Displaying items by tag: ADATA Australia's independent "PC only" blogs site for gaming thoughts, ideas and whatever random thoughts we decide to post! http://pcgamers.net.au Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:13:42 +1100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Reviewed: ADATA XPG SX930 480GB SSD http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/categories/item/488-reviewed-adata-xpg-sx930-480gb-ssd http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/categories/item/488-reviewed-adata-xpg-sx930-480gb-ssd Reviewed: ADATA XPG SX930 480GB SSD
Earlier this year, we tested the SX900 256GB SSD from ADATA, now we get hands-on with the XPG SX930 480GB with a new controller and a sexy new label - but is it any faster?

The SSD market is continuing to improve with the price per gigabyte ratio becoming a lot more 'wallet friendly', there is some intense competition and no shortage of options. I discussed our desire to build a high end PC in a console-like form factor with ADATA and the limitation of 2x2.5" drive spaces - as a result, they suggested that we try the new XPG SX930 480GB SSD. This drive comes with a 5 year warranty, a new JMicron controller and I was also pleased to see the new artwork - call me shallow. The XPG SX930 is available in 120, 240 and 480GB capacities and boasts speeds of up to 540MB/s read and 420MB/s write.

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The 2.5" form factor with 7mm thickness is standard for an SSD making them ideal for most notebooks and desktops. ADATA has included a 3.5"mounting bracket and 2.5mm spacer for maximum compatibility in PC builds. The mounting kit isn't something most people will need but the points go to ADATA for selling a complete solution rather than just the SSD itself. The potential downside here is that despite being helpful, the included accessories and software may not have the same "value add" for some consumers which could make the SX930 offering slightly less competitive.

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Previously, ADATA implemented the SandForce 2281 controller and MLC NAND on the SX900 series SSDs but this time they have changed things up a bit and gone with the JMicron JMF670H controller. The JMF670H has more bells and whistles like the ability to support one module of DDR3 and improved ECC (error correction). ADATA also implemented Synchronous MLC Plus NAND in the SX930 - this is basically higher grade MLC NAND that should fortify longevity.

The ADATA SSD Toolbox software and Acronis utility for data migration are functional and easy to use. As an exercise, I migrated from another SSD to the SX930 after our testing to see how the process went and it was very straight forward. I didn't have any issues booting from the SX930 in the test system - the whole process was seamless as advertised.

Obviously I can't test longevity/durability but it is promising to see that ADATA did take measures to improve the durability with enterprise grade NAND and they have made it easy to download the free tools to check the health of the product whilst also extending to a 5 year warranty.

We'll go through the specifications first, then validate our test unit against them to see how the SSD performs as a system drive.

Specifications

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ADATA 480GB XPG SX930 SSD

Form Factor

2.5" 

 Available Capacities

 120GB /240GB /480GB

Interface

SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) 

Controller

JMicron JMF670H

NAND Flash

Synchronous MLC Plus

Feature

Enterprise-grade MLC Plus NAND Flash
5 Year Warranty
Advanced BCH ECC Technology
pSLC Cache Technology
DDR3 DRAM Cache Buffer
NCQ, S.M.A.R.T, TRIM
ADATA SSD Toolbox Software

Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)

120GB Performance (ATTO)
Read: Up to 560MB/s
Write: Up to 460MB/s
240GB Performance (ATTO)
Read: Up to 560MB/s
Write: Up to 460MB/s
480GB Performance (ATTO)
Read: Up to 540MB/s
Write: Up to 420MB/s

Storage Temperatures

-40°C ~ 85°C

Operating Temperatures

0°C ~ 70°C

Shock Resistance

1500G/0.5ms

Dimensions

100.45mm x 69.85mm x 7mm

Weight

68g

Life Expectancy

1,500,000 hours MTBF

Warranty Support

5-year warranty

Accessories

2.5 to 3.5 Bracket

7mm to 9.5mm holder

Acronis ATI HD 2013

Total Bytes Written (TBW)

Not listed

 

Test Results

The test bench used for this review was the MSI X99S setup with the following specification:

  • Intel i7-5630K
  • 32GB Crucial DDR4 2100
  • MSI X99S Gaming 7 motherboard
  • Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler
  • ADATA SX900 256GB SSD (Boot drive)
  • Kingston M.2 120GB SSD (installed but not used)
  • MSI GTX 980 4G Gaming
  • Corsair HX850 PSU
  • Samsung Blu-ray drive
  • Logitech G310 keyboard
  • Razer DeathAdder CHROMA mouse

I ran the review unit through its paces with Anvil Storage Utilities, ATTO, AS SSD, and Crystal Disk Mark to get some metrics for comparison against both the specifications as well as the older and smaller ADATA XPG 9000 256GB SSD.

