Sabrent has prepared a new line of SSDs designed for hardcore Chia coin (XCH) plotting. The details are still pretty slim, but the Plotripper SSDs should make any Chia farmer very happy.
Plotting Chia can kill even the best SSDs in a matter of weeks, depending on how serious you take your Chia farming business. That's where the Plotripper and Plotripper Pro SSDs come in. Sabrent is keeping a tight lip on the recipe that it uses for the SSDs, though. We suspect that the vendor may use the Phison E18 controller.
One thing's for sure, though — the Plotripper and Plotripper Pro drives boast phenomenal endurance. Sabrent rates the Plotripper and Plotripper Pro 2TB SSDs for 10,000 TBW (terabytes written) and 54,000 TBW, respectively. Those figures would put the drives in the same endurance ballpark as enterprise and Intel Optane SSDs.
For comparison, a typical 2TB consumer TLC drive is good for around 3,000 TBW. That means the Plotripper has ~2.3 times more endurance than a normal consumer SSD, while the Plotripper Pro has 18 times more endurance.
Sabrent Plotripper, Plotripper Pro Specifications
|Plotripper Pro 2TB||2TB||54,000|
|Plotripper Pro 1TB||1TB||27,000|
When it comes to plotting Chia, write performance is just as important as endurance. However, Sabrent hasn't shared the complete specs for the Plotripper or Plotripper Pro SSDs yet, so performance measurements are the wild card for now.
If the drives do end up using the Phison E18 controller, we could expect PCIe 4.0-grade speeds. Sadly, that means you'll need a Rocket Lake or Ryzen 3000 platform to fully exploit the Plotripper and Plotripper Pro SSDs without crossing over to the enterprise side.
With enterprise-level endurance, we don't expect the Plotripper or Plotripper Pro to cost anything less than an arm and a leg. Sabrent, however, claims that its latest product line offers the "best unit cost for plotting." Unfortunately, you'll have to take Sabrent's word on the matter while we wait for further details about the SSD's pricing and availability.
Before long, someone is going to want that for his gaming system.
And someone else will recommend it.
But also, warranty vs actual operation.
Any good drive will long outlast the warranty period. Age or TBW.
Lol, Well obviously that was the first thought that crosses our minds when we read the article. Thankfully though, im sure almost all of us realise how stupid that would be :)
We see people here all the time, wanting to merge an ancient system with no M.2/NVMe capability, with a 980 Pro, because - FASTER!
But the 8TB 860 Pro warranties at 4,800, the 8TB 870 QVO at 2,880.
27K P/E - and I suspect this is their Rocket Q in static SLC mode. Would be happy to be wrong...
The FuzeDrive uses the same flash, and it rates the SLC portion for 30K+ P/E.
If you go for a 980 Pro w/ TLC you get stuck with 600TBW for each 1TB - same as the Evo. Maybe 54,000TBW is overkill, but longevity should be a bigger deal in the market than it is. Samsung was too quick to sacrifice it.
Why don't they all start optimizing hardware purely for all kinds of mining since other acticities are virtualy useless, or at least so it seems. Sad times.