Avalon, an offshoot of China-based firm Canaan Creative, was amongst the first firms to manufacture Bitcoin-specific ASIC chips, so it’s safe to say that the company knows what it’s doing when it comes to Bitcoin mining hardware.
Like its predecessor the AvalonMiner 6, the 7 series has had generally good reviews with miners praising Avalon’s innovation in pioneering the A3212 16nm chips employed in the units, as well as how quiet these devices are when running.
The AvalonMiner 761 supports cluster mining via a specialist AUC3 ‘AvalonMiner Controller’, based on the Raspberry Pi, which can support up to six devices. The AUC3 controller costs around $80 and can be connected to others to form larger clusters. For instance, four AUC3 devices could each connect to five AvalonMiners allowing you to manage 20 AvalonMiner 761 units with a staggering combined hash power of 176TH/s.
You will also need to purchase a PSU separately for around $150. In total, this may still cost less than purchasing a used S7 unit. The Avalon 761’s greater hash power and energy efficiency means you’ll likely see a slightly faster return on investment.
Canaan offers bulk orders (60 units or more) directly on its website. If you only want to buy a few units, the firm also has a list of official distributors. Despite glowing reviews, the devices aren’t as well known as Antminers, so if you’re new to mining, you may not find much help online.
- Cost: $1,860
- Power usage: 1,320W
- Hash power: 8.8 TH/s
- Daily profit: 0.00114587 BTC