Sunday, July 18th 2021

PNY Announces LX2030 and LX3030 M.2 NVMe Gen3 x4 SSDs for Chia Plotting

PNY announced today the launch of the LX2030 and LX3030 line of ultra high endurance SSDs to the company's assortment of solid-state drives. The new LX families of SSDs offer ever higher levels of endurance designed for "proof of space and time" applications like Chia (XCH) Plotting.

The PNY LX2030 and LX3030 M.2 NVMe SSDs are the ideal solution for "proof of space and time" applications like plotting Chia Coin. To secure the blockchain, the data needs to be first created in a process called "plotting", which is only required once per plot file. This process is write intensive, so a desirable SSD for plotting has high sustained write bandwidth and endurance (TBW, or terabytes written). Typically this level of write performance and endurance was only seen on enterprise class SSDs.
Lifextension Technology
The PNY family of LX drives take advantage of Lifextension technology to offer a Chia Plotting TBW rating of up to 54,000 in the LX3030 2 TB. To deliver such a high Plotting TBW, the LX series of PNY SSDs utilize an advanced AI Engine, LDPC and Flash I/F to improve NAND endurance, making them the best unit cost for plotting. Without sacrifice, you are able to take full advantage of Lifextension technology and the up to 18X better endurance by adding an LX drive to the system.

Statement From CHIA Team
"I'm very excited that PNY has partnered with Phison to deliver the first SSD for Chia plotting. The LX3030 is tuned for the Chia plotting workload, which requires a high amount of sustained bandwidth. Users can be at ease knowing they won't wear out the drive easily - the LX3030 1 TB can create 2PB of plots before wearing out. All of this is in an M.2 80 mm form factor for broad compatibility. The entry LX2030 will be great for small form factor systems and 4-6 core desktops and laptops, like the NUC build," said Jonmichael Hands, VP Storage Business Development at Chia.

LX SSD Product Specification

Chia Plotting TBW:
  • LX3030 2 TB: 54,000
  • LX3030 1 TB: 27,000
  • LX2030 2 TB: 10,000
Chia Plotting Read and Write Performance
  • LX3030 - Read: 3,200 MB/s & Write: 2,400 MB/s
  • LX2030 - Read: 3,200 MB/s & Write: 1,000 MB/s
Form Factor: M.2 2280

Product Availability
PNY LX2030 and LX3030 M.2 NVMe Gen3 x4 SSDs are available immediately.
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5 Comments on PNY Announces LX2030 and LX3030 M.2 NVMe Gen3 x4 SSDs for Chia Plotting

#1
lynx29
PNY... another brand I now will never buy again, yeeeehaaa keep'em comin boys!
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kayjay010101
Not for or against Chia mining, but Chia right now isn't even close to profitable so I see these as DOA. Their only selling point is their endurance rating but regular consumers don't care about that (not that they have to either with regular consumer workloads). These will flop big time
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Mussels
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Just means they've got good write endurance, instead of all the modern budget drives with specs that sound like they'll die from a good sneeze
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Sandbo
kayjay010101Not for or against Chia mining, but Chia right now isn't even close to profitable so I see these as DOA. Their only selling point is their endurance rating but regular consumers don't care about that (not that they have to either with regular consumer workloads). These will flop big time
They maybe DOA but not only because of the extended ROI, but more of Chia plotting has largely migrated to using RAMDisk or mergefs to save SSD wear.
Using RAMdisk the wear is cut to a quarter of the original method, which a 1TB with 1.8PWB could now handle almost 0.5 PB plotting which exceeds the total farm size of most small farmers.
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kayjay010101
MusselsJust means they've got good write endurance, instead of all the modern budget drives with specs that sound like they'll die from a good sneeze
Again, frankly irrelevant for a regular consumer. Even QLC write endurance is fine (I know, heresy) for a regular consumer. You and I are enthusiasts, not regular consumers
SandboThey maybe DOA but not only because of the extended ROI, but more of Chia plotting has largely migrated to using RAMDisk or mergefs to save SSD wear.
Using RAMdisk the wear is cut to a quarter of the original method, which a 1TB with 1.8PWB could now handle almost 0.5 PB plotting which exceeds the total farm size of most small farmers.
That's true, Madmax plotting has significantly reduced overall writes, assuming that you have a 128GB RAM system. Which you can probably afford anyway if you're in the market for these kinds of drives lol
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