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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SSD Review

  1. Intro: ADATA XPG SX930!
  2. Test Setup and Methodology
  3. Anvil Benchmarks
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  7. Futuremark Benchmarks
  8. IO Testing
  9. Access Test
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: Review unit provided by ADATA

ADATA XPG SX930!

The ADATA XPG lineup usually is aimed towards gamers. With the XPG SX930, it uses an enterprise level MLC NAND and also provides a five-year warranty. As SATA-based SSDs have sequential transfers hit the SATA III limit, choices are there and its as good as its going to get. While SSDs such as the Kingston UV400 and the long-running SanDisk Extreme II series SATA SSDs were long reviewed and recommended, it’s only natural to see if others offer something beneficial. Even if certain lineups are branded towards gamers, they usually satisfy a variety of end users.

The ADATA SX930 unit that I received contains a spacer and a 3.5” tray for desktop cases, Typical PC cases nowadays provide SSD mounting so this is useful only for much older desktop PC cases. The company provides 5-year warranty, a big plus as most SSDs are with a three-year warranty. The QR code on the pack links to Acronis software.

Specification

  • Capacity120GB / 240GB / 480GB
    Form Factor2.5″
    NAND FlashSynchronous MLC Plus
    ControllerJMicron JMF670H
    Dimensions (L x W x H)100.45 x 69.85 x 7mm
    Weight58g
    InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s
    Performance(Max)120GB Performance (ATTO)
    Read: Up to 560MB/s
    Write: Up to 460MB/s240GB Performance (ATTO)
    Read: Up to 560MB/s
    Write: Up to 460MB/s480GB Performance (ATTO)
    Read: Up to 540MB/s
    Write: Up to 420MB/s
    Operating temperature0~70°C
    Storage temperature-40~85°C
    Shock resistance1500G/0.5ms
    MTBF1,500,000 hours
    Accessories2.5” to 3.5” Bracket
    7mm to 9.5mm holder
    Acronis ATI HD 2013
    Warranty 5 years

The variant which we have is the 240GB storage space, but the following is the price for the other two versions:

USPrice per GB
120$68.05$1.76
240$86.99$2.75
480$180.50$2.65

The SX930…

Both sides of the casing is metal. There’s a brushed aluminum finish over them. The Z-Axis is 7mm. The casing can be detached by removing four screws sideways but one of them is covered with a warranty void sticker. As you can see, the SSD is labeled ‘Made in Taiwan’.

The PCB occupies only half the casing. There are four NAND each on both sides and a cache and a controller at one end. As mentioned in the specification, this PCB uses a JMicron JMF670H controller. A NANYA NT5CB128M16FP-D1 buffer and an ADATA badged ‘Enterprise MLC Plus’ chips are used. ADATA does not mention the P/E cycles of its SSD.

The key attractive factor is the five-year warranty. While this is a year-old drive, many older drives such as SanDisk Extreme II series have stayed as crowd favourites even during the Black Friday sales. Most SSDs are touch SATA’s bandwidth limitations is sequential data transfers such as ATTO. If folks want more performance, M.2 is the way to go. But of course, it has a higher premium. It is going to be a while to see M.2 SSDs to be reasonably cheap.

SSD Toolbox Impression

For a utility, ADATA’s SSD Toolbox is rather colourful. It provides all the information required to know about the drive. It can also provide basic SMART information from other storage drives.

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