Does scrypt mining inherently confer any environmental benefit or energy efficiency for the same level of service provided?


No. It is exactly the same balancing mechanism: Electricity and acquisition cost vs revenue.
I would expect the total environmental impact to turn out similar for a given revenue value.

But then, maybe I'm missing something. I'm curious for other answers.

  • 1
    That is correct. Scrypt miners possibly have higher manufacturing costs and other internal parameters, but for any modern ASIC the power cost for running the chip is higher than the production cost in a matter of days or weeks. In Proof of Work you can equate "utility" for power usage anyway, as the service being provided is literally the destruction of real world resources.
    – Claris
    Jun 30 '15 at 7:29

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.