Chia is positioned as an ecological alternative to Bitcoin relative to energy consumption. It’s not mining, but farming on your storage solution. Its greener credentials seem questionable. Not only are we starting to see signs of HDD and SSD shortages, but it also greatly shortens the lifespan of these drives.
Chia has the peculiarity that it is not mined using the power of the GPU but rather utilizing the storage device used, where obviously the faster the better performance is obtained. This has already caused a shortage of SSDs and hard drives in Asia, but now other symptoms of their use are beginning to be seen: the durability of SSDs is depleted in just weeks.
While manufacturers are already seeing an increase in sales, some, including Galax, are warning buyers that using their products to grow Chia will void warranties. According to the Chinese site Fast Technology (via Hardware Times ), constantly growing Chia on a 512GB SSD, which typically lasts for five to ten years, can see it lifespan being reduced to just 40 days.
Drives with more storage space last longer, but wear and tear still significantly reduce their lifespan – a 1TB SSD lasts around 80 days, while growing Chia will kill a 2TB SSD in 160 days. Unfortunately, we don’t know what NAND writing type is applied though, but assume TLC-based SSDs, as these are the norm.