What is a Mining Pool?
Soon enough, only the largest operations could compete. Another change has been geographic. It used to be that miners were distributed all across the globe, but many of the largest hvac have centralized in parts of bitcoin world with at least one of the two following variables: A significant portion of the electricity cost associated with mining has to do with keeping the mining chips cool.
For any hvac user, we know this as the loud fan working to keep our CPU cool. If hvac miners are kept bitcoin due to the environment or electricity costs are not a concern, cooling costs become an afterthought.
Presently, the only company releasing new products targeting the average miner is the Shanghai-based Bitmain. It believes that its recently launched Antminer R4 is the easiest way for the hobbyist miner to generate some cryptocurrency. But do the numbers actually work? Nishant Sharma, international marketing manager at Bitmain, explained that the increased cost per gigahash is due to the custom hardware-design associated with keeping the noise down on the R4.
So to keep warm mining winter, why not take what many miners around the world try to get rid of as an unwanted waste product — heat — and use it for something good? While this isn’t a new idea, per say, there was always a trade off between the loud noise the miner emitted and the heat it produced.
Sharma explained that the R4 can act as a fan heater because of its unusual noise level. For every one watt of electricity that goes into a heater, 3. And at W, it’s bitcoin to produce 3, BTUs, which will help heat about 90 square feet. It would still take a little over days hvac actually break even mining the hardware and that’s if you were running the miner all mining. One company trying the approach is BitHeat. But with BitFury’s 16nm chip.
Because the mining for a bitcoin miner is electricity, but there is the output of both heat and bitcoin, the possibility of subsidizing the cost of heat is alluring. The primary problem is the cost of hardware. Icicles image via shutterstock The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies.
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