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October 09, 2018, 02:29:42 AM
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Why not sell your rigs and invest that money in eth instead,this way you are injecting fresh money in crypto instead leaching it out eventualy(just using you for example)Also you will probably earn more with swing trading eth then mining(especialy after block reduction at the end of the month)You could use them as a heating system in your house to further negate the cost of runing them,my ti rigs are using arround the same amount of money for electricity that i would give for gas  heating(and are doing better job of warming up the place) Cheesy

this is stupid advice, the market for used gpus is at an all time low, Wtf would he sell his gpus NOW  when gpus are selling used forc half what they went for in december last year.

Idiot.. , thr time to sell cards was back in january now if you already have gear either hold it or mine with it

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October 09, 2018, 03:14:06 AM
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Yes, It's still profitable.

PoW won't ever become unprofitable*. If that ever happens then people would stop mining. This would lead to difficulty decrease which would make mining profitable again!

Asics and FPGAs are not a big problem as developers are making new mining algorithms every day! It's good to have a versatile hardware for new coins.

*However you'll have to update your hardware as hardware is always improving...
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October 09, 2018, 04:43:53 AM
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Why not sell your rigs and invest that money in eth instead,this way you are injecting fresh money in crypto instead leaching it out eventualy(just using you for example)Also you will probably earn more with swing trading eth then mining(especialy after block reduction at the end of the month)You could use them as a heating system in your house to further negate the cost of runing them,my ti rigs are using arround the same amount of money for electricity that i would give for gas  heating(and are doing better job of warming up the place) Cheesy

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So sell my rigs basically for nothing right ? Then invest that nothing into something what maybe going to crash maybe not . Thats a stupidest advice i ever heard  Grin
"Swing tradings" have fees also its not free Smiley More trading platforms are using " getting to know your customers " rules , so you also have to pay taxes after your " swing tradings " sooner or later ....
Im living on the south , so no heating is need it here, maybe a few days a year in January

Why not just keep mining and making a few 100 or 1000$ a months without any future investment ?
Dont forget with GPU rigs you can switch algo within a few minutes , and actually a few coins already out there, which is more profitable than ETH Wink

The biggest questions is always how much you paying for electricity with all the taxes, fees Smiley and you get your ROI on your investments or not Smiley

If you get your ROI and paying 0.1$ or less / kWh including all taxes/fees, your rigs are really optimized for power usage/best hashrate ratio, you have nothing to lose :-) And you definitely can make a few extra $ / months Smiley I would call this a free, easy money Smiley

Most of you who is complaining about mining profitability, never going to get my ROI,  probably jumped into mining in the last quarter of 2017 or first quarter of  2018 or later and paid a hefty price for your gpus ... I paid for almost all of my RX480/8GB cards under 200$ with shipping/taxes in 2016 summer ...

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October 09, 2018, 07:41:21 AM
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Why not sell your rigs and invest that money in eth instead,this way you are injecting fresh money in crypto instead leaching it out eventualy(just using you for example)Also you will probably earn more with swing trading eth then mining(especialy after block reduction at the end of the month)You could use them as a heating system in your house to further negate the cost of runing them,my ti rigs are using arround the same amount of money for electricity that i would give for gas  heating(and are doing better job of warming up the place) Cheesy

 Grin Grin Grin One of the best advice i ever read on bitcointalk  Grin Grin Grin

So sell my rigs basically for nothing right ? Then invest that nothing into something what maybe going to crash maybe not . Thats a stupidest advice i ever heard  Grin
"Swing tradings" have fees also its not free Smiley More trading platforms are using " getting to know your customers " rules , so you also have to pay taxes after your " swing tradings " sooner or later ....
Im living on the south , so no heating is need it here, maybe a few days a year in January

Why not just keep mining and making a few 100 or 1000$ a months without any future investment ?
Dont forget with GPU rigs you can switch algo within a few minutes , and actually a few coins already out there, which is more profitable than ETH Wink

The biggest questions is always how much you paying for electricity with all the taxes, fees Smiley and you get your ROI on your investments or not Smiley

If you get your ROI and paying 0.1$ or less / kWh including all taxes/fees, your rigs are really optimized for power usage/best hashrate ratio, you have nothing to lose :-) And you definitely can make a few extra $ / months Smiley I would call this a free, easy money Smiley

