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Bitmain Aims to Leapfrog Competition With Its Next-Gen Bitcoin Miner

On April 28, the China-based mining rig manufacturer Bitmain Technologies announced the launch of its latest Antminer T17 model which processes roughly 40 terahashes per second (TH/s). The machine delivers better power efficiency with 55 joules per terahash (J/TH) and the T17 is also equipped with second-generation TSMC 7nm semiconductors.

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Bitmain’s Newly Launched Antminer T17 Boasts 40TH/s

Bitmain has announced its latest product release with the new T17 model, a mining rig that supposedly boasts 40TH/s at top speeds. The manufacturer had already released the Antminer S17 series two weeks ago and the newest T models were announced as “coming soon,” but the specifications and prices were not yet available. The Antminer T17 is a mining rig that processes the SHA-256 algorithm allowing users to mine bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC). Bitmain’s blog details that the T17 uses an entirely new design feature aimed at reducing dust entry. Further, the company reveals the mining rig also uses dual tube heat dissipation technology in order to reduce wind resistance.

“The space between the air inlet to the air outlet has been reduced by 50%, improving heat dissipation which further enhances the long-term operation of the miner and reduces maintenance costs for users,” the company’s announcement explained on Sunday.

Bitmain Aims to Leapfrog Competition With Its Next-Gen Bitcoin Miner

According to the Antminer T17 specifications, the machine costs $1,270 per unit and the company has set a limit to 10 miners per user. Shipments of the first batch will start on a first-paid-first-ship basis and delivery starts between May 5-20, 2019. In addition to the 40 TH/s, the miner has a power consumption of 2200W. The T17 weighs around 11.5kg with four fans and a sound output of around 82dB. There are three boards that utilize approximately 90 BM1397 7nm chips that employ TSMC’s FinFET technology. The T17 offers a newly improved APW9 power supply which aims to ensure longer and stable operations. The new miner can be purchased through the website but shipments to the U.S. will include a 2.6% tax due to the mining rig’s import classification.

Bitmain Aims to Leapfrog Competition With Its Next-Gen Bitcoin Miner

Competitor ASICs Are Still Unavailable While the 5 Latest Antminer Models Are Now Available for Public Consumption

The latest T17 model follows the recent lineup of competitor models offered by manufacturers from the same country. Canaan has recently announced the new Avalon series with the Avalonminer 1041 and the 1041F. The new Canaan models boast hashrates between 31-33TH/s but use 16nm chips. Then there’s the Microbt Whatsminer M20S which claims to command 70 terahashes per second by utilizing 12nm TSMC made semiconductors. However, the new Whatsminer is not available until August and the Avalonminers from Canaan are also “out of stock.” With the latest Antminer S17s and the newly launched T17, Bitmain is once again leading the pack by being able to deliver miners first. A few miners have already reported on receiving the latest S17s from the company on social media.

“Antminer S17 Pros just arrived — I apologize in advance for the slight bump in the BCH hashrate,” one person said jokingly on Reddit.

Bitmain Aims to Leapfrog Competition With Its Next-Gen Bitcoin Miner
The Redditor on r/btc who recently received his Antminer S17 Pros in the mail on April 25.

At the moment, according to statistics on Asicminervalue.com, a data website that records live income estimation of all known ASIC miners, the Antminer S17 Pro (53TH/s) is the most profitable miner in the industry. All of the S17 series and the new T17 are in the top 10 list of the most efficient miners in the globe.

Bitmain Aims to Leapfrog Competition With Its Next-Gen Bitcoin Miner

The mining rigs are among Whatsminer’s M20S which is not available until the summer and Innosilicon’s Terminator 3 (T3) which is comparable to the T17 at 39TH/s. The Innosilicon miner is $1,290 per unit for pre-orders but the price will increase to $1,450 per unit when the T3 is in stock. As it stands, besides older generation machines released last year, the new Antminer products from Bitmain are the only 2019 miners released this year that are currently available to the public.

What do you think about the new Antminer T17 model from Bitmain? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Image credits: Shutterstock, Bitmain, Asicminervalue.com, and r/btc.


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