Manufacturer Adata also jumps on the bandwagon of SSDs specifically designed for mining the cryptocurrency Chia. With the Adata Prospector 950 and 970, 24-hour continuous operation and a high TBW (Total Bytes Written) value should not be a problem.
The features of the Adata Prospector 950 and 970 SSDs
Not one but two new M.2 SSD models specifically for chia mining can now be found in Adata’s portfolio. Interestingly, the NAND flash memory is operated completely in SLC mode. The Prospector 950 is referred to as “pure SLC operation”.
This suggests that Adata relies on inexpensive QLC NAND with high storage density (4 bits per cell) here and operates it completely in SLC mode with only 1 bit per cell, which is faster and significantly improves durability.
Accordingly, the Prospector 950 comes in at 28,000 TBW, achieving 40 times the longevity of ordinary PCIe SSDs. It comes with a sequential write rate of up to 3,000MB/s and a read rate of 3,500 MB/s with 1 TB capacity.
The Adata Prospector 970, on the other hand, comes in at twice the durability and reaches 56,000 TBW. Thanks to PCIe 4.0 interfaces, transfer rates of up to 7,400 MB/s are supposed to be possible. Previously, manufacturers like Team Group, Sabrent and PNY had already presented corresponding “Chia-SSDs”, which also rely on a high write guarantee in the form of Total Bytes Written.
Prices and availability
Compared to normal consumer SSDs, the prices for the Adata Prospector SSDs turn out to be quite lavish, though. The Prospector 950 with one terabyte of capacity has an MSRP of around $800, while the Prospector 970 (2 TB) even has an MSRP of around $1,500. Both SSDs should be available directly from the manufacturer and Amazon starting in September 2021 and will come with a 5-year warranty.