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2018-03-08 02:58:51 PM  
I just want a decent video card at MSRP.  That's all.
 
2018-03-08 03:31:16 PM  
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2018-03-08 04:10:17 PM  
Haha look at these idiots selling their coin mining machines instead of mining for themselves
 
2018-03-08 04:11:44 PM  
Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.
 
2018-03-08 04:14:14 PM  
This thing is $3500, and contains two RX 580s.  Sure, video card prices are really inflated right now, but they're not THAT inflated.  Two RX 580s would run you roughly $1000 total right now, plus a couple hundred more in other computer parts... and you'd get the same result for half or a third the cost.
 
2018-03-08 04:16:33 PM  

FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.


Technically, anything that does anything while fully inside the space in question is a space heater.
 
2018-03-08 04:25:08 PM  

raygundan: This thing is $3500, and contains two RX 580s.  Sure, video card prices are really inflated right now, but they're not THAT inflated.  Two RX 580s would run you roughly $1000 total right now, plus a couple hundred more in other computer parts... and you'd get the same result for half or a third the cost.


Don't look at it as a bitcoin miner. Look at it as a very expensive heater that offsets some of the cost by mining bitcoin.

Plus, it's a conversation piece!
 
2018-03-08 04:27:09 PM  

FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.


Yeah, this product confuses me. Especially the part where its passively cooled, and also has an actual spaceheater part (since two graphics cards can't heat your home).

Is putting passively cooled graphic cards together with an actual spaceheater, a good idea?

Also 3600Euros for this thing is farking expensive.
 
2018-03-08 04:39:09 PM  
That, at least, sounds like a useful thing for a bitcoin miner to do.
 
2018-03-08 04:57:11 PM  
Could it be reconfigured to do something useful, like Seti@home, or frame rendering?
 
2018-03-08 05:00:42 PM  

FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.


Yeah this actually (okay, from the headline, I can't be bothered to click anything) is pretty sensible.  I mean, if you're going to do the mining anyway, this is at least a practical application of the byproducts.
 
2018-03-08 05:00:52 PM  

Delta1212: raygundan: This thing is $3500, and contains two RX 580s.  Sure, video card prices are really inflated right now, but they're not THAT inflated.  Two RX 580s would run you roughly $1000 total right now, plus a couple hundred more in other computer parts... and you'd get the same result for half or a third the cost.

Don't look at it as a bitcoin miner. Look at it as a very expensive heater that offsets some of the cost by mining bitcoin.

Plus, it's a conversation piece!


In that case, don't look at the thing I described as a bitcoin miner, either.
 
2018-03-08 05:02:50 PM  

Jster422: FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.

Yeah this actually (okay, from the headline, I can't be bothered to click anything) is pretty sensible.  I mean, if you're going to do the mining anyway, this is at least a practical application of the byproducts.


Any mining rig running in your house heats your house the same way. And this thing costs two or three times what an equivalent computer would cost that would do the same heating and mining.

It has nice possibly-fake wood trim, though.
 
2018-03-08 05:10:41 PM  

wildcardjack: Could it be reconfigured to do something useful, like Seti@home, or frame rendering?


https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
 
2018-03-08 05:15:52 PM  
Ketchuponsteak:

Is putting passively cooled graphic cards together with an actual spaceheater, a good idea?

No, no it's not.  But then again, neither is half the stuff in the Sky Mall and 1/3 of the stuff in Brookstone, and they still manage to sell that too.
 
2018-03-08 05:17:49 PM  

raygundan: FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.

Technically, anything that does anything while fully inside the space in question is a space heater.


what about performing an endothermic reaction.
 
2018-03-08 05:18:34 PM  

wildcardjack: Could it be reconfigured to do something useful, like Seti@home, or frame rendering?


Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Already at least one distributed computing service doing exactly that, and paying (Gridcoin) and others coming online soon.
 
2018-03-08 05:25:19 PM  

evilmousse: raygundan: FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.

Technically, anything that does anything while fully inside the space in question is a space heater.

what about performing an endothermic reaction.


That'll do it.  I hereby amend my original statement to "anything that does any work while fully inside the space in question."
 
2018-03-08 05:42:27 PM  
I have an ancient ML570 quad Xeon 8-U rackmount that heats the house while running SQL queries or BOINC when it gets bored.It lives in my stone basement because it gets passive cooling there (It's geocoupled! 60 degrees year round!) and it sounds like a frikken' jet engine.

