In the two previous articles of this series, Dario Di Pardo listed the highs and lows of having spent many thousands of dollars on pre-ordered bitcoin mining hardware and then having to endure delays, poor communication and broken promises, as some of the companies failed to provide the promised equipment in time.
In this last part of the series (see one and two here), Di Pardo tells CoinDesk which companies finally came good on their promises and which left him wishing he’d just spent his bucks on bitcoin. Di Pardo told CoinDesk, if he had one learned one thing from the experience, it was: ¨No more pre-ordering for this guy.¨
Product: AntMiner S3 batch 1
Price including shipping: 0.75 BTC
Order date: 2014-06-30
Anticipated shipping date: 20th July
Actual shipping date: 20th July
To discover what all the fuss was about, I decided to order the latest AntMiner from Bitmain.
The S3, a product that has been selling like hotcakes since its release, reaches hashrates up to 441 GH/s while consuming a merely 340 watts from the wall.
No surprises, no delays, no tricks, but plain getting what you paid for, as you would expect from any other decent company.
Bitmain even offered compensation in the form of a 10% coupon or seven percent refund, because actual specifications were slightly off initial specifications.