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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

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Posted October 5, 2015 by Scott Guthrie in Storage, HDs & SSDs

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: SP550: $79.99 (Newegg) & SX930: $110.00 (Amazon or Newegg)
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Well built, solid performance, and the SX930 is quite sexy! SP550 is an all around solid performer and well priced!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Minor: SX930 is slightly overpriced.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The ADATA Premier SP550 240GB and the ADATA XPG SX930 are solid performing well made drives that are worthy upgrades for any user seeking an SSD for their Gaming machine, laptop, or general purpose PC.
by Scott Guthrie
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Packaging and Contents (SP550)

ADATA markets the SP550 and the SX930 to two very different markets, and the packaging reflects that.

The SP550 is a mainstream drive, focused on up-graders who are cost conscious and seeking a “superior cost-performance ratio”. As such, the packaging is minimalist (a small white box) with the ADATA Hummingbird Logo prominently placed at the top left. A feature list and several badges fill out the space surrounding a window that displays the SSD in all it’s glory.

SP550Box_front

The feature list and badges convey the following:

  • 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s Solids State Drive
  • Advanced LDPC Error Correction Control
  • Integrated H/W Thermal Sensor Protector
  • Support Device Sleep (DEVSLP)
  • DRAM Cache Buffer
  • NCQ / SMART Command Support
  • Optimized for AHCI Mode
  • Shock Resistance
  • TRIM Support
  • ACRONIS True Image HD (Free Download)
  • Ultra Slim (7mm)
  • 3 Year Warranty

SP550Box_back

The back of the small white box conveys further information in incredibly small text (I had to reach for my “Old Man” glasses):

“Standard 2.5″ SSD featuring built-in ECC and wear-leveling technology / Compatible with Serial ATA(SATA) specification / Silent. Fast access. Anti-Shock. Low power consumption. Long data retention.”

There’s also a nifty QR Code which leads you to a login page on ADATA.com where you can register your product for warranty and download the ADATA SSD Toolbox application as well as the ACRONIS HD software, manuals, technical specifications, etc.

Finally, on a small sticker on the back, ADATA provides a table stating the Max Performance of the drives in the SP550 Range.

Max Performance 120GB 240GB 480GB
Read up to 560MB/s up to 560MB/s up to 560MB/s
Write up to 410MB/s up to 510MB/s up to 510MB/s

“*Performance may vary dependent on the benchmark used, drivers, windows version, bios version and SSD capacity.”

You’ll note that the packaging seems to focus on data protection, hardware protection, and standards support. This would seem to target Laptop upgrades (7mm form factor, shock resistance, DEVSLP) specifically, and the focus on standards (TRIM, NCQ / SMART, AHCI) is aimed at users who know they want an SSD, but want to make sure the one they are buying is compatible. These are things we’d expect any modern SSD to support, and ADATA does a great job pointing them out. The performance table reflects a solid mainstream SSD, and tells us to expect excellent performance as well.

SP550Box_Contents

The SP550 ships with only a 7 to 9.5mm plastic spacer, and a paper multi-fold “SSD Quick Start Guide” , which is a well written guide on installing, and setting up your new SSD. It is printed in 12 languages no less!

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