ADATA Technology, a manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, mobile accessories, gaming products, electric power trains, and industrial solutions, today unveiled the ADATA PROSPECTOR 970 and PROSPECTOR 950 PCIe solid state drives. Geared toward Chia coin farming (a.k.a. plotting), the SSDs sports high capacities of up to 2TB, excellent read and write performance, and robust durability.

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Endurance for Chia Farming
Unlike other cryptocurrencies that are based on a “proof of work” system, Chia coins follow a “proof of space and time” system that is less energy-intensive and requires plentiful hard drive space for storage plotting. To meet the requirements of Chia farming, ADATA has developed the PROSPECTOR series. Designed for continuous operation, the SSDs are especially durable. The PROSPECTOR 970 has a Total Bytes Written (TBW) value of 56,000 while the PROSPECTOR 950 has a value of 28,000, which are at least 40 times higher than ordinary PCIe SSDs. TBW directly measures how much can be written cumulatively into a drive over its lifetime. What’s is more, the PROSPECTOR also sports a high Program-Erase (P/E) cycle rating. An SSD’s P/E cycle indicates its lifetime based on the number of P/E cycles it can endure.

Performance for Plotting
Besides endurance, the PROSPECTOR series also offers the performance Chia farming demands. The PROSPECTOR 970 utilizes PCIe Gen4x4 and complies with NVMe 1.4 to deliver sustained transmission speeds of up to 7400MB per second. The PROSPECTOR 950 adopts PCIe Gen3x4 and complies with NVMe 1.3 to deliver sustained read and write speeds of up to 3500/3000MB per second. They both support the latest Intel and AMD platforms and are ideal for both desktop and notebook PCs. Beyond its core performance parameters, the PROSPECTOR 950 also features random read and write speeds of up to 300K/240K, Pure SLC cache, and DRAM cache buffer.

Integrity, Security, and Reliability
With LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check Code) error correcting code and AES 256-bit encryption, the PROSPECTOR series ensures a high level of data accuracy and security for Chia farming. For robust reliability, every component inside PROSPECTOR series SSDs have passed rigorous screening and testing to ensure the utmost quality and dependability. The PROSPECTOR 970 and PROSPECTOR 950 also comes backed by a 5-year warranty for additional peace of mind.

The PROSPECTOR 970 will be launched in September 2021.


PROSPECTOR Series SSDs will be available on Amazon and Shop ADATA.


  • PROSPECTOR 950 1TB/$799.99
  • PROSPECTOR 970 2GB/$1499.99