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Goldshell’s new KD BOX II Kadena (KDA) ASIC miners are moving into the arms of increasingly more small and residential miners and we’ve additionally picked up one (now additionally a WiFi model is accessible) and have determined to do a fast comparability between the KD BOX II and the older KD BOX PRO mannequin. The older KD BOX PRO mannequin was rated at 2.6 TH/s with 230 Watts of energy utilization or 0.088 W/GHs and the brand new KD BOX II is rated at 5 TH/s at 400 Watts of energy utilization or 0.08 W/GHs or with different phrases extra highly effective and simply barely extra environment friendly (there’s additionally a extra environment friendly low-power mode with 3.5 TH/s at 260 Watts). The benefit of the brand new mannequin is the upper hashrate in a barely greater dimension in comparison with the older mannequin as you’ll be able to see from the picture with only a tiny little bit of energy effectivity enchancment. Apparently sufficient Goldshell’s web site does cite the identical dimension of the case for each miners and contradicting numbers concerning their weight, nicely the brand new KD BOX II is clearly a bit bigger and weights extra. The noise stage cited within the specs can be the identical, although the brand new mannequin positively is a bit noisier with only a few decibels (can fluctuate tremendously on situations you utilize it at), however however nonetheless runs fairly silent and is ok for house use.
Identical to with the earlier mannequin, the brand new KD BOX II does get fairly scorching inside because the miner is designed to run silently, whereas maintaining the working temperatures of the ASIC chips inside fairly excessive, making the brand new units nice to be used as house heaters as nicely with their 400W of energy utilization… particularly for those who decide a couple of. The brand new KD BOX II miner nonetheless does get hotter as anticipated each on the within and the skin as you’ll be able to see on the comparability thermal picture with a median of about 10 levels Celsius.
The elevated energy consumption to nearly double the one of many earlier mannequin and including a second 6-pin PCI-E energy connector doesn’t assist a lot in maintaining the facility cables a lot cooler. We’re not too eager on the concept on pulling 200W or much more over a 6-pin PCI-E energy cable even when it’s a thicker good high quality one (16 AWG), not to mention utilizing cheaper and decrease high quality 18AWG and even 20 AWG (this could possibly be harmful). So, good high quality energy cables can simply get to barely over 40 levels C on each the outdated and the brand new fashions…
The actual challenge with the brand new Goldshell KD BOX II Kadena ASIC miners nonetheless is just not the truth that they’re barely bigger, hotter and never very rather more energy environment friendly, in spite of everything their worth per TH/s is decrease than that of the earlier gen when it got here out. The actual drawback is that they’re coming available on the market at a time when the brand new technology of enormous scale highly effective KDA ASIC miners are additionally getting deployed such because the Bitmain Antminer KA3 ASIC that does 166 TH/s with 3154 Watts of energy utilization… that’s 4 occasions extra energy environment friendly in comparison with the KD BOX II and much more hashrate.
All this new hashrate coming from extra environment friendly miners getting deployed on the KDA community is driving the quantity of recent mined Kadena cash with the small house miners down fairly quick every new day (community problem is skyrocketing). So, except we see a great enhance in worth of KDA, the acquisition of a brand new Goldshell KD BOX II is likely to be fairly pointless by the point you get the system really delivered to you, thus you need to consider carefully whether it is really a good suggestion to go for these new miners. And going for the older KD BOX PRO and even the earlier KD BOX miners is likely to be an excellent worse concept at this level, even when they do give them to you totally free.
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