The Gridseed Dual Miner, Small, Powerful, Profitable!
We have been given the opportunity to test the new Gridseed Dual Miner for performance and usability. If you are unfamiliar with Gridseed miners, they are application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners for both SHA-256 coins, and Scrypt based coins such as Litecoin and Dogecoin. Try doing that with your Butterfly Labs rig. They are small, inexpensive, produce between 360kH/s and 10GH/s depending on the mode, and use very little energy compared to GPH mining rigs…and by very little we mean VERY LITTLE! as in 5 to 8 watts.
Here is a brief brake down of some of the highlights:
- Mode 1: Scrypt only
- Mode 2: SHA
- Mode 3: SHA & Scrypt combined
The Gridseed Miner is capable of producing up to the following:
- Scrypt only mode: 360 KH/S
- SHA mode: 10 GH/S
- Combined Scrypt & SHA mode: 8 GH/S SHA & 300KH/S Scrypt
- All figures are approximations
The power consumption on each unit is around 5-8 Watts, and each contains its own direct fan to keep temperatures down.
Gridseed offers an option USB controller to manage the miners, but for our purposes we have chosen to pass on this and utilize a Raspberry Pi running a modified version of cgminer for scrypt mining with our Crypto Pros Mining Monitor (available for purchase soon).
The test unit arrived two days ago and upon pulling it out of the box, we where instantly impressed not only by the quality of the unit, but also its demure size.
First – The Raspberry Pi.
The 2 gaps in the graph is when we shut down the unit to upgrade the Raspberry Pi.
We have modified a version of Scripta ( a mining monitor image for raspberry pi ) to use a custom version of cgminer that integrates more easily with our Auto-Switching Multipools. With this image, setting up a farm is as easy as plug and play. With the image writen to our Raspberry Pi we where good to go.
Click on the link here : Crypto Pros Mining Monitor To download our monitoring tool for Raspberry Pi.
Second – The Gridseed Dual Miner
There was no configuration needed once we plugged the Gridseed into our Raspberry Pi , it was instantly recognized and started to mining. The hash amount achieved was nearly exact to that advertised. We have been running the unit for about 24 hour at the time of this writing and have only taken the unit offline 3 times to make make tweaks to the Raspberry Pi. The unit has been performing at a consistent 360 kH/s, the stability is amazing.
The overall initial review of the Gridseed Dual Miner is quite favorable. It runs solid at 360kH/s for scrypt mining with zero errors, and he power savings from utilizing this miners over traditional GPU rigs is substantial.
Whether you are an experienced miner or just getting started, we highly suggest you give some serious thought to the Gridseed Dual Miner as your mining platform. They are available HERE for purchase.