Finally, something good has come out of cryptocurrency: better SSDs


PNY has launched a pair of SSD lines (LX3030 and LX2030) that are specifically tuned for Chia plotting, resulting in endurance levels that are around 18 times higher (or more) than a typical consumer drive equipped with triple level cell NAND flash memory. Or more specifically, the drives deliver up to 54,000 TBW (terabytes written) of endurance.

Chia plotting is particularly rough on storage mediums, as far as cryptocurrencies go. It’s based on what is called a ‘proof of space and time’ model, which entails leveraging unused storage space to verify blockchain transactions. An abnormal amount of drive writing takes place (compared to most tasks), to the point where you could wreck a 512GB SSD in as little as six weeks.

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