Without warning Bitmain has once again released and is taking orders for a new ASIC miner, the Antminer V9. Previous customers and those on Bitmain’s email list received notice of the new product this morning. While the email does cover important points, such as the minimum-order-quantity (MOQ) of five units as well as payment options, what it doesn’t reveal is the algorithm (or cryptocurrencies) the V9 ASIC is designed to mine.
The Bitmain Antminer V9
The page for the V9 on Bitmain’s website hasn’t revealed answers to the algorithm question either. Cryptocurrency websites are speculating, based on price and Bitmain’s history, that the V9 is a Bitcoin (SHA-256 algorithm) miner. The title tag on the V9’s page also says “The Antminer V9 is specially designed for long-term use in Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash mining farms.”
If that’s the case, the miner isn’t a very exciting one if you pay for electricity, consuming a significant amount of power for a 4 TH ASIC bitcoin miner. The price? $345 USD. Payments are being accepted in Bitcoin Cash and wire transfers for USD. Shipment is slated for March, 2018.
Bitmain Antminer V9 Specifications
|Hash Rate||4 TH|
|AC Power||1027 W (220VAC Power @25℃)|
|DC Power||955 W (at 12V DC input)|
|Operation Temperature||0-40 ℃|
|Dimensions||301mm x 123mm x 155mm|
While it would seem that this is a SHA-256 miner, Bitmain has been known to be sloppy when creating new product pages and often makes errors when duplicating old pages and updating them for new products. When Bitmain’s V9 page is updated we’ll update this post to reflect the official word on if this is in fact a Bitcoin miner or not.
Rapid Product Releases from Bitmain
The V9 follows the Antminer A3, a Blake 2b miner that was also released without warning. The rapid release of products is likely a move to ship as much hardware as possible as the Chinese government applies pressure to cryptocurrency-based businesses including those involved in mining.