Solid State Drives or SSDs are becoming a more viable choice for faster storage read and write, not to mention its price tags are on the decline which makes them more affordable to purchase. One is the ADATA SX900, a part of its XPG series that touts a lightweight solid state drive and stores a 256GB capacity.
The package generally consists of the a 2.5 to 3.5-inch bracket and screws for desktop PC use, a 2.5mm thick fitting for a 9.5mm slot, a quick start guide, and the SSD itself. The drive’s enclosure, done in an aluminum casing with a metal finish, is really lightweight and easy to hold. Acronis ATI HD software is also present, and the key is stuck at the back plate.
On the inside, the SSD presents itself with 16 storage modules, with eight residing on each side. The SX900 uses a LSI SandForce SF-2281VB2-SPC controller. Not all SandForce controllers are created the same, and the newer models are usually better, faster and more efficient.
Installing the device isn’t really much of a hassle. Once we’ve set up all the cables and booted our device, it installed itself into the system. Out of two desktops we’ve had it installed, only one worked and the other seemed to have encountered some problems after installation.
For a normal user, the SX900 can really do great. It works well and does not appear to have speed issues with data transfer and such. With our test machine with an Intel Core i7-4790 clocked at 3.6Ghz, an NVIDIA GeForce 770 card, Asus H97 Pro Gamer motherboard, and Antec 1200W PSU, we were able to get these results from various application tests we have conducted:
Despite the somewhat uneven performance a few times on tests, the SX900 proved to have consistent read speeds averaging 450Mb/s while the write speeds were at 340-400Mb/s.
The ADATA XPG SX900 proves to be a reliable hard drive that can deliver fast speeds comparable to those in the mainstream mid-tier segments of the market with a price that’s a lot less than many of those. With a better results, the performance of the ADATA XPG SX900 is among the best of those SandForce-based drives.
ADATA XPG SX900 SSD specs and features
- SATA III 6Gbps interface
- SandForce 2281 controller
- 2.5-inch Synchronous NAND
- 7mm form factor
- 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities
- Acronis True Image HD and disk migration utility
- 2.5- to 3.5-inch bracket
- Optimized to better utilize NAND flash storage capacity
- TRIM and RAID support
What we liked about it:
- Consistent Read/Write Speeds
- Three-year Warranty service
- Bundled Acronic Software, options for better installation fit
What we didn’t like:
- Installation, operation on machines may be quite demanding
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