Cryptocurrency mining rig manufacturer Bitmain sold out its first round of Antminer S19 units within the first 24 hours. 

Bitmain, the world’s largest manufacturer for bitcoin ASIC miners, published a tweet on Mar. 23 announcing the official sales launch for domestic units of the Antminer S19 series, with an international launch to follow. 

The Antminer S19 rig will have reported hashrate of 95 terahashes per second (TH/s), with the Pro version capable of 110 TH/s and energy efficiency of 29.5 joules per terahash. The base model is set to cost miners around $2,180, while the pro version costs $2,920. 

However, Jason Urgo, who was able to make a purchase before the sellout, claimed the shipping date was set for May 11 – May 20, 2020. 

Bitcoin’s next halving event is scheduled to take place on May 12, making the timing of Bitmain’s shipping inconvenient for miners who were hoping to use the S19 prior to the block reward reduction. 

Urgo, who runs the social media analytics firm Social Blade, questioned whether Bitmain was using the new rigs to mine bitcoin in the lead up to the halving, before shipping them to customers. 

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