πŸ† Top FPGA Boards

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FPGA boards come in all shapes and sizes with different chips onboard. All these variables impact the break-even and profitability of different FPGA boards.

  • Some chips are larger and more expensive like the VU13P and VU9P, letting you run faster bitstreams and more complex algorithms.
  • Others are much smaller, such as the Kintex 7 family, which are slower but much more affordable.
  • Some boards can handle only 80A (KU040)
  • Others can handle 200A (BCU1525, CVP-13)
  • Some boards are fine with passive cooling (BCU1525)
  • Others need water cooling (CVP-13) or immersion cooling (VCU1525)

To make things easier, FPGA.guide did the hard math and found the top FPGA boards on the market today. Below are the top FPGA mining boards currently available, with a breakdown of why we chose them!

The FPGA.guide Team.

BTU9P by 🚍 TUL

We like the BTU9P because it's powered by the Xilinx VU9P, designed by TUL, the company that designed the VCU/BCU’s water block. It's compatible with VCU/BCU bitstreams and has water block built in, cooling all main components (requires a pump).

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Where to Buy?

StatusStore LinkPriceShipping Date
AvailableπŸ›’ FPGA Guide Shop$3599 USDShips immediately


BCU 1525 by 🐿️ SQRL

We like the BCU 1525 because it's powered by the Xilinx VU9P and contains square root magic! This version of the board contains modifications and alterations making it superior for mining cryptocurrencies. And it has a special security key encoded onto it. The key allows access to additional private bitstreams.

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BCU1525

Where to Buy?

StatusStore LinkPriceShipping Date
AvailableπŸ›’ Allmine ShopStarting from $3250 USDShips Immediately
AvailableπŸ›’ Squirrels Research Store$4000 USDShips Immediately


CVP-13 by πŸ…±οΈ Bittware

We like the BittWare CVP-13 because it is powered by the Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ VU13P 2E FPGA. Available passive air-cooled, or liquid-cooled for maximum performance, the CVP-13 is optimized for mining cryptocurrencies. The CVP-13 will come with an encryption key enabling the Allmine Shell but also allowing for non-encrypted FPGA loads.

Also with 300A power supply, VU13P with 50% more logic and more on-package UltraRAM than VCU/BCU1525. And has 800Gb/s board-to-board support (400Gb/s daisy-chain). The key allows access to additional private bitstreams. Also with 300A power supply, VU13P with 50% more logic and more on-package UltraRAM than VCU/BCU1525. And has 800Gb/s board-to-board support (400Gb/s daisy-chain). Check the πŸ‘‰live demo of the board at the SC18 show running test load and liquid cooling.

To help you setup your CVP-13 with liquid cooling, you can πŸ‘‰read the CVP-13 Liquid Cooling Hardware πŸƒQuick Start Guide

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BittWare CVP-13

Where to Buy?

StatusStore LinkPriceShipping Date
AvailableπŸ›’ Squirrels Research StoreStarting from $5750 USDShips Immediately


F1/F1+ Blackminer by ◼️ HashAltcoin

We like F1/F1+ Blackminer because the profitability is currently the best and it's easy to use! It's powered by 12 Xilinx K7 325T chips. Already includes the Delta fan to cool off the chips. And the best part is, HashAltcoin team is consistently releasing bitstream, so far they have the most bitstream available for their boards πŸ‘πŸΌ.

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Where to Buy?

StatusStore LinkPriceShipping Date
AvailableπŸ›’ FPGA.guide Shop (F1)$1900 USDImmediately
AvailableπŸ›’ FPGA.guide Shop (F1+)$3100 USDImmediately