Mining cryptocurrency on SSD drives: farming Chia tokens on hard drives

In the Chinese market, a new excitement is unfolding around the pharming of cryptocurrencies. It is reported by the local newspaper Sina.

This time, the mining of cryptocurrency is not carried out using a video card or ASIC, but through an SSD drive. The developer of a new cryptocurrency project called Chia was Bram Cohen, the author of the BitTorrent protocol and the BitTorrent program. At the same time, it is not yet possible to trade the Chia cryptocurrency. At the initial stage, cryptocurrency can only be mined.

Chia’s farming is based on hard drives. To start mining Chia, according to preliminary information, you need a hard disk with a volume of 1 TB or more. The most optimal size is recognized as 10 TB. At the same time, over time, the volume requirements for Chia’s pharming will increase.

The Chia crypto community has already begun to share the characteristics of their farming farms.

So, one of the enthusiasts put together the following farm:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K
  • Memory capacity: 32GB DDR4 3600.
  • System disk: Samsung 980 250gb.
  • Hard drive: six pieces of Seagate BarraCuda 8 TB.
  • PSU: Corsair RM Series, RM650.

The community recognizes that unlike GPU mining, SSDs have a limited lifespan for reading and writing. Excessive operations for Chia farming can have a big impact on the lifespan of an SSD.

Recall, according to Nvidia’s calculations, the shortage of video cards may remain until the end of 2021. Experts name two reasons for the deficit persistence: logistical difficulties associated with the consequences of the pandemic and the huge demand for video cards due to rising prices for cryptocurrencies.

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