Solana vs. Aptos: Which Will Come Out On Top?

The world of cryptocurrency is constantly evolving, and with the recent market pump, many coins and tokens have gained significant attention from investors. Among the top gainers are Aptos and Solana, two cryptocurrencies that have been dubbed as the most controversial and fastest in the market.

In this article, I wanted to compare and contrast these two crypto projects to provide a comprehensive analysis of their potential and value proposition in 2023.

Solana – The Nasdaq Killer

Solana was founded in 2017 by Anatoly Yakovenko, with the goal of replacing centralized stock exchanges like Nasdaq with a decentralized blockchain. Though Solana has delved into other niches such as NFTs and crypto payments, this is still its primary goal.

Anatoly Yakovenko

Solana was built by Solana Labs, based in the United States, and is coordinated by the Solana Foundation, a non-profit based in Switzerland. The mainnet went live in 2020, and much of its ecosystem funding came from FTX and Alameda.

Solana uses a proof-of-stake blockchain that can process up to 120,000 transactions per second. However, FTX documentation notes that Solana’s current TPS is between two and three thousand. Regardless, Solana’s speed is made possible by the novel components of its proof-of-stake consensus, notably proof of History, which timestamps all Solana transactions.

Solana uses its own Solana virtual machine for smart contracts, and these smart contracts are coded in the Rust programming language. The Solana blockchain is currently secured by roughly 2300 validators. However, all transactions are processed by groups of up to 150 validators called Solana clusters. These clusters currently consist of just 30 validators, which is quite centralized.

Solana’s validators Only Store the most recent transaction history on their Hardware. The long-term transaction history is stored on Google bigtable, a centralized server. If anything were to happen to this long-term transaction history, there could be big problems.

The hardware requirements to run a Solana validator require having a data center. Though there is no minimum soul stake, the amount of soul that a validator needs to stake to break even is sizable. Luckily, Soul can be delegated. Solana staking rewards are currently around seven percent per year, with a five-day lockup for validators and delegators. Misbehaving validators are slashed, so watch out.

Aptos – The Facebook Crypto

Aptos was founded in late 2021 by Avery Ching and Muhammad Sheikh, both of whom previously worked at Facebook. They say Aptos technically began with Facebook’s failed crypto project called Libra, which was born in 2017 and died as DM in 2022.

Aptos cofounders Avery Ching (left) and Mo Shaikh.

Aptos Labs is the software company credited with Aptos’s actual creation. Aptos Labs is based just outside of San Francisco, and Aptos’s ongoing development is coordinated by the Aptos Foundation, a non-profit based in the Cayman Islands.

Unlike Solana, Aptos doesn’t have a clear crypto niche or use case. This could be a consequence of it being so new or a sign that it intends to do it all. Aptos raised 350 million dollars across two token sales in 2022. Lead investors included FTX and collapsed crypto hedge fund three arrows Capital, among others. Aptos’s mainnet went live in October 2022, and the launch was controversial.

Aptos uses a delegated proof-of-stake blockchain that can process up to 160,000 transactions per second. However, Aptos’s current TPS is much lower. According to a December interview with Ching and Sheikh, Aptos can currently process between two and five thousand TPS. Aptos uses its own virtual machine for smart contracts, called the Move VM, which was invented by DM’s developers along with the Move programming language.

Aptos, on the other hand, has only a little over 100 validators securing its blockchain. However, these validators appear to be storing Aptos’s entire transaction history, which could change as the blockchain grows. Hardware requirements for validators on both platforms are also quite high.


In conclusion, both Solana and Aptos have shown incredible potential in the crypto market. Solana has a head start and a more established ecosystem, while Aptos is the new kid on the block with promising technology and strong financial backing.

Investors and traders should carefully consider the strengths and weaknesses of both projects before making any investment decisions. It is also important to keep in mind the inherent risks involved in the volatile and speculative world of cryptocurrencies.

Regardless of which project ultimately comes out on top, the growth and innovation in the blockchain space are exciting to watch and will likely continue to shape the future of finance and technology.

As for the ongoing debate between Solana and Aptos, only time will tell which project will come out ahead. But for now, the competition between these two contenders is driving progress and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of decentralized finance.

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