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Questions tagged [asic]

"Application-Specific Integrated Circuit" - An integrated circuit (chip) specifically designed for one task only. Similar to FPGAs, ASICs may be the low-power-consumption future of Bitcoin mining. As with FPGAs they are very power efficient but carry a comparatively higher up-front cost.

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Why dont' nodes change the block version number when the nonce overflows?

After computing 4 billion nonces, the miner is supposed to update the merkle root. Why don't they choose a new nonce and assign it to the block version number and begin again? It would save time and ...
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How specific are ASIC's design? Can they single hash SHA256?

I understand that Bitcoin's ASICs are a highly optimized piece of equipment and, therefore, are also very specific. My question: are they able to do a single (or triple?) SHA-256 hash at all? And, ...
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Can I mine bitcoin testnet coins with my regular bitcoin asic miner?

Is it possible to use my bitcoin asic miner to mine testnet bitcoin coins? Is there special software I need? can I join a testnet pool or is there even such a thing?
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Hash rate of “Antminer S9” in “Antpool.com” is ZERO

I setup an Antminer S9 using this document: (Link to document). And I configured connection to antpool.com using this guideline: (Link to guideline). So, I filled out the fields as follows: Pool 1: ...
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What happens when I restart my asic miner?

I'm new to mining bitcoin with asic miner. My question is, what happens when I replug my miner? I have connected it to a pool. And when I replug it, the pool is showing that I stoped mining.
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Does asic API exists?

I have an antminer asic, and it has web interface. I could see temperature and hashrate through it. Now i want to retrieve and store that data (from multiple asics), within another program on another ...
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ASIC Speed measurement

Mining hardware manufacturers use "Hash rate" to define how fast the mining is with their ASICs, but do they mean 1 sha256 cycle speed or Bitcoin hash speed sha256(sha256(header)); ?
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Only one chain is appearing in Miner Status on Antminer S9

I just hooked up my miner after returning from training. when i first hooked it up all 3 chains were visible but then i moved the miner to a more permanent location and hooked it back up. now only one ...
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What is the differenct between 13.5TH and 14TH

I would like to buy an S9, checking the bitmain site found that they are selling two S9 versions. - S9i-14TH/s - S9i-13.5TH/s Apart from the obvious difference in Hash rate, is there any other ...
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Altcoin Solo mining Help / Advice

I am kind of stumped. I have been mining for about 6 months and have been trying out various methods in that time. I have used CPU, GPU (a combo of both) and most recently been using some older ASICS. ...
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ASICs not receiving all nonces

I have an Antminer S9 where one of the chains is not hashing. In the logs I see the following: get nonces on chain[7] require nonce number:912 require validnonce number:57456 asic[00]=00 asic[01]=00 ...
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Is it Possible to Program AntMiner S9 or Other ASIC Miners?

Is it possible to program the AntMiner S9 or other ASIC miners? For example, let's say I only want it to try nonces from 1 to 1 million (instead of all 4 billion possibilities) would it be possible ...
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why not make DIY, upgradeable, ASIC mining rigs?

being a miner myself, I see one of the big problems in the mining field. ASIC's are very unsustainable at making profit, and quickly turn into scrap as something better comes along. (even though they ...
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Antminer s3 no ethernet setup

So, Im the only tech savvy guy in my house unfortunately, and I live in the middle of nowhere, so my modem/ethernet data limit is limited to 10 gigs. My only way of feeding the internet to my computer ...
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Best ASIC miner for someone on a budget

Ive looked all over for decent ASIC miners under 150$. Ive gotten very mixed reviews on the ones Ive found and are very new to mining in general. I would like a simple ASIC usb capable of at least BTC ...
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Power Off Dash Miners for Short Time on P2Pool

I've been DASH ASIC mining (3 miners) for about 1.5 months. I have accounts with the NiceHash and SuprNova pools. I switched to the P2Pool (peer-to-peer pool) method just this evening. I have ...
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Is there any small, transportable mining hardware able to profit?

