After receiving my ZeusMiner Blizzard Scrypt ASIC miner yesterday, which is still totally awesome despite a higher electricity usage than advertised, ZeusMiner posted a new weekly update. So let’s take a look!
As you can imagine, their offices and warehouses are bustling with activity, as more and more are getting shipped out on a daily basis. When the update was posted, they had shipped upto order number 1,100.
I was well impressed with their delivery speed through UPS. As I mentioned yesterday, it only took about two and a half days to get my Blizzard from China to Belgium. I’m sure their delivery times with DHL are comparable.
ZeusMiner will be offering contracts to host your ordered hardware. These contracts are valid for 1 to 6 months, and are only available in a very limited quantity. If you are interested in taking up on this offer, get in touch with their support team ASAP.
In case you are wondering about the pricing, it will cost you $5 per MH per month, and a 5% handling fee for every new contract. If you live in a country where electricity costs are very high, this is still a sort of bargain for you.
Power supplies, cables and other accessories will be provided by ZeusMiner, but will not be included when they ship you your hardware after the contract ends. There will be no extra shipping fee required to complete this process.
Firmware and setup tutorials
CG MINER for Windows: http://zeusminer.com/user_manul/ZEUSMINER_cgminer_v2.0.zip
USB DRIVER CP201X: http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/pages/usbtouartbridgevcpdrivers.aspx
Batch two has now officially opened,so if you want to get in, order as fast as possible. Upgrades and new model designs are already being worked on, providing users with lots of improvements and more stability.
Package deal for all Scrypt ASIC miners are available too, bundled into a package of 10. For example, 10 ZeusMiner Blizzards would cost you $1,599. Batch two orders are expected to start shipping June 15th.
ZeusHash (The Big Disappointment)
An update regarding the ZeusHash platform was provided as well. For those of you unaware, the people who placed their pre-orders in batch 1, got an additional amount of Scrypt cloud hashing as a bonus, called ZeusHash.
While this was one of the main reasons for me placing an actual pre-order, I have to say I’m very disappointed with their update. I really have nothing but respect for ZeusMiner, but this news did not make me a happy or returning customer I’m afraid.
The ZeusMiner platform is expected to open at the end of JULY, which is another 2 months from today. Considering I, and everyone else probably, was hoping to get this service at the same time of our shipment, or at least relatively close to that date, this is a kick in the guts.
Even though ZeusMiner guarantees ZeusHash will be fully operational before their competitors start shipping their hardware, I’m very miffed to be honest. Originally I had planned to buy additional hardware, but I’d receive those miners before my free bonus hash from my batch 1 pre-order would be available. That’s just not done in my book.
ZeusMiner Blizzard Mining Update
As promised, I will provide you guys with an update on my mining experience with the ZeusMiner Blizzard so far. Overnight, it did fine, with no disconnects or anything. Average speed after about 11 hours remained above 1.3 MH/s.
Since then, I switched it over to IPOMiner, just to get a feel of a multipool. No issues either, but I noticed something strange. My HW errors are down to 5.4%, compared to roughly 17% on other pools. With exactly the same settings. Very odd, but I’ll keep an eye on the situation.
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