Most of you who is complaining about mining profitability, never going to get my ROI,  probably jumped into mining in the last quarter of 2017 or first quarter of  2018 or later and paid a hefty price for your gpus ... I paid for almost all of my RX480/8GB cards under 200$ with shipping/taxes in 2016 summer ...
lol exactly, just give your rigs away so you can invest those peanuts in crypto that drops like every week this is exactly why this forum has gone to dogshit between the bitmain asic shills and the wolves in sheeps clothing trying to trick the newbs into giving thier gear again for dirt prices... then the fake hardware and fpga sellers , Im glad like you i bought all my gear in 2015 and 2016. 

everything paid for so i have no reason to decive others snd even back then i would rather keep my trap shut than straight up tell people to do what i knew to be dumb

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October 09, 2018, 09:02:08 AM
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OP what would you say to people who haven't got ROI? Do they have to still mine ethereum despite the fact that it's not so profitable? GPUs matters here too of course.
By the way I can't understand one thing: You aren't someone who affects network a lot, so why do you still mine ethereum while you can mine more profitable coin and exchange it for ethereum?
For example this user khufuking posted in this threas that he will mine ethereum even if it brings 1$ profit in month and wait for time when ethereum will rise. You can mine more profitable coin, exchange it on ethereum and hold this way, you will get absolutely more ethereum compared to eth mining.

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December 04, 2018, 01:36:55 AM
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My original post updated today, with today calculation, so anyone can see with numbers, what happened in the past 2 months.

OP what would you say to people who haven't got ROI?
I really can not give you or to anyone else any advice Sad Im writing about my own experience, and try to prove my words with numbers.

By the way I can't understand one thing: You aren't someone who affects network a lot, so why do you still mine ethereum while you can mine more profitable coin and exchange it for ethereum?

I have many rigs, hosted different places around the us, i have around 100 gpu hosted in my own " mining cave ", i dont want to deal to changing algos.
All of my rig vga bioses are specially tuned to mine ETH by me, they are very stable.
If you fine tune your bios to mine ETH , then its probably going to be unstable on other algos.
So by the time im switching all my cards bioses , fine tune them to a perfect hash/power ratio for other algo, fine tune then for stability, paying the exchange fees , paying to send exchanged coins to my wallet from exchanges, dealing with possible instability, i decided just stuck to  mine ETH Smiley

This is how I bios modded my cards , fine tuned them one by one to mine primary ETH
My goal when im "fine tuning" cards, hex editing bios is always highest efficiency / less power usage ( low as much as possible) with the highest MH/s and best stability


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December 04, 2018, 04:44:01 AM
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My original post updated today, with today calculation, so anyone can see with numbers, what happened in the past 2 months.

OP what would you say to people who haven't got ROI?
I really can not give you or to anyone else any advice Sad Im writing about my own experience, and try to prove my words with numbers.

By the way I can't understand one thing: You aren't someone who affects network a lot, so why do you still mine ethereum while you can mine more profitable coin and exchange it for ethereum?

I have many rigs, hosted different places around the us, i have around 100 gpu hosted in my own " mining cave ", i dont want to deal to changing algos.
All of my rig vga bioses are specially tuned to mine ETH by me, they are very stable.
If you fine tune your bios to mine ETH , then its probably going to be unstable on other algos.
So by the time im switching all my cards bioses , fine tune them to a perfect hash/power ratio for other algo, fine tune then for stability, paying the exchange fees , paying to send exchanged coins to my wallet from exchanges, dealing with possible instability, i decided just stuck to  mine ETH Smiley

This is how I bios modded my cards , fine tuned them one by one to mine primary ETH
My goal when im "fine tuning" cards, hex editing bios is always highest efficiency / less power usage ( low as much as possible) with the highest MH/s and best stability


i have 300 gpus all tuned for eth and i still rather mine xmr, they are lower hash than untuned cards but xmr uses far less power than eth so its still a better bet to get off eth at these basement prices

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December 04, 2018, 08:10:08 AM
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Yes its too bad that the RX gpus didn't come with dual bios like some of the older Radeon GPUs before it.

I am having the same issue, usually one algo is stable but without playing around with the memory straps, core clock, memory clock, voltages, it won't be stable with another algo.

If they had a dual bios switch and you are phyiscally present you can flip the switch and on the fly switch to a different algo.

I think Sapphire may have actually had a RX GPU which did come with a dual bios however the other manufacteurs did not.

