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AMD to Create Optimal Crypto Mining Rig with ASUS, Sapphire, ASROCK, Biostar, MSI, TUL and Rajintek

Since the decline of the Bitcoin prices from its peak in January, no other domain of the crypto ecosystem took as much hit as the mining industry. Even though ASIC manufacturers still managed to make profits, GPUs didn’t follow the same path. In fact, just last month AMD released its quarterly report which showed that blockchain related GPU sales in the third quarter of 2018 were negligible. In the report, the company asserted that CPU processor sales made up for the drop in graphics card sales which have become a negligible part of its business. “Blockchain-related GPU sales in the third quarter were negligible. In the third quarter of 2017, blockchain-related GPU sales were approximately high single digit percentage of total AMD revenue. The quarter-over-quarter decline was due to significantly lower graphics revenue driven by high channel inventory, partially offset by higher Ryzen processor revenue.” The AMD team is not disheartened by the result and view blockchain as an opportunity to be captured. They even released a range of products especially targeted for crypto mining. SAPPHIRE INCA CS-14 Series: Ultra high performance powered by 14 AMD Radeon RX 470 GPUs and AMD Embedded G-Series FP4 SoC in a standard 4U form factor for 19” rack SAPPHIRE MGI-9 Series: Outstanding price for performance powered by 9 AMD Radeon RX 470 GPUs in a flexible form factor ASRock Superb System: Ultimate stability with smart PCIe state detection powered by 8 AMD Radeon RX 570 or RX 470 GPUs and AMD AM4 Socket CPU ASUS I: Dependable stability with optimal performance and easy management powered by 8 AMD Radeon RX 470 GPUs MSI Blockchain Rig F12: 24/7 performance with optimized thermal and airflow, powered by 12 AMD Radeon RX 470 GPUs Biostar A578X8D: Stable, easy and fast multi-GPU rig powered by 8 AMD Radeon RX 570 GPUs TUL Power Hash A8+: Powered by 8 AMD Radeon RX 570 GPUs Rajintek Customizable Plug and Play Solutions: Enterprise-level quality solutions powered by up to 10 AMD Radeon GPUs The hardware available in these devices is available because of AMD’s strategic partnerships with tech companies like Sapphire, ASROCK, ASUS, MSI, Biostar, TUL and Rajintek. It helps them to provide variety to the range of their products offered. With other mining giants like Bitmain being in a sea of troubles lately, let us see if the new moves by AMD help it capture market share or not.
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AsRock X370 PRO BTC+ Cryptocurrency Mining Motherboard

AsRock is a company that manufactures the most popular and known mining motherboards in the market. One of the first products they launched was the AsRock H81 PRO BTC. However, at the moment, the company is offering different mining boards. The new X370 Pro BTC+ is an innovative product because it gives AMD CPUs and APUs a place in the cryptocurrency mining space. In general, AMD does not support so many PCI-e lanes for big mining motherboards. But it has created the new AM4 socket that can change that being compatible with the Ryzen CPUs supporting 28 PCI-e lanes. This board has been built on top of the X370 AMD chipset launched on September 5, 2016. It is possible for the motherboard to support Bristol Ridge and Raven Ridge APUs. The board has an important number of PCI-e slots available. It has 8 x PCI Express x16 Slots. It is possible to use up to 6 mining ports through an USB riser kit. THe CPU has no integrated graphics. That means that it will be necessary to connect the HDMI cable to one of the GPUs. Using an APU, on the other hand, limits the amount of PCI-e lanes that can be used. This is just one more device for AsRock, that has several other products in the market. It is important to mention that it is powered by 24-pin ATX, 8+4 pin EPS, and Molex outputs. The device can be used without having to use a case or an external button. One of the limitations this product has is that it has one DDR4 DIMM Slot. That means that video editors and gamers would not be able to use this hardware. Additionally, due to its size, it does not fit inside a standard case. Until now, we do not know the exact price of this product. And indeed, it will have to be announced shortly. There are some mix reviews from users about whether is worth to buy this equipment, due to the current situation of the virtual currency market. Mining virtual currencies is not an easy task and is not just a fast way to make money.
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Here’s Why Bakkt Launch Is a Blessing For Bitcoin Holders

