ASICs and FPGAs are the modern way of mining cryptocurrency. Newest models like the BlackMiner F1 (check profits), Imperivm V2 (check profits) and the Innosilicon A10 ETH master (check profits) can look pretty tempting (especially if you have cheap electricity) and some of you are probably consider getting yourself one or two units – after all, you buy one of those bad boys, plug them in and the income starts flowing into your wallet. No headache, no issues.
The problem? Those of you who saw an ASIC or FPGA board in action know how noisy those things are. Mining is supposed to be something everyone can do at home, however in reality you don’t want to have that thing anywhere close to your living space.
Over the years people came up with different solutions to this issue – homemade immersion tanks, water cooling, etc. I used to look for my ways around it, too. From my personal experience, water/oil cooling is nice but silencer boxes are the wayto go for several reasons:
Ease of Installation – Open the silencer box, put the miner in, close the lid and you’re ready to go.
Re-Usability – The miner leaves the box in the same state it entered it. You don’t have to clean the mineral oil off in the case you want to use the miner elsewhere.
Low Maintenance – Anything that involves liquid cooling requires a pump and pumps are usually the most vulnerable part that breaks the most often.
Lower Cost – immersion tanks are more expensive (pumps are not cheap), plus they require you to buy several gallons of mineral oil, which is not cheap either.
Besides, even with water cooling, the immersion box will still have fans that will be keeping the liquid cool. You still gotta clean those from time to time, and they still produce noise.
Silencer Boxes are the Way to Go
From the standpoint of a home miner, I realized that silencer boxes are the most reasonable solution that have the best balance between cost, ease of use and results. Silencer boxes might offer less cooling and noise reduction than immersion tanks, however what they provide is good enough to make mining at home possible.
Which Boxes to Use?
The most obvious solution that came to my mind was to make my own silencer boxes. After all, the design is pretty straightforward and easy to copy. Or that’s what I thought. After fiddling in my workshop for several weeks I realized that this is not easy as it seems. I need factory-grade equipment and quality materials to make a box that has got the efficiency I am looking for.
After giving up on DIY boxes, I found a provider, a factory that can produce such silencer boxes and I immediately fell in love with them. A few of my fellow miners and I are ready to order a batch of those boxes for our ASICs and FPGAs. Let me introduce to you the:
ASIC / FPGA Miner Silencer Box
The Miner Silencer Box provides noise insulation for one normal-sized ASIC or FPGA unit at a time. It has built-in fans and electronics. While it does not offer 100% silence, it makes the FPGA / ASIC reasonably quiet. You can then put it in your office and it won’t blow everyone’s ears out. The box also cuts off the high-end part of the sound, making the sound very similar to that of a desktop computer.
This is the pro #1. The second pro is that the silencer is straightforward and easy to use. I know a lot of you want an ASIC because of the simplicity of use so you will definitely appreciate that the Miner Silencer Box doesn’t add any extra headache to the process.
The Silencer comes with a 4 digit temperature display to help you monitor the health of your rig. On top of that, it has a temperature alarm that rings if the miner surface exceeds 60°C, as well as a power cut feature in case the temperature goes higher than that and the rig is in danger.
Note: The ASIC / FPGA Silencer does not offer enough cooling for devices with a power consumption higher than 1300W.
The power consumption of the box is pretty low and it won’t add too much to the monthly cost of the miner. We are talking about 36W with the fans off (only the temperature monitoring circuits and display) and 120W with the fans on.