TEST RESULTS 

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ADATA SX930 SSD 480GB

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Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)

  • 536.9MB/s Read
  • 439 MB/s Write
  • 542.9MB/s Read
  • 512.5 MB/s Write

Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD & Crystal Disk Mark)

AS SSD Benchmarks (MB/s)

  • 503.81 Read 410.67 Write (Sequential)
  • 31.63 Read
    87.23 Write
    (4K)
  • 257.88 Read 231.91 Write
    (4K-64 Thrd)
  • Access time 0.044ms Read
    0.038ms Write

Crystal Disk Mark (MB/s)

  • 500.9 Read  
    425.3 Write (Sequential)
  • 424.2 Read  
    416.9 Write (512K)
  • 34.25 Read 
    100.8 Write (4K)
  • 310 Read  
    294.3 Write (4K QD32)

AS SSD Benchmarks (MB/s)

  • 490.13 Read
    323.37 Write
    (Sequential)
  • 19.36 Read
    106.46 Write
    (4K)
  • 167.77 Read
    223.21 Write
    (4K-64 Thrd)
  • Access time 0.170ms Read
    0.230ms Write

Crystal Disk Mark (MB/s)

  • 474.5 Read  
    340.6 Write (Sequential)
  • 392.3 Read 
    327.1 Write (512K)
  • 27.21 Read 
    126.0 Write (4K)
  • 177.1 Read 
    282.4 Write (4K QD32)

Here are some graphs of the results for those that prefer a visual representation. Note the difference in access time and the way the SX930 handles non-compressible data with AS-SSD and Crystal DiskMark.

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The XPG SX930 performed well compared to the specifications, just falling short of the max ATTO write speed by a mere 3.1MB/s but exceeding in the ATTO write test by 19MB/s. Based on these results and the expectations set by ADATA's product page, I'm happy to say that the drive performed as advertised and does exactly what is says on the box.

I've also included the XPG SX930 test screen shots for reference below

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As expected, the incompressible data test results yielded lower transfer speeds than the compressible ATTO data test. For context we can look to the results from our testing of the smaller and older SX900 256GB SSD that we reviewed earlier in the year and it's clear that aside from the 4K writes, the newer SX930 480GB drive is a better performer when it comes to non-compressible data.  The SX930 480GB has faster read/write speeds and faster access times than the SX900 256GB - so it looks like there are no sacrifices with the additional capacity.

Overall, the ADATA XPG SX930 works as per the manufacturer specification and I didn't have any hesitation in using it for our Console-style build. Capacity was an important consideration for the small form factor 'Console' build because the Fractal Design Node 202 case that we selected only has room for 2 x 2.5" hard drive/SSDs. Going small almost always requires some kind of trade off but the SX930 meant that we didn't have to cut any corners when it came to the system drive.

Using the XPG SX930

480GB is a luxury size for a system drive and means that there is plenty of space for some AAA titles and even some Blu-ray rips. My personal Steam library is pushing 900GB, not to mention my GOG, Origin and Uplay libraries so clearly 480GB isn't going to hold everything I own but it's enough to hold what I'm playing at the moment. In a desktop PC, I'd pair this with at least a 1TB mechanical HDD but the 480GB capacity means that in a small notebook, there should be enough storage capacity and speed for the average enthusiast.

It is a standard size and can be installed in 2.5" drive mounts or in a 3.5" bay with the included bracket. ADATA also give you a code for Acronis ATI HD to assist with data migration from another system drive. I used this after testing and it worked as advertised. There are a number of programs available to do this sort of migration but it is nice to see vendors including software utilities and making it easily accessible for system builders. 

As expected, we didn't have any issues working with the drive during the build, the SATA power and data connectors were well placed and solid. The mounting screw holes lined up with our Node 202's 2.5" SSD bracket. 