Yeah, I could get more processing power out of a modern entry-level i7, but 10 Ultra-Wide RAID-5 SCSI drives be FAST! That, and it's been bulletproof.

I mean that literally... You could probably fire a bullet into it and it would still be running.

Has anyone played with Tesla boards? I got a 480-core CUDA board for 30 bucks on eBay. Haven't done much with it because it's been decades since I've used C. I keep trying to write in C++.
 
2018-03-08 06:04:33 PM  
I recall legend of a guy who used a Convex C1 super computer to heat his garage.
 
2018-03-08 06:16:28 PM  

wildcardjack: Could it be reconfigured to do something useful, like Seti@home, or frame rendering?


You could make a cheap computer with a huge heatsink to heat your home with seti work being done.  (Does seti at home or any other distibuted science have video card client use?  Or just cpu?)
 
2018-03-08 06:29:05 PM  

maxheck: I have an ancient ML570 quad Xeon 8-U rackmount that heats the house while running SQL queries or BOINC when it gets bored.It lives in my stone basement because it gets passive cooling there (It's geocoupled! 60 degrees year round!) and it sounds like a frikken' jet engine.

Yeah, I could get more processing power out of a modern entry-level i7, but 10 Ultra-Wide RAID-5 SCSI drives be FAST! That, and it's been bulletproof.

I mean that literally... You could probably fire a bullet into it and it would still be running.

Has anyone played with Tesla boards? I got a 480-core CUDA board for 30 bucks on eBay. Haven't done much with it because it's been decades since I've used C. I keep trying to write in C++.


Not sure about Teslas, but Quattros and Firepros don't fair too well since they don't have as many shaders.

/You have my sympathy with C++
//I greatly prefer C, but piddle around with go every now and then
 
2018-03-08 06:37:15 PM  
You mean an over-clocked GTX 1070?  That thing will heat up a small room pretty damn fast mining bitcoins or playing Crysis.
 
2018-03-08 08:40:30 PM  

Ketchuponsteak: FrancoFile: Technically, anything that mines bitcoins is a space heater.

Yeah, this product confuses me. Especially the part where its passively cooled, and also has an actual spaceheater part (since two graphics cards can't heat your home).

Is putting passively cooled graphic cards together with an actual spaceheater, a good idea?

Also 3600Euros for this thing is farking expensive.


It is only .36 BTC.

No, now it is .49 BTC.

Wait now it is .23 BTC.
 
2018-03-08 10:04:14 PM  
I like the idea - but they are gouging a ton. I guess it comes down to that selling a few at a big mark up is easier/more profitable then selling a lot at a small mark up. They could easily pop in a few more gpu's for that price.

Furniture looking case is the selling point. Most miners are just looking for bang for the buck so they are put in open air cases built with a few pieces of wood or metal from home depot (or on those wire frame storage racks you can pick up for 20 bucks). They don't look like they belong in a living room, etc.

If I lived somewhere cold all year I would've kept building (and selling rigs). They suck in the summer though. I've been too busy to follow the new mobo's, but now a 13 GPU board is popular. The amount of heat 13 1070's could throw would be crazy.
 
2018-03-08 11:18:49 PM  

Stibium: maxheck: I have an ancient ML570 quad Xeon 8-U rackmount that heats the house while running SQL queries or BOINC when it gets bored.It lives in my stone basement because it gets passive cooling there (It's geocoupled! 60 degrees year round!) and it sounds like a frikken' jet engine.

Yeah, I could get more processing power out of a modern entry-level i7, but 10 Ultra-Wide RAID-5 SCSI drives be FAST! That, and it's been bulletproof.

I mean that literally... You could probably fire a bullet into it and it would still be running.

Has anyone played with Tesla boards? I got a 480-core CUDA board for 30 bucks on eBay. Haven't done much with it because it's been decades since I've used C. I keep trying to write in C++.

Not sure about Teslas, but Quattros and Firepros don't fair too well since they don't have as many shaders.

/You have my sympathy with C++
//I greatly prefer C, but piddle around with go every now and then


Pretty sure they don't have shaders.
 
2018-03-08 11:37:51 PM  
I have this 180 GPU CUDA card that's I'm sloooowly learning. I sort of have to work back-asswards learning C.
 
2018-03-08 11:46:17 PM  
Rather, C on mutiple proceessors. I can figure out C on  one or four.
 
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