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December 04, 2018, 09:07:03 AM
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Yes its too bad that the RX gpus didn't come with dual bios like some of the older Radeon GPUs before it.

I am having the same issue, usually one algo is stable but without playing around with the memory straps, core clock, memory clock, voltages, it won't be stable with another algo.

If they had a dual bios switch and you are phyiscally present you can flip the switch and on the fly switch to a different algo.

I think Sapphire may have actually had a RX GPU which did come with a dual bios however the other manufacteurs did not.
You are right sapphire rx cards do have dual bios
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December 04, 2018, 09:44:09 AM
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You can mine more profitable coin, exchange it on ethereum and hold this way, you will get absolutely more ethereum compared to eth mining.

People always say this. It may well be true, but make sure you account for initial pool fees, transfer from more profitable shitcoinX wallet to exchange fees, exchange commission and withdraw fees.

You'll need to research your new coin and algo, find the best wallet option (balancing risk of webwallets vs downloading an entire blockchain to your desktop), and then spend hours on several exchanges working out which pairs offer the optimum volume and yield.

Also you'll potentially need to tweak the bios mods you've done for the new algo, as well as experiment with driver/miner/bios combos to find the most stable setup.

In short, once you've done the maths you'll find only a few pennies a week difference, and that's only before every other **** does the same thing and shitcoinX difficulty rockets.

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December 04, 2018, 10:34:02 AM
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You can mine more profitable coin, exchange it on ethereum and hold this way, you will get absolutely more ethereum compared to eth mining.

People always say this. It may well be true, but make sure you account for initial pool fees, transfer from more profitable shitcoinX wallet to exchange fees, exchange commission and withdraw fees.

You'll need to research your new coin and algo, find the best wallet option (balancing risk of webwallets vs downloading an entire blockchain to your desktop), and then spend hours on several exchanges working out which pairs offer the optimum volume and yield.

Also you'll potentially need to tweak the bios mods you've done for the new algo, as well as experiment with driver/miner/bios combos to find the most stable setup.

In short, once you've done the maths you'll find only a few pennies a week difference, and that's only before every other **** does the same thing and shitcoinX difficulty rockets.
I know what difficulties it has to move from one coin mining on another coin mining when you have modified everything on that one coin but I would say again that it worths when mining of another coin is for example 20% more profitable. Of course you have to consider pool, withdraw and exchange fees but finally they aren't that much. Well, to sum up move must be profitable.
OP wish you success in anyway. Do you plan to hold ethereum now? Since you mine currently more eth?

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December 04, 2018, 11:24:18 AM
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Nice try, but you are cherry picking your numbers to try and make your case.

What-to-mine for instance, uses a block reward figure of 2.91 to account for the fact that a pool will hit uncles once in awhile and not always get the full 3.0 block reward. Coinwarz, the site you used, estimates the full 3.0 reward so it will of course give you a higher result, but it is not a realistic number.

The second issue I see is you also cherry picked near the high price of the day for your Bitcoin value. Try using the low of the day and see what you get, or at least the average.

I used your other figures and adjusted the values in Coinwarz using 2.91 block reward and $3700 BTC price and your income drops to $2.67 per month.

Finally for the $3 or so you might really make per month, you are not taking into account the depreciation of your rigs. You proudly claim my "rigs are paid off" then go on to tell us how clever you are with making a few bucks a month with that equipment. What you fail to account for is that your rigs have value on the resale market and this value goes down each day.

So while today you could maybe sell your stripped down rigs for say $2,000 (just guessing as you didn't provide any details of what your equipment consists of but will work for an example) and you continue to mine for 2 more months (60 days) eking out a measly $2-3 per month, you would earn $6 extra. However in that same time your equipment value falls say $100, now it is worth only $1900, you effectively lost $94.

Even using your optimistic (but incorrect) $20/month estimate, you would still be losing $60 over the time period.

No, mining is not worth it, and only those who either truly have free or next to free (2 cent) power are making it and everyone else is using fuzzy math to delude themselves into thinking they are still making money.

If you want to continue mining, that is fine and you don't need to try and justify yourself to anyone else, but at a minimum at least be truthful to yourself and know exactly what the real costs are. Also do not try to peddle this false pretense to others just because you choose to continue to speculative mine in the hopes that coins go up in the near future.
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December 04, 2018, 03:23:04 PM
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My electricity rate is 0.097 $/Kwh , not 0.1$, but in that mining calculator have no option to put that number in Smiley so that 3 cents different covering your make no sense calculation differences Smiley.
90% of the time , that rig generating more income than any mining calculator predict Smiley the coins got into my wallet  worth more than 20$ a months right now. Yeah for some ppl its hard to understand and beilive, but thats true ...

