Just as Bitmain announced the new Antminer D3 which is supposed to deliver 15 GH/s, Baikal made a step forward too and released a new ASIC that is meant to outperform its predecessor – the Baikal Giant A-900.
The Baikal Giant + works with six different algorithms, which are: X11, X13, X14, X15, Quark and Qubit.
According to the official Baikal website, those are the hashrate for each of the listed algos:
Baikal Miner Giant+ Specs
- Hash Rate: 2000 MH/s (2 GH/s) (±10%)
- Power Consumption: 430 W (±5%)
- Power supply: 12V 6pin ATX Power
- Interface: 1 X Ethernet
- Temp Operation: 0 ~ 40 ℃
- Dimension: 300mm (L) x 140mm (W) x 125 (H)
- Weight: 2980g
- Warranty: 30 days
The price of this new miner is somewhere between 6.000 and 8.000 USD. Baikal accepts BTC, DASH, and LTC as payment.
Baikal charges the lowest price per unit; however all of the Giant+ were already sold out. Third-party sites like Aliexpress still have the ASIC on stock, thought at an elevated price.
If you have checked my Antminer D3 review, you are familiar with my thoughts on the prospects of Dash mining. In September of this year, both Bitmain and Innosilicon will be releasing really cheap ASICS that feature 15 GH/s and 30 GH/s hashrate, respectively. Once that happens, mining difficulty will go up drastically and the income from a 2 GH/s miner might go from $ 985/month to about $ 200/month.
As for today, you can expect an income of $ 985/mo. We still got two months left till Antminer and Innosilicon start shipping their new miners.
All of the mentioned probably means that the Giant+ will have a ROI of at least a year. Obviously, this depends on the amount of super fast miners that will be sold by the two mentioned companies. This is mostly limited by their manufacturing speed of the miners, since the demand on them is rather high.
For example, some day ago Bitmain announced the presale of the Antminer D3 and all of the units were sold out in a matter of hours.
However, there is a bit of controversy regarding Bitmain which might be good news for the Baikal miner. After reading multiple reviews I can conclude that Bitmain uses their freshly-manufactured ASICs on their farms first; then, after some months of usage, the company sells the used miners to people. Or at least that is what has been happening with the previous versions of the Antminer.
Several users noticed that the supposedly “new” Antminers they purchased from Bitmain had obvious signs of heavy usage. Signs like dust and dirt on the fans make us come to the conclusion that the “new” miners probably spent half year working for Bitmain first. Same happens when people receive supposedly “new” spare parts from Bitmain during warranty claim processes.
If that is the case with the D3 too, then we might expect that Dash mining difficulty boom won’t be as bad once the ASICs will be shipped to people, simply because those ASICs are already mining today.
Now, there is also controversy with Innosilicon. The company often sells products that fail to deliver all the good things that were advertised. Therefore, it is probably that Innosilicon’s A5 DashMaster might not perform as fast and flawless as they claim on their website.
That being said, I do believe that the A5 DashMaster will still increase mining difficulty considerably. However, the mining difficulty increase might not be as steep as some picture it.
Finally, please get me right – by no means am I bashing on Bitmain or Innosilicon. You can do your research and find the same info and reviews online. It is up to you whether you take those reviews and commentaries into account or discard them. In fact, I already reviewed the Antminer D3 where I listed all the pros and cons; the Innosilicon A5 DashMaster is the next one I am going to review on this blog.
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What is your take on this?
While I honestly believe that the Giant + A2000 is a reliable piece of hardware, there are many factors that make people doubt whether getting one right now is a good idea. Some miners are waiting for the Antminer D3 to come out, while others purchased their A2000s and are happy about it.
Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.
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