MicroBT, a prominent Bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer, made an industry-leading announcement in hash efficiency at the Blockchain Life 2023 event in Dubai. The company unveiled its latest generation mining rigs, the Whatsminer M60 series, encompassing hydro, immersion, and air-cooling models.
During his opening speech, Dr. Zuoxing Yang, the founder and CEO of MicroBT, reiterated the company’s mission and its commitment to serving its customers with cutting-edge manufacturing. He emphasized the pivotal role of energy in powering mining hardware, highlighting the growing importance of renewable energy sources and the advancement of renewable technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and BESS, in the era of sustainable development.
Dr. Yang underlined that the WhatsMiner M60 series was meticulously designed to align with industry demands, ESG-friendly mining goals, customizable functions, and, critically, operability with renewable energy sources. The latest generation M60 series features several models with varying specifications.
The introduction of MicroBT’s new line of Bitcoin miners theoretically will have a significant impact on the overall Bitcoin network hashrate, leveraging impressive specifications and industry-leading energy efficiency. As the mining landscape constantly evolves, miners are driven to adopt more powerful and energy-efficient hardware to remain competitive. As well, a mining farm in Iceland, where ambient temperature cooling is free, versus one in the middle of heartland Texas heat, have very different logistical concerns regarding heat management. The latest WhatsMiner models, with their varied cooling systems, represent a significant leap in catering to such varied operations
The WhatsMiner M66S and WhatsMiner M66 immersion cooling models deliver hashrates ranging from 298TH/s to 270TH/s and from 276TH/s to 240TH/s, respectively. Both boast highly commendable energy efficiency, rated at 18.5 J/T and 19.9 J/T. This means that miners utilizing these rigs can significantly enhance their hashing capabilities while minimizing energy cost. This translates to a more efficient mining operation, and reducing operational costs.
On the other hand, the hydro-cooling models, WhatsMiner M63S and WhatsMiner M63, are designed to provide even greater hashrates, ranging from 390TH/s to 360TH/s and from 366TH/s to 334TH/s. The energy efficiency ratings, at 18.5 J/H and 19.9 J/T, signify a remarkable balance between hash and energy consumption.
For miners looking for air-cooling options, the WhatsMiner M60S and M60 models offer hashrates ranging from 186Th/s to 170Th/s and from 172Th/s to 150Th/s. With energy efficiency ratings of 18.5 J/T and 19.9 J/T, respectively, these models are well-suited for environments where liquid cooling may not be feasible. They cater to a broader range of mining operations, including those in regions with less advanced cooling infrastructure.
Vincent Zhang, Sales Director of MicroBT, highlighted that miners opting for the M60 series can optimize their operations due to the hardware’s performance, capable of running at 80°C. In addition, miners who adhere to ESG mandates for funding will find it easier to access investments from institutional players.
Acknowledging the significance of the M60 series, Ghazaleh Barman, Vice President of Riot Platforms, and Niek Beudeker, Managing Director of Peak Mining, a division of the Northern Data Group, highlighted the series’ design to tackle issues related to power generation and distribution in order to meet stringent grid management standards, including those set by ERCOT in Texas. The cumulative effect of these highly efficient MicroBT miners on the Bitcoin network hashrate is likely to be substantial, and the rapid response of PSU power management within the M60 series is expected to play a pivotal role in maintaining grid load balance.