Review of the Gekkoscience Terminus R808
Review of the Gekkoscience Terminus R808

By AverageVancouverite | TheMiningBlog | 27 Feb 2020


The Gekkoscience Terminus R808 - "Pod Miner"

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Specs:

  • Algorithm: SHA256 (Coins mined: Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, BitcoinSV, DigiByte, Peercoin, etc.)
  • Hashrate: Up to 120 GH/s
  • Chips: 8 X 28nm BM1384 Chips

The Review:

The Gekkoscience Terminus R808 is yet another product created by the same developer as the 2PAC and NEWPAC USB miners, Gekkoscience powered USB hub, and the Terminus R606 miner. This miner features 8 X 28nm BM1384 chips (The same ones found in the Antminer S5), and can mine at up to 120 GH/s. However, my personal device used to reach speeds of nearly 140 GH/s. Initially released in 2017, these devices are no longer so profitable, as in the case you do not pay for electricity, do not pay mining pool fees, and the mining difficulty does not fluctuate, you would make just over $6.00 US a year. In practice, using this device will probably result in a net loss, as electricity prices will likely far exceed profits from mining.

The R808 units are relatively easy to set up, and can reportedly even be run off of a Raspberry Pi, though I have never personally tried with any Pi devices. The devices can be run on Windows (Which I did), Linux, and some instances of Mac. These particular miners can also detect zombied chips and reset them automatically to ensure the highest efficiency while mining. The R808 miners are relatively small, and don't need much space, only taking up a 10cm X 10cm area (about 4 inches X 4 inches).

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In terms of other features, the Terminus R808 has a pair of relatively quiet fans to keep the device cool. These fans can adjust their speed automatically, and the device automatically shuts down at 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit). They will automatically restart once the temperature drops to below 70 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit). However, my Terminus R606 would heat up very quickly and keep turning off and back on again, impacting mining.

Since these miners were produced in pretty limited number and have not been in production for years, the only place you can find them for sale are sites like eBay or any other local buy and sell sites. I would not recommend those who are looking to invest in mining to purchase this device, and I would actually not recommend those interested in learning about crypto to purchase this device either. As it is one of Gekkoscience's earlier products, the Terminus R808's hashrate is not as steady, the device gets hot really quickly, and the hashrate is not very impressive. For those wanting to learn about cryptocurrency mining, it'll probably be much easier and cheaper to simply purchase a USB miner.

All in all, while it's an interesting miner, this miner is probably not going on the wall of fame. 

Disclaimer:

I am not in any way affiliated with Gekkoscience, Bitmain, or any other crypto/crypto-related company. I personally owned one of these devices, but I sold it on Craigslist in late-2018. My review is based on personal experience, and everyone's experiences may be different. My device kept on exceeding 80C and would repeatedly shut off. The hashrate was not steady, typically fluctuating a lot between 90 GH/s and 130 GH/s. While I'm not a fan of the R808, Gekkoscience's other products like the 2PAC, NEWPAC, and R606 are products I like a lot. 

For images, I retrieved them online as I no longer personally own this device. 

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


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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