Avalon 841 Bitcoin Miners – On Sale Ahead of Schedule Leaving Distributors Unprepared.
With the Avalon 841 Bitcoin Miners on sale right now the holiday season shopping comes early to Bitcoin miners – sort of. The Avalon 841 has the best specs ever for a Canaan ASIC miner but nobody anywhere can buy Avalon 841 Bitcoin miners unless they buy 200 of them directly from Canaan.
It’s hard to tell if this is an oversight or an overt action on the part of Canaan to sell Avalon 841 Bitcoin miners only in bulk. A visit to the Canaan website shows an option to buy 20 Avalon 841 Bitcoin miners for $41,000 which is reasonable for the larger Bitcoin miner until you try and add it to your cart. That’s when you find out you need to order a quantity of TEN 20 Avalon 841 Bitcoin miners for your order to be accepted. Let’s do some easy math; you need to plunk down $410,000 plus shipping to get 200 Avalon 841 Bitcoin miners. Let’s not forget the power supplies (it looks like the EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 is best for the job) along with the 10 Avalon Miner controllers necessary to get these bad boys running.
With not a single distributor offering the 841 for sale at all – let alone one or two or five – the small-time Bitcoin miner has to wonder if the days of Bitcoin mining are over for him or her. The specs of the Avalon 841 are exactly as advertised earlier this year — nominal 13 TH/s at 1300 watts. If you can swing the nearly $500,000 necessary for the minimum order plus shipping you’re getting a deal in terms of per-unit costs.
The fallback plan for the home miner will be buying an Avalon 821 for about $3,000 or a used 741 for about half that price. More and more it’s looking like the math doesn’t work for small-time Bitcoin miners anymore. The ROI of buying a 741 or an 821 is not that appealing. On the other hand, if you can swing the money for buying 200 Avalon 841 miners with the requisite accessories you can make a ton of money.