The 480GB of space feels like a real treat but for $279, it's not the unattainable dream it used to be. In our concept build we were able to load our favourites on the SSD and the rest on the 1TB SSHD that we also included in the build. Keep an eye out for the build log over the next week.

The saddest thing about the build was that the SSD is hidden away and the funky new artwork can't be seen. Boot time, general performance and game load times were all really impressive. We are looking forward to seeing what the gamers think at the next RESPAWN LAN in Melbourne when we showcase the practical build.

Final Thoughts

The ADATA XPG SX930 480GB model can be found online as low as AUD$279 which seems reasonable. When you look at the Samsung EVO 850 and SanDisk Ultra II with similar advertised speeds, a street price reduction of ~$10 would probably make the SX930 more competitive. The 240GB version can be had for $149 and unlike the previous SX900 series, the SX930 is now available from a larger range of e-tailers in Australia so the accessibility issues we saw with ADATA products appear to be improving.

I didn't experience any compatibility issues or problems with BIOS or Windows recognising the drive, nor did I experience any performance issues when installing the Operating System or applications. Boot times, general system performance, application loading times and system benchmarks were really snappy with the ADATA XPG SX930 SSD.

At the end of our testing, I couldn't find anything negative to say about the product and would happily use this in any build.  

 

ADATA XPG SX930 480GB SSD

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PROS

Decent speeds, improved handling of compressible data over the SX900
Brackets and software included for easy installation
Designed for longevity
5 Year Warranty

CONS

Not the best value at it's current price.

Awards

HighlyRecommended  

 

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pcarroll@pcgamers.net.au (Phil) Storage Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +1000
ADATA Launches XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/sGaming SSD http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/482-adata-launches-xpg-sx930-25”-sata-6gb-sgaming-ssd http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/482-adata-launches-xpg-sx930-25”-sata-6gb-sgaming-ssd ADATA Launches XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/sGaming SSD
ADATA Launches XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/sGaming SSD Invincibility Redefined Taipei, Taiwan – July 16,2015– ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches theXPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s Gaming SSD for professional gamers and overclockers. It comes with a JMicron controller and Enterprise-grade…

SX930

Faster, Tougher – The Fiercest Weapon For Gaming!

Featuring Enterprise-grade MLC plus NAND flash, the XPG SX930 outperforms other SSDs with excellent durability. It is not only suitable for gaming systems, but also ideal for workstations, which require long-term and stable operation.By applying JMicron controllers, the sequential read/write speed of SX930 is up to 560/460MB/s, and it’s available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.In addition, the SX930 is equipped with the innovative and exclusive "pSLC Cache Technology" by ADATA, which can effectively enhance the data transfer speed for the ultimate performance to meet professional gamers' demands!

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More Efficient, More Reliable

For the optimum efficiency, the SP930is equipped with a DDR3 DRAM Cache Buffer, improving the random read/write performance up to 2 times when compared to SSDs without a DRAM cache. The SX930 also supports hardware BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) up to 72bits per 1KB, providing high reliability and data protection.And thanks to the support of NCQ, S.M.A.R.T., and Windows TRIM Command, the SX930 can effectively improve the efficiency of data transfer and maintain great stability.

ADATA SSDs come with a free download of the software “SSD Toolbox” help users quickly and conveniently configure, optimize, and monitor the overall health of their solid state drives, such as system set up, security erase, or firmware updates.Utilizing top-quality NAND flash technology, the SX930 is backed by a solid 5-year warranty for reliable long-term operation.

 

XPG by ADATA

Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extraordinary journey best experienced at full-tilt. Not only does the XPG line sport solid technical features, its strength shines through just by its sheer cool appearance that has earned prestigious accolades worldwide such as Good Design from Japan and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. ADATA XPG products are recognized by overclockers and world-renowned professional gaming teams who use ADATA XPG products as their ultimate weapons for victory. For more information, please visit: http://www.adata.com/en/xpg

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press@pcgamers.net.au (Press Release) Press Releases Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:07:40 +1000
ADATA Launches SP600NS34 M.2 2242 SATA 6Gb/sSSD http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/472-adata-launches-sp600ns34-m2-2242-sata-6gb-sssd http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/472-adata-launches-sp600ns34-m2-2242-sata-6gb-sssd ADATA Launches SP600NS34 M.2 2242 SATA 6Gb/sSSD
ADATA Launches SP600NS34 M.2 2242 SATA 6Gb/sSSD

