Bitcoin mining has advanced greatly from its starting point in back in 2009. Earlier on, you could mine Bitcoin using your computer’s CPU, which subsequently moved to GPU’s as mining difficulty increased. Graphic processing units increased mining speed and required less power.
In 2011 as Bitcoin mining became even more complex, GPU’s became less efficient, and manufacturers saw the need to develop specific technology solely for mining Bitcoin know as ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). ASICs provide way higher hashrates than GPUs, which means that they mine more efficiently and at a higher speed.
The most silent ASICs on the market
These mining hardware consume a lot of electricity, and as a result of this, the majority of Bitcoin mining takes place in China where there is cheap electricity. The difficulty and competition in mining Bitcoin now demand that you use specific hardware for the task. Most of the ASIC miners use the same chips which are designed to be efficient; however, their energy consumption and cooling solutions may vary. Getting the best ASIC miners comes with a price though – could cost you a few thousand dollars.
Let us take a look at some of the best and the quietest miners out there.
|Miner||Noise level||Hashrate||Release date||Daily profits||Price|
|Bitmain Antminer S9||76db||13.5Th/s||09.2017||±$3.50||±500$|
|Canaan Avalon 841||65db||13.6TH/s||04.2018||±$3.8||+425$|
Bitmain Antminer S9 – Requires access to cool air
Produced by Bitmain and released in 2017, it is safe to say the Antminer S9 is the best Bitcoin miner in the world, maybe until recently. The Chinese company “Bitmain” has been a leading company for a while when it comes to producing mining gears. Analyses have it that Bitmain currently holds about 70% of the market share. The Hash power of the Antminer S9 measures up at 13-14 TH per second and draws 1,300 watts of power, less than its competitors while equally rendering it more efficient.
The Antminer S9 has a noise level of 76db and can get quite noisy if there is no access to cool air.
Where to buy: Official Bitmain Shop
Halong Mining DragonMint T1 – Powerful, but quite noisy
The DragonMint T1, produced by Halong Mining boasts up to 16 TH/s, better than the S9 at 14 TH/s. The DragonMint is currently the most powerful miner out there and consumes just 0.075J/GH in power, compared to AntMiner S9’s 0.098J/GH. The difference in power consumption might not be much, but counts a lot when mining in large scale.
Canaan Avalon 841 – Far quieter than the other
Bitmain is not the only company producing ASIC Miners. In December 2017, Canaan released the Avalon 841, the ROQ Solid Miner, refined, which gives the Antminer S9 a decent competition. Its power efficiency is very similar to that of the AntMiner S9, and boasts of about 13.6 TH/s. Pricewise, it costs just about the same as the AntMiner. The Avalon 841 comes with reliable open quality and airforming cooling technology. The package comes with 1 X Avalon Miner 841, 1 X AUC3 Cable. The problem is that the Avalon 841 is currently scarce, unlike the 741, which makes it hard to recommend.
Aside from the fact that the Avalon 841 comes with a single fan design, all three looks similar. Both the DragonMint T1 and the S9 are considered more efficient than the Avalon 841, however, the DragonMint T1 is slightly more efficient than the S9 because of its higher hashrate.
The Avalon 841 runs at 85 decibels, which makes it far quieter than the other two. So you could use the Avalon 841 at home or office space.