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Questions tagged [mining-profitability]

This tag should be used for questions about the economics of mining operations.

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Can you mine more bitcoins on amazon aws than it would cost to operate the servers?

Read title. Creating a soft of self sustainability if you will. It might not be possible?
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What is pool hopping?

What is pool hopping and how do pool hoppers affect other miners? Are there ways to prevent it?
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Can casual people still mine for bitcoins, now that the difficulty is much higher than it was?

Can casual people still mine for bitcoins? As of October 2012, the difficulty seems very high, being over 3,000,000. I've seen a ad for bitcoins, and watched the video. It said I could mine for them ...
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Can Artificial Intelligence be used to mine BitCoins faster?

Can Artificial Intelligence be used to find more efficient mining algorithms? Is there only one algorithm that can be used to mine? EDIT: Asking about running the SHA(SHA(block header)) more ...
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Mining with low specs?

If I have a computer with low specifications (2GB RAM, 2.13 GHz, integrated graphics), is there any way to mine normally with Bitcoin-qt? If not, will joining a pool with these specs be worth the time ...
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What happens once the mining reward gets cut in half?

Sometime around the end of 2012 the mining reward is expected to be cut in half from 50BTC/block to 25BTC/block. What effect will this have? Doesn't this mean that it will be less economic to run a ...
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Must mining be profitable for Bitcoin to succeed? If no, what are the mitigations?

It is clear that mining is responsible for securing the network, and it is incentivised by block payouts and transaction fees. I've also seen discussions regarding different incentives for miners ...
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Is this a good time to enter mining? [closed]

This is a question that has been on my mind for a while. I was going to buy a server farm to mine Bitcoins and I was wondering if it would be practical to jump on the mining bandwagon at the current ...
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What is the “best” BitCoin alternative? Especially from the pov of mining [closed]

Namecoin, Devcoin, Litecoin, Liquidcoin, Solidcoin, I0coin, Ixcoin... Which of them is the best alternative to BitCoin, especially from a fledgling miner's pov (ie. I'd like to mine some coins, but ...
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Calculating average number of hashes tried before hitting a valid block

I'm toying with the idea of starting to mine, and was wondering how to calculate how many hashes on average must be tried before one will "hit" a valid block? I'm talking about a single user (not a ...
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Mining and Bitcoin Wallet [closed]

I have been mining for over 24 hours @ 97.3 Mhash/s. Shouldn't I have at least obtained .01 bitcoin by now? How do I verify the mining that I am doing is transferring into my Wallet?
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How to convert Litecoin difficulty of 6 to an expected time per block solved?

The current difficulty for mining Litecoins is about 6. If I mine them at 25kh/s, how often should I expect to solve a block with a difficulty of 6? I'd also appreciate an explanation (or formula) of ...
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What's the current $/Mhash [closed]

Just curious. My plan is to buy 5 of these So I should use this card right? http://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/graphics/ati-mobility-hd-5800/Pages/hd-5830-specs.aspx Install them all in one ...
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Is FPGA more cost effective than GPU?

Actually is there a list of hardware we could use and their bitcoins/hardware price ratio so I can compute return of investment?
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Has someone compared the cost of mining vs. that of brute-forcing addresses?

It is known that the type of computing power required for mining is the same used to generate addresses, and it is known that "in general" it is much more profitable to simply mine, rather than try to ...
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Does the size of a pool affect the number of invalid shares?

Does the size of a pool affect the number of invalid shares? If so why does it?
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Can I CPU mine other coins to win Bitcoins?

I have a useless Nvidia, until now, unconfigurable to mine (7300) So, if I mine just with CPU, can I get more coins mining others coins like NMC,LQC,LTC,SC, or whatever, and trading after for BTCs?
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Is P2Pool vulnerable to pool hopping?

Some pools / payout mechanisms are vulnerable to pool hopping. Is P2Pool vulnerable?
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Why does mining profitability tend towards zero?

Why does mining profitability tend towards zero? Is it different for short term miners than it is for long term miners? Example: if I mine now and sell them next year, they may be worth more as ...
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How to choose the most profitable pool?

Say I have a moderate amount of hashing power and I want to maximize my profit by using the pool that would give the best rewards for mining with them, what should I look at when choosing a pool?
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Pool Hopping Math

It's been discussed and argued at great length whether pool hopping is ethical, but there is no debate about whether it works - I even have some first hand experience that says it increases mining ...
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World-wide price for generating 1BTC

Can we find an algorithm to compute the average price (as energy consumption) of 1 BTC being generated if we know: hash rate, difficulty, energy price?
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Is there a uniform measure of “difficulty”, that when multiplied by price, will give “profitability of one hour of mining”?

I recently open Bitcoin Pie, a site that compares crypto-currencies. Given the exchange rate in BTC, I would like to add another column that tells "relative mining profitability", regardless of the ...
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Is there any point to casual mining?

Is there any point to casual mining anymore? I recently discovered bitcoin and was wondering if there was any point to running mining software on my laptop while I work on essays or other non-...
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Why are the mining rewards set to reduce in such dramatic steps?

The mining rewards are scheduled to drop from 50btc to 25btc. The next drop again will be from 25 to 12.5btc. In each of the steps into a new "era" the mining reward is reduced by 50%. This seems ...
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Do bitcoin miners actually make money [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I compute mining profitability? Do bitcoin miners like the one depicted in the video below with 24 server clusters actually profit from bitcoins at the current prices? ...
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Where in the world is bitcoin mining the most profitiable? [closed]

This is a question for Bitcoin miners. High cost of electricity can really cut down on the profitability of Bitcoin mining. I want to know what geographic location has the cheapest electricity and ...
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Solo Mining vs Pool Mining for users with high computing power

Let's say that a user has a decent amount of computing power. At the current difficulty of 1777774.4820015, he could have for example 10Gh/s (he would earn around 5 BTC per day according to a ...
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Will the amount of electricity used for mining be huge if Bitcoin is widely adopted?

A quick and very rough estimation: If the USD/BTC exchange rate grows to $1000/BTC (not that far-fetched if Bitcoin is actually widely adopted) bitcoins for a value of $300000 would be produced every ...
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Exactly how does one calculate how many BTC they will get a certain hashrate?

I am curious on how many estimated BTC I will earn at any hash rate since, I don't really think I'm really earning any BTC at 600 Mhash/s.
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How can I compute mining profitability? [duplicate]

It was asked elsewhere, but I'm re-asking the question in a less time sensitive way. Can you please list some of the techniques, charts, spreadsheets, calculators or other tools that help someone to ...
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How much Bitcoin will I mine right now with hardware X?

Say I have a given piece of hardware (CPU/GPU). Where can I find out how much Bitcoin will I mine per day?
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Is CPU mining even worth it? [duplicate]

I would like to start mining, but my GPU isn't the greatest and I don't really want to spend the money on a dedicated rig. Is mining from my CPU (in a Linux environment) still worth it? Or will I not ...
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Is mining still profitable? [closed]

We all know that mining is supposed to keep the Bitcoin system secure. However, difficulty has risen so much that costs for power currently outstrip possible revenue for mining for a large portion of ...