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Ultra Compact, Most Power-Saving

Taipei, Taiwan – June 30,2015– ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches thePremier SP600NS34 M.2 2242SATA 6Gb/s SSD for Ultrabooks and desktop PCs. To meet the latest platform and users’ expectations, “slimmer, faster, and power-saving”, ADATA’s Premier SP600NS34 features multiple functions to enhance efficiency, such as DEVSLP, BCH ECC technology, and Intel® Smart Response Technology. If you are seeking a new solution to upgrade your Ultrabook, the Premier SP600NS34 will be a great choice with the best cost-performance ratio!

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A Smarter Choice – Fast, Compact and Power-Saving

The Premier SP600NS34 comes in capacities of 128GB and 256GB, and adopts the smallest SSD form factor - M.2 2242, with measurements of only 22 x 42 x 3.5mm. However, the compact size does not sacrifice performance – with the JMicron controller, the sequential read speed of SP600NS34 is up to 550MB/s, and the maximum 4K random read/write performance is up to 75K/77K IOPS. The Premier SP600NS34 supports DEVSLP (Device Sleep) technology, helping to consume less power than traditional idle and prolonging the battery life at the same time.

Higher Efficiency and Reliability

To improve the efficiency of data transfer, the Premier SP600NS34supports Intel® Smart Response Technology,which automatically identifies the most frequently used data and applications, increasing the data transfer rate. It’s equipped with a DDR3 DRAM Cache Buffer, improving the random read/write performance up to 2 times when compared to SSDs without a DRAM cache. In addition, the Premier SP600NS34 supports hardware BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) up to 72bits/1KB for excellent reliability and data protection.ADATA SSDs come with a free download of the software “SSD Toolbox” help users quickly and conveniently configure, optimize, and monitor the overall health of their solid state drives, such as system set up, security erase, or firmware updates.

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About ADATA

 

ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germany’s iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams, embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative memory products in the human pursuit of universally cherished ideas. For more information, please visit www.adata.com.

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press@pcgamers.net.au (Press Release) Press Releases Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:58:17 +1000
ADATA XPG DDR4 MemoryHits Fastest Air-Cooling Record at 4222MHz with msi motherboard http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/473-adata-xpg-ddr4-memoryhits-fastest-air-cooling-record-at-4222mhz-with-msi-motherboard http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/473-adata-xpg-ddr4-memoryhits-fastest-air-cooling-record-at-4222mhz-with-msi-motherboard ADATA XPG DDR4 MemoryHits Fastest Air-Cooling Record at 4222MHz with msi motherboard
ADATA XPG DDR4 MemoryHits Fastest Air-Cooling Record at 4222MHz with msi motherboard

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Performance Uncompromised!

Taipei, Taiwan – June 17,2015– ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, is honored to announce that its XPG Z2 DDR4 computer memory breaks new record again! It’s able to clock up to 4222MHz when used with an air-cooled msi X99A XPOWER AC motherboard.This creates a new overclocking world record for production line DDR4 computer memory!

Best Choice for Ultimate Performance!

In cooperation with motherboard manufacturers, ADATA strives to achieve the best performance in DDR4 memorycompliant with the Intel® X99 architecture. The XPG Z2 DDR4 memory breaks the record with extremely high clock frequency of 4222MHz, impressing both gamers and standard CPU clock users alike with outstanding sustained performance, cooling and stability!

World-renowned reporting authority CPU-Z tested and recorded the XPG Z2’s recent record-breaking performance in a controlled laboratory environment. 

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About XPG by ADATA

Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extraordinary journey best experienced at full-tilt. Not only does the XPG line sport solid technical features, its strength shines through just by its sheer cool appearance that has earned prestigious accolades worldwide such as Good Design from Japan and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. ADATA XPG products are recognized by overclockers and world-renowned professional gaming teams who use ADATA XPG products as their ultimate weapons for victory. For more information, please visit: http://www.adata.com/en/xpg/.

