Cryptocurrency

The fervor of cryptocoin mining has consumed a large part of the semiconductor industry of late. The demands for high performance silicon to mine these virtual assets with value is one factor in a global shortage of available parts for computers, automobiles, defense, research, and other industries. One consistent element to cryptocoin mining over the last decade is the prevalence of hijacked machines and devices through malware, commonly known as botnets. Previously these armies of machines were co-opted to perform bandwidth attacks against various targets, but they have also been used for their compute resources – mining coins that have value for those that control the botnet. This week Intel and Microsoft are announcing an additional layer of protection against these sorts of attacks.

AMD to Ramp up GPU Production, But RAM a Limiting Factor

One of the more tricky issues revolving around the GPU shortages of the past several months has been the matter of how to address the problem on the GPU...

34 by Ryan Smith on 1/31/2018

Colorful Announces a Bay Trail Mining Motherboard with 8+1 PCIe Slots

This week Colorful has introduced a uniquely designed motherboard, created specifically for the professional miner. One of the first things most will notice is this doesn’t look like most...

31 by Joe Shields on 11/10/2017

Cryptomining Demand Drives Exceptionally High Graphics Card Shipments in Q2 2017

This week, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reported significantly higher discrete GPU shipments for Q2 2017, attributing the historically unprecedented increase to cryptocurrency mining, specifically to Ethereum mining. As opposed...

47 by Nate Oh on 8/25/2017

Gigabyte Announces H110-D3A Motherboard for Mining Rigs: The Mining Cart Rolls on

GIGABYTE this week has taken the wraps off of a new motherboard built specifically for the again popular cryptocurrency mining crowd: the H110-D3A. Like other boards targeted at mining...

19 by Joe Shields on 7/18/2017

Mining Cards Update: Zotac, Manli and Biostar Products Formally Confirmed

Although ASUS and Sapphire cryptocurrency mining cards were officially outed last week, other pieces of evidence have suggested other vendors were also producing cryptomining cards. Both the GPU manufacturers...

11 by Nate Oh on 7/6/2017

Biostar Goes Mining: New TB250-BTC PRO Motherboard and RX 470D Mining GPU

With cryptocurrency mining specific motherboards and even graphics cards becoming the new normal for certain manufacturers in their offerings, Biostar has thrown two new products into the ring: the...

22 by Nate Oh on 7/5/2017

ASUS & Sapphire Release Pascal & Polaris-based Cryptocurrency Mining Cards

Even during the most bullish Bitcoin days, video card partners had shied away from creating specific SKUs for the purpose of cryptocurrency mining, and that has remained the case...

30 by Nate Oh on 6/27/2017

Red Harbinger tests the Cryptocurrency Chassis Market: The DopaMINE

With the ups and downs of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin now part of the zeitgeist; notable trends are starting to happen. The software is being probed...

27 by Ian Cutress on 2/19/2014

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