The Bitmain Antminer S9 is an ASIC used for mining Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Until Bitmain or one of its competitors actually release their next generation miner, the Antminer S9 is still the undisputed king of SHA-256. Having sat on top of the paradigm for over two years since its release in June 2016, the S9 has been performance-tweaked overtime from an initial 13.5 TH/s to an optimized 14.5 TH/s on their S9j model. The SHA-256 algorithm is used for mining Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.
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At 1340W, the Antminer S9 is an ideal choice for colocation. This unit performs optimally when using 208, 220 or 240V power sources which are often difficult or impossible to find at residential locations. The Antminer S9 produces a lot of heat so it is best run in a location with a managed climate.
Bitmain is the leading manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining ASICs. A privately held company headquartered in Beijing, China. Bitmain was founded by Micree Zhan, the first to translate the Bitcoin white-paper into Chinese, and Jihan Wu, the current CEO in 2013.
Bitmain attained early success with the release of the Antminer S5 ad subsequent Antminer S7 which were the miner of choice in the era preceding 2016. The Antminer S9 is the current bitcoin miner of choice for the current mining era (2016-2018). It is estimated that Bitmain made $4B over this period. Bitmain has long dominated the SHA-256, Scrypt, X11, Blake2b, and Cryptonight algorithms.
They also maintain the Antpool mining pool which is one of the largest pools on several cryptocurrency networks. Bitmain mines extensively with their own equipment and pools.
The Antminer S9
The Antminer S9 will still be profitable to mine with through 2018 until a paradigm-busting competitor is eventually released.
- Power Consumption: 1340W
- Cost: $446 USD
- Hashrate: 14.5 TH/s
- Efficiency: 92.41 W/TH
- Probability of Delivery: Confirmed Real
If you do decide to purchase a Bitmain Antminer S9, we hope that you’ll consider the Miners’ Union for your colocation needs!