 

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press@pcgamers.net.au (Press Release) Press Releases Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1000
ADATA’s High-Performance XPG: “Born to Battle!” http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/474-adata’s-high-performance-xpg-“born-to-battle” http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/474-adata’s-high-performance-xpg-“born-to-battle” ADATA’s High-Performance XPG: “Born to Battle!”
ADATA’s High-Performance XPG: “Born to Battle!” Your Ultimate Weapon for Victory

Taipei, Taiwan – June 1st , 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products is going to rock your world with its high-performance Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) product line. XPG’s primary mission is to provide you with superior computer accessories such as ultra-fast memory modules and high-performance SSDs. Ideal for gamers, PC enthusiasts and overclockers, ADATA’s XPG line will help you blow away your opponents – because XPG is Born to Battle!

XPG: An Extreme Performance Warrior Born to Battle!

ADATA’s full range of XPG products include high-capacity solid state drives (SSD) featuring fast read/write performance, longevity, stability, and security features that get the lead of your system and jack up your performance. Gamers and overclockers worldwide use ADATA’s hot magma XPG memory for overclocking to achieve extreme performance in balance with XPG memory’s stability-enhancing features such as 2 ounces of solid copper on the memory’s PCB to reduce heat buildup and protect signal integrity. ADATA’s XPG performs as hot as magma, but runs cool to keep your system stable. ADATA’s XPG is Born to Battle!

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See Your Newest Weapons in the XPG Website!

Coming up soon at ADATA’s XPG website, you’ll see XPG product launch pages, eSports news, and interactive social media and video communication. What does this all mean? Stay tuned and check out ADATA’s XPG website at http://www.adata.com/en/xpg

World-Domination Sponsorships

ADATA has established a unique partnership with US-based eSports organization compLexity Gaming. This new relationship represents the first of many great steps for ADATA as it makes inroads into the thrilling world of high-performance gaming and eSports.“Both ADATA and compLexity Gaming have long histories of being leaders in their respective industries, so this partnership makes perfect sense,” said Brian Jackson, Manager of Business Development for compLexity Gaming. In China, ADATA is sponsoring EP Electronic Sports Club by equipping them with XPG products, and fully supports EP's various teams involved in superpower competitions at home and abroad.

XPG by ADATA

Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extraordinary journey best experienced at full-tilt. Not only does the XPG line sport solid technical features, its strength shines through just by its sheer cool appearance that has earned prestigious accolades worldwide such as Good Design from Japan and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. ADATA XPG products are recognized by overclockers and world-renowned professional gaming teams who use ADATA XPG products as their ultimate weapons for victory. For more information, please visit: http://www.adata.com/en/xpg.

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press@pcgamers.net.au (Press Release) Press Releases Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +1000
ADATA XPG Z2DDR4 3400 Overclocking Memory Breaks NewRecord - 4034MHz! http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/475-adata-xpg-z2ddr4-3400-overclocking-memory-breaks-newrecord-4034mhz http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/475-adata-xpg-z2ddr4-3400-overclocking-memory-breaks-newrecord-4034mhz ADATA XPG Z2DDR4 3400 Overclocking Memory Breaks NewRecord - 4034MHz!
ADATA XPG Z2DDR4 3400 Overclocking Memory Breaks New Record - 4034MHz! Performance Uncompromised!

Taipei, Taiwan – May 26,2015– ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, is honored to announce that its XPG Z2 DDR4 3400 computer memory is able to clock up to 4034MHz when used with an air-cooled msi X99A XPOWER AC motherboard.This creates a new overclocking world record for production line DDR4 computer memory!

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Best Choice for Ultimate Performance!

In cooperation with motherboard manufacturers, ADATA strives to achieve the best performance in DDR4 memorycompliant with the Intel® X99 architecture. The XPG Z2 DDR4 3400breaks the record with extremely high clock frequency of 4034MHz, impressing both gamers and standard CPU clock users alike with outstanding sustained performance, cooling and stability!

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About ADATAXPG

Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a brand of ADATA Technology offering the highest-performing computer peripheral products. XPG products distinguish themselves by surpassing ADATA’s stringent A+ Testing Methodology, which ensures the highest standards for superior product stability and ultra-high performance. XPG provides gamers, high-tech product enthusiasts, and overclockers with an extraordinary journey best experienced at full-tilt. Not only does the XPG line sport solid technical features, its strength shines through just by its sheer cool appearance that has earned prestigious accolades worldwide such as Good Design from Japan and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. ADATA XPG products are recognized by overclockers and world-renowned professional gaming teams who use ADATA XPG products as their ultimate weapons for victory. For more information, please visit: http://www.adata.com/en/xpg/.