Lot of ppl talking about oh my cards are fine tuned , just bc they used a one click bios mod... Thats not fine tuning a card , your cards pulling probably more electricity than before... learn more about hex editing the bios file , change the values to get the max out from your cards with the lowest power consumption possible , there is where you can save 10's, 100's,  1000's,  of dollars depends on how many rigs you have...

Im not planning and never going to sell my rigs , one day i might going to donate to a charity or selling some parts and donating vga cards to charity, not sure yet , so i dont care your calculation about re sale value, i got my money back by that time probably when you jumped into the crazyness and started to buy or build your rigs Smiley
Every penny im making with ETH mining, in my case is a clear profit. If its 20$ then its 20$ if 1 dollar then its one dollar , if 100$ then its 100$ clear profit.

Im not cherry pickED numbers , i used online that online calculator to show numbers for easier understanding and for visually see those numbers Im talking about , i did not changed bitcoin price or exchage rate in that calculator , as you did Smiley

You the smart guy who cherry picking the lowest number from the past year Smiley and you the one who probably panicked and sold all you coins when the btc price went down to 3700$, so you memorized that number where you give up mining Smiley

You the one who keep saying over and over again "No, mining is not worth it, and only those who either truly have free or next to free (2 cent) power are making it and everyone else is using fuzzy math to delude themselves into thinking they are still making money."
Im making money just like that another 100000's of miner who providing that 2500T hashrate for ETH network .
If mining not worth it , then why this forum is still alive Huh

If you want to continue mining, that is fine and you don't need to try and justify yourself to anyone else, but at a minimum at least be truthful to yourself and know exactly what the real costs are.
- THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I JUST SAID, TALKED ABOUT  Wink


Also do not try to peddle this false pretense to others just because you choose to continue to speculative mine in the hopes that coins go up int he near future.
IM NOT DOING SPECULATIVE MINING, AND NOT TRYING TO PEDDLE ANY FALSE PRETENSE TO OTHERS
I write down my own experience,  proved some numbers, used one online calculator screenshots for much easier understanding for newbies, or to anyone else who want to see an example.
im not the only one , there is 2500T hashrate on ETH network...
Bitcoin network hashrate is also crazy high , yes its went down in the past weeks, but why ? bc the BCH fork and miners started to mine forked coin ? or everyone just turned off they mining rig ? All those miners are offline ? or they providing they hashrate to othet coins networks ? ( Bitcoin ABC (Adjustable Blocksize Cap) , Bitcoin ABC (Adjustable Blocksize Cap) ) Huh

So one more time :
IM NOT DOING SPECULATIVE MINING, AND NOT TRYING TO PEDDLE ANY FALSE PRETENSE TO OTHERS
actually im the one who always warned ppl about the risk with mining investment , way before all the craziness get the highest level last year december Smiley
Lot off members paid 500-800$ for a single RX 480 cards in those times... yes they are here now and crying for they money ... and spreading the word mining is not worth it ...

READ IT HERE MY FRIEND HOW IM TRYING TO PEDDLE FALSE PRETENSE TO OTHERS

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December 04, 2018, 03:41:19 PM
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It is a pitty, that the whole altcoin mining theme has recently turned into a pessimistic - “I switched off my rigs, mining is dead and selling hardware “ pool. Mining is not dead. And you are right, might be difficult for the first time miners to see the perspective for ROI. And you are right, there are still ways to make profit. We have all been spoiled and used to a quick alternative to make a good profit. Times have changed and we have to adopt. The ones who have lost hope, start rendering,  AI and other ways of using supercomputer powers and one day, you will eventually come back to mining.

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Finally for the $3 or so you might really make per month, you are not taking into account the depreciation of your rigs. You proudly claim my "rigs are paid off" then go on to tell us how clever you are with making a few bucks a month with that equipment. What you fail to account for is that your rigs have value on the resale market and this value goes down each day.


I don't agree with this at the current moment. Basically we pretty much had a crypto crash and many are dumping their GPUs all over eBay and on Craigslist. The prices for mining equipment at the moment is very low. He is basically better off selling the equipment in 6-12 months or so when the supply has been absorbed or "maybe" mining is a little more profitable again.

