Biostar’s iMiner A578X8D Crypto Mining Machine Now Availableby Anton Shilov on September 11, 2018 4:00 PM EST
Just in time for this week's dive in cryptocurrency prices, Biostar has started selling its specially designed all-in-one rig for mining. The iMiner A578X8D is a complete black box crypto mining solution for eight GPUs, and notably does not use any riser cards. As a result, the fully-integrated miner is touted as being extra-durable to ensure stable 24/7 operation and an equally stable hash rate.
The Biostar iMiner A578X8D is based on the company’s TB250-BTC D+ motherboard featuring Intel’s Celeron G3930 processor (two cores, 2.9 GHz, 51 W TDP), 4 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a 120 GB SSD. The system is equipped with eight AMD Radeon RX 570 graphics cards and a 1600 W PSU to provide these GPUs a stable supply of power. The crypto mining rig supports ETH, ETC, XMR, and ZEC currencies out of the box, which greatly simplifies its deployment. According to the manufacturer, one iMiner A578X8D can deliver ETH hash rate of 220 MH/s (+/- 5%).
The mining rig is outfitted with seven fans to ensure sufficient cooling. In addition, the TB250-BTC D+ motherboard has a PCIe slot state detection that can check the state of each GPU and discover whether everything works properly. If the iMiner detects an error, it automatically sends an email notification to enable remote management of the rig.
The all-in-one mining farm is now available from Newegg for $3,499. Later on the company is expected to start selling other AIO mining rigs that will pack six and 12 GPUs, thus offering a bit lower and higher performance.
|Motherboard||TB250-BTC Pro||TB250-BTC D+|
|CPU||Intel Celeron G3930
|Memory||4GB DDR4-2400||4GB DDR4-2400|
|Video Card(s)||12x RX 560 4G||6x RX 570 8G||8x RX 570|
|Power Supply||1300W, ≥88% efficiency||1600W, ≥88% efficiency|
|Chassis||Black, 5x 120mm fans||Black, 7x 120mm fans|
|Hashrate (ETH)||148 MH/s (±5%)||165 MH/s (±5%)||220 MH/s (±5%)|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||N/A||19.8" x 13.58" x 5.84"|
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DanNeely - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - linkDepends how large a line they spun up. Sales are almost certain to be much lower than when they started the project, but the frothy history of crypto suggests it's only a matter of time until the next bubble starts. At that point ramping volume on the existing model or a new v2 product will be faster than restarting from scratch after cancelling; and by putting something out in even low volumes they can gather real world data on how well their cooling/etc choices work and be able to make a better v2 product when the demand for it exists.
verl - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - linkIf you could swap out the AMD gpus and the PSU to fit nVidia GPUs, it might work for deep learning applications.
Gc - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - linkSo as it has eight 16-pin connectors, is high bandwidth communication possible between cards, so suitably designed GPUs could fetch each other's memory? Would that might make it attractive for some kinds of machine learning/training?
DanNeely - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - linkalmost certainly not. Mining barely requires any IO. Bigger boards only feed an x1 to each slot because it's plenty for the needs. It's possible this might have x2 or a mix of x2/x4 electrical slots, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's all x1 to save on cost.
boozed - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - linkHahaha
Hxx - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - linkjust in time for the new iPhone unveiling. 2 questions though 1) does it have face ID and 2) can I charge wirelessly?
RU482 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - linkgives you a very interesting insight into how quickly Biostar can bring a product to market
edzieba - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - linkThe various cryptocurrencies' prices peaked and then crashed around the end of last year. GPU mining was viable before then, remains viable now, and will remain viable until more efficient hardware (e.g. ASICs, or future more efficient GPUs) is available.
jardows2 - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - linkI wonder if this could be useful for other purposes than mining, say a render farm? Or anything else that can leverage multiple GPU for calculations?
BigDragon - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - linkJust look at that notch! So bold! So revolutionary!
Unfortunately, the mining market seems to go through booms and busts. I think we're in a bust phase right now. At some point things will swing back around to boom. Biostar may look late and foolish at the moment, but things could turn back around at any time.