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CyberPowerPC Introduces its Mega Miner Coin Mining Machines

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

CyberPowerPC has announced a new series of pre-assembled PCs – the MEGA MINER series. This series of PCs is built with the purpose of scrypt-coin mining in mind.

The PCs will come in three models: the Mega Miner 100, 200, and 300. The cheapest model, the Mega Miner 100, is built using one of CyberPowerPC's own enclosures, and comes packed with an AMD FX-4300 CPU along with two AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics cards. Included is 4 GB of memory as well as a 500 GB hard drive.

The mid-tier model, the Mega Miner 200, is built using the same AMD FX-4300 processor, along with the same 4 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. The difference comes in the graphics, as it carries a grand total of three AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics cards.

CyberPowerPC's top gun, the Mega Miner 300, is built using an Intel Core i3-4130 CPU, which comes wired to 4 GB of DDR3 memory along with a 1 TB hard drive. This machine comes packed with three AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards.

Both the Mega Miner 200 and Mega Miner 300 appear to be built using XFX's Type 1 Bravo PC enclosure. All three systems are built using one of Thermaltake's new PSUs, specifically of the DPS series, allowing users to interface with their power supply through software to monitor exactly how much power is being consumed, and more.

The Mega Miner 100, 200, and 300 are set to cost $989, $1929, and $2569, respectively. That said, we do feel that CyberPowerPC is a bit late to the bitcoin mining party…

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    Anonymous1one , March 21, 2014 4:29 PM
    Great price, but like you said they're a little late to the game.
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    Traciatim , March 21, 2014 4:46 PM
    As is stated on almost every one of these articles by someone. No one mines bitcoin with video cards anymore, it doesn't make any sense at all. They mine Scrypt based alt coins instead... Even then it's pretty much to the point that sinking money in to something that the pay off rate is in to many many months, if ever.
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    ihog , March 21, 2014 5:26 PM
    It's a great idea for them no matter what because they don't have to have them built until they're ordered. It's not like they needed to get extra hardware like ASIC miners.
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    DrBackwater , March 21, 2014 6:16 PM
    Bit coins almost down to the point its just no value. and from what i head people are trying to liquidate their assets.
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    jim hubbard , March 21, 2014 8:24 PM
    NOBODY will sell you anything unless selling it to you is more profitable than using it themselves (whether that be shovels, pics and gold panning pans or coin mining PCs).The take away here should be that you'll make more coin by selling bit coin PCs than by buying and running them.
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    stingstang , March 22, 2014 4:14 AM
    I read these comments and shake my head. No one believed me months ago when I said bitcoins were complete rubbish.
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    dstarr3 , March 22, 2014 8:35 AM
    Will companies please stop pandering to the bitcoin crowd? The only people that profit from these mining rigs are the teenagers that have mommy and daddy pay the electric bill these machines generate.
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    jimmysmitty , March 22, 2014 1:38 PM
    Quote:
    As is stated on almost every one of these articles by someone. No one mines bitcoin with video cards anymore, it doesn't make any sense at all. They mine Scrypt based alt coins instead... Even then it's pretty much to the point that sinking money in to something that the pay off rate is in to many many months, if ever.


    That is correct. ASICs have been out for Bitcoins for a while. A R9 290X can probably push 900-1000MH/s while you can buy two ASICs for $700 (about the same as one 290X) that is pushing 10GH/s each. That is about 2x faster and they also use way less power.

    This is for Litecoin (Scrypt based) but as well ASICs are coming for Litecoin (a friend has some that do 360KH/s but those will be upgraded to 16MH/s) that will do MH/s, one is going to do 100MH/s meaning GPUs are again obsolete for this popular crypto-currency.

    There will probably be another at some point in time but it really depends on the coin value.

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    Bit coins almost down to the point its just no value. and from what i head people are trying to liquidate their assets.


    That is false. One bitcoin is currently worth $560 USD. That is not "no value". That is high value. When I tried mining they were fluctuating between $60-120 and when I first heard about Bitcoins, they were at less than $1 buck each.
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    CaptainTom , March 22, 2014 2:29 PM
    Quote:
    As is stated on almost every one of these articles by someone. No one mines bitcoin with video cards anymore, it doesn't make any sense at all. They mine Scrypt based alt coins instead... Even then it's pretty much to the point that sinking money in to something that the pay off rate is in to many many months, if ever.
    Seriously Tomshardware, get someone to write these articles who is competent.
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    gradius2 , March 22, 2014 2:32 PM
    Today all those virtual coins are the biggest SCAM of the whole capitalism history! Don't fall for it!
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    BulkZerker , March 22, 2014 3:17 PM
    Too much processor. Not a milk crate / rack.Double fail.Is that PSU a platinum unit properly matched to the price power usage?
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    teknic111 , March 22, 2014 4:19 PM
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    Bit coins almost down to the point its just no value. and from what i head people are trying to liquidate their assets.
    No value??? I just checked the price and one bitcoin is worth $570.
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    teknic111 , March 22, 2014 4:24 PM
    Mining is great and all if you want to support the network. Don't mine for profitability. While you may make a profit, you stand to make more if you just buy the coins.
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    Dugimodo , March 22, 2014 7:45 PM
    It's not the Bitcoin value that's making it become unprofitable, it's the network difficulty.The chance of finding a scrypt coin such has Litecoin has dropped to the point that it's currently barely profitable over the cost of running the miner at the power prices I pay (~22c US per KWh) It's design for this to happen, I think they've missed the boat entirely with this otherwise nice hardware.12months ago it would have been a worthwhile investment.
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    Ramshot , March 23, 2014 5:47 AM
    Why is the 200 version 1000$ more than the 100 version when the video cards are only 150$ more each. About 300$ more for 200 would make sense.
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    Vorador2 , March 23, 2014 3:29 PM
    Ugh, another PC based mining rig. Trying to fish idiots who don't do research.Nowadays, OpenCL bitcoin mining is a sure way to lose money. Most miners have switched to ASIC hardware rigs which provides much better performance-per-watt, and even still the benefit returns are getting lower and lower.And the scrypt coins are pretty much a shot in the dark. Even if you do see some profit at the end, it's unlikely it will pay for the entire investment.
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    redgarl , March 23, 2014 4:38 PM
    2569$ for two 290.. ????!!!! I paid less in CAD$ for greater components and I have two 290x PCS+ with custom heatsinks...
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    cats_Paw , March 24, 2014 1:54 AM
    I wish luck to everyone who invests money into mining, they are going to need it.I can understand Spending cash to mine if you "like the idea of mining", but not as expecting actual income. A lot of people talk about this subject, knowing virtually nothing about mining.In the end, CyberPowerPC made normal PCs, named them differently to sound cool, and increased the price a lot. Next time, fire those marketing guys, and use the savings to lower the price tag on your systems.
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    Mike Coberly , March 24, 2014 3:17 AM
    These are not meant to mine bitcoins...as you wrote in your article "built with the purpose of scrypt-coin mining in mind".Scrypt-based strictly means these do NO MINE BITCOIN. BTC is SHA256 based.This gives companies and 3rd parties the opportunity to have yet another avenue of sale...this is a good thing as a whole for the market. Short-sighted people would be wise to learn more about BTC before they toss it aside, or make comments which are misleading about BTC.When you talk about BTC, you are talking about a commodity with a market-cap well over $6.8 billion...yes billion. Go right ahead and think that anything with that much funding could simply disappear.
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    Oldbutstillatit , March 24, 2014 9:05 AM
    Bit coin. LMFAO. Suckers.
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