Anyone mining with FPGA's?

Discussion in 'Cryptocurrency Mining and Markets' started by zer0sum, May 7, 2018.

  1. zer0sum

    zer0sum Active Member

    Mar 8, 2013
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    I'm looking at getting some FPGA's based on information from this BitcoinTalk thread and other sources, and I was wondering if anyone on here was also considering it?

    Or, perhaps already had a setup working, and might be prepared to share their bitstreams :D

    From the discussion:

    8 x Xilinx VCU1525 rig. Each VCU1525 card has one Xilinx VU9P Virtex Ultrascale+ FPGA.
    Each VCU1525 card costs $4000, or $32K for the whole rig. At $160-$456 per day, ROI is 70-200 days depending on the algorithm.

    Hash rate for the whole rig combined is:

    Keccak (Smartcash, Maxcoin): 136GH/s (17GH/s per card x eight) ($160/day at Apr-30 prices)
    Tribus (Denarius, Virtus): 16.8GH/s (2.1GH/s per card x eight) ($304/day at Apr-30 prices)
    Phi1612 (Luxcoin, Folm): 5.2GH/s (650MH/s per card x eight) ($456/day at Apr-30 prices)
    Skunhash (Various coins): 10.4GH/s (1.3GH/s per card x eight) ($261/day at Apr-30 prices)

    Those yield around US$20-$57 per card per day ($160-$456 per day for the rig).

    I'm definitely not getting out of GPU mining, but I do like diversifying :)
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  2. jetbird

    jetbird New Member

    Dec 28, 2017
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    I've been following this guy for a while. FPGAs are the future of mining IMO due to the performance/power with algorithm flexibility. In one of the threads he mentions that "Apparently some guy in Germany is getting 64KH/s with Cryptonight-V7 on the same VCU1525". This is 64KH/s at 200Watts on a $4500 card!
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
  3. Patrick

    Patrick Administrator
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    Dec 21, 2010
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    The hard part is programming/ optimization.
  4. cactus

    cactus Moderator

    Jan 25, 2011
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    Didn't read through the thread, but is there a free to use binary for these cards?
    Back in '14, a friend of mine bought a Vertex dev board and was working on a miner. BTC/LTC crashed and he lost interest.
  5. WANg

    WANg Active Member

    Jun 10, 2018
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    Eh, how did one of my friends put it? It's like having a thousand SUVs solve sudokus for you so you can trade the results in for heroin. I did the math - the entire thing posits upon continuous availability of cheap power and the existence of uninformed people buying into it via FoMo. You can probably make more money selling employability to blockchain implementors than on the "coins" themselves.
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