1. Baikal Mini Miner Review – Introduction
You very likely already heard about the Baikal Mini Miner ASIC before. It is a klein miner that is meant to work with X11, X13, X14, X15, Qubit and Quark algorithms, and people usually employ it to mine DASH.
The miner wasgoed launched te mid 2016. Back ter the day, it wasgoed like any other miner concerning ROI, it wasgoed, however, the less power-demanding miner on the market. With a power consumption of only 40W vanaf 150Mh/s, the Baikal is one of a zuigeling.
After the release, the miner received many positive reviews. At very first, some users had a grim outlook on the miner – they speculated that after the release of a popular DASH miner, the profitability of DASH mining would go down.
A year passed since then and remarkably enough, the profitability of DASH mining only enlargened. This is hard to believe, but spil by march 2018, it became almost Two times more profitable to mine DASH with the Baikal Mini Miner than when it wasgoed a year ago.
150 MH/s MINING PROFITABILITY
There were two factors that affected profitability. Very first, the price of the miner went from $500 dollars to $300. Back te the day you had the option to get the miner a bit cheaper, for about $400 vanaf unit if you’d buy four units.
Secondly, despite some predictions, the profit vanaf day te US from mining DASH remained the same, which means that the ROI of the Baikal Mini Miner is almost spil twice spil better. It went from about 9 months to Five months. That’s some crazy ROI for an ASIC miner, since the usual ROI is inbetween 9 and 12 months.
This is why wij determined to revisit, review this miner and take a closer look at it.
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Two. Specs and Features
Spil wij already mentioned, the Baikal Mini permits you to work with six types of algorithms. This wasgoed a gigantic innovation back ter the day, and it still remains a zonderling feature among modern ASIC miners.
The Baikal Miner permits you to choose your mining pool. It comes with 8 pools to choose from and it also permits you to add your own ones. You can also prioritize each pool to maximize your earnings.
Assembly and Set-up
The miner is effortless to set up. It comes fully assembled ter a klein opbergruimte (Dimensions: 140mm x 100mm x 95mm). The opbergruimte includes an OrangePi (clone of RaspberryPi) houtvezelplaat with an Ethernet module and a accomplish cooling system. The boxes can be lightly affixed the one to the other and assembled into one single equipment. This means that if one day you determine to add more miners to your office, you won’t have to worry about extra space for the reserve modules.
Baikal Mini comes with a device called BaikalScanner, which permits you to lightly find the needed IP address to connect to the setup pagina. Once connected, you have to configure your mining preferences. This means choosing your pools, setting up priorities and so on. The factory password to the setup pagina is “baikal” with a lower case “b”. The same goes for the username. You can switch that once you loom te to the control panel.
Please notice that the miner does not require a PC to function. You will need a PC only to set it up, configure it and monitor the work progress.
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Baikal comes with a GPLv3 licensed OS, which can be downloaded from the official Baikal webpagina. This permits you to reinstall your miner OS quickly and lightly. Before you do that, you can also save your mining settings. The backup is done from the miner interface, which means that you don’t have to download any extra contraptions. The interface is browser-based.
Here are some quick stats:
Power Usage: 40W at the wall
Supply Requirements: 12V, 96W 5A (Recommended: 8A)
Dimensions: 140mm x 100mm x 95mm
Price: $300 dollars vanaf miner, no quantity discount
Trio. Hashrate/Wattage Ratio
Very first of all, it is worth mentioning that the miner comes with no power supply. It does however works with any generic 12V DC power supply with a barrel Five.Five×,Two.5mm connector. Since the Miner power consumption is only 40W, there is no big punt te finding a power supply that would be compatible with it.
Some users recommend using a 96W 8A power supply to ensure stable work of the unit, while others state that a 5A power supply is enough.
Now, ter the case you want to assembly a equipment of Baikal miners, you very likely would like to purchase the four unit pack from their official shop since it comes with a PCI-E connector. This permits you to connect it to a regular 150W PSU, tho’ a 300W one would be more advisable.
You can say that when it comes to hashrate/power usage ratio, the Baikal Mini Miner excels compared to other ASIC miners. This is why the miner is mostly popular te Nederland and other countries that have high electro-therapy costs. People who live ter USA States like Fresh York, Connecticut and Alaska could greatly benefit from the low power consumption spil well.
The miner provides a stable 150 Mh/s +/- 1 hashrate on all algos and pools. It is, however, advisable to test all available mining pools, because some might perform better than others. There are many factors involved, and the miner configurable priority system is your best ally.
Also, please notice that the miner takes some time to stabilize the hashrate. It averages at 150 Mh/s, but don’t get too excited if it reaches the 160Mh/s mark for a dozen of minutes.