The selection of the mining pool should be given special attention, since it is precisely its characteristics that will influence the amount of the profit received from the invested investments. First, it is worth studying the payment mechanism, commissions and other conditions for participation in the pool, as well as feedback from other users. It is better to stop your choice on those services that have earned a positive reputation and are distinguished by the stability of their work.
Below is a list of the world’s largest pools for mining based on the diagram presented on the blockchain.info website:
So, let’s look at some of the most well-known on the Internet pools, in order to make it easier to choose the right one.
The first place is occupied by the pool for BTC.com mining. Currently, it accounts for more than 28.9% of the total global network hash. The service supports the production of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Payments are made daily from 08:00 to 15:00 Beijing time with a minimum threshold of 0,001 BTC.
Advantages are the independent choice by users of the system of remuneration of PPS (getting fixed payments for a share) or PPLNS (getting a reward by the participant based on the percentage of the share sent to the pool for a certain period of time). Service periodically revises the commission in the direction of decrease, which, as we see, reflects on its demand among the community of miners and puts it in the place of the largest pool in the world.
For today AntPool can boast only the second place in the ranking of the world’s largest pools for mining, it accounts for 11% of the network hash. It belongs to the Chinese manufacturer ASIC Bitmain Technology. AntPool has servers all over the world. The service makes payments once per day, with a threshold of 0.001 BTC. To the mayning are available such crypto-currencies as Bitcoin, Lightcoin, Ethereum, Etherium Classic, ZCash, Bitcoin Cash and SiaCoin. The pool supports all the most common types of payments, including PPLNS and PPS. At the same time, the service offers some of the lowest commissions for miners, and also supports the Russian-language interface, which attracts users of the CIS countries.
3. Slush Pool
Slush Pool was created in 2010, and before rebranding was known as Bitcoin Pooled Mining Server. For today, Slush Pool is the oldest active pool with an impeccable reputation. Currently, Slush Pool takes the third place in the list of largest pools and handles about 11.8% of the total network hash.
The registration process is very simple, in addition, the pool has a Russian version. You can get to know the pool options thanks to the demo version. Supports Bitcoin and ZCash. The award is calculated according to the Score method, which implies that the old balls (from the beginning of the block search) have less weight than the new ones. The minimum threshold is 0.001 BTC.
The fee for using the pool is 2%, which is slightly higher than in some other pools. Despite the fact that Slushpool is not the largest today, it has earned authority and is distinguished by the stability of the work in the space of crypto-currencies.
The ViaBTC pool was founded in 2016 and occupies a leading position in the mining of Bitcoin, Lightcoin and Dash. Provides professional mining services with very low commissions. Has a convenient interface with a high level of security, stability and transparency.
The main attractive feature of the platform is multi-currency, for today the pool supports 6 crypto-currencies, including Bitcoin. Payments are made using the PPS + system. To date, the share in the mining segment is 10.3%.
F2Pool provides services since 2013. Servers are located both in China, and in Hong Kong and the US.
The F2Pool Hashrate fluctuates around 10%. This is a multi-currency pool that offers prey to Lightcoin, Zerocoin, Ethereum, Siacoin, DASH, Monero and this is not the whole list. Payments are made every day at midnight based on PPS with a commission of 3% with a threshold of 0.005 BTC.
The site has a convenient and accessible interface, but “non-Chinese” users who have problems with the operation of the service are advised to ask questions in the English thread of the BitcoinTalk forum.
The process of registering in the pool can be a bit complicated, because you need to fill in Captcha, and also verify your identity with the sms message.
KanoPool exists since 2014. Despite the small amounts of hasht (0.2%), it occupies a separate niche in the mining space thanks to low commissions and easy setup.
In order to become a member of this pool, the user does not need to register in order to start work, it will be sufficient to enter the bitcoin-wallet. KanoPool uses the PPLNS payment method. The fee for using the pool is 0.9%.
In addition, KanoPool is an active participant in the BitcoinTalk forum and very quickly reacts to questions related to the activities of the pool.
Thus, for a simpler and more economical mining, the best solution is to choose the most suitable pool, and then it will not be difficult to make profit from this business. The choice is yours!