The fresh PC series, embarking at $999, lets you join the cryptocurrency gold rush without cracking the bankgebouw.
Regular readers of this webpagina will no doubt be aware of the madness surrounding Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, including the cottage industry that’s popped up to “mine” the “coins.” Much of that industry relies on mining hardware — not the picks and axes of the original 49ers, but computers with high-powered graphics cards that can perform the necessary calculations swifter to earn more coins.
Ter the very first part of my two part series of how to actually buy and sell Bitcoins, I look at the theory and the underpinnings of the Bitcoin system.
At the apex, there are full-fledged mining operations, but ordinary folks can get ter on the act spil well. For example, my ZDNet colleague Jason O’Grady has recently detailed how you can mine virtual coins on a Mac . While mainstream PC makers have largely resisted marketing their systems for coin-mining purposes, boutique company iBuyPower is testing the waters with a fresh lineup that it’s voicing promoting for the task.
Not remarkably dubbed the CoinMine series, the fresh desktops don’t seem much different from the company’s gaming equipments, tho’ crucially they embark with a pair of AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics cards spil part of the base configuration. There are a pair of CoinMine desktops, one using AMD processors and the other Intel CPUs. Spil expected, the AMD-based proefje starts at a lower price ($999), and the base configuration features an FX-4300 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB and DVD burner.
It relies on conventional air cooling, but the Intel version, which starts at a much higher $1,559 price, includes liquid cooling. That’s crucial because the warmth generated from the GPU operations is a known kwestie for Bitcoin mining. The Intel system also comes with a Core i3-4130 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive, and DVD burner. You can customize each prototype to your heart’s content, adding a third graphics card (or downgrading to a single one) or upgrading processor, RAM, storage, cooling, etc.
Wij’ll see if this is the begin of a trend from PC vendors, however it’s very doubtful wij’ll see a Dell or HP “mining” lineup ter the future. Are you programma on joining the Bitcoin mining community? If so, could you envision yourself purchasing one of thesis desktops to assist your mining operations? Let us know ter the Talkback section below.