FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) enjoyed a renaissance on the crypto mining scene in 2018. Advocates within the Bitcoin Talk Forum collaborated and started pre-selling customized cards at prices considered by many to be attractive.

 

As of June 2018, there is no reliable benchmark information available and the cards are NOT commonly available. When they do ship, the obvious questions will be how to configure and what to mine. This site will be publishing this information as it becomes available.

 

This site will articulate one or more reference implementations for each FPGA implementation. We will display the verified hash rate from the reference implementation for altcoins that have publicly available mining software support. The hash rate will be related to the current market price of the coin and ranked by profitability. This will assist the community in getting cards earning quickly and effectively

 

Some FPGA mining implementations

  1. Standalone FPGA Mining (community activity currently focused on this)
  2. GPU Mining assisted by an FPGA (expected later in 2018)
  3. FPGA Mining on Amazon Web Services

 

How do FPGAs compare to other options?

Mining Alternatives
  FPGA* ASIC GPU
Cost / Hash
Moderate
Low
High
Noise Level
Moderate
High
Moderate
Heat Produced
Moderate
High
Moderate
Cost / Unit
High
High
Moderate
Warranty
30 days (EU 90 days)
180 days, but may vary by manufacturer
2 years, but varies by manufacturer
Driver Support
Low 
Moderate
High
Miner Software Support
None (yet)
Not Applicable
High

* The FPGA column is speculative at this point, as samples are not yet available for testing