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Welcome to my daily Crypto mining routine

Imagine waking up every day and heading straight to your cryptocurrency mining shed. It’s a ritual that’s become as ordinary as brushing my teeth or having a cup of coffee. Except instead of refreshing my breath or waking up my senses, I’m checking the pulse of my digital goldmine.

Every day I assess the power levels to make sure nothing is spiking in a dangerous manner because of an overclock setting change, an algorithm alteration, or even a coin change that I may have implemented on any of my GPUs.

The Importance of Daily Checks

Moreover, I checked for assurance that none of my six pins that connect to any of my breakout boards are melting or creating a fire hazard. But one of the integral parts of my routine is to ensure everything is up and running smoothly.

Only recently, I discovered something that compelled me to make this video and share with you guys my findings and solutions. It isn’t anything extraordinary, more like a wake-up call. A hardware replacement that needed immediate attention. If this information helps at least one of you, then I can say my mission is complete.

The Sponsors

Before I dive into the issue at hand, let’s give a shoutout to our sponsor: Cointracking.info. As a home crypto miner, it’s vital to keep tabs on your crypto portfolio. Are you aware of where you stand at any given moment? Are you still afloat or have you sunk beneath the green line? Coin tracking is the go-to platform for all your crypto asset management needs.

A tour around my Crypto Mining Shed

For those of you that have never seen my shed, it is designed in a lean style equipped with exhaust fans, intake vents with filters, camera built lights, and a gutter system to remove water from falling in front of our intake vents.

Over here, we have all our power and ethernet lines running through a total of 100 amps going into the shed. This is made up of 5 30 amp 240 volts running over 10 2 cables.

Inside the Crypto Mining Shed

Walking into the shed, you are greeted by GPU rigs, mid-size Asics, and smaller Asics. We also have a few of our extra equipment up here that are currently not plugged in. Among the several routine checks that I carry out, checking for any melting six pins on the breakout boards is crucial, as well as monitoring the condition of each mining equipment.

The Gold Shell X5

Upon close inspection one day, I came across a Gold Shell X5. Although a bit older, this device is a Script Miner, which enables you to get paid in Doge and Litecoin. However, I noticed that its power supply had started to make a louder noise than usual.

The Need for Power Supply Replacement

After a little analysis, it was evident that I would need to buy a replacement hardware. The old power supply for the Gold Shell X5, although operating still, seemed a bit louder and less efficient.

Therefore, I decided to replace the Gold Shell X5’s old power supply with two newer and more sophisticated models – the APW-3 and the APW-7. My objective was to test the efficiency, hash rate, and sound level of both units for comparison.

With both models hooked up and tested, the results were pretty clear.

Comparing Power Supplies

When comparing power usage, the APW-7 came out on top, using significantly fewer watts than the APW-3. As for the hash rate – which is essentially a measure of the computing power contributed by a miner – once again, the APW-7 was the clear winner, delivering a higher hash rate than the APW-3.

But what about the noise?

Learning from the noise issues with my previous power supply, testing the sound level of the two power supplies was a priority. Surprisingly, the APW-7 despite its superior performance, had a higher sound level than the APW-3.

Our Final Decision

Based on the results, the APW-7 being more efficient and robust, despite being slightly louder, seemed like the better choice for a replacement power supply. While it may come at a bit more of a cost, the peace of mind and improved performance it brings is worth the investment.

In conclusion, being aware of potential hardware issues and knowing how and when to upgrade equipment is a key part of managing a successful mining operation. Hopefully, by sharing my experiences and decisions, I can help make your mining journey a little smoother.

Remember, everyday is a new mining day! Don’t forget to monitor, update, and maintain – because the path to digital gold is laid with not just coins, but also a lot of responsibility.

Sideshow: Crypto.com

Before we wrap up, I’d like to thank crypto.com for sponsoring this video. Having your cryptocurrency easily at your fingertips is crucial, and their free app can help you with that. Download the app today using the link in the description, and unlock the gateways to the crypto world. Stay safe, miners!

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  1. Ever thought about just using a standard server power supply and a breakout board? I mean a 1200w server power supply should do perfectly fine on an l3 Plus

  2. The fan on my APW3 has recently died, running an L3+…interesting video, I'm going to have a crack at a fan replacement first but if that fails will be checking out the links for sure.

  3. "It's not a Seb Hezlo spreadsheet but it'll do" lol He does make some great spreadsheets!
    Is it just me or are the bearings in the fans on that miner screaming for mercy for all 3 tests? 🙂 On spin-up they sound like rocks bouncing around in a box 🙂

  4. which PSU do you use with break out boards. That would be an interesting video which server PSUs and breakout boards are most efficient on both 120volt and 240. Thanks for the great content keep up the good work!

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