Bitmain is regarded as one of the most influential companies in the ASIC mining industry. It is estimated that they have manufactured approximately 53% of all mining equipment.
Without including their mining profits, that’s around $140 million dollars in sales. These figures are staggering, but Bitmain’s monopoly of the Bitcoin ASIC market may come to an end, following the release of Halong Mining’s DragonMint 16T ASIC.
Designed with brand new technology and boasting 16 TH/s per miner, the 16T is the most powerful and efficient Bitcoin miner to date. Halong Mining claims they spent $30 million dollars on research, development, and prototypes.
Halong Mining also noted that their miners take advantage of ASICBOOST, an exploit of Bitcoin’s algorithm which improves mining efficiency by 20%. The first batch of miners were announced and made available for pre-order in November of 2017, and are scheduled for shipment in March, 2018.
100 individuals were involved in the development of the chip, including BtcDrak, one of the most prominent pseudonymous Bitcoin core developers. He is shifting his attention to the mining hardware industry. After helping to set up the company, he claimed that the machines are around 30 percent more productive than the most proficient ASIC on the market, Bitmain’s Antminer S9.
According to Bitcoin Magazine, BtcDrak remarked:
We started a mining project with the aim to bring much needed competition to the market…We want to ‘make SHA256 great again.’
In an effort to validate their bold claims, the official YouTube channel of Halong Mining released a YouTube video showing the miner in action on November 22, 2017.
Their tests showed the miner achieving 16 TH/s, exactly as promised.
Sitting at the hefty price of $2,729.00, the DragonMint 16T is far from affordable for the average person. Fortunately, due to the newly born rivalry between Bitmain and Halong Mining, the price will probably lower with time and competition.
The power supply for this unit is not included. Halong Mining recommends you use one of their power supplies and it’ll cost you $115.00.
In total, $2,844.00 is the price per miner. Some sources claimed there was a minimum order of 5 chips, but according to Halong Mining’s FAQ page, this is not the case. You can buy one chip at a time. In comparison to the price of the Antminer S9, the DragonMint 16T is a better value.
The DragonMint 1600W power supply is strongly recommended, though not mandatory. Each miner requires its own individual power supply. They can be purchased directly from Halong Mining’s website.
Professional mining hardware runs optimally at 220-240V, hence why mining farms step down their own electricity supply to 220-240V. In any case, it would be a good idea to buy the DragonMint power supply.
Note that 220V current is only found outside of the US – American outlets are 110V by default. Unless you want to hire an electrician, you’ll have to buy a power supply rated at 110V such as the Rosewill 1600W 80+ Gold Certified power supply. These PSUs will get the job done, but they are not ideal for optimum mining performance.
Thanks to the DragonMint 16T’s new DM8575 generation of ASIC chips, the 16T has become the most electrically-efficient miner on the market.
Consuming merely 0.075J/GH, or 1480W from the wall, the 16T is 30% more electrically-efficient than the Antminer S9. Keep in mind that exact power consumptions vary, especially depending on which power supply you are using.
Halong Mining’s new ASIC technology is impressive. When compared to its closest competitor, the Antminer S9, the DragonMint 16T is the clear winner. It hashes at 16 TH/s, as opposed to the S9’s 14 TH/s. Moreover, the 16T consumes 0.075J/GH, whereas the S9 consumes 0.098J/GH.
The difference in power consumption is miniscule, but when it comes to large-scale mining, the 16T’s edge will drastically increase the profitability of a mining operation. This ASIC is profitable not only for mining on a large scale, but for the individual miner as well.
Take a look at the projected mining profitability of a single miner:
Note that is appears profitable even with high electricity costs ($0.12 per KW/h). With $0.03 / KW/h it’s even more profitable:
Each DragonMint 16T will generate about $1,500 per year (calculated with 1 BTC=$8,857.02). Mining profitability may vary. You can use this free profitability calculator to determine your projected earnings.
There is been a lot of talk on Twitter that Halong Mining is a scam. It appears it is not, as many users are already claiming to have received their miners.
Slush, the creator ot Slush Mining Pool and the TREZOR hardware wallet, claims on Twitter that he has seen units and knows people who have had their miners delivered:
As I stated earlier in this thread, we have units, chips and full specs, so we know it is real. We also know about other people who received their units and they're now mining on the pool.— slush (@slushcz) March 26, 2018
We have testing units and quality may change, also we don't know about delivery times.
Here is another image of one of Halong Mining’s store. This is, apparently, a store in Russia.
When the first batch of Bitmain’s Antminer S9 ASICs reached the eager hands of miners, they were all the rage. The S9 was renowned as the most efficient ASIC miner on the market. Many used the S9 as the industry’s golden standard.
Up until the launch of the DragonMint 16T, it was the golden standard.
Things have changed.
Not only is the 16T more powerful than its predecessor from Bitmain, but also more efficient, and therefore, more profitable.
Ever since the announcement of the new ASIC, there was widespread speculation of its legitimacy – and rightly so.
The Bitcoin community has been plagued with small, phony companies manipulating images of preexisting antminers as a ploy to hype up their fake products. Nevertheless, Halong Mining is taking things seriously, and their first batch of miners have lived up to expectations.
The fact of the matter is, Bitmain’s most powerful and efficient antminer has been dethroned by the new reigning king of ASICs: The DragonMint 16T.
Bitmain has dominated the ASIC market since its inception in 2013.
There are a few other companies producing ASICs, such as Baikal, Avalon and Bitfury. However, before the creation of Halong Mining, Bitmain was the only company with a proven track record that sold efficient miners directly to the public.
Halong Mining has the potential to bring Bitmain’s monopoly to an end. Aided by BtcDrak, Halong has a bright future ahead of them. Now that Bitmain has noteworthy competition, it will be interesting to see how it affects the market.
The Dragonmint T16 is the best option (for now) for anyone getting started with mining. Halong Mining’s innovation should force other ASIC producers to innovate and force other companies to release new miners with better efficiency. So whether you’re buying a miner now or soon, you’re likely to benefit from the development of this new miner.