An RX 470 4GB is going for maybe $70 today, in 6 months it'll maybe go for $100 and maybe in 1 year start depreciating again down to $70. In other words you are better off not selling anything and also not mining either.

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December 07, 2018, 02:37:59 AM
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Finally for the $3 or so you might really make per month, you are not taking into account the depreciation of your rigs. You proudly claim my "rigs are paid off" then go on to tell us how clever you are with making a few bucks a month with that equipment. What you fail to account for is that your rigs have value on the resale market and this value goes down each day.


I don't agree with this at the current moment. Basically we pretty much had a crypto crash and many are dumping their GPUs all over eBay and on Craigslist. The prices for mining equipment at the moment is very low. He is basically better off selling the equipment in 6-12 months or so when the supply has been absorbed or "maybe" mining is a little more profitable again.

An RX 470 4GB is going for maybe $70 today, in 6 months it'll maybe go for $100 and maybe in 1 year start depreciating again down to $70. In other words you are better off not selling anything and also not mining either.

I add my two cents, I don't think people will want those old of a GPU in 6-12 months time, at least not for that price. By that time the newer cards will probably be cheaper as well and there might even be a new generation out. From my perspective if I am a second hand gamer I don't buy used just to save a few dollars off retail, I want at least 50% savings.

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December 07, 2018, 03:16:35 AM
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Finally for the $3 or so you might really make per month, you are not taking into account the depreciation of your rigs. You proudly claim my "rigs are paid off" then go on to tell us how clever you are with making a few bucks a month with that equipment. What you fail to account for is that your rigs have value on the resale market and this value goes down each day.


I don't agree with this at the current moment. Basically we pretty much had a crypto crash and many are dumping their GPUs all over eBay and on Craigslist. The prices for mining equipment at the moment is very low. He is basically better off selling the equipment in 6-12 months or so when the supply has been absorbed or "maybe" mining is a little more profitable again.

An RX 470 4GB is going for maybe $70 today, in 6 months it'll maybe go for $100 and maybe in 1 year start depreciating again down to $70. In other words you are better off not selling anything and also not mining either.

Pretty much this, better turn it off, wait for better times and then sell it, RX 300 series were sold for a lot when cryptos were high and they are 28nm, might even sell your rx 470 for $200/$300 again in 2020/2021.

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December 07, 2018, 11:57:13 AM
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Finally for the $3 or so you might really make per month, you are not taking into account the depreciation of your rigs. You proudly claim my "rigs are paid off" then go on to tell us how clever you are with making a few bucks a month with that equipment. What you fail to account for is that your rigs have value on the resale market and this value goes down each day.


I don't agree with this at the current moment. Basically we pretty much had a crypto crash and many are dumping their GPUs all over eBay and on Craigslist. The prices for mining equipment at the moment is very low. He is basically better off selling the equipment in 6-12 months or so when the supply has been absorbed or "maybe" mining is a little more profitable again.

An RX 470 4GB is going for maybe $70 today, in 6 months it'll maybe go for $100 and maybe in 1 year start depreciating again down to $70. In other words you are better off not selling anything and also not mining either.

This is true. Look at the price dump the 1080Ti experienced. Market overreacted and they went back to $5xx area for a few days, then the shitty 2080 results came out and the 1080Ti prices went up again. But flagship level cards are always deviants.

There are 2 advantages to be considered selling now though. The demand is there from Christmas shoppers so it's a lot easier to sell. The second, and probably more important point, is that selling now will free up funds should crypto go on a firesale. I always like having a standing buy order just in case somebody Fat Fingers a massive sell - it paid off well when BTC got fat fingered to $104 (I think that's the price it hit on BTCe).

Having money now in hand allows for opportunities that may otherwise be missed. Man if I used my med school tuition debt and instead bought 2 houses in Southern California and flipped them just 2 years later I would have made $1 million and would only be taxed on $500k. I could have then bought again in the 2011 dump and made about $4 million at current prices. Sadly I have not come anywhere near that from my sad medical career.

But if you're only playing the mining game it makes no sense selling now other than being able to quickly liquidate to holiday buyers.
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December 08, 2018, 07:46:13 AM
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just keep mining if you just have a small loss and if you don't have a need to sell them every month to pay off the bills...
One day they will rise back!
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