Comino Crypto Mining Rigs: Liquid-Cooled 16 GPUs in a 4U Serverby Anton Shilov on June 27, 2018 4:00 PM EST
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Cryptocurrency mining has made quite a dent in the hardware industry in the last couple of years. Motherboard manufacturers have built special platforms for mining rigs, video card vendors have put together specially-designed "mining edition" video cards, and even chassis & PSUs vendors have gotten into the game with mining-focused designs. Obviously, not everyone wants to build mining rigs themselves, hence there is a meaningful market for companies who offer turnkey mining solutions. One of such companies is Comino, a multi-national firm registered in Cyprus with offices in China, Latvia, and Russia, which produces liquid-cooled turnkey mining rigs that look to be quite unique.
The company brought two of its key products to Computex — the Comino Object N1 designed for homes and offices, and 4U systems aimed at large cryptomining farms and offered for remote rent by Comino itself. Both types of machines use the company’s own liquid-cooled solutions and run proprietary software to ensure stable operation, predictable power consumption, and a guaranteed hash rate.
The Comino Object N1 is a factory-built system that looks like a regular desktop (taking some pages from the Voodoo Omen), yet packs eight NVIDIA GP106-based graphics cards from GIGABYTE. The mining rig is a completely sealed solution that only needs to be plugged to a power outlet and connected to the Internet. The Object N1 does not need to be set up, as all the management can be done using a special program for smartphones. Similarly, since Comino is focusing on a low-impact/low-hassle design, the Object N1 is also designed to be rather quiet despite the TDP, with the idea being that it can run 24/7 without disturbing anyone around (pictures over at Comino’s web site depict cats sitting on a working N1 machine). It is noteworthy that while the Object N1 uses a proprietary cooling system and software, it is actually based on off-the-shelf components, which is understandable as this was the first product by Comino and the company did not have access to custom hardware last year.
Meanwhile the 4U machine from Comino is a completely different thing aimed at large mining farms. Each 4U system is based on a custom ASUS motherboard, custom PCIe risers and packs 16 of the earlier mentioned GP106 GIGABYTE cards. One of the key features of this rig is Comino’s liquid cooling system comprising of proprietary water blocks, an external heat exchanger, and special tubing that allows technicians to remove just one 4U system from a rack without leaks if a GPU fails. Each water block can take away up to 450 W of heat, meaning that one block can handle two 220 W GPUs. Right now the GP106 GPUs that Comino uses dissipate up to 120 W, but if it manages to obtain more powerful GPUs, it will be able to install them without changing the cooling setup.
The 4U systems from Comino will be available for purchase by owners of large mining farms. Meanwhile, the company is also operating a cloud hosting program that rents out time on these servers to everyone interested in mining. For example, a 40 MH/s system costs €644 a year. For customers willing to take financial risks and unwilling to invest in hardware, Comino’s cloud mining program offers a potential alternative.
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peevee - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - linkTurning real energy resources into fake currency. The most wasteful activity ever.
HighTech4US - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - linkI am able to trade your so called "fake currency" into US Dollars.
smilingcrow - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - linkWhich is turning one fake currency into another fake currency.
Crypto currency is a complete waste of energy.
Then again the US Dollar is propped up by the US financial systems
smilingcrow - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - linkand political systems and military systems which consume vast amounts of energy and are morally bankrupt.
So maybe Crypto, as pointless as it is, is the lesser of two evils.
So it's simply a matter of which devil you prefer to dance with.
UnNameless - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - linkUnless you want to completely abolish all currencies and trade tokens (which I would agree in a Jacque Fresco type of economy), you are barking at the wrong tree.
smilingcrow - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - linkIdeas of trading and tokens are constructs of poverty consciousness.
You can create a new form of these and impress your ego for a while but none of them are sustainable or inherently of value.
We can bury you with as much Crypto as you can imagine and what good will that do you when your body has returned to dust?
The only thing that truly endures has no price and can't be traded yet many can't even guess what I am referring to.
prophet001 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - linkPersonally I would rather trust the US government and its accountability to its citizens than I would some random people in Russia, The EU, and somewhere in South Asia.
It's a no brainer for me.
GoGetMe - Monday, July 2, 2018 - linkHeh... coming from the EU I really cant see that argument.... From which banks originated the financial breakdown just 10 years ago? I'd much rather have EU control the banking industry, although there is no perfect solution regardless of who is in charge.
FunBunny2 - Monday, July 2, 2018 - linknot so fast. much of the money invading the US housing market to fuel the burn came from Germany, and Spain did its own housing boom, much of it coastal condos.
prisonerX - Monday, July 2, 2018 - linkDon't know why people are so down on the EU. Time and again they get themselves out of tricky situations using finesse and intelligence. Meanwhile the US is currently run by reckless imbeciles.