XRP (XRP) Rating = 925/1,000 = 92.5%
Technology (0 to 300) = 250
- Speed (0 to 50) = 40
Transaction times of 1 to 5 seconds and a theoretical max currently of 1,500 transactions per second is damned impressive. But there’s still room for improvement.
- Cost (0 to 50) = 50
1 drop is the cost for an XRP transaction which is about 1 millionth of a dollar cent. It doesn’t get any better than this and it shouldn’t, any cheaper and it is free and that would bring new challenges due to spam fake transactions.
- Scalability (0 to 50) = 40
With Cobalt promising even faster transactions and up to 50,000 tps we are already preparing for incredible speeds. Throw in Coil, ILP and all the other developments (which can scale to unimaginable speeds) currently ongoing and XRP seems an unstoppable beast! We have discounted 10 points due to the Cobalt upgrade being on pause at the moment.
- Reliability (0 to 50) = 45
To date over 50 million ledgers closed and over a billion transactions succesfully completed over many years and not a single issue to date. We would give maximum points for this but security reliability never be underestimated and can always be improved upon.
A group of Bitcoiners recently tried to crash the XRP Ledger by taking advantage of the decentralised nature and low cost of the XRPL and installing a Dapp on there and then spamming the ledger with hundreds of transactions per second, all containing high volumes of data as well as sensitive (pornographic) images, phishing files and such like. After many days of this mass attack the XRPL stood up and didn’t miss a single beat proving it to be ultra secure and able to handle mass volumes of transactions and data.
- Environmental Impact (0 to 50) = 50
XRP is the greenest cryptocurrency and also more environmentally friendly that Visa, gold, the dollar or any other form of currency. An independent charity is also collecting XRP is planting trees with these funds and aiming to make the XRPL carbon neutral.
- Decentralisation (0 to 50) = 25
Ripple controls only a small fraction of the XRPL validators and is by far more decentralised than any of its peers. The transparency in escrow releases of XRP into the market is impeccable and something all other cryptos should be doing. Open source and with dozens of companies building on the XRP platform means this ledger is going to grown and decentralise exponentially in the future. People also seem to forget that Ripple is not just one single entity owned by a handful of people but has angel investors and hands on partners including Santander, SBI, Google, Standard Chartered, Accenture, Seagate and many more.
The fact that Ripple does have a very large say in the way things are currently moving forward loses them points here but actually is something we should be grateful for. They are pushing crypto into mainstream and are a huge credit to the entire cryptosphere.
Security (-250 to 0) = -25
- Reorg, 51% & Brute Force Attack (-100 to 0) = -5
An attack on XRP is virtually impossible but -5 points to keep them on their toes! Security cannot ever be underestimated despite the ledger standing up to the Bitcoiners mass attack recently.
- Potential For Being Banned (-100 to 0) = -15
XRP is not a privacy coin and doesn’t rely on damaging proof of work. They also work closely with all the governments, central banks and regulators and is therefore the safest crypto in the world in this regard. But never say never.
- Network Vulnerabilities (-50 to 0) = -5
XRP is as secure as they come. But nothing is 100% so no resting on their laurels, they need to keep on top of this.
Use Case (0 to 500) = 500
- Initial Main Use Case (0 to 100) = 100
XRP is a bridge currency. It works and it is the biggest single use case in crypto.
- Mainnet Live (0 to 200) = 200
The XRP ledger has been live for years and works impeccibly.
- Additional Use Cases (0 to 100) = 100
R3 Corda, Coil, xrptipbot, Xumm, Forte, Codius, etc etc etc. XRP can handle any use case any other cryptocurrency or blockchain project can think of. And already a great many of them are being worked on.
- Additional Working Products (0 to 100) = 100
Coil is already handling billions of transactions, xrptipbot is working flawlessly, XRPayments was a beta and scaled down version of the upcoming Xumm yet still works like a dream. The list goes on and on.
Core Team, Partnerships & Developers (0 to 200) = 200
- Core Team & Developers (0 to 100) = 100
The Ripple team is a who’s who of the greatest minds in technology, finance, security, business, banking, leadership, politics and more. Just so damned impressive.
- Partnerships (0 to 100) = 100
No other crypto can come close to XRP in terms of the number of partnerships they have ongoing. In fact combined the other 3,000 or so cryptos TOGETHER don’t even come close.
Not only does XRP have massive numbers of high quality partners, but the Xpring initiative is investing in and even buying other companies and organisations in order to progress the utility and use cases of XRP. Notable acquisitions include the Logos Network, Algrim and a percentage of MoneyGram International.
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