ADATA invited us to their suite to show us some of their latest and greatest offerings. Most of the items on display have been previously launched, but they did have a couple new pieces of hardware. First up is that ADATA is announcing an enterprise class SSD line, the SX1000. I’m not exactly sure why this is “enterprise class”, however, as they’re using SF-2281 controllers with standard capacities of 120/240/480GB.

Read/write speeds reach up to 550/530MB/s with up to 85K IOPS, which we’ve seen elsewhere. Most enterprise class SandForce/LSi based SSDs use the SF-2581 controller, and ADATA rates their MTBF at 1 million hours with a 3-year warranty, both of which are basically par for the course. Unless I’m missing something specific, the X1000 just looks like any other SF-2281 consumer drive, though I suppose the fact that ADATA’s consumer SSDs with SF-2281 have 7% spare area (e.g. 256GB out of 256GiB) does make the new line potentially more reliable.

Besides the SX1000, ADATA had some mSATA SSDs on show along with new M.2/NGFF SSDs. The M.2 drives include the longer form factor XNS380E with the SF-2281 (again) and capacities of 64/128/256/512GB. The second M.2 SSD is for caching purposes, with a smaller size, a JMicron JMF667 controller, and capacities of 24/32/64GB. Read/write speeds are quoted at up to 450/100MB/s with up to 24K IOPS, neither of which is particularly impressive, but for a caching SSD it’s probably sufficient.

Moving on to the RAM and flash memory, as you’d expect ADATA had a ton of products on display. Most of these aren’t particularly noteworthy (at least not that I can tell), with a bunch of USB sticks, DIMMs, and other devices. The full set of images for all of the above can be seen in the gallery.

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  • critical_ - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link


    I'm pretty disappointed with ADATA in the consumer space and definitely wouldn't want to trust anything even remotely "enterprise" to their products just yet. Case in point, I purchased an ADATA SX300 256GB mSATA SSD last year. While the drive does what it is supposed to do, ADATA has not released a firmware update to address the TRIM bug issue. We're still stuck on 5.0.2a. A reviewer on NewEgg also dinged them for not releasing firmware version 5.0.4 back in December. An ADATA rep responded and said we would see an update mid-January. I still don't see an update anywhere. With product support like this, I'm not sure ADATA has earned enough "good faith" points to make it into anything more than an enthusiasts test rig. I just wish companies would consider these sorts of issues where an obvious opportunity exists to show they are better than their competitors.
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link

    Exactly the point I was trying to make.
  • DuckieHo - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link

    Has anyone used a Jmicron controller in the last 2 years?
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, January 12, 2013 - link

    I believe Kingston's SSDNow V Series has used the newer controller for a while. It's not super fast, but it's not terrible.
  • changshih - Saturday, January 26, 2013 - link

    My Linux use JMicron 603 in the last 2 year. So?

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