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Bitcoin’s Mining Difficulty Rises For The First Time In 57 Days, BTC Hashrate Slipped 1.7% Lower In Q2

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Bitcoin’s Mining Difficulty Rises For The First Time In 57 Days, BTC Hashrate Slipped 1.7% Lower In Q2

The mining difficulty tied to the Bitcoin network increased for the first time in 57 days, rising 1.74% higher than the last two weeks. Meanwhile, Bitcoin’s hashrate has been below average as the network’s computational power is down 1.7% lower in the second quarter than in Q1 2022. After reaching 292 exahash per second (EH/s) on June 8, Bitcoin’s hashrate today is coasting along below the 200 EH/s mark at 182 EH/s.

Bitcoin’s Difficulty Increases, Making It More Difficult to Discover Block Rewards for the Next 2 Weeks

Following the three consecutive difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) reductions over the last six weeks, the DAA has shifted upwards for the first time since June 8. On August 4, at block height 747,936, the difficulty increased by 1.74%, bringing the metric up from 27.69 trillion to the current 28.20 trillion.

Bitcoin’s mining difficulty changed on August 4, 2022, at block height 747,936.

The DAA, or difficulty epoch, changes every 2,016 blocks or roughly every two weeks. The DAA increases when the 2,016 blocks are discovered too fast and the metric decreases when the discovery time is too slow. Satoshi Nakamoto’s design makes it so roughly every ten minutes, a new BTC block is found as the DAA system is modeled by a Poisson distribution scheme.

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Bitcoin hashrate on August 4, 2022.

Since the 1.74% increase on Thursday, it is now harder to find a bitcoin block than it was during the last two weeks. Prior to the rise, the DAA shifted downwards three times in a row after June 8. Currently, the network’s 28.20 trillion difficulty metric is 9.76% lower than the all-time high in mid-May when it tapped 31.25 million.

With lower BTC prices and the latest difficulty increase, the changes could affect miners negatively during the next two weeks. At press time, the network’s computational power is under the 200 EH/s zone, as it’s coasting along at 182 EH/s today.

First and second quarter hashrate data compiled by stockapps.com’s Edith Muthoni.

The overall Bitcoin hashrate slipped 1.7% lower in Q2 2022 compared to the first quarter, according to statistics compiled by stockapps.com’s fintech expert Edith Muthoni. “In the second half of the second quarter, Bitcoin’s overall hash rate grew more irregular and variable,” Muthoni notes in her research. “This behavior indicates miners are struggling to adapt to the changing market conditions.”

At 182 EH/s, Bitcoin’s hashrate is 37% lower than the 292 EH/s all-time high posted on June 8. Second quarter data indicates that Foundry USA was the top mining pool, capturing 22.27% of Q2’s overall hashrate. Foundry discovered 2,843 BTC blocks out of the 12,766 blocks found in Q2.

Antpool followed Foundry with 14.77% of the global hashrate as the pool discovered 1,885 blocks during the three-month period. The third largest mining pool in Q2 2022 was F2pool, with 14.31% of the global hashrate, as it mined 1,827 out of the 12,766 blocks discovered in the second quarter.

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Bitcoin’s Hashrate Slips Below 200 Exahash, BTC Mining Profits Drop Lower

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Bitcoin’s hashrate has declined in recent times after reaching an all-time high on June 8, 2022, at block height 739,928. 30-day statistics show the hashrate has slipped from 243 exahash per second (EH/s) to today’s 178.44 EH/s, losing 26.56% during that time frame. After two drops in a row, the difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) is expected to drop again roughly 11 days from now or 1,600 blocks away.

Following the June 8 All-Time High, Bitcoin’s Hashrate Dropped 26% in 30 Days

Lower bitcoin (BTC) prices have impacted bitcoin miners who are not seeing the profits they once did a month ago today. Using today’s BTC exchange rates a block subsidy value is worth $136,625 per block and during the last 90 days, the hashrate averaged around 213.8 exahash per second (EH/s).

On June 8, 2022, the hashrate tapped a high of around 292.02 EH/s at block height 739,928 and today it’s much lower at 178.44 EH/s. Statistics recorded over the last month indicate that BTC’s hashrate slipped 26.56% lower than the average after the first week of June.

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Bitcoin hashrate via coinwarz.com on July 9, 2022.

While BTC’s price is lower and hovering just above the $21K region, BTC miners have caught a break during the last two DAA changes after they saw two downward adjustments. The last two DAA shifts made it 3.76% easier to find BTC blocks and the next DAA change is expected to decrease again 0.13% lower.

However, there’s still 11 days left until the next DAA change and the time it takes to find 2,016 BTC blocks will determine if the DAA goes up or down. Since March 3, 2022, the Bitcoin network has recorded six downward adjustments and four increases.

Crunchtime: Less Than 100K Blocks Left Until the Next Block Subsidy Halving

While the hashrate has slipped by 26% during the last 30 days, 4,216 block subsidy rewards were discovered by miners. Foundry USA found the most with 959 blocks found last month and around 22.75% of the global hashrate.

Foundry was followed by Antpool which captured 14.61% of the global hashrate and discovered 616 blocks last month. There are 14 known BTC mining pools today, and unknown hashrate or stealth miners obtained around 56 block rewards last month which equated to 1.33% of the 30-day hashrate.

There’s less than 100K blocks left until the next reward halving (95,699 block away at press time) and miners will see revenues slashed in half at that point in time. The halving is expected to occur on or around April 16, 2024, which is 647 days away.

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After that date, bitcoin miners will only get 3.123 BTC per block in comparison to today’s 6.25 BTC block reward. Metrics on Saturday, June 9, 2022, indicate that mining rig profitability at $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is low.

