Many players reacted with displeasure to our report about a miner who uses 78 Geforce RTX 3080 for calculating crypto currencies such as Bitcoins and Ethereum. It should not be met with more approval that the miner in question is now even using his BMW i8 for a mining rig.
What exactly is it about? Las Vegas-based Simon Byrne posted a photo of the trunk of his BMW i8 on Facebook. This shows an open PC structure with a power supply unit, mainboard and a total of six RTX 3080s. The description of the post is as follows:
“The only practical use for the trunk of an i8 is to house a minig rig with six RTX 3080s.
* No players were injured while taking this photo ”
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The comment on the trunk relates to the very limited space available in the BMW i8, which has been criticized in test reports. The poking at players is aimed at the criticism that Byrne is often exposed to for understandable reasons.
In this column, he describes how our author Alexander Köpf thinks about the whole discussion and what it reveals about us players and the manufacturers:
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Hybrid car as a power supply
The power supply unit used delivers 1,500 watts, i.e. 1.5 kilowatts. In principle, it is not a problem for an electric motor or the associated battery to provide the corresponding power. However, a suitable 230 volt socket is not part of the standard equipment of electric or hybrid cars.
Those who are familiar with power supply and terms such as alternating and direct current as well as cars can create their own solutions. Of course, it doesn’t really make sense to put a mining rig in a trunk.
After all, there is nothing to be gained from being mobile with a mining rig, especially since the problem of an unstable internet connection may also arise. You can see what the stationary mining rig from Byrne looks like in this article:
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Troll attempt instead of a serious project
Wie Byrne towards Tom’s Hardware states that he only implemented the project to annoy players. In addition, the trunk has to remain open anyway, because otherwise there would be problems with overheating.
The fact that the miner does not really intend to drive the mining rig from A to B in his BMW is also shown by the cables that lead out of the car: One is for the network connection, the other is probably for the power supply.
General background on mining and everything important about the first wave of mining about four years ago are described in the following video at GameStar-Plus:
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View in the future: Byrne by the way, assumesthat bitcoins will rise to $ 100,000 in 2021, $ 300,000 in 2025, and $ 500,000 in ten years’ time. It is currently just under 30,000 US dollars.
As an obvious fan of cryptocurrencies, these positive forecasts from him are probably not very surprising.