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.