Gekkoscience 2PAC VS Rockminer U10
Gekkoscience 2PAC VS Rockminer U10

By AverageVancouverite | TheMiningBlog | 25 Jan 2020


Gekkoscience 2PAC VS Rockminer U10

In this brief article, I will be giving an overview and a quick comparison between two SHA256 USB miners. These miners are generally no longer profitable even if you pay minimal mining pool and electricity fees. 

Gekkoscience 2PAC Specs:

  • Algorithm: SHA256 (Coins Mined: Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Peercoin, etc.)
  • Hashrate: 15+ GH/s (Though it can be set to a little higher)
  • Chip: 2 x 28nm Bitmain BM1384 chips
  • Power use: About 5 watts

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Rockminer U10 Specs:

  • Algorithm: SHA256 (Coins Mined: Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Peercoin, etc.)
  • Hashrate: 11-15 GH/s 
  • Chip: 2 x 28nm Bitmain BM1384 chips
  • Power use: About 5 watts

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The Comparison:

The Gekkoscience SHA256 2PAC USB Miner and the Rockminer U10 USB Miner are essentially the same devices, with both devices featuring a pair of 28nm Bitmain BM1384 chips. Both devices run entirely silent thanks to their heatsink and lack of a fan, and both draw under 5 watts of power. The Gekkoscience device was the first to be put on the market, and the Rockminer is essentially a clone built with slightly cheaper parts and feature a hashrate of 11-15 GH/s compared to the 2PAC's 15+ GH/s. 

The Rockminer U10 feels a little cheaper, and gets a little hotter than the original Gekkoscience device, and also seems to submit a slightly more stale shares when mining. The hashrate also fluctuates more than the Gekkoscience 2PAC, and the U10 heatsink doesn't seem to do as good a job as its competition.

Both devices work on Windows, Linux, and most instances of Mac, and both should work on a Raspberry Pi (I have tried this successfully with the Gekkoscience device but never tried with the Rockminer U10). They're relatively easy to set up, and serve as a nice way to learn about cryptocurrency and how mining works. However, keep in mind that at about 15 GH/s, you'll make under 2 cents a week provided you don't pay mining pool fees or electricity! In other words, both of these devices are essentially learning tools and novelty items, and are not recommended for those who are looking to profit from cryptocurrency or mining. These devices also make nice gifts for friends and family who are interested in digital currency.

The Gekkoscience 2PAC can be found at about $43.50 American dollars per unit on online retail sites such as Amazon and eBay, and have occasionally been sold for under $25.00 American dollars. While this device has not been produced for quite some time, they're still common on the market. Meanwhile, the Rockminer U10 has also not been produced for some time now, and is a bit harder to find. I personally purchased my two devices in 2018 from TTBit at $20 per unit. However, the company no longer sells them.

Despite using little power, since both devices get pretty hot, I recommend using a USB fan or another method to help circulate air around the devices to prevent damage and optimize earnings. I personally own one Gekkoscience 2PAC and two Rockminer U10s. They used to run together on the same USB hub. All three devices were fully functional when I stopped mining on them. 

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Disclaimer:

I am not in any way affiliated with Bitmain, Gekkoscience, Rockminer, TTBit, or any other crypto/crypto-related companies. All of my comparisons and reviews are based on personal experience. Experiences with devices may differ from person to person. 

Remember, investments in cryptocurrencies are like any other investment: Invest only what you can afford to lose. No investment is a guarantee. 

Note:

I did not use my own photo for the Gekkoscience device since I have no idea where I put mine... 


AverageVancouverite
AverageVancouverite

Hey there! I'm just an average Vancouverite who has been mining for several years now, and have used everything from GPUs to ASICs and from CPUs to USB miners! I also write about global news with the World International News Group.


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