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ADATA XPG SX900 128GB SSD Full Review - Low Cost SandForce

Subject: Storage

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

Conclusion:

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PROS:

  • Good performance for a great price.

CONS:

  • Sandforce 2281 controller is becoming outclassed by newer gen Indilinx and Samsung parts.

Pricing and Availability:

Here's a current snapshot of the SX900 pricing:

  • 64GB   - $80   ($1.25/GB)
  • 128GB - $100 ($0.78/GB)
  • 256GB - $180 ($0.70/GB)
  • 512GB - $390 ($0.76/GB)

These are great prices, especially the 256GB sweet spot at $0.70/GB.

Warranty:

ADATA's SX900 line ships with a 3-Year warranty.

Firmware:

SandForce controllers had some growing pains, specifically with the 2281 which this SX900 contains. Fortunately, ADATA has been vigilant in pushing newer base firmwares out via their web site. The most recent was v5.0.2a, released July of last year and well after SandForce hammered out the known issues. Anyone purchasing an SX900 should verify and update prior to placing their drive into use, just in case you've received new old stock. The SX900 firmware / download page is HERE.

Final Thoughts:

The ADATA SX900 has been around for a while now, but its SandForce 2281 remains a very capable controller, and ADATA is offering it at an excellent price. Frugal shoppers should absolutely consider the SX900 when scoping out their next good deal.

February 6, 2013 | 08:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Firmware 5.0.2a still has issues and they were resolved in 5.0.3. The newest SandForce firmware is 5.0.5 and it's very good. Too bad ADATA can't get their firmware act together.

February 7, 2013 | 03:21 AM - Posted by Jr. Tek Pro (not verified)

I have tested my SSD with newest SandForce firmware 5.0.5
Having troube on that one as well. B-S-O-D :(

You guys can download IOMeter 2010 from

http://sourceforge.net/projects/iometer/files/iometer-devel/1.1.0-rc1/

Play around with it and tested 4K random write via IOMeter 2010
See if you have same test result

32G SSD => BSOD, 0xF4
64G SSD => BSOD, 0xF4

bty, can someone tell me where we can download 5.0 B?
One of my friend said 5.0 B will be available shortly.
Is this truth?

February 8, 2013 | 03:27 PM - Posted by ezjohny

I think I'm going to get this SSD for my next build, looks promising and good for the price! I'm a casual PC gamer!

March 28, 2013 | 10:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ADATA just releases updated firmware for SX900 SSD drive. It is now at Firmware 5.0.7a

http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=ss_main&page=ss_content_driv...

March 28, 2013 | 10:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Adata Firmware 5.0.7a release notes do not metion anything about TRIM being fixed... WTF?

April 15, 2013 | 02:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"ADATA first with SandForce 5.0.7a firmware, TRIM enabled for ADATA SSDs"

This is the headline I've been seeing, I assume that TRIM issue have been addressed and that this update has fixes found in previous firmware except the one that was pulled from breaking TRIM.

Purchased 2 drives in January 3013. Went online to get info on how to properly setup the OS (enable TRIM etc). Also used the wipe free space feature of ccleaner. CrystalMark always gave me good results except for write speed which is around 250 instead of 500 like the read speed.

Bottom line, I had the expected performance even without this firmware. I'll install it tonight but cant see myself getting much of a boost (write speed).

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