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press@pcgamers.net.au (Press Release) Press Releases Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000
Reviewed: ADATA XPG V3 DDR3 2133 16GB http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/467-reviewed-adata-xpg-v3-ddr3-2133-16gb http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/press-releases/item/467-reviewed-adata-xpg-v3-ddr3-2133-16gb Reviewed: ADATA XPG V3 DDR3 2133 16GB
Memory that's Modder-friendly and fast. What more can you ask for? ADATA surprised us with their XPG V3 DDR3 2133 16GB kit and it's become our new 'go-to' memory for concept builds and the test bench.

We recently had the opportunity to test out the XPG SX900 256GB SSD and luckily for us, the kind folks at ADATA also sent across a 16GB (2x8GB) kit of XPG V3 DDR3 2133 PC3-1700 memory kit for our mini ITX build. The first thing we noticed was the two-tone red/black heat spreaders and the high profile of the fins, then we turned the pack over and spotted the second set of heat spreaders in a yellow/gold colour. That's right, you can undo a couple of screws and slide the coloured central fins out of the heat spreader for easy replacement. 

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We checked with ADATA and yes, you can paint the removable fins. Although we didn't need to for our mini ITX build, we plan to give this a go at some point in the near future. As it happened, the red fins matched the red heat sinks on our Gigabyte Z97N Gaming 5 motherboard for the concept build and the ASUS Maximus VI Gene test bench. That said, being able to customise the colour of the memory without voiding the warranty or risking component damage is brilliant. You can also get different coloured fins but we haven't found them locally.

The video from ADATA below shows how easy it is to swap out the fins
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The XPG V3 memory modules have a sturdy feel to them, almost heavy and they also feel cold to handle. Build quality from a cosmetic point of view is great and in all of our testing and general use at 2133MHz, we didn't encounter any issues. The test bench and concept build both used tower heatsinks (air coolers) that drew air across the heat spreader fins. As expected, this kept the memory modules cool. 
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It's worth noting that the XPG V3 heat spreaders sit about 55mm tall so you need to check your CPU cooler for compatibility - in our testing we used the 92mm Noctua NH-D9L and NH-U9S coolers that are designed not to overhang the memory slots so we didn't have to worry. 

The specifications for the kit are as follows:

  • DDR3-2133
  • 16GB (8GBx2)
  • PC3-17000
  • CL10-11-11-30
  • 1.65V
  • Black (Red + Gold)

In terms of features, aside from the obvious detachable fins in their "Thermal Conductive Technology" (we take that to be heat spreaders / sinks), ADATA has also used an 8 layer PCB with a 2oz copper inner layer designed to provide better signal transfer with reduced electrical resistance and less power consumption.

The memory comes in a clear plastic pack with memory on the front and the spare fins on the back.
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"Gaming" Benchmarks

So we have ascertained that the XPG V3 DDR3 from ADATA is easy to work with, easy to modify in terms of the central fin colour, stays cool and runs at the rated 2133MHz speed. The next question is: Does it make much difference over RAM that runs at a lower speed like the 1600MHz Vengeance LP that we typically use? We're gamers here so rather than run a bunch of memory-centric benchmarks, we ran the usual gambit of synthetic performance benchmarks to see if there was any real difference in the gaming results.

We tested on our usual test bench with the ASUS Maximus VI Gene, i5-4670K (not overclocked), ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD, Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2G, Corsair HX 850W PSU.
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3DMark - Skydiver

2133MHz 1600MHz
P Score 19384 18929
Graphics Score 25597  25489
Physics Score 8672  8290
Overall Score 20043 18834

3DMark Skydiver looks like it benefits from the faster memory speed, especially in the physics area.

Unigine Heaven

2133MHz 1600MHz
Average FPS 44.5 44.6
Score 1121 1123
Min FPS 21.7 21.7
Max FPS 98.7 98.9

We're happy to call this one a dead-heat without any tangible benefit

Batman : Arkham City

Frames Per Second 2133MHz 1600MHz
Minimum 51 55
Max 126 122
Avg 96 94

Nothing earth-shattering here either with an average of 2 frames per second lead to 2133MHz but the run at 1600MHz saw a higher minimum FPS reading. We'll call this one a dead-heat as well.

