Bitmain, the largest manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining hardware, has launched the Antminer S9 Hydro. It is the 8th miner launched by the company this year. The 18 Tera hash water cooled system is held to have an advantage over air-cooled miners regarding its energy efficiency. The Antminer S9 Hydro can be purchased in BTC from the official website.
Antminer S9 Hydro specifications
The main advantages of the Antminer S9 Hydro are that it is less noisy and more energy efficient, due to its innovative water cooling system. According to Bitmain, large mining companies can save up to 12% on electricity costs. The water cooling system can directly enter the mining rig and dissipate heat, ensuring the long-term stability of mining operations. A reduction of 20 DB can be observed in comparison to other miners. Due to its design, it is also dustproof with a reduction in total required air volume.
At 18 Tera hash per second (TH/s), the Antminer S9 Hydro is a very impressive miner, though there are other miners coming into the market with superior hash rates. Its water cooling technology will definitely be a huge bonus in large mining operations, where the maintenance of such advanced machines can kill the profitability of a mining farm. The Antminer S9 Hydro is large by mining standards, resembling the GMO Group’s B3 in its design.
Bitmain is largely recognized as the biggest and best ASIC manufacturer in the world. They have a monopoly on the market, and their machines are industry standard, spearheaded by BCH supporter Jihan Wu. However, competition is being introduced. Samsung is entering the crypto ASIC market, building chips which could be used by Bitmain competitors in the development of mining hardware.
Halong Mining in China has launched a DragonMint series with 16 TH/s. The machines are new to the market with very few online reviews. Judging from the specifications, it could be a suitable competitor to the Bitmain Antminer series. Canaan Creative and eBang are other notable Bitmain competitors. But for now, Bitmain remains by far the largest hardware mining manufacturer and the largest blockchain company in history from some accounts.
Many cryptocurrency communities are vehemently opposed to ASIC mining, due to the centralization and risk of monopolies. There is also the issue of crypto mining malware which is on the rise. New generation cryptocurrencies are designed to be as ASIC resistant as possible, avoiding the Proof of Work consensus mechanism which leads to mining centralization.