Antminer D3 Miner In-Depth Review

The Antminer D3 is a Dash mining machine. It makes use of the X11 algorithm, which is developed by Bitmain. The computing power of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine is 19.3 G. This miner machine is capable of mining all types of cryptocurrencies. It is possible with the help of the X11 algorithm.

We will evaluate the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine and see whether the miner machine meets the expectations or not.

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You can see the image of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine with the carton box above. The miner machine comes in an industrial-grade carton box. It is a five-layer packaging. You will be able to see the warehouse and logistics details on the carton box of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. You can also view the logos of the brand and the barcode of the miner machine. A polyfoam protective casing is provided for the miner machine. It helps to protect the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine during the shipping process. In addition, the entire Antminer D3 Dash miner machine is wrapped in an anti-static cover.

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The Antminer D3 Dash miner machine comes with a dual cooling fan design. You can see the fans on the front side as well as the back side. This design is similar to that of the previous Antminer mining machines. These fans ensure that the excess heat inside the miner is removed from the machine. The design of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine is really compact. It makes use of aluminum alloy for the chassis. The design of the chassis makes the machine more attractive and beautiful.

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If you look at the top side of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine, you will be able to see the three computing power boards. Each of these computing power boards comes with 60 Bitmain custom ASIC chips. You can also see the three PCI-E 6-pin power ports at the top section of the computing power board. There will be three data lines going to the connection controller.

You can see the warning label on one side of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine.

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If you look at the back side of the miner machine, you will be able to see the cooling fans. The hot air from the inside gets pushed out from the system through this side of the miner. Bitmain has used 12 cm cooling fans here. It is a 12 V fan that is rated for 2.7 A. This power is good enough to provide sufficient air circulation inside the miner machine for removing the heat.

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You can see the other side of the miner machine here.

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If you go to the front side of the miner, you can see many user interfaces. It includes the reset button, IP button, ethernet cable connector, and status lights. You can press the reset button to restart or reset the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. You need to connect the Network cable to the Ethernet port for mining. The operational status of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine can be seen through the indicator lights. You can also see the QC sticker and the Antminer logo on the front side. There are a couple of cooling fans provided on the front side of the miner. These fans help push the air from the outside to the inside of the miner.

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Bitmain has used a snap design for the interface of the data lines in the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. The tight contact made by the snap design helps to improve the stability of the signal transmission.

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You can see the various physical parameters of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine here.

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Now, we will move to the installation and debugging part of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine.

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It is essential to check and ensure that the heat sinks in the miner machine are not in a fallen state before starting the installation process of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. You can shake the miner machine to check if any noise is coming from the miner. If you see any fallen heat sinks, you must fix them before starting the installation process.

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We will make use of the APW5-12-2600-A2 power supply module for testing the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. The 2600 W conversion rate of this power supply module is really good. In addition, this power supply module is capable of delivering 216 A with 220 V input.

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The controller is in plugged-in condition.

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First, you need to connect the hash board of the miner with the power cable. You can see three regular PCI-E 6 pin ports on all the three hash boards of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. Now, you need to connect the power supply. We must always ensure that the power supply that we use must be capable of supplying a stable voltage to the miner machine. If you see any stability issues with the power, it will affect the performance of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine. If you are planning to use two separate power supply units for the miner machine, you need to ensure that they are not cross-connected to the same hash board.

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You can plug in the cable again.

The final wiring diagram of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine is shown here.

You need to switch ON the power first. Once the miner machine receives the power, it will automatically assign the IP address. Next, you need to find the IP address of the miner machine. There are multiple ways to find the IP address. You can use the IP button of the Antminer D3 Dash miner machine to know the IP address. Once you get the IP address, you can go to the network browser. You need to enter the IP address here. It will take you to the login page, where you need to enter the username and password. If you are using a new Antminer D3 miner machine, the default password and username will be root.

Now, you need to set up the mining pool through the software. You can enter the mining pool address, name, and other parameters. You must also set up a backup mining pool. Once you enter all these details, you can save them to register the settings. Now, you are done with all the settings for the Antminer D3 Dash mining machine.

