In case you have not seen, all isn’t nicely in crypto land. Bitcoin is the bottom it has been in two years, and continues to drop. The CEO of Coinbase has warned of a crypto winter and laid off 1,100 employees. The newest information is that the times of profitably mining Ethereum with GPUs could possibly be behind us now as nicely, relying on where you reside and the way a lot you pay for electrical energy. 

Cryptoslate has highlighted the truth that the falling Ethereum value, mixed with growing power costs, has made it unprofitable to mine the cryptocurrency for the primary time since 2020. Basically, you merely will not generate income on the present value of Ethereum in most US states given the worth of electrical energy. 

To show the purpose, they use an overclocked Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 able to producing 130MH/s, which can internet you one thing like 0.001625 ETH a day. At the time the article was written (that’ll be yesterday), Ethereum was sat at $1,250, which equated to $2.03. Today Ethereum has dropped right down to $1,108, so that you’re simply $1.80. 

“At this point, it becomes more cost-effective to turn off the mining rig and buy Ethereum spot using the money that would otherwise be used on electricity.”

Will we see miners moving away from Ethereum? Probably not immediately, as loads of miners are in it for the long run, but when the worth drop continues, then we would anticipate to see the Ethereum Network Hash Rate begin to drop off even additional. Right now it is sitting on the similar stage it was in March, although that also represents a pointy fall from its current excessive again in May. 

Obviously, this primarily impacts small-scale miners, not the large mining farms which have business or industrial power offers. Still, the overall messaging that your cash is healthier spent simply shopping for cash versus making an attempt to mine them is music to our silicon-starved ears. 

This “crypto winter” could possibly be completely timed for the discharge of the next-gen AMD and Nvidia playing cards; until they’re actually good at mining in fact. Or that leads to a glut of second-hand GPUs available on the market, leaving a bunch of unsold current-gen inventory on the cabinets, and the brand new playing cards get delayed. Boo.