Yesterday’s big announcement that regulatory approval has been granted to Bakkt could be the best news bitcoin investors have had this year. It opens the door to the institutional investors and is a huge step forward for crypto industry legitimization in the US. Bakkt To Launch Next Month After months of procrastination, the new cryptocurrency trading platform launched by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has finally been given the green light. The news that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the New York State Department of Financial Services, has granted regulatory approval broke late yesterday as reported by Bitcoinist. The concept of physically delivered bitcoin futures will require investors to either produce actual BTC or take delivery in them from their respective exchanges and platforms. Crypto trader at TexasWest Capital, Scott Melker, who also goes by the twitter handle ‘Wolf of All Streets’ stated the news was ‘arguably the most bullish event for institutional investors in the history of bitcoin’. The @Bakkt news is arguably the most bullish event for institutional investors in the history of bitcoin. PHYSICALLY delivered futures (require the holder to either produce actual bitcoin or take delivery from the exchange) backed by the New York Stock Exchange. We are maturing. — The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) August 16, 2019 Being backed by the New York Stock Exchange has granted bitcoin a level of legitimization never seen before. Investors will get the opportunity to trade in daily and monthly physical bitcoin futures contracts which is likely to lead to greater mainstream adoption. Bakkt is also planning to onboard a number of commercial retailers such as Starbucks which will provide an easier way for people to make purchases using bitcoin and other crypto assets. General Counsel for Compound Finance, Jake Chervinsky, was equally bullish on the Bakkt news stating that: “It offers a way for large, risk-averse institutions to buy and custody bitcoin through an end-to-end regulated system approved by the CFTC and NYDFS, and backed by the sterling reputation of ICE. Compliance lawyers rejoice!” The former litigator also noted that there is still a long way to go since there is still the SEC to contend with. When questioned on the possibility of big investors trying to short bitcoin he added; “Short sellers betting against a commodity probably don’t want to hold the underlying, so shorting via physically-delivered futures is more for entities that are net long (like miners) and want to hedge.” Fintech Business Analyst going by the twitter handle ‘Mr. Gordon’ was equally bullish on Bakkt; “This must be what it feels like to win the lottery!  The confirmation of the launch of #Bakkt changes EVERYTHING… Those of us who have been investing in crytpo for the last couple of years now have some very serious decisions to make…” This must be what it feels like to win the lottery! The confirmation of the launch of #Bakkt changes EVERYTHING.. Those of us who have been investing in crytpo for the last couple of years now have some very serious decisions to make….. Like which colour to get pic.twitter.com/Klo5GwOWY7 — Mr Gordon (@MrGordon_UK) August 16, 2019 Picking a Lambo color is probably a little presumptuous at the moment. Bitcoin price did not even react to the announcement as markets remain choppy this morning. BTC is still consolidating in the mid-$10k range after two dips into four-figure territory late in the week but the long term prospects have just brightened significantly. Will Bakkt send Bitcoin price to a new all-time high later this year? Add your thoughts below. Images via Bitcoinist Image Library, Twitter: @scottmelker, @MrGordon_UK The post Here’s Why Bakkt Launch Is a Blessing For Bitcoin Holders appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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Bakkt launch bears good news for Bitcoin’s price and regulation

One of the biggest news last year was the announcement made by the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company, Intercontinental Exchange. In August 2018, The firm announced that it would be venturing into the cryptocurrency space with the launch of a new company – Bakkt. This turned out to be an extremely bullish news in […] The post Bakkt launch bears good news for Bitcoin’s price and regulation appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Bakkt’s Gets Nod for Physically Delivered Bitcoin Futures Approved from CFTC

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has greenlighted the physically delivered Bitcoin futures product by Bakkt. Company CEO confirmed the news and said that the derivatives product would debut on September 23. Bakkt will be the first to debut physical BTC futures Kelly Loeffler, CEO of Bakkt recently announced that the startup had won approval from the US CFTC to start offering physically settled Bitcoin futures contracts. Bakkt is backed Intercontinental Exchange, and Loeffler is married to Jeff Sprecher, the CEO of ICE. With this approval, Bakkt will become the first company to launch the physical BTC futures. The products will debut on the market on September 23, and all contracts will be cleared by ICE Clear US, the same service that clears trades for NYSE. Loeffler gave a lengthy statement on the product suggest that Bakkt’s product received CFTC approval after a self-certification process. They have also started user acceptance testing. The Bitcoins backing the futures contracts will be under the custody of Bakkt Warehouse. Bakkt Trust Company, a qualified custodian, has also received approval from the New York State Department of Finance Services. She said, “This offers customers unprecedented regulatory clarity and security alongside a regulated, globally accessible exchange in a market underserved by institutional-grade infrastructure.” Bakkt wins the race The ICE-backed startup is not the only company eyeing the lucrative physically-settled Bitcoin futures sector. Numerous other companies like LedgerX are planning to bring the same opportunity to the market. LedgerX could have become the first company to launch these products as it received approval for offering futures, options and swaps settled in Bitcoin by the CFTC. However, the regulator says that the company lacks adequate approvals for launching the physical futures product. Meanwhile, Bakkt has decided to offer two types of futures contracts- daily and monthly. The collection of variation margin and initial margin collateral will be done by ICE Clear US. Product testing began last month to ensure that there are no hiccups when it eventually launches for the buyers. The qualified custodian of Bakkt will help in addressing concerns of the regulator related to manipulation and theft. Note that the company acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC) earlier this year to win the New York regulator’s approval to become a qualified custodian. The company has also decided to pay $35 million for hedging against risks. Loeffler says that doing so will help bring safety for market participants and bring more integrity to this sector. The post Bakkt’s Gets Nod for Physically Delivered Bitcoin Futures Approved from CFTC appeared first on FXTimes.com - Daily Cryptocurrency and FX News.
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