The advantage of this has been that Monero is now very easy to exchange and has tools that are more mature than several other cryptocurrencies. For STH readers there is a larger implication.
CPU mining can be profitable as well. We even allow folks to try out different configurations with our DemoEval service. During downtime that affords us the ability to run, in a controlled manner, benchmarking and power consumption measurements. While there are various sources of user-submitted benchmarks, they do not provide exactly the same test setups to make apples-to-apples comparisons of Monero mining performance.
STH readers often have Intel Xeon E series processors with spare CPU cycles and potentially power budgets in data centers, so this is an application with a small footprint that can help offset some data center costs. This is due to the L3 cache size reduction on Broadwell-DE and the importance of cache with Monero mining.
We do not advocate buying dual processor Intel Xeon E5 systems for the purpose of Monero mining. At the same time, it can be a good way to burn extra CPU cycles on servers that are already deployed.
At the end of this article, we have some resources to get you started with mining Monero. That has a much larger set of benchmarks and instructions to get up and running on your servers within minutes.
We wanted to provide a few charts with analysis. We are going to start with the raw hash rates of 18 test cases we are going to present today. In the linked thread we have several other configurations tested but we did want to focus on a few samples.