Not so long ago, the largest miners manufacturer Bitmain started shipping the first batch of Antminer E3, as a competitor in the face of Innosilicon introduced its ASIC-miner for the Ethereum.
The name is A10 ETHMaster and the device is available in three versions: 365, 432 and 485 MH / s. Judging by the prices, that are 3800, 4400 and 5000 USD respectively, the device looks quite attractive.
The whole fault is the claimed power consumption of ASIC-miners because A10 ETHMaster consumes only 650, 740 and 850 watts.
If we take a similar rig of 16 graphic cards, then it will consume about 1600 W, which is twice as much as the power consumption of devices from Innosilicon.
What is the profitability of the A10 ETHMaster mining?
Simple calculations that can be made using the WhatToMine service, the base version of the A10 ETHMaster at 365 MH / s will bring about $ 12 per day or $ 361 per month.
Based on this, it can be assumed that the ROI of this ASIC-miner for the Ethereum from Innosilicon will be about 11 months. Of course, this is considering the fact that the complexity of the network will remain at the same level, and the developers will not reduce the reward for the block to 2 ETH.
Mining on graphic cards dies?
It’s worth saying that mining on graphic cards in 2018 really does not endure the best of times. The complexity of Ether production is growing, new graphic cards do not appear, and the prices of old devices are still sky-high.
On the other hand, it is much more difficult to sell ASIC-miner, and it’s not a fact that Ethereum developers will not take care of minimizing the impact of these devices on the network.
Not so long ago, the Trustnodes publication reported that Ethereum developers are going to reduce the reward for the block from 3 ETH to 2 ETH, which will reduce the likelihood of forking the network by dissatisfied miners.
But, the miners and dissatisfied already, and as the practice shows, Antminer E3 devices from Bitmain did not affect the overall network hash rate. Therefore, “miners” can sleep peacefully, and gamers – only wait for a miracle and the release of new graphic cards.