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The antminer s9i achieves slightly better stats than the s9 but uses the same hardware. Is their a way to put s9i software and firmware on an s9? Also I am used to the Linux operating system and flashing images etc. Would I be able to do this myself?

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You need some software engineer to do so. Because its like installing a different IOS version on iPhone. You can do it but you need someone from Apple or an expert to do that. anyway, after all, you would save only 1$/m extra since the new software saving 20 watts less than s9 software that's the only difference.

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    I am used to Linux operating systems and flashing images. What do you mean by a software engineer. Is there a way to get the s9i os. @Adam could I potentially install it myself? – Learn2Mine May 20 '18 at 18:37
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    Sorry for being busy, Yes you can install it by yourself it's not that hard, but you need to clone it first into an image then u can install it. – Adam May 22 '18 at 21:48
  • do you know where I could get the image for an s9i? – Learn2Mine May 23 '18 at 2:05
  • Not really, if I would clone it for you but I don't have s9i. – Adam May 23 '18 at 10:13
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    @KenSharp The S9i firmware hadn't yet been published to Bitmain's site in May. – Timtech Aug 27 '18 at 19:36

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