The place I work is huge and the energy consumption is not a problem. Since I spent 8 hours of my day there, I was thinking to build a crypto mining hardware to take it with me and let it mine. I don'...
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Can cgminer be modified to mine pascalcoin?

Cgminer is the only mining software I’ve found written for ASIC and FPGA, it looks like tons of currencies have been added since it’s inception, could Pasc be added? Does anyone know if this being ...
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ASIC Miner Block Erupter & bfgminer: “no devices found”

Bit of an experiment. I have 2 x ASIC Miner Block Erupter 333Mh/s Rev. 3.00 plugged into powered USB ports. I've downloaded and installed CP210x_Universal_Windows_Driver from https://www.silabs.com/...
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asic mining with different cryptocurrencies after it is no longer profitable

If I have an Asic to mine bitcoin and I mine to the point that it no longer becomes profitable to mine them anymore, Can I use the Asic to mine a different cryptocurrency and will the difficulty ...
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Why is my Antminer S9 only using one Chain

I have 2 AntMiner S9's running. Each of them appears to be operating only at 4.9 TH/s. All 3 of the ASIC's appear to be in good shape, though each of the miners is only using a single ASIC board. Key ...
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Is bitcoin-gold more ASIC-resistant than Litecoin?

Bitcoin Gold's main point for existence has claimed to be ASIC-resistant in order to have mining power more distributed. But wasn't this tried already with Litecoin via Scrypt mining algorithm? I've ...
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GH/s is bigger than TH/s [duplicate]

How does BAIKAL X10 make more money than AntminerS9 although BAIKAL X10 Only 10 GH/s and Antminer S9 14 TH/s ? So, which one is bigger GH/s or TH/s? I am confused.
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Can an old bitcoin rig mine XVG?

I have an old block erupter, used to mine BTC with on Slush's pool. To operate it, I had to download their mining proxy onto another computer on my home network and configure the ASIC so it would ...
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Can A Raspberry pi mine bitcoin without an ASIC miner?

I want to know if a raspberry pi can mine bitcoin without using an ASIC miner.
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Powering the Butterfly Labs BFG0005G ASIC Miner

I got this machine since 2013. I want to put it in use just for the heck of it. It has a USB port for interface with my pc and a power jack. Unfortunately i don't remember where the adaptor is, so how ...
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How to select minimum difficulty when mining with Slush Pool

I am mining on a single Antminer S9 with Slush Pool. There is a setting called "minimum difficulty": When I read their manual, item #8 states The pool automatically assigns difficulty that ...
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How to calculate the average worker hashrate on a pool?

I just calculated the average hashrate of all poolminers on Slushpool by dividing the Pool Scoring Hash Rate by the amount of active workers: So with current values that is: 641.1 Ph/s / 30287 ~= 21,...
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Why no other company is producing Bitcoin ASIC except bitmain?

Except bitfury and 1-2 Chinese companies that looks fake or just a copy of Antminer. Nobody in Western produces miners? Why?
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Where can I look up the best ASICS under certain conditions

I have found a lot of helpful websites showing the best hardware for mining in general. However, is there a list of any kind where I can choose the criteria? For example: I want an ASIC that has a ...
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What parts of SHA-256 hashing an ASIC miner really does, and what remains a CPU job?

I know that ASIC does not perform transactions ledgering, it is a CPU job. I also know that SHA256 consists of two logical parts: a digest function, which reduces any big message, like ~1MB block, to ...
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Converting a bitcoin miner for other use [duplicate]

Is it possible if you purchased a bitcoin miner such as an antminer that cracks sha256 and edit the software so it could just crack normal sha256 hashes such as that you could use it with things like ...
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Setting up Bitcoin Miner in a data center

I have been running Antminer S9 in my apartment. It is too noisy, to hot, and it ruins the ambiance of my home. So I did some research and found a data center that can host my miner. At home I ...
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How does Segwit prevent ASICBOOST?

