The End of Dash: Antminer D3 – Review

We are used to the thought that X11 algos are mined with equipment which speed is measured in Megahashes per second (MH/s). As an example, the legendary (and expensive) Baikal Giant-A900 Miner delivers 900 MH/s and is considered one of the best (if not the best) Dash ASIC miners so far.

Now, what if we could get our hands on a piece of equipment that hashes 15 times faster for the same price? Is this a dream?

Yes it is, and it is called the Antminer D3. Recently, Bitmain announced the release of a new miner that is meant to become a game changer. As a result most of us who are mining Dash will no longer be able to do that.

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I will get to that in a minute. Let’s first take a closer look at the Antminer D3 specs:

  • Hash rate: 15 GH/s X11 (±5% variation)
  • Power consumption: 1200W (at the wall, with Bitmain’s APW3 PSU, 93% efficiency, 25°C ambient temp).
  • Dimensions of the miner: 320x130x190 mm
  • Price: $ 2.699 USD, power supply not included in the package.

15 GH/s equals to 15.000 MH/s. If we had to use Baikal’s Giant-A900s to achieve the same hashrate, we would have to get about 17 of those, which would cost us a whooping 39.000 USD!

What Does That Mean?

Many agree that the release of the Antminer D3 is going to kill most of the Dash ASICs we got in our mining farms. Bitmain’s new ASICs will raise the mining difficulty to a new level. While ASICs like the Giant A-900 will keep hashing the way they did before, the amount of DASH coins we will get per day from them will probably be reduced 10-15 times.

What About the Gold Rush?

Many people got excited about the ROI of the new Antminer D3. By hashing 15 GH/s, the ASIC produces about 6.500 USD per month. This means that as for today, the ASIC got one week ROI. But this won’t last long. Once the first batches of the Antminer D3 will be shipped, the mining difficulty will experience a steep increase, which will affect profitability too.

Do you remember what happened with Bitcoin, when the first ASICs were released? Well, eventually same thing will happen with Dash. We gotta upgrade our equipment in order to remain in the game.

 

In Conclusion

The Antminer D3 is available for preorder. The first batches will be shipped in September of this year.

Is it worth it? We will see. One week ROI is of course temporary and we will know the real numbers soon. However, if you want to keep mining Dash, then the D3 is definitely a must. The sooner you get it, the more chances there are that you might get some extra Dash while the network difficulty is still relatively low, compared to what it will soon become.

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Publication date: 
07/24/2017 - 03:03
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