Bitmain has announced a new ASIC mining machine, the Antminer E9 with a rated performance of 3 GH/s or 3,000 MH/s in Ethereum, roughly on par with 25 GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards (120 MH/s per card), or 32 RTX 3080s (94 MH/s per card). Compared to NVIDIA’s CMP lineup, we’re looking at the equivalent of 115 30HXs (26 MH/s), with a TDP of 2,556W. With an efficiency of 0.85 J/M, the E9 should yield a profit of $236 per day with the average electricity cost of $0.13 per kWh (for the US) already factored in.
The Antminer E9 is expected to cost between $20,000 and $30,000, requiring 85 to 127 days of Ether mining to break even. Considering that the equivalent: 25 RTX 3090s would cost around $75,000, therefore requiring 311 days to break even, this looks like a worthwhile investment.
If Bitmain’s claims are true, then the Antminer E9 will be the most powerful ASIC miner on the market, beating the Linzhi Phoenix miner both in terms of sheer compute performance as well as efficiency (2.6 GH/s and a TDP of 3000W). Going by Bitmain’s figures, the E9 is going to be 15% faster as well as 15% more power-efficient than the existing fastest ASIC mining processor on the market. However, it’s worth noting that the Linzhi Phoenix is much cheap with a price tag of $11,300 to $13,700.