The most profitable ASIC mining rig today is the Bitmain Antminer S19 XP which produces 140 terahash per second (TH/s). The Antminer S19 XP makes an estimated $5.13 in profits with electrical costs at $0.12 per kWh.

What do you think about the hashrate slipping lower? Let us know what you think about the state of bitcoin mining during the past 30 days in the comments section below.

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BTC’s Lower Price Shrinks Bitcoin Mining Profits, Hashrate Remains Unaffected

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BTC’s Lower Price Shrinks Bitcoin Mining Profits, Hashrate Remains Unaffected

While bitcoin’s fiat value has dropped more than 70% below the all-time high recorded in November 2021, the price reduction has made it so miners are making fewer profits depending on the devices they operate. Despite miner profits sliding, Bitcoin’s hashrate has remained high coasting along at 180 exahash per second (EH/s) to 261 EH/s. In three days or more than 600 blocks away, Bitcoin’s next difficulty adjustment is also estimated to increase by 0.3%.

Bitcoin Mining Revenue Keeps Getting Smaller — Fewer Machines Profit

Miners continue to keep the hashrate going strong even though profits are much less than they were last month. During the past seven days, the network’s hashrate has been between 180 EH/s to 261 EH/s and a weekly average of around 212.6 EH/s.

On June 18, 2022, BTC’s U.S. dollar value briefly hit a 2022 low of around $17,593 per unit and managed to climb back toward the $19K to $21K per unit range. On May 27, 2022, bitcoin miners leveraging Bitmain Antminer Pro devices with up to 110 terahash per second (TH/s) and paying $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) could get around $4.63 per day.

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Today, at $0.12 per kWh, the same Antminer Pro machines lose $0.23 per day in operational costs. Of course, most bitcoin miners seeking profits in today’s market are likely paying far less for electrical costs than $0.12 per kWh which would make revenues increase.

Around that same time on May 30, 2022, the network was coasting along at 212.98 EH/s and 448 blocks were discovered in a three-day period. During the last three days leading up to July 1, 2022, 455 blocks have been found by miners.

Number of Bitcoin Mining Pools Drop During the Past 30 Days

A month ago, Foundry USA was the leading mining pool during the three-day span with 42.79 EH/s dedicated to the Bitcoin chain. 30 days later, Foundry commands 44.28 EH/s after capturing 94 out of the 455 blocks found.

While Foundry is still the top mining pool, it is followed by Antpool’s 33.92 EH/s and F2pool’s 29.68 EH/s. Last month, unknown or stealth miners dedicated 3.33 EH/s to the BTC chain and currently, the unknown hashrate is around 3.30 EH/s.

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On May 30, 2022, there were 14 known mining pools and stealth miners but today there are only 11 known mining pools plus the unknown hash dedicating hashpower to the BTC blockchain. The Bitcoin network is expected to see a difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) increase in three days.

It is currently estimated to be 0.3% higher than today’s 29.57 trillion difficulty metric. A higher DAA shift will make miners feel a touch more pressure, unless BTC prices rise higher. Currently, at $0.12 per kWh, most bitcoin ming rigs with lower hashrate ratings are not profitable with the electricity they pull from the wall.

What do you think about the current state of bitcoin mining, the network hashrate and the next DAA shift? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Following BTC’s Price Drop, Bitcoin Miners Benefit From A 2.35% Difficulty Reduction

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Following BTC’s Price Drop, Bitcoin Miners Benefit From A 2.35% Difficulty Reduction

During the past week, Bitcoin’s hashrate has dropped a few percentages after reaching 288 exahash per second (EH/s) on June 8, 2022. Bitcoin miners, however, got a break on Wednesday, June 22, as the mining difficulty dropped by 2.35% making it easier for miners to find blocks. The 2.35% drop brings the difficulty down to the 29.50 trillion range for the next two weeks.

Bitcoin’s Mining Difficulty Drops 2.35%

  • On Wednesday, June 22, at block height 741,888, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty decreased 2.35% lower than two weeks ago. At that time, the difficulty rating was 30.28 trillion and today it is 29.50 trillion. Furthermore, bitcoin’s fiat value dropped to a low of $17,593 on June 18.
  • Essentially, Bitcoin’s difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) shifts every 2016 blocks and the changes are based on the amount of time it took to find the previous 2016 block subsidies. The difficulty is meant to keep block times consistent at roughly 10 minutes in between each BTC block found.
  • The last difficulty change at block height 739,872, two weeks ago, increased by 1.29%. That means the previous 2016 blocks before block height 739,872 took less than two weeks to find, which means miners were faster during the period. This means while the DAA shift dropped by 2.35% today, the previous 2016 blocks were found at a much slower rate.
  • A 2.35% reduction makes it 2.35% easier to find BTC blocks than it was during the past two weeks or 2016 blocks found. BTC’s block reward halving is expected to occur on April 23, 2024, and is less than 100,000 blocks away.
  • While the hashrate tapped 288 EH/s on June 8, the network’s hashrate dipped during the crypto market rout and it hit a low of 164 EH/s on June 18. At the time of writing on Wednesday, June 22, the hashrate is coasting along at speeds just below 200 EH/s.
  • Over the last three days, the top five BTC mining pools include Foundry USA, F2pool, Antpool, Poolin, and Viabtc. The aforementioned five BTC mining pools command 72.8% of the global hashrate today.
  • During the last month, 4,271 BTC blocks were mined into existence and Foundry discovered 959 of those blocks. Antpool found 636, F2pool discovered 591, Poolin found 457, and Viabtc found 434 bitcoin (BTC) block rewards.
  • Over the next two weeks, it will be 2.35% easier to find BTC blocks than it was the two weeks before block height 741,888. With the price being lower, miners will benefit from the DAA reduction on Wednesday.
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