Notice: Hashaltcoin despatched me this FPGA miner for me to evaluate. Whereas I actually recognize this partnership, I’m making this evaluate as unbiased as attainable.

The BlackMiner F1+ is a brand new FPGA miner developed and manufactured by Hashaltcoin. The unit comes with three boards and might mine a wide selection of algorithms, most of that are historically thought-about GPU-only.

The official specs state that the F1+ hashes like three and even 4 x6 GTX 1080Ti rigs (will depend on algorithm) whereas having the facility consumption of 1. Not solely that – not like three rigs that require three units of parts (motherboards, RAM modules, and so on), in addition to in-depth tweaking, the F1+ comes as one plug-and-play unit. Is that this too good to be true?

Let’s discover that out, although first let’s take a fast have a look at the numbers:

BlackMiner F1+ Specs

  • Energy on wall: < 1.Three KW
  • Energy Provide: 1300 W or extra (I’m utilizing my F1+ with a 1650W PSU)
  • Quantity:430x290x40 mm (with package deal)
  • Weight:5 kg (web), 6 kg (with package deal)
  • Noise Stage: ~70 Db

Supported Algos, Hashrates and Energy Draw:*

Algorithm Hashrate Energy Draw
lyra2z: 93.zero MH/s 600w – 950w
skeincoin: 7.56 GH/s 630w
xvg_lyra2rev2: 324.zero MH/s 550w
phi2: 77.5 MH/s 600w
phi1612: 470.zero MH/s 800w
tribus: 4.Four GH/s 880w
nexus: 3.87 GH/s 800w
bcx: 26.zero GH/s 720w
0xbtc: 35.2 GH/s 1000w
keccak: 34.9 GH/s 1050w
xdag: 22.6 GH/s 900w
zp: 35.2 GH/s 1050w
verus: 100.Eight GH/s 900w
keccakc: 34.9 GH/s 1050w
keccakd: 34.9 GH/s 1050w
amoveo: 82.6 GH/s 1050w
sha3d: 13.6 GH/s 1000w

Notice: The F1+ is appropriate with the entire algorithms for the F1 miner (obtain them from here). To make use of a F1 algorithm in your F1+, comply with the steps detailed within the producer official information. Updating the bitstream in your miner is simple and quick – it takes round Three minutes per algorithm. The three principal steps are to obtain the algorithm, then flash the gadget and at last wait about 2 minutes for the miner to reboot.

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Unboxing BlackMiner F1+ FPGA Miner

The unit got here well-packaged, already assembled and prepared for use. The miner is available in an aluminum casing and appears (and feels) fairly much like an Antminer. I haven’t seen any flaws resembling free elements, scratches or indicators of utilization. From the outside, the miner appears very respectable – it’s rugged and well-designed.

Remember that the F1+ doesn’t include a PSU. I take advantage of an everyday 1600W EVGA one to energy it. I imagine that utilizing a beefy PSU would possibly enhance stability and even energy effectivity of the unit however I additionally perceive why a few of you would possibly name it overkill. The producer recommends 1300W PSU.

BlackMiner F1+ FPGA Set up

The set up course of is fairly easy and easy.

1 PSU Connection

We begin by connecting 2x 6-pin cables to every of the three boards and 1x 6pin cable to the controller.

Use a bit of cable to attach the inexperienced (PWR_On) and the black (Floor) pins collectively to simulate that the PSU is related to a motherboard.

  • Notice: Some fashions (particularly the older ones) would possibly use a special coloration for PWR_On. Make sure that to examine the pinout of your PSU.
  • Notice #2: Some EVGA PSUs have a devoted swap to energy the PSU on with out load. You would possibly use it in case your PSU has it.
2 Web Connection

After that, we join the ethernet cable and launch the F1+ unit. Then, we log into our router (both by way of wifi or ethernet) and examine the LAN IP of the miner. By default, the handle is 192.168.100.36 so you may additionally attempt that earlier than you employ your admin login credentials.

As soon as we accessed our F1+, we use the username root and password root

It’s a good suggestion to go to the password administration web page and alter it. To get there, go to the next tab: Miner Configuration -> Administration

3 Miner Configuration and Begin Mining

We’re nearly there. To begin mining, go to the next tab: Miner Standing -> Common Settings

There we will set as much as three swimming pools with the respective employee title and password. Personally, I like to stay to the identical pool and solely change the server location. As you may see on the screenshot, I’m utilizing the bsod pool in all of the three fields, with the one change being the placement of the pool (Asia, Us or EU).

Lastly, press on ‘save’ and ‘apply’. The miner will begin working nearly immediately.

