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March 15, 2012, 12:36:40 PM
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I'm just thinking out loud here:

I have a stack of Radeon 6950 1GB cards here that'll be mining probably until the end of the year, when the block reward drops, and I'm probably gonna call it a day on these cards.

By that time they'll only be worth $100 each, if I'm lucky, so I want to know if there's any other interesting use for them besides mining and gaming.

First thing I'm going to do is Crossfire 4 of them just for the hell of it, but by then there will be single card solutions with similar performance that draw far less power, so from a practical standpoint they'll be useless on that front.

Anything in development for these cards? Rendering, ray-tracing, encoding...?
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March 15, 2012, 11:09:43 PM
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Could always devote them to Milkyway@Home or other GPU projects that favor AMD.  Not sure how ATI's Stream encoding would compare to Nvidia's CUDA processing on the video end of things but it might work fine with that too.

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March 15, 2012, 11:12:55 PM
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For the right price, they could be heating my garage next season

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March 16, 2012, 02:35:06 PM
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For the right price, they could be heating my garage next season


Sell them to people with cheaper electricity and/or colder climates.

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March 16, 2012, 02:38:36 PM
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Brute forcing WPA passwords?

If you mean direct economic value (i.e. I get $1 per day) there is none.

You could:
* use it for brute forcing passwords
* use it for making a vanitygen farm
* donate hashing power to various distributed computing networks
* sell them.

If you "only" got $100 ea thats $1200.  $1200 boosts your ROI or allows you to buy more new hardware.
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March 16, 2012, 05:20:44 PM
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Hold onto your gold for one minute...This is all based on the assumption that when the halving occurs the USD per Bitcoin will reduce by the same amount. Since you are just speculating, it's just as probable that the USD value of Bitcoins will adjust after the halving and remain just as profitable as before.

Before the halving--$5.32 per 1 BTC
After the halving--$5.32 per .5 BTC

Of course, logical speculators will create some chaos in the BTC market when this occurs initially, following their invalid logic they will jump off the cliff like lemmings. This will be another great profit moment for the BTC vultures who are patient and calculating, waiting to feast on the remains of the lemmings.

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March 16, 2012, 05:22:42 PM
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New supply is being reduced not existing supply.

The 11 million existing coins will remain.  While I think price will rise I doubt it will double.  Reduced new supply is bullish but there are still a lot of existing coins.
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March 16, 2012, 05:40:40 PM
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Your view is very conservative and doesn't account for an increasing demand which will be created by a media Kraken waiting to be released.  Grin

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March 16, 2012, 05:52:35 PM
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I'll buy them. I live in a cold climate where electricity is cheap.
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March 16, 2012, 08:04:43 PM
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Could always devote them to Milkyway@Home or other GPU projects that favor AMD.  Not sure how ATI's Stream encoding would compare to Nvidia's CUDA processing on the video end of things but it might work fine with that too.
I'm on this end of the spectrum. I've been running milkyway@home since it was created, and the drive to donate more towards the program allowed me to have decent hashing hardware when it came down to my discovery of bitcoin.

That's what I'll do when mining becomes less profitable for me. My hashes go to the highest bidder.  Wink

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