Qarnot’s Wall-Mounted Heater Also Mines Cryptocurrency | News & Opinion


A PC that is rated at 60MH/s which also doubles as a conventional room heater.

Qarnot QC-1 Crypto Heater

The price of different cyrptocurrencies may vary wildly from day-to-day, but mining the stuff doesn’t seem to be getting any less popular. The problem is, you need some seriously fast PC hardware to make it worthwhile. That hardware requires a lot of power and produces quite a bit of heat, which gave French startup Qarnot an idea: make cryptocurrency hardware a dual purpose device.

Qarnot has been offering large-scale computers that double as heaters since 2010, installing them in buildings to act as a heat source for residence/workers. Now, however, the company is thinking smaller scale and came up with a product for the home.

The Qarnot QC-1 is described as “the first crypto heater” because of its dual functionality. When turned on, it quietly sits there producing enough heat to warm up a room. However, that heat is the result of another process going on inside the casing. The QC-1 is actually a passively-cooled Linux computer fitted with two GPUs and is setup to mine cryptocurrency.

Qarnot QC-1 Crypto Heater

As TechCrunch reports, inside the QC-1 you’ll find an AMD Ryzen Pro processor and two AMD Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX580 GPUs with 8GB of VRAM. As you can imagine, two of those running at full tilt in a passively cooled system alongside a Ryzen Pro will warm up very quickly. The QC-1 is rated at 60MH/s, which is 60 million hashes per second. Before power costs, Qarnot estimates you’ll mine about $120 per month. As for its rating as a heater? I suspect “toasty” would be the best way to summarize it, especially when you consider Qarnot also embedded traditional heating conductors if you need more warmth than mining coin can produce alone.

Using the QC-1 is incredibly simple. Just plug in an Ethernet cable to hook it up to the Internet and then use a mobile app to link up your crypto wallet. It defaults to Ethereum mining, but can be adjusted to mine your favorite alternative currency via the same mobile app. There’s no need for any other hardware or software.

As it’s passive, there’s no noise and any currency you mine remains yours. That’s as it should be considering Qarnot wants $3,600 for the QC-1. It’s therefore going to take a very long time for the heater to pay for itself, but if you just so happen to want a crypto PC and need a new heater, maybe this crypto heater is perfect.

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