Driving to the moon? HODLer installs portable mining rig in BMW

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Crypto enthusiast Simon Byrne took crypto mining from the garage to the street after installing a small farm in the trunk of his car.

According to a Hardware Times report, Byrne bought a BMV i8 hybrid vehicle for around $ 150,000 and outfitted it with a small crypto mining rig that consisted of six GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards. The rig is powered by an ASUS B250 Mining Expert Board and an EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 power supply. It is reportedly capable of mining both Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).

Photo taken by Simon Byrne

The Nevada-based HODLer – as stated on his license plate – built the entire setup himself “to annoy players” and earn money along the way. While the graphics cards used by Byrne are marketed for high-end PC gamers, some miners can use their extended specs for crypto.

“I’m not into crypto for quick cash, but I’ll take the bonus,” Byrne said.

According to reports, the car’s battery can power the farm, but the heat is still an issue – maybe Byrne plans to mainly drive and mine during the winter? Otherwise, he will probably have to keep the tailgate of his BMV open for ventilation.

Cointelegraph reported in December that the same speedster had spent more than $ 93,000 installing 78 graphics cards in their house to mine ether when the price of the token was just over $ 700. It is estimated that Byrne’s setup can generate around $ 122,000 in annual profit despite a massive electricity bill.

Since then, the price of ether has doubled after hitting a two-year high today. Bitcoin rose 2% in the past 24 hours, reaching $ 32,639 at the time of publication.