I know that ASIC BOOST exploits the fact that the blockheaders are not a multiple of 64 bytes, but what is the change in Segwit that prevents this? Are they always a multiple of 64 bytes now for ...
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Why is SHA3 less conducive to ASIC?

Bitcoins are encrypted with SHA-256, and Ethereum is encrypted with SHA3. Why can miners for SHA-256 encryption guess hashes in the TH/s when miners for the SHA3 encryption can only hash in the MH/s? ...
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How fast could AlphaGo mine bitcoins?

This question resulted out of a shower thought. In my naive understanding, both, training neural networks and mining bitcoins require a lot of math crunching that is best offset to ASICS and GPUs. ...
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Should i invest in a Antminer L3+ or a Antminer S9 [closed]

i've been looking to invest in a antminer s9, at the moment the earning i can get from that machine is around 10$/day. but it's a litecoin miner (Antminer L3+) for the exact same price that i could ...
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What is ASIC hardware good for besides mining?

Are there any other uses for ASIC hardware besides mining crypto? Also what are the consequences of the hashing power race?
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Where can I find more information about Litecoin ASIC miners?

I know Bitcoin can use ASICs but from what I can see some ASIC based hardware can work with Litecoin as well. However google search wise there isn't much to go off of, just that it is possible. Any ...
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Would like to setup my own mining pool for PPC Peercoin [closed]

I have 8 different antminer ASIC's and I would like to setup my own mining pool. I would like to mine PPC aka Peercoin. Everything seems to be very old as far as tutorials and I am looking for ...
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How long does it take to perform a single SHA256?

I'm not talking about hashes/s, but specifically, the amount of time required to perform a single SHA256 on the fastest computers known. How long does a very fast ASIC take to perform one SHA2? Is ...
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Is the fastest Bitcoin ASIC miner available today still profitable after block halving?

As the title says, I was wondering if the fastest Bitcoin ASIC miner will be profitable after block halving?
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Why are there different mining hardware for different hashing algorithms?

I have a question about mining hardware and hashing algorithms. Why are there different types of mining hardware for different hashing algorithms? Why can't we use an Antminer ASIC for Ethereum or ...
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Why do leading ASICs manufacturers sell their chips? [duplicate]

I understand that some people have access to cheaper electricity than others. However why not just open mining facilities in the parts of the world offering the lowest cost structure? If that is not ...
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What can be done with old (unprofitable) ASICs? [duplicate]

GPUs used for bitcoin mining have many other purposes and can generally be sold after they are no longer mining enough Bitcoin to meet variable (electricity, etc) costs. What uses do old ASICs have ...
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What makes a Bitcoin Miner chip such as an Antminer different than a usual CPU?

Is it the processor? Or maybe RAM? I'm sure, it's not the GPU though. Which and what part does it make them powerful to mine?
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How does AsicBoost work?

The AsicBoost paper by Timo Hanke and Sergio Demian Lerner describes a way of increasing ASIC performance by 20%. It's a bit sparse on the details, though. What are they optimizing?
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Butterfly Labs ASIC for rendering in 3dsmax [duplicate]

Sorry if my question could be silly, but is there any option to perform 3d rendering on my Butterfly Labs ASICS? As for now, I don't see any reason to farm bitcons on my 5Ghash ASICs, so I came up to ...
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PSU for Bitmain Asic miner

I have a S3+ ASIC miner and 500w PSU My question is that what do I need to convert a 4+4 PCI-E into a 6+2 PCI-E or two 6+2 PCI-E. Thanks in advance
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How is mining profitable if a $10.000 ASIC will generate like $63.23 per month?

This $10k ASIC miner has 1TH/s and by this hashing calculator (I know they're not THAT precise but...) it'll generate like $63.23 per month? Why would anyone invest in this?