All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
A new cryptocurrency investment platform has been launched called OXBTC that combines Bitcoin and Litecoin cloud mining with Bitcoin and Litecoin deposits with interest. What the service essentially combines is the ZeusHash cloud mining platform with the HalleyBTC Bitcoin savings investment platform and is apparently operated by the same people behind these two other services. OXBTC extends a bit the basic functionality offered by the other two platforms and combines them into a single one to make it easy for users, or this should be the idea, but it could as easy be considered as a rebranding just to attract new customers. The claims that they are making about the “World’s Highest ROI” on their homepage are probably a bit far fetched, especially with the cloud mining with the not so low prices and the recent serious jump in the difficulty of the Bitcoin network especially, so the part with the deposits with interest might be more attractive option.
The extra advantage available here is that you can have both deposits in BTC and in LTC and you have two options – 0.02% daily interest rate on deposits or 30-day fixed deposit with 15% Expected APY, available for both Bitcoin and Litecoin. The difference from HalleyBTC is the availability of Litecoin deposits here, however the 90-day Fixed deposit with 17% Expected APY is not available at OXBTC.
The other option you have is to invest in cloud mining hashrate and you again have the option to purchase both SHA256 hashrate for mining Bitcoin as well as Scrypt hashrate for mining Litecoin, just like on ZeusHash, however here you should also have the ability to trade the hashrate you have purchased. The market for trading BTC and LTC cloud mining hashrate however is still not operational apparently as the service has just launched, so it will most likely become active shortly. The regular price for cloud mining hashrate is 0.499 USD per GHS for Bitcoin hashrate (Maintenance Fee: $0.0009 / GHS / Day) and 13 USD per MHS for Litecoin hashrate (Maintenance Fee: $0.02 / MHS / Day). The prices here are a bit higher than they were at ZeusMiner, but the maintenance fee is a bit lower and OXBTC also offers Scrypt hashrate that is no longer available for quite some time at ZeusMiner.
The new platform might seem quite interesting to check out, however we would advice caution with it, because it is apparently being operated by the same people behind ZeusMiner and ZeusHash and we have seen some negative things from them. For example there were numerous issues with their cloud mining platform and even at the moment ZeusMiner is not fully functional, wallets are not working and you cannot withdraw any balances and mining does not seem to be working. Their other platform HalleyBTC does seem to be working fine for the moment, but we would still advice caution – better be safe than sorry. Still, more out of curiosity, we are going to be checking out the new service to see what they have made this time.
If we have to point our favorite cloud mining company in terms of reliability and trust, then it is definitely going to be Genesis Mining. Apart from providing good and stable services, this is the only cloud mining company that provides users with the ability to purchase Bitcoin (SHA256) cloud mining hashrate provided by ASICs as well as DASH (X11) and Ethereum (ETH) hashrate powered by GPUs. Unfortunately the earlier adopters might not be way too happy if they have purchased hashrate with higher maintenance fee as with the recent rapid increase in the total Bitcoin network hashrate and the high exchange rate per BTC the profit might not be that great. Currently the service sells Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate with $0.00069 USD per GHS per day as a maintenance fee, but some months ago it was $0.0012 USD per GHS and prior to that $0.0015 USD and even before that $0.002 USD. It is important to note that the maintenance fee is set at the time you purchase hashrate based on the currently set feed (depending on the generation of mining hardware being used). This means that if you have purchased 1 THS Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate 1 year ago, then now it would be earning you less than if you purchase 1 THS hashrate at the moment. Of course you would have mined for 1 year with that 1 THS, but then again you would have been mining for 1 year already with that previously purchased hashrate at a much lower difficulty.
Unlike with Bitcoin cloud mining contracts that are Unlimited (mining for you until they are profitable) With X11 and Ethereum cloud mining hashrate you are getting 1 year term contracts with no extra maintenance fee, everything is included in the price you pay for the hashrate. The question that arises here is what kind of cloud mining hashrate is more profitable to invest into now from the three different ones available if you consider they will be operational for 1 year if you have a set amount of USD to invest. Let us say we have $1050-1060 USD available to invest and they will get us 2.5 THS worth of Bitcoin hashrate, around 59 MHS Ethereum hashrate or 50 MHS X11 hashrate. So at what profits are we looking at after 1 year in terms of BTC (using current DASH and ETH exchange rates to BTC)?
We know that Bitcoin will have its second reward halving around the middle of the year and with the recent months we have seen a very steep increase in the network difficulty. So if we estimate that the total hashrate will at least double in the next year and the reward will drop in half in six months we can roughly estimate to expect to mine about 2.2 BTC (without taking the fees out of the equation) which is less than what we’d have to invest at the current BTC to USD exchange rate… however with Bitcoin reward halving and a significant increase in the difficulty we should also see an increase in the price of BTC.
Moving to Ethereum, a hashrate of 59 MHS with an expectation that total network difficulty will be double in a year should result in about 3.75 BTC equivalent if the ETH/BTC exchange rate remains the same as it is now. This at the current exchange rate of BTC to USD is more than we would have to pay for the hashrate, but then again we expect that in a year time Ethereum will be worth more than it is now just like BTC should be and the USD value should be higher. There are some concerns that Ethereum might switch from PoW to PoS in less than 1 year, in such case the hashrate you purchase will be switched to X11 hashrate.
What about the X11 cloud mining hashrate, what we should expect from the DASH mining with 50 MHS hashrate? This seems to provide the worst scenario at the moment with an estimate of just about 155 DASH coins mined in a year or about 1.78 BTC if the current exchange rate remains the same. With DASH (previously know as DarkCoin) things are more steady so it might be easier to do a more accurate longer term prediction.
In the end however it might be more profitable to just buy Bitcoin at the current price and sell it in a year than to purchase Bitcoin cloud mining hashrate or X11 cloud mining hashrate, with Ethereum cloud mining however you are most likely going to realize some good profit, but don’t forget that we have done just some rough estimates and in 1 year time things might look completely different. So be careful and think twice before making a decision should you invest in cloud mining hashrate, what type of hashrate to invest into or should you just buy some Bitcoins and wait for them to become even more expensive than they already are.
It the last few days we have seen a rapid increase in price of the Ethereum’s Ether coins on the exchanges with the price of 1 Ether coin trying to reach the $3 USD mark and getting closer and close to the price of Litecoin. This has sparked a lot of user interest among users that are new to Ethereum and that have not yet mined it with their GPUs, so we’ve seen a lot of new miners joining the Ethereum mining and a lot of interest in cloud mining for Ethereum as well. AMD GPUs are generally doing better than Nvidia-based ones for mining Ethereum, though you can mine with both. For the moment the only service that is offering Ethereum cloud mining is Genesis Mining with 1 year mining contracts starting at $17.99 USD per MHS. The minimum contract you can purchase is 3 MHS and each contract includes all fees in the price of the hashrate, so there is no additional maintenance fee associated with it. The good news is that you can get an extra 5% discount from the regular price by using our coupon code CryptoMiningBlog5 during the checkout.