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Sapphire INCA CS-14 Compute System Review – £5.5K Mining Rig

The Sapphire INCA CS-14 is a very focused piece of hardware, and what it’s meant to do, it does extremely well. Compared to a regular self-built PC, it’s in a different league in terms of cryptocurrency hashing power. The chassis is well designed for the purpose, so it doesn’t waste Watts on components that aren’t contributing to the cause. It’s a sturdy build, with dependable levels of cooling and the potential for power supply redundancy.

On a domestic power contract, the numbers obviously don’t quite add up in terms of cryptocurrency mining profit. But you can get business supplies with night-time rates lower than 11p per kW hour, which would bump up daily profit to between £3 and £4, allowing over £1,000 a year in income after power expenses. If the cryptocurrency exchange rates rise again, this could go up considerably too.


Overall, if you’re after a turnkey cryptocurrency mining rig, the Sapphire INCA CS-14 makes a lot more sense than struggling with your own PC rig, or trying to cobble together a multi-GPU system using an open frame and consumer-grade graphics cards. You will probably spend more on the latter than the £5,400 inc VAT being asked for the Sapphire offering, too.

The INCA CS-14 is also more flexible than ASICs that are aimed at specific cryptocurrency coins, so can rapidly become obsolete if the algorithm is changed to cut them out of the picture. It’s a very specialised piece of hardware, but for its intended task it packs a lot of hashing power into one box for a reasonable price.

Price for this system (at the time of writing): £5,400 (inc. VAT) and for inquiries contact [email protected]

Pros:

  • Huge amounts of cryptocurrency hashing power in one box.
  • 19in 4U configuration allows multiple installations in standard machine room rack.
  • Preloaded with Linux and Claymore mining software.
  • Redundant power option.
  • Sturdy, well ventilated chassis.
  • GPUs can be optimised for different hashing algorithms.
  • Flexible range of cryptocurrency mining software options.

Cons:

  • Heavy overall power draw.
  • Only meant for mining.
  • Noisier than a jet aircraft.

KitGuru says: The Sapphire INCA CS-14 is a potent mining rig capable of immense hashing rates, although it’s best suited to a machine room or co-location facility.



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Rating: 8.5.

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