The DigiByte network uses the Proof of Work algorithm, but differs from earlier blockchains in its good scalability and high throughput. The network can process over 1,000 transactions per second, and a block is confirmed about once every 15 seconds. It was possible to solve the speed problem by introducing the SegWit algorithm. Another great advantage of DigiByte is low commissions. The fees are around $0.001, which is orders of magnitude less than other popular Proof of Work platforms.
The network has a native DGB token. It is worth noting that the DigiByte team strives to create a cryptocurrency with low volatility. In total, it is planned to mine 21 billion tokens and at the time of writing, more than 15 billion DGB are already in circulation. The coin is ranked 146 by market capitalization and is trading at around $0.0013 per coin.
How to mine DGB coins
Since the platform uses the Proof-of-Work protocol, knowledgeable users have a question about how to mine DigiByte . Unlike other PoW coins, DGB uses 5 hashing algorithms that differ in complexity, energy consumption and profitability:
To protect against fraudulent attacks, the DigiShield & MultiShield mechanism is used, which regulates the mining difficulty in each new block.
The use of several algorithms makes it possible to choose between mining on the GPU (no longer profitable), FPGA and ASIC. By analogy with Bitcoin, the reward for a mined DGB block is progressively reduced, but not by half, but by 1% every month.
What do you need for mining
To start mining coins you will need:
- Mining equipment.
- Purse for mined coins.
- Stable internet connection.
Digibyte is that rare case when you can choose the mining algorithm depending on the equipment available to you and vice versa, the equipment for the most attractive algorithm. For mining you can use:
- GTX 1080 Ti (Skein, GPU)
- BlackMiner F1Mini (Skein, FPGA)
- Bitmain Antminer L3++ (Scrypt, ASIC)
- Bitmain – Antminer S9i (SHA-256, ASIC)
GPU mining is no longer profitable and is not recommended for solo mining. Now it is used by some mining pools that you can join.
Since mining difficulty and competition between miners is constantly increasing, joining pools has become quite popular. The one-time reward in the pool is less than with solo mining, but due to the greater probability of getting a block, the profit is more stable.
Is mining worth it?
The key factor of any startup is profitability and mining is no exception in this sense. However, beginners often make the same mistake, considering only the price of a coin.
In fact, you still have to take into account the costs of equipment and its operation, the number of blocks that can be mined in a period, and the minimum number of blocks that need to be mined in the same period in order to make a profit.
The easiest way to calculate the profitability of your future activity is to use the mining calculator. You will need to substitute the name of the coin and the parameters of the equipment that you have or plan to purchase into the program.
It is possible that the program will give you a not very inspiring answer. Perhaps instead of investing in mining, it is more advisable to exchange USDT to ETH for a long-term investment.
Any activity related to cryptocurrencies should be considered as a long-term investment. Due to the high volatility of the market, what is profitable today can put you on the brink of financial disaster tomorrow, and in a few years – lead to success.