Just in time for this week's dive in cryptocurrency prices, Biostar has started selling its specially designed all-in-one rig for mining. The iMiner A578X8D is a complete black box crypto mining solution for eight GPUs, and notably does not use any riser cards. As a result, the fully-integrated miner is touted as being extra-durable to ensure stable 24/7 operation and an equally stable hash rate.

The Biostar iMiner A578X8D is based on the company’s TB250-BTC D+ motherboard featuring Intel’s Celeron G3930 processor (two cores, 2.9 GHz, 51 W TDP), 4 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a 120 GB SSD. The system is equipped with eight AMD Radeon RX 570 graphics cards and a 1600 W PSU to provide these GPUs a stable supply of power. The crypto mining rig supports ETH, ETC, XMR, and ZEC currencies out of the box, which greatly simplifies its deployment. According to the manufacturer, one iMiner A578X8D can deliver ETH hash rate of 220 MH/s (+/- 5%).

The mining rig is outfitted with seven fans to ensure sufficient cooling. In addition, the TB250-BTC D+ motherboard has a PCIe slot state detection that can check the state of each GPU and discover whether everything works properly. If the iMiner detects an error, it automatically sends an email notification to enable remote management of the rig.

The all-in-one mining farm is now available from Newegg for $3,499. Later on the company is expected to start selling other AIO mining rigs that will pack six and 12 GPUs, thus offering a bit lower and higher performance.

Biostar iMiner
  A564X12 A578X6 A578XD
Motherboard TB250-BTC Pro TB250-BTC D+
CPU Intel Celeron G3930
Dual Core 
2.9 GHz
Memory 4GB DDR4-2400 4GB DDR4-2400
SSD 90GB 120GB
Video Card(s) 12x RX 560 4G 6x RX 570 8G 8x RX 570
Power Supply 1300W, ≥88% efficiency 1600W, ≥88% efficiency
Chassis Black, 5x 120mm fans Black, 7x 120mm fans
Hashrate (ETH) 148 MH/s (±5%) 165 MH/s (±5%) 220 MH/s (±5%)
Dimensions (LxWxH) N/A 19.8" x 13.58" x 5.84"

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  • Valantar - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    ... so a classic case of the sunk cost fallacy making people make stupid decisions, then. These probably entered volume production a month or two back, at which time crypto had already plummeted. You're of course right that the R&D must have started long before that, and preparations for production would also have been in the pipeline for a while. But the idea that they "have to" make it just because they've already spent money on R&D and preparations is silly. They're not going to recoup any costs here. Best case scenario unless crypto makes an unheard-of comeback, they break even on the production costs - but even that's unlikely. In all likelihood, they'd be better off scrapping the project wholesale (and thus eating the R&D cost) before starting production, instead of spending even more spinning up a production line and getting distribution in order for a product nobody wants. Reply
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    Depends how large a line they spun up. Sales are almost certain to be much lower than when they started the project, but the frothy history of crypto suggests it's only a matter of time until the next bubble starts. At that point ramping volume on the existing model or a new v2 product will be faster than restarting from scratch after cancelling; and by putting something out in even low volumes they can gather real world data on how well their cooling/etc choices work and be able to make a better v2 product when the demand for it exists. Reply
  • verl - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    If you could swap out the AMD gpus and the PSU to fit nVidia GPUs, it might work for deep learning applications. Reply
  • Gc - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    So as it has eight 16-pin connectors, is high bandwidth communication possible between cards, so suitably designed GPUs could fetch each other's memory? Would that might make it attractive for some kinds of machine learning/training? Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    almost certainly not. Mining barely requires any IO. Bigger boards only feed an x1 to each slot because it's plenty for the needs. It's possible this might have x2 or a mix of x2/x4 electrical slots, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's all x1 to save on cost. Reply
  • boozed - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    Hahaha Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    I wish they would sell a configuration without the RX570s and a 120v version, but I like it. An enclosed miner is really useful, much better than all the open air rickshaw rigs. Better for noise and mitigates a lot dust accumulation (the big killer) with constant, streamlined front to back airflow.

    It apparently uses the same mobo design as the Asrock non-ATX mining mobos and their rigs:
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - link

    They probably figure that going 220V only will result in fewer problems than 120V and requiring a 20A plug.

    Running on 120V/15A is technically out of spec, sustained draws shouldn't go above 80% of max, which would be 1440W input for 120/15 (1320 if voltage was only 110V), with another ~10% off the top of the output for PSU efficiency losses. You do see some 1600W PSUs which can be plugged into a NEMA-15 outlet, which can be OK if you assume hitting peak loads on the PSU will be an outlier. A mining rig OTOH can be expected to operate at a high steady load; and while someone who knows what they're doing will likely undervolt/clock their cards to get higher power efficiency not everyone will be that smart. And there's always the risk that the next generation of mining cards will have higher TDPs which would raise the optimum efficiency power draw higher.
  • Hxx - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    just in time for the new iPhone unveiling. 2 questions though 1) does it have face ID and 2) can I charge wirelessly? Reply
  • RU482 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - link

    gives you a very interesting insight into how quickly Biostar can bring a product to market Reply

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