Review: Bitmain AntMiner S9 First 16nm ASIC to Market Miner




  • Specifications:

    Hash Rate: 14.0TH/s ±5%

    Power Consumption: 1375W + 7% (at the wall, with APW3 ,93% efficiency, 25C ambient temp)

    Power Efficiency: 0.098 J/GH + 7%(at the wall, with APW3 93% efficiency, 25°C ambient temp)

    Rated Voltage: 11.60 ~13.00V

    Chips per unit: 189x BM1387

    Dimensions: 350mm(L)*135mm(W)*158mm(H)

    Cooling: 2x 12038 fan

    Network Connection: Ethernet

    Default Frequency: 650M



    Bitmain AntMiner S9 Simple Setup, Top Performance

    Once you have powered up the S9 will be found on your network as they ship with DHCP enabled. This allows for fast and simple setup. For this review we used AntPool and Kano.is for mining pools. The controller is very robust with it supporting many boards as well as extra fans, the front of the unit also has a micro-sd card slot for easy updating and recovering of the controller. When you get to the main panel as always you will see the familiar Bitmain control screen. The user name and PW is root/root, first off you want to change the PW to one of your choosing.

    The Antminer S9 is not only the world’s first miner based on a 16nm technology but also a demonstration of Bitmain’s dedication to continue supporting the global bitcoin ecosystem and of Bitmain’s technological prowess as a world-class manufacturer of cutting-edge Application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips” Bitmain Spokesman

    The miner status screen gives you all your information at a glance. One thing to keep and eye on is the temp. The S9 runs hotter than the previous S7 at roughly 80c to 90c depending on your ambient temps. Pool connection is simple and fast. The S9 comes up to speed poolside quickly as well. One thing you will notice that is the fan whine is pervasive. The S9 will not be a miner for your den or living room. We will work with several different fans to see if we can find a solution that moves the same amount of cfm yet is not as loud in the near future. The Antminer S9 puts out about 79 dbs at 4 feet. One of the reasons for the robust cooling though is that the S9 is meant to run much much longer than previous gen equipment. With a longer life cycle of mining equipment happening now a powerful robust system that can work 24/7 for very long time.




    Bitmain has built a remarkable engineering team that combines experience from various tech giants and startups. It has come a long way from being a bitcoin hardware startup and has capabilities at par with, if not more than, any competent manufacturer in the global ASIC space.” Bitmain Spokesman