For the next little while at least, you should be able to pay off the purchase of a Threadripper 1950X by mining with it. [H]ard|OCP did some testing using Monero and found that Threadripper is quite efficient at mining. When mining full tilt the system, including a GTX 1080, used only 335W which could keep your energy bill somewhat lower than alternative systems. Of course, with Bitcoin's value wobbling drunkenly might want to move quickly … or skip it altogether.
"If you could have your AMD Ryzen Threadripper pay for itself over time, would you? No matter your feelings towards cryptocurrency mining, you can get your Threadripper mining today, and paying for itself. The process could not be much easier either. The big kicker is the actual wattage load on your system is likely much less than you would guess."
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