ADATA Announces Prospector Series SSD's for CHIA Plotting

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ADATA Prospector Series

ADATA has just announced the Prospector 970 and 950 SSD’s with a focus on the high endurance demands of CHIA plotting. The Prospector 970 features 2TB of storage space with a Total Bytes Written (TBW) of 56,000 and has an MSRP of $1499.99. The Prospector 950 has a 1TB capacity and a TBW of 28,000 with an MSRP of $799.99. Both models are designed for continuous use and have a high Program-Erase (P/E) cycle rating. Below is ADATA’s official press release.

ADATA Launches PROSPECTOR Series Solid State Drive

New PCIe SSDs offer the capacities, performance, and durability required for Chia farming   

Taipei, Taiwan – July 15, 2021 – ADATA Technology (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 3260.TWO), 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.

ADATA Prospector Series
ADATA Prospector Series

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 2TB/$1499.99

About ADATA – Innovating the Future

ADATA Technology is the world’s second-largest vendor of DRAM memory and branded solid state drives, ranks among the top 25 international brands from Taiwan, and holds over 500 memory-related patents. ADATA’s main product lines include memory modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. With a commitment towards delivering innovation, quality, and performance, ADATA products have garnered international acclaim and awards including iF Design, Red Dot Design, CES Innovation, Good Design, COMPUTEX Best Choice, and Taiwan Excellence. ADATA has also been honored for its commitment to corporate social responsibility, including the Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award and Asia Responsible Enterprise Award. The hummingbird is ADATA’s brand mascot, and it represents the company’s agility to innovate and improve people’s lives through technology. For more information, please visit


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