Open-Air Computer Frames for Cryptocurrency Mining and Gaming Rigs. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 28, 2014.
About this project
What is SLUICE_BOX?
SLUICE_BOX is excited to introduce our innovative line of open-air, stackable, aluminum frames for digital mining and gaming rigs. We have designed our products for ease of use, optimum performance, and efficient cooling.
Our open-air frames specialize in heat dissipation (see our thermodynamic testing below). Unlike other cases (encased heat) on the market, our frames are designed with thermodynamics in mind.
We have successfully delivered 85 frames to beta testers during our soft-launch, and through this trial run, we further refined our process and products.
What do we offer?
SLUCE_BOX is for everyone! We have three different frame options. The first option is our mini frame, which is designed to support a desktop computer with up to 3 video cards. The second option is our original miner’s frame; this stand-alone frame accommodates 5-6 video cards. Lastly, we’re offering a pro edition frame to cater to the growing number of professional miners. These stackable frames supports 6-7 video cards and are designed to be extremely effective. Check out the Hi-Res images.
Why an open-air computer case?
Our frames are designed for maximum heat dissipation. After extensive testing of multiple fan sizes and configurations (push/push, pull/pull, push/pull), we have found that the push/pull configuration is optimal for most setups.
As seen in the thermal images below, we have determined that you can expect a 10-15 degree temperature drop while using this six-fan, push/pull (wind tunnel) configuration.
Each SLUICE_BOX Frame includes:
- Open-air design for optimal cooling
- Multiple fan configurations; 3-6 140MM (thermal tested configurations)
- Solid 1/8'' thick USA-made Kaiser aluminum
- Convenient start button
- Stackable configurations available (Mini and Pro)
- Multiple video card support (1-3 for the Mini; 5-6 for the Original; and 6-7 for the stackable Pro)
- Supports mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and standard ATX
- Supports up to 2 power supplies (Original and Pro frames)
- Supports all video card sizes
- All holes for motherboard, fans, and video cards are pre-drilled and tapped (6-32)
- Black motherboard standoffs and video card thumbscrews included
- Finished off with end-caps and black oxide hardware
- Frames come fully assembled
- Mini W 16" D 14" H 12" 8lbs
- Original W 24" D 16" H 10" 12lbs
- Pro W 25.5" D 16" H 12" 14lbs
- 1 Year frame warranty
What is Crytpocurrency?
Have you heard of Bitcoin? Are you still confused? Can you imagine plugging in a computer and making money while you sleep? Well, it’s happening! So don’t sleep on this!
Bitcoin is the primary cryptocurrency that currently holds the highest market value. In 2013, the value of one Bitcoin opened at $13.51 and closed at $756.79, earning a 5,507% gain; making it one of the best investments of year. Furthermore, Bitcoin boats an impressive 84,066% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011-2013; making it the largest annual asset price appreciation in history.
At the time of this project’s launch, 1 Bitcoin was valued at $480.
Does it work?
Yes! Millions of dollars in virtual currency are being traded, sold, and spent every day in the marketplace.
Bitcoin was invented as a peer-to-peer currency system for online transactions. Autonomous by design, the Bitcoin network revolves around computer cryptography, or security protocols.
The Bitcoin system was designed to slowly release 21,000,000 digital coins. This cryptocurrency is available for extraction through "digital mining". Each Bitcoin can be traded down to the eighth decimal point from one Bitcoin wallet to the next.
Video courtesy of www.weusecoins.com
In order to “mine” and be rewarded Bitcoin, a computer must solve a very complex math puzzle on the Bitcoin network. Once a math puzzle is solved, the miner is rewarded a block of Bitcoin (was originally 50 Bitcoin; is currently 25 Bitcoin; and will eventually become 12.5 Bitcoin.. and so on). The increasing difficulty of the puzzles ensures that the coins are slowly introduced into the community and also helps to secure the network.
However, it must be noted, Bitcoin mining has become impossible for the average person due to the introduction of supercomputers (ASICs), which have dramatically increased the difficulty of the math puzzles.
But don’t be alarmed… There are other ways to acquire Bitcoin! You can simply purchase Bitcoin from an online exchange, or you can mine alternative cryptocurrency (such as Litecoin, Dogecoin or Umbrella), which can easily be converted to Bitcoin. You can then hold, trade, or spend your Bitcoin at one of the 3,000+ Bitcoin-friendly merchants (add TigerDirect & Overstock to that list).
Mining Alternative Cryptocurrency:
Bitcoin is not the only virtual currency that holds monetary value. For example, at the start of this campaign, Litecoin’s market cap was valued at $315,000,000, and Dogecoin’s market cap was valued at $47,000,000. These alternative cryptocurrencies have also gained wide recognition, and can be exchanged for traditional USD or Bitcoin through one of the many online exchanges.
To put this into perspective, (at the time of this writing) you could try to mine Bitcoin all year with a $1,500 computer and not extract a single coin due to the network difficulty. On the contrary, with the same computer, you can mine alternative cryptocurrencies, which can then be converted to about 1 Bitcoin per month.
This makes mining alt-coins profitable with off-the-shelf computer parts.
(These estimates are very general for the purpose of comparing the mining difficulty of different cryptocurrencies)
In addition to breaking new ground, these alternative currencies are very active in the local communities. Dogecoin's community gets a nod for all the charitable work being done behind the scenes. We all remember the Jamaican Bob Sled Team in Sochi and "Doge for Water", which helped build water wells for the people in Tana Kenya. Their latest accomplishment includes sending Josh Wise to race in nascar when they found out he didn't have a sponsor. At 77,000 Reddit subscribers or "Shibes", they are gaining on Bitcoin's community of 118,000. Pretty incredible for a currency only 3 months old.
After successfully designing, building, and delivering 85 frames in our soft-launch, we are well positioned to complete this project. We have secured the manufacturing by:
- Building an efficient work shop with commercial grade equipment for increased production
- Building a team of ambitious technicians
- Working with the largest Los Angeles based metal distributors
- Hiring additional technicians for assembly
- Creating templates and jigs for precise assembly
- Secured non-metal components from local vendors
As a backer, you can rest assured that our suppliers, parts, and labor are secured for final production.
Comments From our Beta Testers:
"Open frame was built well good quality overall"
"Great Seller. Frames were high quality,packaged well and delivered fast!"
"Great seller. Excellent quality and craftsmanship! I will order more A+++"
"Great packing, fast shipping, and great seller to buy from! Highly recommend!"
"Fast shipping and great item...Thanks!"
"Great product. Was late but they made up for it with some extra fans."
"Great product would buy again"
"Great case, will probably buy another."
"Great seller very understanding would buy from again"
"Great seller! Thanks again!"
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to developing our innovative mining frames is maintaining the precise quality and craftsmanship throughout the production process.
All of our frames will be manufactured in our very own workshop; we don’t outsource anything! This is the only way we are able maintain the precise tolerances and quality that a SLUICE_BOX demands.
We've given a conservative estimate for our delivery dates based on the success of our soft-launch.
In the unlikely event of a hiccup, we will communicate to our backers and remedy any situation at our cost and time. In other words, we will provide the best possible customer experience as we did in our soft launch (see reviews for details).
Thank you for reading and please join the comments section for any questions.
*Please note that the cryptocurrency market is new, fluctuating, growing, and changing rapidly
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