of Dash: Antminer D3 – Review

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We are used to the thought that X11 algos are mined with equipment which speed is measured in Megahashes per second (MH/s). As an example, the legendary (and expensive) Baikal Giant-A900 Miner delivers 900 MH/s and is considered one of the best (if not the best) Dash ASIC miners so far.

Now, what if we could get our hands on a piece of equipment that hashes 15 times faster for the same price? Is this a dream?

Yes it is, and it is called the Antminer D3. Recently, Bitmain announced the release of a new miner that is meant to become a game changer. As a result most of us who are mining Dash will no longer be able to do that.

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I will get to that in a minute. Let’s first take a closer look at the Antminer D3 specs:

  • Hash rate: 15 GH/s X11 (±5% variation)
  • Power consumption: 1200W (at the wall, with Bitmain’s APW3 PSU, 93% efficiency, 25°C ambient temp).
  • Dimensions of the miner: 320x130x190 mm
  • Price: $ 2.699 USD, power supply not included in the package.

15 GH/s equals to 15.000 MH/s. If we had to use Baikal’s Giant-A900s to achieve the same hashrate, we would have to get about 17 of those, which would cost us a whooping 39.000 USD!

What Does That Mean?

Many agree that the release of the Antminer D3 is going to kill most of the Dash ASICs we got in our mining farms. Bitmain’s new ASICs will raise the mining difficulty to a new level. While ASICs like the Giant A-900 will keep hashing the way they did before, the amount of DASH coins we will get per day from them will probably be reduced 10-15 times.

What About the Gold Rush?

Many people got excited about the ROI of the new Antminer D3. By hashing 15 GH/s, the ASIC produces about 6.500 USD per month. This means that as for today, the ASIC got one week ROI. But this won’t last long. Once the first batches of the Antminer D3 will be shipped, the mining difficulty will experience a steep increase, which will affect profitability too.

Do you remember what happened with Bitcoin, when the first ASICs were released? Well, eventually same thing will happen with Dash. We gotta upgrade our equipment in order to remain in the game.


In Conclusion

The Antminer D3 is available for preorder. The first batches will be shipped in September of this year.

Is it worth it? We will see. One week ROI is of course temporary and we will know the real numbers soon. However, if you want to keep mining Dash, then the D3 is definitely a must. The sooner you get it, the more chances there are that you might get some extra Dash while the network difficulty is still relatively low, compared to what it will soon become.

Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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  • Lucian

    When the first batch was available, i calculate the profit for Antminer D3 and was about 8000usd/month – of course when i tried to by it it was already sold out:), few days later when i checked again was about 4500usd/month, now is 6500usd/ month – so it is going down and up an so on, the tendency is down.

    Dash difficulty is up by 4.20 times in 3 months. So assuming that the shipping date for next batch will be maybe 15 October and we will get the Antminer D3 with courier lets say 1st of november so in 3 months and 1 week, if the difficulty goes up again lets say 5 times till 1st of november and given the above facts from this article – i am skeptical that we will get ROI bellow 6months. What do you think about this?

    Sorry for my English:)

    • yeah.. I agree with thsy.. anyway it will still be a good investment from my point of view..

      • Odina Uchiha

        i want to ask you what do u think? is possible truth on this website? LINK REMOVED

        • I wont trust it 🙂 best way is to buy directly from manufacturer.. also when as payment is btc only..

          • Odina Uchiha

            Thx,i will make preorder from manufacture,is only in china?is can be somewhere in europe?

    • Manuel Casara

      yes , you are right..

    • BenRickert

      You are exactly right.

    • desp0

      What a lot of people tend to be forgetting is that you also most likely have a value increase of the coins you mine..

      I’m always laughing when I see posts on bitcointalk from 2014 when people said: “Nah man, mining with my home machine costs me too much and only gets me 0,05 BTC per day (at the point in time worth few bucks now 225$)

      In my opinion it is all perspective and on what you plan to do with your investment. I don’t need to ROI within 15 days because I initially did the investment with money that was not intented for something else.

      And you’re still 10 times better off just buying directly from manufacturer like Bitmain, Baikal etc than investing into some shady cloud-mining fuck where operative and management cost eat up all your returns.. But each to his own, good luck everyone 🙂

  • Manuel Casara

    CRYPTOCOMPARE Has the difficulty level hash wrong
    Calculations are wrong with a good 70%

    Here you find the correct data …

    And you have to estimate the hash in two months when you have the miner in your hand.

    • Manuel Casara

      now cryptocompare is correct,,, but remember to estimate the hashrate and difficulty in two month minimun

      • BenRickert

        ….and it will double every two weeks if not faster.

        • Cosmic Tino

          DAsh overflow until antminer D3 is released..

  • Christian

    Why is this being charged at $11,000 on ebay? Is that really 8000 dollars inflated? SMH and it’s for preorders too

  • Lucian

    Today another batch sold out in about 1.5-2 hours. I was lucky and i made an order for 2. They ship with DHL, Fedex or UPS. Which one you recommend?

    • nice.. ill go with dhl

      • Lucian

        I already made the choice when i place the order: Fedex – and that it was because DHL and UPS were about 340usd, Fedex 240usd, so a big difference. But i think it will not be a problem to change the courier if i send them an email and ask for that and pay the difference.

        Normally i’ll choose the fastest – because i can mine the difference in price in that time. My intuition was also DHL.

        I will search for opinions on internet and maybe change the courier to another later.

  • Odina Uchiha
    • Lucian

      2 times more power(more money), with 62.5% of Antminer D3 electrical power consume. Looks like a dream, but the price is like a nightmare:) – 9999USD + taxes(custom duties) + power supply price + courier price = about 12500USD…:)

      Another : you must order minimum 5(today was like this) of them.- that means about 62500usd – calculated like above. Who has this amount of money?:)

      Few days ago it was minimum 3(from youtube).


    Which PSU Should i buy for this, can i use a normal psu

    • Ill recommend their PSU, or ask them for the best alternative..

  • BenRickert

    In two months by the time they hit the racks DASH difficulty will be 6 million or greater. By December 10 million.

    • Daniel Zet

      etherum difficulty has growth from 1 May until 1 July (3Months) from 338T to 1500T. I think we can expect the same is going to happen with dash (so about 5 times in 3 Months).
      It would mean: if we get our Antminers D3 in 3Months it will be mine about 5 times less then now.
      so 40$ (status today = 200$ a day) in the first month after delivery….
      second month 30$
      third month 20$

      And then comes BITMAIN with their new devices like “antminer D3+” (which prototype as I suppose already exist) that will mine about 2 Times faster as D3 a we wiil get (maybe) only ROI and 5$ a day. The Bitmain will be more reach but we will be the same poor idiots.

      • you, I like you!! true words.. thanks:)

  • john

    just bought the antminer D3 ASIC from
    I know, the price is higher but i don’t want to miss the DASH train.

    • Nicolas

      Miner4all is legit ?

      • dont buy from there… buy only from official source.

  • Kongfish

    So, if i purchase a Bailak Giant+ today and get it by ??? 10 days?? Get it hooked up and hashing, and I ordered the bitmain D3 and get it???? When? And i get it up and Hashing at that date it arrives, How much Dash would i have Hashed by the Giant+ to the time i got the D3 whenever that would end up being roughly? Because, if the hashrate difficulty starts increasing, what will i actually be getting on the day i get to start mining? How do the two different miners compare based on these facts? As of 30 minutes ago Bailak said theyll ship a giant + in three days from payment received? Anyone gt this one figured out yet?

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