Solid state drives have been with us for many years and today, every PC has room more for SSD. With having top consideration in storage department, the SSD features improved transferred rate and faster boot time. As the time passed, the SSD has been grown and improved to its highest maturity level. SSD replicate and peaked out at 600 MB/s which fulfills the most of your needs. Now, question pops, would that 600 MB/s be any less in gaming? No, definitely not. However, upgrading in technology was imminent which brought 1300 Mb/s to 2400 Mb/s via NVMe development. NVMe based SSDs have been in the market for few years and now, with the induction of XPG Gammix S10, the competition even become stronger.
What’s New in PCIe M.2 SSD?
While 3D NAND offers exponential storage and longer durability in SATA III SSDs, the speed was limited and never improved to 600 MB/s, no matter how expensive drive was. In order to remove this bottleneck, only an effective solution was the PCIe Lane utilization. This is where PCIe M.2 SSDs comes to party. Besides the controller, PCIe M.2 SSD consumes PCIe lane formula to produce an exponential speed, which has also effected the price. And, the reason why NVMe and SATA III SSDs have a noticeable price gap. Well, the thing is NVMe (non-volatile memory Express) uses PCIe lane to perform aggressively, which results in 5x better performance than HDD and about 3x better than SATA III SSD.
It’s no wonder NVMe has removed the speed bottleneck by making use of PCIe lanes. Basically, NVMe works perfect on Gen3 x4 interface. The fact is, PCI-express Gen 3 has been the fastest PCIe lane to date. So, when NVMe PCIe M.2 unit feeds from Gen 3 PCIe lanes, the actual performance shoots up and quadruple the performance; the sequential read boasts a whopping 2500 Mb/s, regardless of the capacity/storage, as opposed to SATA III SSD’s 600 Mb/s. The above performance numbers for M.2 SSD is from the best model available in the market. At this time, the price difference has been gradually coming closer which allowing users to experience the blazing fast speed on M.2 SSD at a considerable rates.
XPG Gammix S10 NVMe M.2
XPG, a leading high performance gaming brand of Adata, has been offering one of the fastest NVMe M.2 SSDs in town, a bit late to grip the market though. Despite high competition, XPG SSDs has been doing well in terms of offerings and overall performance. Recently, XPG has announced Gammix S10 series NVMe PCI M.2 SSD. The sample I got is 512GB in capacity, having SM SM2280 controller and offers 1800/850 R/W, respectively.
The Package and the Content:
The SSD shipped in a dedicated packaging, having black base color and effective details on it. All XPG products has been branded with XPG log on it, so does this packaging, too. A 3D NAND and NVMe 1.2 at top left. The lower portion has the series, model and capacity printed.
The backside is, as usual, contains Adata logo at top left Supported tech, update, features below along with other languages. A 5 years warranty badge can be seen here, also, the bar coded sticker.
The sides are pretty much regular, nothing different.
To bring out the SSD, I had to open the top cover, looks to me very special packaging for this enthusiastic class product. And why would not it be. You’ll see such high standard packaging on premium products.
The Unfolded cover has significant features inside the leaf. The features for marketing purpose, so users will get an idea in general about offerings. Of course, it’s not everything, but significant, to say the least.
The M.2 SSD inside the plastic frame, a beautiful showcasing from outside,
The SSD has given a nice bed for protection. Nicely placed the piece inside the foam for maximum protection, which definitely not easily be popped out if any accident happen. In order to bring the SSD out, I had to push the drive from back through hole. I pushed the button and drives out. Very responsive designing technique for premium product
The black-red cured heatsink design looks absolutely fantastic. A nice curve designed heatsink offers no less than a beautiful package. A stylish, gorgeous looking heatsink designed for the better temperatures and keep the SSD cool even under high operations. The XPG logo at the left corner on black slide. The extreme left has the GOLD rail for M.2 unit, while the extreme right is to hold up with the screw on the motherboard. This is absolute an exquisite looking designed I got here. Not sure, how much it would help in thermal performance but, nevertheless, a catchy look.
The thermal pads are placed between the chip and the heatsink, this would help heatink to keep intact with the chip, cool it down and keep the temperatures at acceptable level. If you’re wondering about the heatsink on the SSD and its effectiveness, then please mind that If an SSD with a heatsink reaching out 80-90c then it’s not very efficient cooling solution for the SSD. The M.2 SSD throttles until it reaches 70c, you’ll be good till 60-65C. But how well this sample cooler, we’ll find out in the later stages.
