Butterfly Labs ASIC review – Little Single 30GH/s
Wij have eventually got our forearms on a Butterfly Labs ASIC miner. Spil most of you know, production release dates have bot a enormous problem for BFL. The miner wij are testing wasgoed ordered te March 2013, it wasgoed received October 31st 2013. Spil you can imagine, the wait time essentially nullified any chance of making a quick terugwedstrijd on investment. With ASICs flooding the market, the mining difficulty is pacing with the production numbers. Want to make a good terugwedstrijd on your mining investment? Get “swift hashing” hardware quickly.
The very first thing that wasgoed noticeable about the BFL wasgoed the way it wasgoed packaged. It came te a USPS plane rate opbergruimte, with a cardboard cutout serving spil the BFL logo. The surplus of the packaging wasgoed bubble wrap, and foam inserts. This astonished mij a bit, spil I’m used to high-end electronics being shipped te their own opbergruimte, then dual boxed for shipping. Wij can only hope that the mail carriers treat their packaging with care.
Unboxing the unit wasgoed also an ear opening practice, spil I could hear screws rattling &, sliding around inwards the case. Liberate metal objects floating around powered electronics can be an expensive mistake. Fearing it may fry the electronic inwards, I liquidated the offending screws, and proceeded to waterput the unit back together. I then remembered that BFL had to switch their original vormgeving of the Single &, Little Single ASIC units. They had to dual the case size, to accommodate the 30 &, 60GH/s boards. The resulting internal case vormgeving &, assembly appeared to be rushed into production.
The case from the outside looks sleek, and streamlined. They can be stacked side-by-side ter a row, with decent ventilation. On one side of the unit, has a fan to pull hot air out of the case. The other side has ventilation slots for the intake.
The power connector wasgoed a poor gezond, and I wasgoed jumpy that I wasgoed placing too much pressure just to get the unit plugged ter. The USB connector seemed to be fine, and is located next to the power connector.
Once I configured Cgminer, the unit fired up instantly. It wasgoed near silent at very first, spil the hash rate crept upwards towards 30GH/s, the fan switched to high, albeit, it provides good airflow, it is utterly noisy. 65dB at 1 peettante.
One of the nice things about having a BFL ASIC miner, is the capability to butt-plug the USB into your PC, and go. Gone are the days of opening your pc case, installing GPU cards, then spending hours attempting to figure out why your card is so temperamental. I literally plugged the BFL ASIC into my PC, embarked Cgminer, and I wasgoed mining at 30 Gh/s te very little time. It is fairly convenient.
The Cgminer configuration wasgoed all default. Meaning I input my pool information, and let it embark mining. There are some specific Cgminer switches you can read about, they are located te the Cgminer documentation: ASIC-README.txt.
Butterfly labs has produced a welgevoeglijk performing bitcoin miner te the Little Single. However, it is a little late to the spel for the mining environment wij are presently ter. BFL realizes this, spil they have liquidated the BFL Little Single from their webstek, and can no longer purchase it. It’s difficult to sell a miner for $1,200, at the same time, “fresh” units are selling on ebay for $700. This is particularly devastating for early purchasers of BFL products.
I truly hope that Butterfly labs can kasstuk it’s target release dates for future products. The potential for this company is immense, albeit from an outside perspective they may need some management restructuring. Missing target dates, coupled with BFL employees engaging te flame wars on the internet, wasgoed not the best strategy. Albeit, thesis can be normal mistakes from a youthfull company te a revolutionary bitcoin world.
Butterfly Labs has some fine fresh products announced, and have a scheduled release date for the end of 2013. The card-based 600GH/s looks like a good concept, and product. I’m looking forward to reviewing it.