We all are well aware of the graphic card shortage issues and how even the previous-generation graphic cards are also running short in supply. The crypto miners are the reason behind this shortage; luckily, they won’t require graphic cards for mining now as a new application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) will soon be introduced to the market, the Antminer E9, which has a claimed hash rate of 3 GH/s.
In terms of graphic card mining rate, the 3 GH/s rate translates to almost 32 GeForce RTX 3080 or 25 GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards where one GeForce RTX 3080 has a hash rate of 95 MH/s, and a single GeForce RTX 3090 offers 120 MH/s.Not only this, but the E9 has a TDP of 2,557 watts, whereas the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 have TDPs of 320 watts and 350 watts, respectively.
In comparison, Linzhi Phoenix ASIC miner provides a mining rate of 2.6 GH/s at TDP of 3000W; the E9 will be 15% more efficient considering that the stated figures are accurate.
As far as the prices are concerned, there is no official word on the price yet; however, Linzi’s official website states that the Phoenix has a price range of $11,300 to $13,700, so considering the E9’s increased performance and better efficiency, we can expect the price to be somewhere from $20,000 to $25,000.
Even if the E9 sells at the expected price, it will be cheaper than using graphic cards for mining since 32 GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs or 25 GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs at MSRP of $899 and $1499 per unit respectively will bump up the total to a whopping $29000 considering that the cards are sold at their MSRPs which is not the case usually.
Currently, no expected launch date has been provided for the Bitmain Antminer E9.