Why Bitcoin mining is like oil drilling -
Sal Cangeloso in ExtremeTech gives his experience in mining Bitcoins using average gear
While every indicator I have points to my mining operation as being a profitable one, it’s highly dependent on the value of Bitcoins. If prices drop well below $100/BTC again, the operation will make so little profit that I might as well aim those boxes at something more practical, like SETI@home.
A lot like drilling for new oil wells, which need oil to be over $100/barrel for the venture to be profitable.
His Bitcoin mining setup: 850 Mh/s (using standard PC’s and graphics cards)
Current Bitcoin network: 80,000 GH/s
To get good success in finding new Bitcoins, you need a setup, which is comparable in speeds to the overall network.
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