ADATA Launches SX950 Series SSDs
A new series of SSDs has just been launched by ADATA, the SX950 family, with storage capacities ranging from 240GB to 960GB. Prices stack accordingly, with the 240GB variant costing $140, the 480GB $250 and the top-end 960GB setting customers back $450. Rather than maximize storage space, ADATA seems to be concentrating on offering consumers a reliable drive that will stand the test of time; it also comes with a six-year warranty.
Meant to be used in gaming PCs, the SX950 SSDs offer more or less the same specs as their competitors, but stand out thanks to their unusually long warranty and the durability of the components used. The drives are rated for a MTBF of 2 million hours, putting it well at the top of the market in that regard. As many home builders are keen to only have to buy any component once, this ADATA tack may be a smart one.
The controller is a Silicon Motion SM2258, giving it four NAND flash channels, a DRAM buffer and pseudo-SLC caching. When in use, this support gives the SX950 a read speed (sequential) of 560MB/s and 530MB/s write speed. Random performance is also mid-range, offering between 80 and 90 IOPS depending on the model used. The SSDs use 3D MLC NAND from an unknown manufacturer and connects using a SATA interface.
When the specs are taken into account, the SX950 SSDs cost a fraction more than what the competition is offering, but then again, consumers are unlikely to find that drives with these kind of read/write speeds that also offer 2 million hours of use and a six-year warranty. The biggest question mark concerning these SSDs is whether DIY-rig builders are going to shell out up to $450 for a SATA-connected drive as there are plenty of cost-effective alternatives available.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.