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The ASIC producer Goldshell has began promoting an up to date model of their smaller KD BOX PRO home-oriented ASIC miner for Kadena (KDA) dubbed Goldshell KD BOX II able to up 5 TH/s hashrate with 400 Watts of energy utilization with a worth of $325 USD (with out transport and customs bills), beginning to ship in mid-January from Asia. The brand new gadget is available in an analogous small-scale type issue with elevated efficiency and two 6-pin PCI-E energy connectors as a substitute of only one as a result of elevated energy utilization as properly (nonetheless a bit on the sting for twenty-four/7 400W energy utilization although in our opinion). Curiously sufficient there isn’t a WiFi functionality, simply Ethernet port and the wi-fi connectivity particularly for residence miners is a very helpful function that the earlier PRO mannequin did include. Curiously sufficient even with the upper energy utilization the brand new KD BOX II continues to be rated on the identical noise stage because the PRO model, we sort of anticipated to be noisier, and it truly may nonetheless be.
Goldshell KD BOX II Specs:
– Default Hashrate Mode: 5 TH/S (±5%)
– Default Hashrate Energy: 400 (±5%)
– Low-Energy Hashrate Mode: 3.5 TH/S (±5%)
– Low-Energy Hashrate Energy: 260 W (±5%)
– Dimensions: 178x150x84 (mm)
– Weight: 2KG
– Noise stage: <35dB – Connection Port: Ethernet – Working Temperature: 0~35°C – Relative humidity: ≤65% – Enter Voltage: 100-240V
So, the brand new Goldshell KD BOX II is available in the identical compact dimension case, weights the identical, nevertheless is able to elevated efficiency in comparison with the older PRO mannequin. It consumes extra energy, but it ought to stay with the identical low noise stage that could be very acceptable for residence use – nice for a heater/miner selection, or so the official specs declare. There are apparently two modes of operation (a single miner changing the common and Professional fashions within the earlier era?) leading to 5 TH/s mining hashrate for KDA with 400 Watts of energy utilization or 3.5 TH/s at 260 Watts of energy utilization.
As a comparability the KD BOX PRO is rated for two.6 TH/s at 230 Watts of energy utilization… that’s nearly 0.0885 Watts per Gigahash of hashrate. As a comparability the brand new KD BOX II does handle to supply 0.0743 Watts per Gigahash in low energy mode when operating at 3.5 TH/s or 0.08 Watts per Gihagash in full energy 5TH/s hashrate mode. These numbers truly present that there’s nearly 10% enchancment in energy effectivity within the high-power mode when the brand new miner runs at full 5 TH/s hashrate, the decrease energy mode is healthier although.
What’s our verdict for the Goldshell KD BOX II then? Contemplating the not that a lot of energy effectivity enchancment within the full energy mode that may almost definitely additionally include vital enhance in noise stage (the lower than 35 Decibels might be the ranking in low energy 3.5 TH/s mode we suspect) and the shortage of WiFi functionality it may not truly be that significantly better selection than the KD BOX PPRO mannequin. The one benefit is the lower cost and the truth that the older fashions are not accessible on the market from Goldshell. We sort of anticipated to see one thing just like the distinction between the KD BOX and the KD BOX PRO fashions the place enchancment was rather more vital than what we’re getting there between the KD BOX PRO and KD BOX II.