In search for Faster and reliable SSD, market has gone too far to imagine. Many companies have own their places and proved themselves as best in the business while few have yet started to penetrate in SSD market such as Zotac. Similarly ADATA definitely not any unknown name in memory and SSD production. Recently ADATA step up and bumped their SSD tech to whole new level. I am talking about the recent development on NAND Technology. ADATA have launched their new ‘Ultimate’ series with modelled “SU800” which carried the upgraded 3D NAND technology.
3D NAND Technology is stacked vertically and dimensionally so to allow to build high density storage in same space. With 3D NAND a simple storage space but enlarge the capacity and increase write performance, in addition works faster at relatively reduced power consumption.
With the new induction to the ADATA SSD, company have entitle us with their first 3D NAND “ADATA Ultimate 250GB SU800 – ASU 800SS-256GT-C – is 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s interface featuring built-in ECC, it supports S.M.A.R.T, TRIM and NCQ as most of SSD in market do. SU800 Ultimate is built for dual compatibility desktop PC and Laptops. ADATA new induction aimed towards speedy performance with ultra-reliability, along with low power consumption.
The ultimate SU800 actually have support of SLC caching and DRAM Cache buffer which reacted towards load times more efficiently. Hence, increases performance level. ADATA is using Silicon Motion SM2258 Controller in Su800 256GB SSD to make sure faster overall performance. ADATA Ultimate SU800 comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. SSD in review today have MSRP of $80 for single unit. Let’s go through the review
Packaging and The Content
SSD shipped in a dedicated rainbow effect color scheme box with ADATA logo on it.
The side of the box demonstrating essential features ADATA SSD offering
A blue sticker on SSD while other side presenting barcodes and other essential details on a white sticker.
Package includes 7mm Tray for laptops and a Warranty manual.
Testing and Performance
This review is testing on 4th Generation platform with latest firmware and up to date drivers.
This phase of testing process includes various benchmarks which will help verifying the actual Read and Write speed performance of SSD. All benchmarks will take sequential, 4K accompanied with the Access time of this Drive.
- AS SSD Benchmark
- AS SSD Copy Benchmark
- Crystal DiskMark
- Anvil’s Pro
- HD Tune Pro
Talking about the synthetic performance, SSD have variable impact on performance including Read, Write and copy. Our First and foremost testing was AS SSD benchmark. ADATA SU800 achieved 500 mb/s mark and topped out to 527 mb/s, actually closer to what advertised on ADATA website. While the sequential write is nearly 500mb/s, which I feel very impressive. In fact, in comparison ADATA SU800 shines to the top in write comparison. It did outperform all other in our comparison chart. A perfect execution by ADATA.
Real world Performance
SSD may pass the synthetic test, but real world testing is different yet extremely competitive which reflect the real potential of product out of the box. For real world performance testing, few processes and applications are used to identify the access and transfer rate of drive. In addition, few other drives will also be used to make things a lot more interesting.
- Boot Test – Windows 7 x64
- Virus Scan – Kaspersky
- File Compression Test – WinRAR
- File Search Test – Windows Folder only
- Excellent Read and Write performance
- Competitive Price
- 3D NAND Technology
- Full Compatibility
- Price / Performance ratio
- Build Quality is Mediocre
For base color scheme, ADATA SU800 is no different from its counterparts like Samsung, Kingston, Zotac. However, Build quality isn’t up to the expectation. I feel it a bit mediocre. Meanwhile Su800 got almost no weigh due to pure and lightweight plastic.
Performance Wise SU800 impressed me more than any other drive I tested. Since it was my first ADATA Drive Review, I must admit this series have true potential to outperform its competitors with ample margin. Featuring 3D NAND technology combine with TLC makes Drive extremely unique in ADATA SSDs portfolio. Excellent Read and Write speed overall. However, it didn’t catch up the advertised speed as ADATA mentioned on their website. But still followed quite well. The Real world performance is comparatively convincing and worth playing. I would reckon ADATA SSD is ALL in one Package.
SSD with 3D NAND technology certainly perform much better than a 2D NAND. While this fierce performer is newly launched and price tag set at $80 MSRP. Cheaper from comparative drive Zotac T500 240GB which is $89 at Amazon. Both drives have potential to go beyond but price factor always remain the crucial one. For $80 ADATA performance is worth getting, the only thing not impressed me is it build quality other than that its one really good 3D NAND SSD for high end rig.