Asiabtc's ASIC review, part 1
I received the unit today and unpacked it, only to discover that I do not have the proper equipment for the connections. Lucky for me, I managed to figure out an easy way to power the unit by using one of the PCI-e to molex connectors that comes with video cards (I have several of these around because of my rigs).
Unpacked the equipment, nice box/shipping container!
The power cord requires +12v and according to the documentation if using for scrypt mining it only takes 8W, small enough for my PSU so I rigged a PCI-E to molex connector to work with this. (Notice I have the picture of me holding a fan in the first pic for reference, just to double check which wires go to what)
Me holding fan wires for reference (the yellow wire is REALLY hard to see, look closely)
The alterations I made to make the connection. NOTE: Need yellow molex to red wire and black molex to white (also make note, the connector I used had 5 wires. I wrapped the 3 extra individually then wrapped all 3 together)
Last picture of it connected to my rig
At this point, I re-reviewed the documentation. As soon as I plugged everything in and powered it on it asked me to instal a driver (win 7 64 bit). I instead went to this site and downloaded the appropriate material.http://www.diffpair.com/lightningasic/
The instructions were hard to follow, but I managed to get the driver installed. At this point in time I couldnt update the firmware because it was not working properly. I instead decided to try to start mining with cpuminer (the one in the link above, it seems to be a modified version) and it looks like it is working. However I can not see any hash rate on cpuminer (or at least this ver) and from my testing from pointing it towards pools it is not working properly yet.
Picture of CPUminer looking like it is working
At this point in time, I dont think it is working properly. Maybe the firmware needs to be upgraded? I'm not sure. I will continue to work on this and post results back.