Tomb Raider

Frames Per Second 2133MHz 1600MHz
Minimum 47.2 47.2
Max 81.1 81.7
Avg 62.4 62.5

It doesn't get much closer than the above result for Tomb Raider - which is possibly a credit to the benchmark but doesn't support the case for faster memory when gaming.

The above results show that there really isn't much difference between 1600MHz and 2133MHz RAM speeds in real-world gaming benchmarks. At best, we could say that there is a slight benefit in physics processing but it's debatable. Also keep in mind that these benchmarks on an Intel i5-4670K that was not overclocked for testing where we were just testing the effect of different RAM speeds without altering any other settings. If you had the faster RAM and were a heavier tweaker, you might be able to squeeze out a more tangible result.... maybe.

Concept Build

The concept build was a mini ITX system that only had 2 RAM slots so the 16GB kit was a welcome addition over the standard 8GB. The colour matching came out looking really good without the need to do a custom paint job and the kit blended in really well to the red and black themed Core V1 build.{gallery}techspace/hardware/memory/adata-xpgv3/concept{/gallery}

We also ran some tests with a RAMDISK partitioned from the system memory to see what kind of read/write speeds we could get. Although impressive and certainly interesting, in real world gaming, we didn't really notice the difference when compared to a modern day SSD despite the hard data of the synthetic benchmark tests.{gallery}techspace/hardware/memory/adata-xpgv3/RAMDISK{/gallery}

Conclusion

Performance wise, we didn't have any issues at all during the testing, concept build or general use over a 2 month period. The XPG V3 kit didn't miss a beat or have any compatibility issues with either our ASUS Maximus VI Gene test bench or the Gigabyte Z97N Gaming 5 mini ITX concept rig. Although the benefit of 2133MHZ over 1600MHz wasn't really noticeable in real-world gaming testing, the extra speed won't hurt either. The key thing for us here was that the memory was rock solid and cool at all times.

16GB could be considered overkill for gaming and in many cases it really is but for longevity, more RAM is a great way to hedge your bets and get more life out of your rig. With 16GB installed, we can switch off the Virtual memory/swap file and or even run a small RAMDISK for temp files or a scratch disk. 

The pricing is about average at around the $220 mark but the DDR3-2133 kit is hard to find at the time of writing.

Given the aesthetic benefits, build quality and performance we saw when using this kit, we would happily use this RAM in any build and we're really looking forward to starting a project that will see one of the removable fin sets painted for a truly custom look.

HighlyRecommended

 

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pcarroll@pcgamers.net.au (Phil) Motherboards Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000
Reviewed : ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/categories/item/461-reviewed-adata-xpg-sx900-256gb-ssd http://pcgamers.net.au/index.php/categories/item/461-reviewed-adata-xpg-sx900-256gb-ssd Reviewed : ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD
ADATA products aren't the easiest to find in the Australian market but they are there. We had the opportunity to include a couple of rippers in our recent Mini ITX build for the RESPAWN LAN line-up and they didn't let us down. Check out the results where we test the…

The XPG DDR3 and XPG SX900 SSD were the first ADATA products that I've actually had my hands on although I know a few people that were way ahead of me and have been using ADATA components for a while. Availability seems to be ADATA's biggest enemy in the Australian market and after using their products for a couple of months now I'd say that the XPG DDR3 and SX900 SSD are under appreciated.productGallery3460

The 2.5" form factor with 7mm thickness is pretty standard for an SSD and makes the XPG SX900 ideal for most notebooks and desktops. ADATA has included a 3.5"mounting bracket for maximum compatibility in PC builds. Although most modern day cases come with 2.5" drive mounts, there are a lot of people upgrading older PCs with an SSD to squeeze a bit more life out of an old rig so this is a plus.

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ADATA has implemented the SandForce 2281 controller with optimised firmware to gain a little extra capacity over other SSDs with the same controller. As we understand it, other SandForce drives reserve some of the total capacity for levelling, endurance, maintenance purposes which results in a smaller overall amount of useable storage space. ADATA have somehow managed to make this capacity useable in the XPG SX900. In the long term, I'm not sure how this will play out by way of longevity/durability but without a time machine, we'll give ADATA the benefit of the doubt for now.

We'll go through the specifications first, then validate our test unit against them to see how the SSD performs as a system drive.

