48 THS, 58 THS and 72 THS MicroBT Whatsminer M20 Bitcoin ASIC Miner Up for Pre-Orders
It seems that the ASIC miner market is waking up for the new generation of devices even with a market situation where profitability is still not that good as more ASIC manufacturers are announcing their new products. MicroBT, a Chinese manufacturer that is not very popular like Bitmain outside of Asia apparently, has is soon releasing their new generation M20 SHA256 ASIC miners for Bitcoin and other crypto currensies with the same algorithm and it resellers are already taking pre-orders for July delivery. Even though the official MicroBT website still has no info (to be officially unveiled on April 15th?), some of the partners such as Pangolin Miner and WhatsMiner Net have already listed for pre-order the new M20 ASIC in what seems to be 3 different configurations…
The MicroBT WhatsMiner M20 is a 12nm ASIC Bitcoin SHA256 miner with integrated power supply ad available in a M20V1 version with 48 THS hashrate with 2200W power usage (46W/Th) and 2500W integrated PSU available for $1450 USD, an M20V2 version with 58 THS hashrate with 3364W power usage (58W/TH) priced at about $1500 USD and M20S model with 72 THS with 3312W of power usage (46W/Th) available for $2160 USD. The provided integrated power supplies are apparently only 220V, so this could be a problem for use in some countries where different voltage for the power is being used such as USA!
Looking at the specifications it seems that the M20V2 version is most likely an overclocked variant of the V1 as it delivers higher hashrate, about 10 THS more, but at higher power consumption and worse efficiency. Thus the price difference between the two devices is not that big as most likely only the PSU is changed with a more powerful model in order to be able to handle the extra power usage. The top model M20S with 72THS has the same power efficiency as the standard M20V1, so apparently it has more chips running at the same operating frequencies and voltage as on the smallest model, however any additional significant overclock of this model may not be possible as the power supply shipped with the device may be already close to its maximum specs.