Improving Cooling on Fury Miners

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Over the summer, I began adding more miners. The weather had started to warm up about the same time so the Furys started to increase in temperature.  In our area most places do not have air conditioning, so we are up to the mercy of the weather. Most of the year it’s a cooler climate off the central coast of California, but this year it has been much warmer. Even without the weather, the Furys ICs would get hot but not the casing, which is a giant heat sink anyway. That told me there is poor thermal transfer. I had to do something about it. Cooler ICs means less hardware errors which means more accepted shares. Upon research I narrowed …

DIY: Miner Rack

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Over the last few weeks or so,  I decided to build a rack to hold my ASIC miners. This way they are nice, tidy and not all over my desk! Commonly, GPUs miners make a wooden open air case so I decided to design something similar. Total power usage from the wall is 377-379W. Not bad for 11MH/s. One thing to note is the Gridseeds don’t get very hot so in turn their fans keep the Raspberry Pis cool which are zip tied above them. Parts: 5x 4ft Strips of wood Pack of finishing nails Wood glue Zip ties Gray primer spray paint Black gloss spray paint Small nails (keep miners in place) Mining Hardware: 8x Fury’s: GAWMiners 2x GridSeeds: GAWMiners …

ZenMiner: RPI Temps

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The first week of the Fury’s (Zeus Blizzard) Scrypt miners from GAWMiners came with a free ZenController. It’s basically a Raspberry Pi, case and a memory card that is setup ready to mine using ZenMiners cloud service. Simplifies the process of setting up mining without a computer. Yesterday I had an issue with the network connection to my ZenController and I noticed the Raspberry Pi was warmer than I am used too with others. Upon inspection, I realized the bottom label is covering the only holes for ventilation. There isn’t any on top or sides. Even without the label there should be vents on top like most cases. If you get one of these, the first thing you want to …

Adventure in Bitcoin: GridSeeds

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Part  1 Potato chips. You can’t just eat one, am I right? That’s how mining has become for me. It’s always just a little more mining power. Like reaching in and grabbing a couple of extra chips and before you know it, the entire bag is empty. But in the case of mining, there will always be something left in the bag. You can trade various coins, set up more rigs or upgrade your current hardware. Up until now, GPUs where the only way to mine Altcoins. ASIC’s are what took over Bitcoin mining and now they’re finally just starting to become available for Scrypt mining. One of the first that are somewhat affordable are the GridSeeds. I have been …

Adventures in Bitcoin

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Part 2 Over the last few months, I decided to try my hand at mining BitcoinsCryptocurrency. Recently, I found the best way to get started is to mine what are called Altcoins. Bitcoins and a few others are based on SHA256 hashes which are easier to verify transactions and therefore there are ASIC or Application Specific Integrated Circuits that can mine very fast. Because of this, the network difficulty becomes very high and therefore takes more power for the same reward. Basically you get a reward for mining which is providing processing power to verify transactions. Once the network agrees that a transaction is valid, it then confirms the transaction. Altcoins are based on Scrypt mining which is more memory …

Bitcoin Now Accepted!

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We are happy to announce that FriedCircuits Shop now accepts Bitcoin! Products are still shown in USD but when you check out you have the option of selecting Bitcoin and it will show the total at the current exchanges rates. We are using Coinbase.com as the payment processor so if you have a Coinbase account you pay directly that way. If not, you can scan the QR code to pay with your mobile app, of course you can just copy and paste the wallet address and the amount to pay to use with your desktop app. Once payment is sent, just click confirm. It’s that easy! We are all for supporting the Bitcoin community. We’d like to help it grow …