I just realized that Chia might be really impossible to mine as a home user, unlike Bitcoin or Ethereum where you can join a pool from your home PC and still earn.
For example a friend of mine is using one card, his gaming card - an RTX 3060 Ti, and gets 300$ per month. Here with Chia I have to burn my SSDs and fill my room with hard drives to get a chance - and it’s not guaranteed - to win a reward. Unlike other coins where you can just connect to a pool and you’re guaranteed to make some shares
Soon users won’t be able to get rewarded and the only ones to be able to mine will be those who have huge number of HDDs.
Even with the ridicoulous cost of a GPU today, it will still be cheaper to buy a single RTX 3060 Ti and get 300$ per month than starting to mine Chia. a 8TB HDD cost about 200$. And you know you’ll need plenty of these. Not to mention the SSDs… And not talking about the fact that Chia just barely started and the difficulty is relatively low
Also, it does not really solve the pollution part if we’re using hundreds of thousands of hard drive and then throw them, or kill SSDs.
I just don’t see how this network can be a long-term reliable system unless AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and so on will run this network on their data centers in their closed loop and just release the rewards in crypto exchanges like Coindesk or Binance.
Please enlighten me, I’m not against it, but I just want to know what you think about it.
(Yes, of course right now some of you get plenty of Chia per day, but they will be useless if this chain will not be able to stay stable)
Do you think some changes needs to be done with this network? I thought about decreasing the file size and raising the creation difficulty, and also making the pass filter harder