While the backside of the SSD is naked as seen on most PCI M.2 SSDs. The black PCB for this drive is looking too suitable, and think of green one which would easily damage the beauty. The credit goes to Adata and XPG designers who worked out and produced the best looking gaming product. XPG by Adata printed on to pf the sticker, while the below side has the model number, serial number voltage, and made in China printed on it. Does this information really necessary, of course yes. It’s a warranty void sticker and you could void 5 years warranty if ever removed that sticker.
The Test Bench
The test setup used in the SSD
- ASRock Z170 Professional Gaming
- Intel Core i5 6600K
- Patriot Viper 16GB 2666MHz Memory
- Noctua NH-U14S (Sponsored by Noctua)
- Enermax Revolution X’T II 650W PSU (Sponsored by Enermax)
Synthetics Testing Programs:
- AS SSD 1.9v
- Crystal DiskMark 5.5v
- Anvil Pro Storage Utility 1.1v
As for comparison, I do not have any other M.2 SSD around me, neither I able to arrange one. Therefore, I have compared the M.2 performance with the SATA III SSD, Samsung EVO 750 in 500GB Capacity. An unfair comparison though, but for general users, who might wanna see the difference in numbers, this would be extremely helpful for them. At least, they will get an idea, why M.2 SSDs are costing at premium prices.
XPG Gammix S10
Samsung 750 EVO 500GB
XPG Gammix S10 512GB
Samsung 750 EVO 500GB
XPG Gammix S10 512GB
Samsung 750 EVO 500GB
Looking at the above benchmarks, the most noticeable factor is the Speed boost in M.2 SSD. Crossing 1800 MB/s Read and 800 MB/s write. And, in Crystal DiskMark, the drive is offering more than advertised speed. A slightly better than 850 MB/s and stand at 861 MB/s as the sequential write.
XPG Gammix S10 PCIe NVMe 512GB M,.e SSD comes with premium packaging. The SSD runs on a Gen3 x4 interface to replicate highest possible speed, supports 3D NAND TLC and SM2280 controller to make sure the adequate performance out of the box. One thing I must conceal is that the XPG gaming brand has been great for the consumers not only aesthetically, but performance wise as well. XPG Gammix S10 features Gen 3×4 interface, 3D NAND TLC, M.2 SM2280 form factor, Intelligent SLC Caching and DRAM Cache Buffer and an excellent looking heatsink for gaming theme.
Speed & Thermal performance
I’ll start with the Synthetic benchmark performances. The XPG Gammix S10 has replicate nearly what has been advertised, as in AS SSD, 1350 Mb/s for sequential read and 828 Mb/s is what made this drive closer to the ones in the datasheet chart. On the other hand, in CDM benchmark, the sequential read and write have passed the advertised statistics by marginal difference, yet tells what XPG NVMe M.2 SSD is capable of. More importantly the manufacturer aren’t just faking the speed on website, rather the numbers has given the true picture of this SSD. The Real world copying however, wasn’t too good as I have been expecting, but it was way better than the SATA III SSD.
Coming to heat and temperatures. Well, M.2 SSDs have been very hot during operations, unlike the SATA III SSDs. So a limit of 70C is where M.2 SSD begins to throttle. Whereas, this sample maxed out at 61C during high volume copying operation. This is too good for an M.2 drive, as it maxed out temp is far from the throttle limit. The thermal result from with XPG heatsink is truly exceptional, to say the least.
Value & Availability:
The main focus of the every user or consumer has been the performance; what he or she spend on a product would worth every penny. This might not apply to every product but XPG Gammix S10 512GB has proved its worthiness, value and offerings. The most important factor is the Company’s claim, realized almost true. Adding to that, a $279 USD product has every feature that other’s has got. On the top of that, the heatsink design is far from normal, a definite edge for Adata XPG. Especially for those who needs a gaming touch on M.2 SSDs, too. XPG PCI NVMe 512GB M.2 is a serious contender in NVMe race.
The availability, on the other hand, has not yet been confirmed in Pakistan, but yes, you can order via Amazon @ $279 US Dollar. Since I am in contact with Adata sales person, I’ll update this article once I get the news on Local availability. Besides, the SSD prices are trending to increasing day by day. So, if you’re on hunt for M.2 SSD then make sure to place the order before it gets out of reach.
For it’s an excellent read and write performance, gaming heatsink design, and a very competitive price, I would recommend this SSD to every Hardware Enthusiasts and high-end PC builders. Especially to the folk, looking for M.2 quality SSD.