Capitalizing on the craze for the fastest hardware by cryptocurrency miners, TeamGroup has launched a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) that it claims are ideal for the upcoming Chia cryptocurrency (opens in new tab).
Unlike traditional cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (opens in new tab) and Ethereum (opens in new tab), Chia, created by BitTorrent (opens in new tab) protocol developer Bram Cohen, demands more storage (opens in new tab) for its mining, rather than processing prowess.
While SSD makers such as Galax, in light of the craze for Chia, are warning users that minting cryptocurrencies will void their warranty, TeamGroup (opens in new tab) is pitching its T-Create Expert PCIe SSD as “the best choice for the environmentally-friendly “storage capacity mining” that Chia promotes.”
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Chia has made it clear it wants to break with the past approach to mining.
The crypto is based on a new consensus algorithm known as proof of space and time, and is a departure from the usual proof of work used by traditional cryptocurrencies.
Minting Chia requires a large amount of storage and faster writing speeds instead of high-end performance.
Chia’s proof of space and time is being hailed as a fairer and greener alternative to the existing blockchain mechanisms.
TeamGroup says its T-Create Expert PCIe SSD features TBWs (terabytes written, a measure of a SSDs life) of up 12,000 TB, making it a durable option for the intense write-cycle algorithms required for mining Chia.
The company says its mining SSDs have a three to ten times higher endurance than their regular portfolio of SSDs.
The T-Create Expert PCIe SSDs are available in 1TB and 2TB variants and come with a 12 year warranty, though TeamGroup hasn’t shared pricing details yet.
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