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What are Litecoins?

Litecoin is an alternative cryptocurrency based on Bitcoin. It differs from Bitcoin in that it targets a faster block rate (2.5 minutes) and uses scrypt for the primary hashing done in mining.

While scrypt was claimed to be resistant to GPU-based mining early on, GPUs are currently the most efficient hardware with which to mine Litecoins. One of the aims of Litecoin was to provide a mining algorithm that did not compete with Bitcoin.

Here are some facts regarding Litecoins:

  • Litecoins are ASIC resistant so it is likely GPU miners can for the time being continue to profit using home made mining rigs with high end AMD GPUs
  • Litecoins are the 2nd most popular cryptocurrency after bitcoins
  • Litecoins have an advantage in that it allows transactions to be confirmed quicker than bitcoins.Generates blocks every 2.5 minutes on average (4 x Bitcoin’s rate)
  • Litecoins use a mathematical puzzle that cannot be solved using custom mining chips like those appearing for Bitcoin
  • Litecoins are less dependent on the activity of a small number of dedicated miners with expensive equipment, allowing a larger pool of miners to compete
  • One of the aims of Litecoin was to provide a mining algorithm that did not compete with Bitcoin
  • Litecoins use scrypt as a proof-of-work scheme. Scrypt adds memory-intensive algorithms to reduce the efficiency of the kind of parallelization that GPUs offered in early Bitcoin mining
  • Litecoin addresses start with L due to their version number. Otherwise, they are generated identically to Bitcoin addresses
  • Some people state that comparing Bit coins and Lite coins is like comparing Gold to Silver

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