4 Putting in New Algorithms / Bitstreams

To put in new bitstreams is tremendous simple. New updates may be downloaded from their official web page https://hashaltcoin.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/360002467791-Firmware

  • Obtain the algo you want
  • Login to F1+ administration web page
  • Go to “system” -> “improve
  • Earlier than doing any new modifications i like to recommend to create a backup for the present model. To do this click on “Generate archive” and obtain it!
  • To flash new bitstream click on on “Select File” beneath “Flash new firmware picture” -> choose the picture after which click on on “Flash picture
  • This can take 2-Three minutes to complete the set up, as soon as the set up is full it is going to restart the FPGA to complete the setup
  • When boot up is full go to “Miner Configuration” and the brand new algo ought to be seen within the drop down menu from high left.
  • Now you can setup the pool, pockets handle then save & apply and the machine will begin mining.
5 Uninstalling Algorithms / Bitstreams

The Miner can have loaded as much as 7-Eight bitstreams (algorithms) on the similar time. The reminiscence of the miner is proscribed, so in the event you ever get to that restrict, you’ll have to uninstall one of many bitstreams it already has earlier than you may set up one other one. You recognize you could have reached the Eight algo storage restrict while you get this error when loading a brand new algo to your miner: “No house left on gadget cp: can’t create ‘/fpgabit/cgminer_keccakd.conf’: No house left on gadget” I’ll element beneath easy methods to take away existed bit file if storage is full

  • Obtain WINSCP, set up after which run it: https://winscp.net/eng/download.php
  • New connection popup might be prompted and for “Host Title” add F1+’s ip handle like “192.168.100.36” ; “Username” is “root” ; “Password” in the event you didn’t modified the default one then is similar “root“, final thing is to decide on “SCP” on “File Protocol” then click on “Login” (word that you simply should be related to the identical community the place F1+ is)
  • As soon as logged in you’ll discover that either side are clean (examine pictures); double click on the “up folder” from proper facet for 2 occasions to have all of the information listed, then go to “fpgabit” folder and there you’ll have all algos
  • To successfuly delete an algo you’ll have to do the next: for this instance i’m going to take the PHI2 algo ; there are two information that must be deleted ; favor to make a backup after which delete it ; choose each information “cgminer_phi2.conf” and “fpgaminer_top_phi2.bit” ; proper click on -> Obtain -> Obtain and Delete
  • That’s it, now you must have sufficient house to put in new bitstreams
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Blackminer F1+ Benchmarks
Lyra2z Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

Lyra2z Cash: Actinium (ACM), Mano (MANO), Alspenschilling (ALPS), Criptoreal (CRS), Infinex (IFX), MCT+ (MCT), Stim Coin (STM), Taler (TLR), ZCore (ZCR), GINcoin (GIN) forked to x16rt

  • Hashrate: 93 Mh/s
  • Energy Draw: 880w
Skein Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

Skein Cash: Skeincoin (SKC), Argo (ARGO), Ferrum Coin (FRM), Spedo (SPO), TIMECoin (TIMEC), Ultima (ULT)

  • Hashrate: 7.56 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 625w
Verge (XVG) Lyra2rev2 Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 324 Mh/s
  • Energy Draw: 550w
PHI2 Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

PHI2 Cash: Lux (LUX), Argoneum (ARG)

  • Hashrate: 77.5 Mh/s
  • Energy Draw: 585w
PHI1612 Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

PHI1612 Cash: Folm (FLM), Fonero (FNO), Seraph (SERA)

  • Hashrate: 470 Mh/s
  • Energy Draw: 800w
Tribus Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

Tribus Cash: Denarius (DNR), BZLcoin (BZL), Keyco (KEC), Scriv (SCRIV), Virtus (VRT), Zula (ZULA)

  • Hashrate: 4.Four Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 890w
Nexus Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 3.87 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 790w
BitcoinX Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 26 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 700w
0xBitcoin Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 35.2 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 1040w
Keccak Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

Keccak Cash: SmartCash (SMART), MaxCoin (MAX)

  • Hashrate: 34.9 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 950w
Keccak-C Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw

Keccak-C Cash: Creativecoin (CREA)

  • Hashrate: 34.9 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 130w
Keccak-D Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 34.9 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 130w
Dagger (XDAG) Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 22.6 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 130w
Zen Protocol Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 35.2 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 1070w
Amoveo Mining Hashrate & Energy Draw
  • Hashrate: 82.6 Gh/s
  • Energy Draw: 1080w
Blackminer F1+ Profitability

For the reason that F1+ is a multi-algo FPGA miner, you must preserve a relentless eye available on the market and selected the perfect choices to mine.

There are various instruments that may provide help to to selected the perfect coin to mine. As an illustration, you may need one favourite coin you imagine in so that you determine to mine it and maintain it doesn’t matter what.