Once you complete all these settings, the Antminer D3 miner machine will restart after 10 seconds. You need to check the background page to see the real-time status of the miner machine. You might see “xxxx” in the individual status of the chips during the initial time. It will take some time to reflect the status of the chips in the program. The actual data should appear after a few minutes. If you are not able to see the data after a long time, you need to restart the Antminer D3 miner machine.

The image below shows the status light of the Antminer D3 miner machine when it is running in normal conditions.

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Now, we will do different types of tests on the Antminer D3 miner machine. During the whole test, the ambient indoor noise is around 40 dB. The measured indoor temperature value is around 23 degrees Celsius. The test is performed during the daytime. The temperature at night is around 13 degrees Celsius.

The Antminer D3 miner machine will adjust the default frequency of operation automatically. It will happen once the machine runs for some time. The default frequency is around 550. The computing power of the Antminer D3 miner machine is around 17 G to 22.5 G. The average computing power of the Antminer D3 miner machine is 19.3 M. You can also see that the computing power of the miner machine is a stable one. There are no major fluctuations in computing power.

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The measured power of the Antminer D3 miner machine is about 1190 W.

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We will also do an overclocking test on the Antminer D3 miner machine. For this test, we will raise the frequency of operation to 569. The computing power of the Antminer D3 miner machine in real-time is around 20 G during this test.

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The measured value of power is around 1218 W.

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We will share some tips and ideas for overclocking the miner machines. Each of the miner machines will be different from the other machines. You need to upgrade it by 2 or 3 grades each time. You need to do it until you get a stable response from the miner machine.

We will do the noise measurement now. First, we will measure the level of noise in the normal operating conditions. The speed of rotation of the fans at the back side of the miner machine is around 4200 pm to 4500 rpm. This test is done during the daytime. The level of noise is around 79 dB when measured at a distance of 20 cm from the miner.

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The Antminer D3 miner machine will automatically adjust the default settings for the speed of rotation of the fan with respect to the temperature. So, you don’t have to make any fan speed changes. When the temperature rises, the speed of the fan will also rise automatically. The ambient temperature will be low at night. If the miner runs normally during this time, the speed of rotation of the fan drops from 3500 rpm to 3800 rpm. The level of noise measured at a distance of 20 cm from the miner is around 66.7 dB.

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Now, we will measure the temperatures at different points on the Antminer D3 miner machine. The measured value of temperature at the back of the computing power board is about 53 degrees Celsius. The measured temperature value on the ASIC chip is around 72 degrees Celsius. The temperature at the air inlet side of the Antminer D3 miner machine is 22.8 degrees Celsius.

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The temperature at the air outlet side of the Antminer D3 miner machine is around 30.5 degrees Celsius.

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Summary of Evaluation of the Antminer D3 miner machine

 

  1. The operation of the Antminer D3 miner machine is found to be stable. There are no instability issues with this miner machine. The computing power of the Antminer D3 miner machine is around 19.3 G. the total power consumed by the miner machine is around 1190 W. these measured values matches the specifications shared by the miner manufacturer.
  2. You can use the Antminer D3 miner machine for mining all types of cryptocurrencies. It is possible with the help of the X11 algorithm from Bitmain.
  3. The Antminer D3 miner machine does offer some space for overclocking the machine. The amount of overclocking will vary for different units. It depends on the physique of the miner machine.
  4. The level of noise produced by the Antminer D3 miner machine is slightly high when the ambient temperature is high. So, you need to ensure to keep the ambient temperature as low as possible to reduce the noise generated by the miner machine. The fan speed of the Antminer D3 miner machine will get automatically adjusted with respect to the change in temperatures. So, the noise level will be low when the temperature is low, and vice versa.
  5. Antminer D3 miner machine comes with a really good cooling design. So, the heat dissipation of the miner machine is really good. It is possible with the use of high-speed fans at the front and back sides of the Antminer D3 miner machine. In addition, they use a sealed air duct design. So, there is not much temperature difference between the front side and back side of the miner machine.
  6. The operations of the Antminer D3 miner machine are quite simple and easy. The working of the miner machine is also stable. The compact design of the miner will surely attract most of the customers. It is suitable for most mining scenarios. The compact structure helps to place more miners in the same area.

 

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