Monday, 23 June 2014

Bit Coin Mining - Zeusminer Blizzard first impressions

First impressions?  Well when I unpacked them I can't say I was super happy with the build quality. It is "ok" it will get the job done but its not the nicest.  The packaging was excellent by the way.  First I tried just the one with the custom build of cgminer and it just worked right out of the box, once I had set the correct comm port.  To find this you just need to look it up in device manager.

Getting the second one to work took a little more effort.  This was largely due to a lack of documentation but after a little searching on the web I found it was as simple as duplicating the comm port entry in the bat file.

Below is copy of my bat file, password etc removed:

cgminer.exe -o stratum+tcp:// -u Username_1234 -p xxxx --chips-count 6 --ltc-clk 328 -S //./COM4 -S //./COM5

I am surprised how good these work and I am getting about 2.7mh off a pair of them.  That's around the same rate as my three r9 290x rig for about an 8th of the cost.  Power consumption is also a fraction of what my old rig used which is good and along with the drop in power consumption there is a corresponding drop in heat output and thus noise as there are a lot less fans which are not having to work nearly as hard.

So when all is said and done I'm pleased, well I have ordered another four.

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