Posts Tagged ‘Ethereum

Here is an interesting comparison between BTC and ETH for the last 12 months using Google Trends, the interest in Ethereum is still on the rise as you can see from the graph while the interest in Bitcoin is going down after the peak about 2-3 weeks ago. What is more interesting however is the Interest by region statistics, namely where the most searches are coming form. The top 5 countries for Bitcoin are Nigeria, Bolivia, Ghana, South Africa and Colombia… this rises some concerns, while for Ethereum the top 5 includes Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Austria and Venezuela. Of course the number of searches for Bitcoin is much higher compared to Ethereum if you want to compare that as well and not look at the graphs separately just as a trend.

You can check some more stats and do additional comparison on Google Trends…

With the switch from the RX 400 to the new RX 500 series (even if there is not much difference in hardware), AMD started having issues with availability. Older GPUs have been pretty much sold out where there were some left and the newer 570/580 models are pretty much out of stock everywhere. If there are some units left they are with an inflated price tag, because the people selling them want to make some extra bucks from the lack of availability and high demand. It is not known how long this lack of video cards will continue, but things were slowly progressing towards this negative outcome the whole month.

We are pretty sure that one of the reasons is mining and the recent peak of the price and profitability of Ethereum that inevitably leads to more and more new miners and mining rigs getting built. It seems however that AMD was really not ready for an increased demand after the release of the RX 500 series, even though RX 400 GPUs were already selling a lot. It may take a couple of weeks for things to get back to normal, unless the craze continues and unless AMD is actually having trouble making enough GPUs at the moment to cover the demand. Maybe the fact that the company is preparing for the release of their newer higher-end Vega solutions has something to do with the problem as well.

Miners are already looking at the alternatives of using Nvidia GPUs that are available plenty on the market, because they are not as good deal for Ethereum mining like the AMD cards in terms of price/performance. If you however take out the Ethash algorithm (Dagger-Hashimoto) out of the equation Nvidia’s Pascal GPUs are actually pretty good in terms of performance/power usage ratio… just not as good in memory intensive algorithms where GPU power is not required as much. Mining aside, gamers already have no other choice but to go for Nvidia if they are currently in the market for a new video card with AMD GPUs being out of stock.

The people that were mining a couple of years back during the Litecoin craze will most likely remember a similar situation where things got out of control for a while with the exchange rate of LTC exploding. This was only temporary as everyone was rushing to get into mining the top altcoin back then and then the price went down and things started to get back to normal. There are no guarantees that the same situation will happen again though, but don’t forget that we may be heading for a POW to POS switch for Ethereum by the end of the year…

Storj, the decentralized blockchain-based and encrypted file storage system with its own crypto token, has released a new Storj Share GUI version 5.0 with new interface and protocol updates now that is is out of beta stage. The new updated interface makes it easier to control the storage you share on the platform as well as making it easier to monitor things. After running it for a couple of hours however we are still noticing the main issue that the service faces at the moment – lack of users that want to use it for file storage. Now that Storj is out of beta and is giving away 25GB free storage for the first 12 months there are still not enough users to take advantage from that offer. As a result users with unused free space are not that much encouraged to use the service, because they are not earning much and are unable to utilize their free storage resources.

Something that is planned to happen soon that will hopefully generate more interest and move things further a bit is the upcoming Storj SJCX token sale that was recently announced. Storj has recently announced their plans to move away from the Bitcoin-powered Counterparty platform to the Ethereum platform. There are still a little over 16 days until the start of the crowdsale left, so if you are interested you might want to keep track of that as well.

To download the new Storj Share GUI v5.0.0 and give it a try…


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