Or, in case you are extra into on the spot revenue, the next web site would possibly provide help to to selected the perfect coin of the day: https://www.hashaltcoin.com/en/caculation

For extra particulars on a particular coin, you would possibly need to use whattomine, cryptoz0ne, coincalculators or coinwarz. For instance, Denarius has been an fascinating crypto these previous days with day by day earnings of as much as $8 (regardless of me having fairly costly electrical energy right here).

From my expertise, Whattomine offers fairly correct numbers, which is why I’m itemizing it right here. I’ve examined it primarily with Dinarius, Zen Protocol to date.

Since the F1+ unit hashes and consumes as marketed too, you need to use these web sites to precisely select the proper coin to mine day-after-day.

Now, how does the F1+ evaluate to the standard GPU rig?

If we take the identical Denarius (tribus) coin for instance, a 6x GTX 1080Ti mining rig would hash round 720 Mh/s and “earn” you -$1 -/+ a day. Whereas having comparable energy consumption, a F1+ outputs 4400mh/s, which is why earnings are round $8 a day.

One other instance for Tribus. A rig of 6x GTX 1080Ti hashes round 765 Mh/s with an influence consumption of 1100W. The F1+ hashes 4400 mh/s whereas consuming 900W. If you happen to’d like to achieve the 4400 Mh/s mark through the use of GPUs, you’d want 35 GTX 1080Ti playing cards that may devour round 5000W.

In addition to, the F1+ prices about half of what a 6x GTX 1080Ti rig does, which makes this FPGA a reasonably fascinating alternative.

Right here’s one other factor to think about. One can argue that the strongest a part of GPU mining is its flexibility. A great GPU is compatibile with a wide selection of various cash and regardless of how a lot the market adjustments, there may be nearly at all times a worthwhile coin to mine. That is why total, I’ve at all times invested most of my cash into GPU rigs, not ASICs. I often do not need to guess on one single coin and even algo.

This is the place the Blackminer F1+ is healthier than an ASIC – as an FPGA, it has a few of that flexibility I like a lot about GPUs. The way in which it could possibly mine a wide selection of algorithms makes it like a spider – you may lose a leg or two.. or 5, and nonetheless stand in your ft.

Blackminer F1+ vs Different FPGAs

The F1+ is just not the one FPGA there may be. I’m wondering, how does it evaluate to its competency?

The primary competency that is available in thoughts is the F1 – the predecessor of the mannequin we’re speaking about on this evaluate. As anticipated, the F1+ is superior to its predecessor in each facet.

In comparison with the BTU9P, the F1+ prices much less and might mine DigitalCruncher (zen protocol) and 0xToken round 180% sooner.

In comparison with the brand new MA-X1, the F1+ can mine Keccak ~269% sooner (different MA-X1 benchmarks will not be out there) at round 300% greater energy draw. That being stated, the F1+ is about 20% cheaper than the MA-X1, making it a greater ROI for individuals who do not have awfully costly electrical energy.

In comparison with the BCU 1525, the F1+ is extra cost-efficient however much less power-efficient. If we speak about upfront funding, the F1+ is cheaper and offers you extra hashes per greenback invested (as detailed beneath). However, the F1+ outputs much less hashes per Watt.

As we will see within the comparability chart beneath, the BCU 1525 is 22% extra energy environment friendly when mining Keccak-zp, 54% extra energy environment friendly when mining Lyra2z and 14% extra energy environment friendly when mining Keccak.

Nonetheless, with regards to price effectivity, we see that the F1+ is:

Keccak-zp133% extra cost-efficient (35 gh/s for $3750 vs. 15 gh/s for $4000)

Lyra2z55% extra cost-efficient (93 mh/s for $3750 vs. 60 mh/s for $4000)

Keccak177% extra cost-efficient (35 gh/s for $3750 vs. 12.6 gh/s for $4000)

In Conclusion

The Blackminer F1+ FPGA stands someplace between an ASIC and a GPU. On one hand, it hashes a number of occasions sooner than any trendy GPU rig however alternatively, it’s extra versatile than the standard ASIC. That mixture would possibly give the F1+ nice longevity and make it a reliable miner for a reasonably very long time.

If we additionally consider the worth of a F1+ unit, lets say that for now, this miner is perhaps a safer funding than the standard ASIC. Does that imply that you simply ought to get one? The reply is as much as you – investing into mining tools at all times includes dangers regardless of how good or promising that tools is.

Concerning the miner itself, I’m giving it a optimistic score as a result of it hashes as marketed. Construct high quality appears good too and the corporate appears fairly customer-oriented to date. Based mostly on the corporate’s monitor document, Hashaltcoin appears to ship in time too, which is at all times welcome.

That is my expertise with the Blackminer F1+, please share yours within the feedback beneath.

Thanks for studying. As at all times, your feedback, ideas and questions are welcome.

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