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It has been some 8 hours since I started mining with an RX480. Nothing fancy, just a rig used by me and not used the entire time. Its hashing power is around 24-25 Mh/s.

Partially confused with the "next block estimate" of around 7 years (as provided in http://ethpool.org/miners/myaddress) I am wondering if (please, don't laugh) that is how much it will take for me to mine my first reward. I understand that ethpool uses a special solo mining. I do not mind waiting for some time, but would you perhaps:

a) have an estimate of what is there to expect with this time of processing speed working. That is how much and how often can I expect a payout, especially my first?

b) Would you recommend switching to another mining pool due to my low hashing speed?

Thanks in advance for any info provided.

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It is my understanding that - indeed - you will be awarded/find a block in approx. 7 years given your hashing power. You might have noticed that your average hash rate slowly crawls up from 0.0 MH/s to some descent number. As the pool is calibrating based on your incoming data, the 7 years might come further down after some time.

I am mining using a single GTX 1070 which after 24 hours reports 26.4 MH/s, current hash rate 34.8 MH/s and average hash rate 16.2 MH/s, but still growing.

For now I would stick to the pool, because switching a pool will not increase your hash rate. If you expect quicker payouts, then consider getting more hashing power OR switch to a pool which pays out smaller amounts and pays out more often (I guess ultimately the results are equivalent).

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I just plugged your 25 MH/s rate into the coinwarz calculator which suggests you'll get an expected 0.006 ether/day. However, since it appears that ethpool pays out a full block to the "next in line" when it finds a share, the expected value should be almost the same as the actual value -- except you're not paid until you've accumulated 5 ether (a full block). Thus, it'll take you ~830 days right now (maybe you've already been mining for a while, though, at lower difficulty) to find a block, ignoring the Ethereum difficulty bomb. In practice, if you started mining on the pool today, I'd say there's a pretty decent chance you will never receive a payout because, even without the difficulty bomb, proof of stake might replace proof of work (AKA mining) before your first payout.

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