On April 3, 2017, Bitmain sent an email out to all past clients with the subject of “Order the Antminer E3, an Ethash ASIC miner”
Specs for the ethereum miner are listed as 180 MH/s with a power usage of 800 watts.
The first batch is available to order right now, and all orders will be shipped as soon as the asic miners are ready – which is estimated to be after July 16, 2018 and before July 31, 2018.
Slightly different than other new ASICs released by Bitmain, they are limiting orders to 1 per customer to prevent hoarding. Also, sales are not available in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan – why? Speculations abound, but it could be because of legislation currently surfacing in those areas, or it could be because Bitmain wants to give the rest of the world the idea that they’re being an upstanding company? There are plenty of rumors about things surrounding Bitmain that make them seem suspicious.
I myself ordered an Antminer D3 in the third or fourth batch, and was very disappointed with the flood of miners released which resulted in supersonic increases in the hash difficulty, rendering the miner almost worthless. However, aside from the fact that Bitmain likely mined with the D3s in large quantities before releasing them to the public, and the fact that they sold more than the market could bear (causing the last thousands of units to cost more to run then they generated), Bitmain did in fact do everything they promised to do – from when to deliver, to how much it would cost, to hashing at the speed they said it would.
With the Ethereum asic miner, there is much speculation as to whether Bitmain will oversell the market as well, or if the E3 miner will be worth much after the Proof of Stake switch that Ethereum has been planning on for years.
Either way, if you can get one of the first units of this, you’ll be able to make some money – and perhaps even make enough to cover the cost of the asic ethereum miner.
If you buy one, please, please, please, let me know how it goes!