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Cryptocurrency ASIC Mining Rig Guide

Cryptocurrency ASIC Mining Rig Guide - CCPlug

ASIC mining rigs consist of one or more ASIC miners and power supplies. A step up transformer may also be required for some power supplies depending on your mains voltage. And in the case of the AvalonMiner 741, a controller is also required. We will discuss each component below along with some relevant considerations.

ASIC miners

Each ASIC miner is designed to mine cryptocurrencies that utilize a specific hash algorithm or set of hash algorithms. The hashrate and power of the miners affect mining profitability.

Specifications

MinerHash AlgorithmHashratePower
Bitmain Antminer S9 (Dec Batch)SHA-25614 TH/s1372 W
Canaan AvalonMiner 741SHA-2567.3 TH/s1150 W
Bitmain Antminer L3+Scrypt504 MH/s800 W
Bitmain Antminer D3X1115 GH/s1200 W
Bitmain Antminer D3 (Newest Batch)X1119.3 GH/s1200 W

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  • Bitmain Antminer S9 (Dec Batch)

    Bitmain Antminer S9 (Dec Batch)
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  • Canaan AvalonMiner 741

    Canaan AvalonMiner 741
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  • Bitmain Antminer L3+

    Bitmain Antminer L3+
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  • Bitmain Antminer D3

    Bitmain Antminer D3
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  • Bitmain Antminer D3 (Newest Batch)

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Power supplies

You can either use a conventional desktop computer PSU for your ASIC miner or use a PSU built by the manufacturer of the ASIC miner. Both should operate the same. However, conventional computer PSUs may offer higher reliability given the larger volume and number of years in existence.

Specifications

Mfg and ModelPower (110 VAC)Efficiency (110 VAC)
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 TITANIUM1600 W94%
Corsair AX1500i1500 W94%
Rosewill TOKAMAK 15001500 W>94%
Bitmain Antminer APW5 PSU (20 plugs)1300 WN/A
Bitmain Antminer APW3++ PSU (10 plugs)1200 W91%
Bitmain Antminer APW3++ PSU (18 plugs)1200 W91%
EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 PLATINUM1200 W92%
Rosewill PHOTON-12001200 W90-92%
Seasonic PRIME TITANIUM1000 W94%
Corsair HX1000i1000 W92%

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Step up transformers

A step up transformer is required where the voltage required by the PSU is higher than your mains voltage. For example, a PSU requiring 220 VAC where only 110 VAC is available would require a step up transformer. We suggest avoiding them if possible since they waste energy and produce heat.

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Parts to make controller for AvalonMiner 741

The AvalonMiner 741 requires a controller which goes between the miner and the Internet connection. Each controller can operate up to 20 AvalonMiner 741 units. Although you could purchase one from Canaan, we recommend that you use a Raspberry Pi as it can be repurposed if you get rid of you miners. The SD card is used to store the firmware for the controller and is inserted into the Raspberry Pi during use.

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  • Canakit Raspberry Pi

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  • Sandisk 8GB MicroSD

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Energy usage monitor

It is important to know how much energy your mining rig is drawing at the wall. An energy usage monitor provides this information and more.

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  • P3 Int'l P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor

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