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Article: "Chia crypto mining could obliterate your SSDs in a matter of days"

ClariceStarling
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JosafathB_Intel
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Hello, ClariceStarling.


Greetings from; Intel® Memory and Storage support.


As we understand, you needed assistance related to the Intel®SSD when exposed to Chia mining. If we inferred correctly, please review the following information:


1-As we can see, you are referring to the Chia crypto-mining could obliterate your SSDs in a matter of days article on the following link:


https://www.techradar.com/news/chia-crypto-mining-could-obliterate-your-ssds-in-a-matter-of-days


As stated in this article; Please consider that the write-intensive nature of Chia mining could put some drives under strain they were not designed to withstand.


In most of the cases these people are using clients SSDs (https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark.html#@PanelLabel83424) that are not designed to handle this type of workload, and this causes the drives life expectancy range to drop a lot faster and to end up on a read-only or to do not be accessible at all in a matter of weeks.


For you to compare the difference between the Intel® clients SSDs and the Intel® data center SSD please visit the following link https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compare.html?productIds=149403,149366, and in the Reliability section you will find the following information:


The Intel® SSD 6 Series Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) is 400 TBW.

The Intel® Optane™ DC SSD Series Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) is 41 PBW.


Due to some budget limitations the people doing Chia crypto mining probably use SSDs that can not handle the workload that they are exposed to, and end up damaging them in a matter of months or even weeks.


2- Up to this moment, we do not have an Intel®SSD that is designed for this usage.


We will follow up with you again on Tuesday, the 18th of May 2021, if we do not receive an answer from you. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a different date for the follow-up.


Best regards.


Josh B.

Intel® Customer Support Technician.



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JosafathB_Intel
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Hello, ClariceStarling.


Greetings from; Intel® Memory and Storage support.


As we understand, you needed assistance related to the Intel®SSD when exposed to Chia mining. If we inferred correctly, please review the following information:


1-As we can see, you are referring to the Chia crypto-mining could obliterate your SSDs in a matter of days article on the following link:


https://www.techradar.com/news/chia-crypto-mining-could-obliterate-your-ssds-in-a-matter-of-days


As stated in this article; Please consider that the write-intensive nature of Chia mining could put some drives under strain they were not designed to withstand.


In most of the cases these people are using clients SSDs (https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark.html#@PanelLabel83424) that are not designed to handle this type of workload, and this causes the drives life expectancy range to drop a lot faster and to end up on a read-only or to do not be accessible at all in a matter of weeks.


For you to compare the difference between the Intel® clients SSDs and the Intel® data center SSD please visit the following link https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compare.html?productIds=149403,149366, and in the Reliability section you will find the following information:


The Intel® SSD 6 Series Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) is 400 TBW.

The Intel® Optane™ DC SSD Series Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) is 41 PBW.


Due to some budget limitations the people doing Chia crypto mining probably use SSDs that can not handle the workload that they are exposed to, and end up damaging them in a matter of months or even weeks.


2- Up to this moment, we do not have an Intel®SSD that is designed for this usage.


We will follow up with you again on Tuesday, the 18th of May 2021, if we do not receive an answer from you. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a different date for the follow-up.


Best regards.


Josh B.

Intel® Customer Support Technician.



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