Today we will be reviewing the Adata XPG SX930 – 240GB SSD. The XPG series is one of several SSD series in Adata’s range of storage devices, aimed at the performance user.
SSDs are now getting more and more affordable, and recently I’ve noticed a lot of users are opting to buy a smaller 120GB-240GB SSDs as their boot drive for their OS (operating system), while using a separate 1TB or higher for their storage.
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Not a lot of people know this, but there are several types of NAND flash memory used in most of today’s SSDs. The two most popular are SLC and MLC. Here’s a little background taken from Tomsitpro.
SLC — Single Level Cell: the most expensive, longest lived (high P/E), and generally fastest. Bits are stored only as 2 voltage levels, or a “1” or “0.” In SLC less data is stored per cell, so the per unit storage cost is higher.
MLC — Multi-Level Cell: is consumer grade and used in phones, cameras, and USB sticks. The stored charge in MLC may be interpreted as a variety of values, 0 to 3, or 4 possible states, and may store 2 bits. With shorter lifetimes, usually 10x less than SLC, the advantage of this memory is that the cost is 2- 4x less than SLC, but with lower write speeds. MLC typically uses some form of error correction code per block.
The XPG SX930 SSD from Adata is equipped with a super fast JMicron JMF670H SSD controller along with qualified MLC NAND flash memory. This allows a maximum sequential read and write speeds up to 560MB/s and 460MB/s according to Adata’s ATTO tests.
For those who are not familiar with ADATA, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
About ADATA XPG
Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a sub-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.
I’m expecting some good results from the Adata XPG SX930 SSD. Let’s see how well it will perform. We will be comparing the performance of the Adata XPG SX930 SSD with the recently reviewed Crucial MX300, the Kingston Savage and the Patriot Ignite.
Now, let’s check out the features and specifications of the Adata XPG SX930 – 240GB SSD.