lol what a dumb deal. You're giving crypto to Razer for free. They get Bitcoin and don't have a spend a penny on the electricity. You, meanwhile, will be able to afford a free [sic
] keyboard or mouse after several months mining. I bet you'll be spending more than MSRP on these in electricity.
Funny you say that...
Originally Posted by epic1337
makes you wonder whether games aren't secretly loaded with mining scripts.
EDIT: Actually let's crunch the numbers and get an estimate. "500 Razer Silver or more" implies a floor, and they recommend a GTX 1050 or an RX 460 minimum. Both of these GPUs can be powered by the PCIe slot alone, which means they use no more than 75W. That's 24x75 = 1800Wh = 1.8 kWh
per day, or about 20 cents in electricity. We can therefore give Razer Silver a real-world value of approximately 2500 per $1USD
. That works out to $20 for the DeathAdder and $110 for the keyboard mentioned in the article, which is below MSRP.
But I don't think that that is accurate. The FAQ contains this excerpt:
How much Razer Silver can I earn within 24 hours?
That depends, as there is no cap on the Razer Silver earned. The combination of location, amount of time and the GPU of your gaming setup will contribute to your daily Razer Silver earned. If you have the proper setup, you can earn approximately 500 Razer Silver or more within a day!
"Proper setup" makes me suspect that this is not the minimum RX 460 or GTX 1050 but rather a more powerful system. If you need, say, an RX 480 or GTX 1060 to earn that amount, you're suddenly doubling the power and by extension halving the value of Razer Silver. That'll bring the DeathAdder to a normal sale price and push the keyboard over
its MSRP. In other words, it ain't worth it at all.
And FINALLY, in the fine print?
Razer Softminer - Terms & Conditions
10. Razer Silver awarded in Razer SoftMiner will have a 12-month validity period, starting from the date earned.
12. Razer Silver cannot be exchanged for cash, non-transferrable and is non-refundable once expired or redeemed.
15. Razer reserves the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the Razer SoftMiner Terms & Conditions either for individuals or in general, at any time without notice.
Razer has taken cryptomining and made it an even bigger scam. Ultimately you're donating money to a corporation in hopes that they'll give you the privilege of buying a product from them.
I do not particularly like Razer.
EDIT 2: Oh hang on, since these expire after a year, if you're earning an average of 500 Razer Silver per day, you can only ever had 182,000 or so at a time. That's not even enough to buy the keyboard mentioned!
Oh my God this is amazing. Guys, people at Razer had this idea, approved this idea, developed this idea, and have now implemented this idea. On purpose!
Actual human beings did this.