Two of the biggest suppliers of bitcoin mining machines are racing to roll out the latest top of the range machines with Bitcoin halving just a few months away.
Mining giant Bitmain, headquartered in Beijing, launched its new AntMiner S19 and S19 Pro models on Thursday.
Featuring computing power of up to 11 terahashes per second (TH / s) and an energy cost of 29.5 watts per terahash (W / T).
Going by the company’s specs, the two versions will currently be the most lucrative bitcoin mining machines available.
Closely followed by Bitmain’s Shenzhen based competitor, MicroBT’s WhatsMiner M30S, according to a f2pool miner profitability index.
Bitcoin Mining Machines: Bitmain Vs MicroBT
The launch follows a heated battle between Bitmain and MicroBT.
MicroBT acquired a large share of the mining equipment industry after selling about 600,000 units of its M20 series in 2019.
And in doing so denting Bitmain’s long-standing market dominance of bitcoin mining machines.
MicroBT, which released its flagship M30 models in December.
Since last week MicroBT begun taking preorders for its new and most advanced product line.
Sample unit deliveries could begin as early as next month.
Prices and pre-order / delivery dates have yet to be confirmed for the new Bitmain S19 model.
And there is also confusion over whether or not Bitmain will be able to produce the latest models on a large scale.
This is due to the 7-nm chips required to run the machines coming in limited supplies.
Additionally, the coronavirus epidemic in China has disrupted the manufacturing and logistics industries globally.
Disruptions are causing delays for those looking to upgrade existing mining facilities.
With bitcoin’s halving and a reduction of mining rewards quickly approaching.
Older mining machines will no longer be profitable unless the price of bitcoin increases considerably.
It’s a pivotal time for many who must upgrade their current mining equipment or face the risk of going out of business.