As enticing as it was to sell my $210 RX480 for $400, I chose to enter into Ethereum mining last night. Figured I'd try it for a month and see what it's all about. Heck, according to ROI calculators, my one RX480 should net me $150/mo profit (after power bill). And at least I can still play games, whereas I obviously couldn't if I sold my GPU.
But how many months has this gone on and how many months is it likely to continue? If this doesn't go on much longer, will it be worth the added heat output and possible inconvenience of having to mess with all of this?
If this chart
is to be believed, Ethereum was worth about one quarter of its current value just ONE MONTH ago, and it is currently dropping. If it drops back to that level, you're looking at maybe $40 a month. If you just sell your 480, you could immediately get what could be 10 months (or more, depending on how badly the price drops) worth of mining and enjoy gaming on a faster GPU without having to worry about heat, power draw and wear on your system, not to mention your time spent doing all of this.
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