All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
A few days ago, after a slight delay in the original scheduled release date, Genesis Mining has added Bitcoin cloud mining option to their already available Scrypt cloud mining service and apparently a X11 cloud mining might be coming soon as well. We have already reviewed the Scrypt cloud mining functionality of the service after it has been launched a while ago. The new Bitcoin cloud mining functionality however came with a bit of a redesign of the interface in order to accommodate the new features in a single dashboard, so that you can keep track of all your different hashrate and earnings in a single interface.
Back in June, when we have purchased 1 MHS Scrypt cloud mining hashrate to test the service the price was about twice as high compared to now, but the profitability was about 3-4 times higher. At the moment things are not looking so bright as they were about three months ago, still we are almost halfway getting our investment back. If you invest now however things are already not looking so bright as you might not be able to ROI in the term of the contract (standard 1 year, though there are options available for 1.5 and 2 years with lower price for the extra time) and that is with the difficulty not increasing from the level it is now. It is true that lately the LTC network difficulty has been keeping a stable level, but it is completely unreasonable to expect that to keep forever. The price of LTC is also not that good either at the moment, but if you are going to bet on Litecoin getting more valuable, then you can just buy coins and profit from their price increase later on.
Unfortunately running the numbers with the current price of Bitcoin cloud mining of about 0.006 BTC per GHS ($2.9 per GHS) the outcome is also not so bright as with the Scrypt cloud mining numbers. It is nice that there are no maintenance fees and the price you pay is for 1 year mining contract, but at the current state of things you will barely manage to get a return of the investment if the BTC network hashrate does not increase from its current level and we all know that this will not happen. With an average increase of 15% per readjustment the network difficulty will get to a level that there is absolutely no chance for you to even ROI, let alone profit from a 1 year contract if the price of BTC remains the same. And again if you are going to bet on increase of the price of BTC in the future, then you better just buy Bitcoins now and wait for them to become more expensive.
Now that everyone seems to be moving towards cloud mining services you need to be very careful not to invest in scams that may try to attract with very low price on one hand and on the other to invest when there is very little to no chance of even returning your investment, let alone making profit. After all most of the people that mine crypto currencies do it to make some profit, so do run the numbers carefully through a profit calculator and consider when and where it is worth to invest into. Unfortunately there are quite a few cloud mining services that currently do not seem profitable with the current prices of crypto currencies and the already quite hard to mine them conditions.
Still, if you want to try the cloud mining services that Genesis Mining offers, you might take advantage of some promo codes to make the prices lower and get a chance for faster ROI at least. The guys from Genesis Mining have given us a special 5% discount code – CryptoMiningBlog5 for both Bitcoin and Scrypt cloud mining as well. After this code expires you can still get a 2.5% discount by using the promo code nSO2TE as this one does not have an expiration date and also works for both Scrypt and SHA-256 cloud mining hashrate that you can purchase at Genesis Mining.
Bitmain, one of the top names among the Bitcoin ASIC miner manufacturers, has announced their acquisition of Hashnest – a cloud mining platform which was originally named Snowball Exchange (Snowball.io). Hashnest’s goal is to operate independently in order to build a reliable, economical and decentralized platform that serves the worldwide mining enthusiasts and hosting operators according to the new owner. Originally Snowball was more of a trade platform where you buy and sell actual hosted miners and popular only in China, but it seems that they are moving to providing hashrate to users that is backed up by a large mining farm(s) and opening to the rest to the world. We are not surprised from this news as we’ve recently discussed that cloud mining is going to become more and more attractive alternative to using physical miners for users that are mining crypto currencies. Do note however that as far as Hashnest is considered it is not regarded as a cloud mining service, but as a platform and there is a difference.
UMISOO, the first operator on Hashnest will provide 4 PHS of hashing power, and plans to start the Round 1 subscription at Beijing Time 22:00pm, 2nd September, 2014 (UCT+8:00 Time Zone). The price is flat at 0.0016 BTC per GHS. Due to the anticipated high demand, each user is limited to a maximum of 1000 GHS by default, though this limit can be increased further. The Round 1 hashrate is generated by AntMiner S2 mining hardware (4000 units) with a maintenance fee of $0.0032424 per GHS per Day. Doing some calculations if you purchase 1 THS hashrate you will currently be earning about 0.01834 BTC per day (about $8.78 USD) and the maintenance fee will be $3.2424 USD or the fee is about 37% of what you earn at the moment. The fee is a bit high, though the price per GHS on the other hand is very attractive compared to what other alternative cloud mining operations are currently offering. Even though doing some long term calculations it would take more than a year for you to just ROI, unless of course there is some significant increase in the Bitcoin price that will cause the fee percentage to get lower as it is calculated in dollar price.
This is something hat you normally would not expect to happen, to see the prices of cloud mining hashrate to increase instead to get down as time passes, but we are seeing this happening in the last days with more than just one service. Normally the price of cloud mining hashrate should decrease over time as the network difficulty increases and as better hardware becomes available (higher performance and lower power usage). It seems however that lately there is so much interest in cloud mining from users that the already available services are having hard time meeting the demand for hashrate. The normal result in this case is to temporary increase the price, so that the number of new users should be lower, at least until you get enough capacity in terms of mining hardware to cover the demand.
A good example is the GAW Miners Hashlet that has generated quite a lot of buzz when it was launched with a price of just $15.99 USD for 1 MHS worth of Scrypt mining hashrate. At this price per megahash it was really attractive option to invest into and the result was a lot of hashrate being purchased by miners. Apparently the demand from users was so high that the price has been increased first to $19.99 USD and then a second time a bit later on up to $24.99, a price that is over 55% higher and not that attractive anymore. This means 55% more time to ROI now as compared to the initial price that the early adopters got when buying Hashlets and in the world of mining this is really significant increase.
But it is not only GAW, another big cloud mining service, namely PBMining has also done something similar and unlike with LTC the Bitcoin difficulty does not temporary drop, but continues to steadily increase. Previously the service was selling 1 GHS hashrate for 0.0029 BTC, but their latest price has been increased to 0.0033 BTC. Not so significant increase as in the case above, but still going up by about 14% is not little and definitely not something that you would normally expect to see. This is actually the first time we are seeing an increase with that service and we’ve seen them stopping to take orders at times when the available hashrate from the supposed ASIC mining hardware in the backend has depleted.
Another similar example is the service called Bitcoin Cloud Services that has also increased the rate of their rate for 1 GHS worth of Bitcoin mining hahsrate. Their previous price was at 0.0026 per GHS, right after they were temporary out of stock for a bit and were not selling hashrate. Their current price however has been increased up to 0.0029 per GHS which is probably the most attractive Bitcoin cloud mining price that you can get at the moment.
With other cloud mining services such as Cex.io for example there hasn’t been too much of a change, but there the price per GHS is driven by the users that trade on the website’s exchange. Of course because of that fact the prices there tend to be higher than on other competing services such as some of the ones mentioned already. Other services such as CloudHashing than tend to remain pretty expensive and don’t update their prices often are not having such problems, so that they don’t get the need to increase the prices further. All this however seems to point to the fact that there is an increased demand from users for cloud mining services, especially ones that actually can deliver relatively quick ROI and miners can thing about getting some profit investing in them. As a result we expect to see some more competition in the cloud mining services especially now when many ASIC manufacturers are also working on offering cloud mining services along with their new and upcoming mining hardware.