Chia mining causing SSDs to failCiting a report from Chinese-language MyDrivers, TechPowerUp reports Chinese miners are already seeing failures on large numbers of SSDs. As you may know, NAND flash memory is fast but one of the downsides of the technology is that each cell can only be re-written a finite number of times. Over the years, this number has decreased as manufacturers switched to MLC, TLC, and even QLC technology.
So how long do SSDs last when you use them for Chia farming? According to the report, a typical 256GB SSD lasts just 40 days, and a 512GB model offers about double the lifespan. The figure varies significantly based on the SSD brand and type of memory used, but it's clear that we're not talking about years of lifespan here if you use an SSD for Chia mining.
MyDrivers notes that Chia farmers in China are noticing that typical 256 GB SSDs barely last through 40 drive-write days, 80 days for 512 GB, and about 160 days for 1 TB. Endurance varies among the various SSD brands, and NAND flash type used. Since disk space, and not drive performance is paramount in farming Chia, and magnetic storage devices such as HDDs offer more re-writing, stocks of high-capacity HDDs, including those typically headed to the NVR and security surveillance markets, are being soaked up by Chia farmers. -- TechPowerUpShould Chia get a lot more popular, this will undoubtedly have a major impact on the storage market. In China, there are already reports about disks being hard to find as miners buy up high volumes to rush in on the Chia craze.