Bitcoin Gold intends to conduct a hardfork to make the network ASIC-resistant after Bitmain launched sales of its new ASIC, aimed at mining Equihash-based cryptocurrencies. The same decision was previously taken by the Monero project.

A few hours after the Chinese manufacturer of mining equipment, Bitmain, announced the launch of sales of the new Antminer Z9, designed to mine Bitcoin Gold, Zcash and other cryptocurrency using the Equihash algorithm, a representative of Bitcoin Gold wrote about project's plan to hardfork.

Martin Kuvandzhiev wrote a comment to the Bitmain tweet about the sales launch of Antminer Z9:

 

The new ASIC miners cryptocurrencies, that use the Equihash algorithm (Zcash, Bitcoin Gold, Zclassic, etc.). Its computing power is said to be 10 000 sol/s, with power consumption standing at 300 watts.

The new Antminer Z9 costs $1,999. The first deliveries will take place at the end of June.

Earlier, in April, after Bitmain had started sales of the new Antminer X3, Monero decided to undergo a hardfork in order to make the network ASIC-resistant. But due to disagreements in the Monero community, hardfork resulted in the appearance of four new coins, Monero Classic, Monero 0 (XMZ), Monero Original (XMO) and Monero Classic (XMC). All of them maintain compatibility with one network.