Specifications 

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ADATA 256GB XPG SX900 SSD

Form Factor

2.5" 

 Available Capacities

 64GB /128GB /256GB /512GB

Interface

SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) 

NAND Flash

Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory

Feature

TRIM COMMAND SUPPORT

MAX 4K WRITE IOPS

RAID SUPPORT

256GB
Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)

Up to 560MB/s Read and up to 540MB/s Write

256GB
Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD)

Up to 490MB/s Read and up to 340MB/s Write

256GB
Max 4K Write IOPS 

Up to 91K

Power Consumption

1.2W Active; 0.5W Idle

Storage Temperatures

-40°C ~ 85°C

Operating Temperatures

0°C ~ 70°C

Shock Resistance

1500G

Dimensions

100.45mm x 69.85mm x 7mm

Weight

7.36g

Life Expectancy

1 million hours MTBF

Warranty Support

3-year warranty

Accessories

2.5 to 3.5 Bracket

7mm to 9.5mm holder

Acronis ATI HD 2013

Total Bytes Written (TBW)

Not listed

 

Test Results

 

We ran the review unit through its paces with Anvil Storage Utilities, ATTO, AS SSD, and Crystal Disk Mark to get some metrics for comparison against the specifications.

 
TEST RESULTS 

ADATA 256GB XPG SX900 SSD

Compressible Data Transfer (ATTO)

542.9MB/s Read and 512.5 MB/s Write

Incompressible Data Transfer (AS-SSD & Crystal Disk Mark)

AS SSD Benchmarks (MB/s)

  • 490.13 Read / 323.37 Write (Sequential)
  • 19.36 Read / 106.46 Write (4K)
  • 167.77 Read / 223.21 Write (4K-64 Thrd)
  • Access time 0.170ms Read / 0.230ms Write

Crystal Disk Mark (MB/s)

  • 474.5 Read / 340.6 Write (Sequential)
  • 392.3 Read / 327.1 Write (512K)
  • 27.21 Read / 126.0 Write (4K)
  • 177.1 Read / 282.4 Write (4K QD32)

IOMETER Max Random 4k Read/Write

Anvil test results showed

  • up to 29,990 IOPS Read
  • up to 70,015 IOPS Write

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I was surprised to see the Random 4K write speed as high as it was but it was consistent in multiple test runs and different benchmarks.

The ATTO tests fell a little short of the maximum listed specification but keep in mind that we test our storage devices as a Windows 8.1 installation, not on an empty drive.

The AS-SSD read speed was bang-on specification whilst the write speed was about 20MB/s under the max rated speed. This was flipped on its head in the Crystal disk mark test where the Read speed fell a little shy and the Write speed was bang-on specification.

The Max 4K IOPS read result of up to 70K fell short of the specification (up to 91K) in our testing.

Overall, the ADATA XPG SX900 works as per the manufacturer specification and we certainly didn't have any complaints when testing it or using it in our mini ITX concept build.

Using the XPG SX900

The 256GB is a good size for either a system drive or some additional storage for a fast steam library. It is a standard size and can be installed in 2.5" drive mounts or in a 3.5" bay with the included bracket. ADATA also give you a code for Acronis ATI HD 2013 to assist with data migration from another system drive - we didn't use this as we always do a fresh install for testing.

As expected, we didn't have any issues working with the drive during the build, the SATA power and data connectors were well placed and solid. The mounting screw holes lined up with our chassis but in the end we used double sided table to mount the drive for purely aesthetic reasons.

The gallery below shows the drive installed in our test bench and later the practical build.

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Final Thoughts

The ADATA XPG SX900 256GB model can be found online as low as AUD$179 which seems very reasonable compared to its competition. We wouldn't call it cheap but it's by no means expensive either.

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We gave this drive a flogging in testing and then we wiped it and started from scratch in our mini ITX concept build. We tested the drive along the way and found the benchmark results to be consistent. We didn't have any compatibility issues or problems with BIOS or Windows 8.1 recognising the drive, nor did we experience any performance issues when installing the Operating System or applications. Game load times and general system performance was really snappy with the ADATA XPG SX900 SSD and I'd happily use one of these (or perhaps more) in my personal system.

 

HighlyRecommended

 

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pcarroll@pcgamers.net.au (Phil) Storage Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +1000