Bitmain incurs the wrath of the Monero community with its XMR miner

The Chinese manufacturer Bitmain unveiled theAntminer X5. The machine dedicated to mining from XMR is the subject of strong criticism in the community Moneroknown for its position anti-ASICs.

Sunday on Twitter, Bitmain has announced the upcoming launch of the Antminer X5a miner compatible with XMRthe cryptocurrency of the blockchain Monero

According to the tweetthe machine delivers a hashrate of 212KH/s for a power consumption of 1350W and an energy efficiency of 6.37J/K. L’Antminer X5 supports open source CPU system RISC-Vwhich can be used to mine other digital assets.

The Asian industrialist has not revealed the tariff of its product, presented as the ” first professional XMR miner “and is currently organizing a contest in which participants have to guess its prize to win discount vouchers.

Unsurprisingly, the announcement of this ASIC provoked a lot of interest. strong reactions in the Monero community. On Reddit, a miner claims that the machines were probably used by Bitmain since late 2021 and that performance would fall short of the best platforms Ryzen.

They have been mining since December 2021 and are now getting rid of their old products. These devices each had 250-300 kh/s and were connected from Hong Kong,” he wrote in a message endorsed by a large number of social network members.

While Monero supports a anti-ASIC policyanother participant in the discussion proclaimed ” hard fork go brrrrrrrr “, hinting at an update to make these new miners incompatible.

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“One of the Monero philosophies is to maintain egalitarian mining, so that everyone has the opportunity to participate. To achieve this, Monero uses a special algorithm devised and developed by members of the Monero community: RandomX. This PoW algorithm is ASIC-resistantwhich means it’s impossible to create specialized hardware to mine Monero. Miners must use mainstream hardware and compete fairly,” reads the official Monero website.

Monero’s hashrate, which reflects the overall performance of miners on the network, is now 2.25 GH/s, according to data provider 2miners.

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