AData sets a new benchmark for low cost SSDs with their Premier SP550 line

Subject: Storage | December 29, 2015 - 01:48 PM |
Tagged: Premier SP550 240GB, adata, SM2256

At a current price of $67 the AData Premier SP550 240GB is one of the least expensive SSDs on the planet.  One has to wonder what kind of quality one would get at such a steep discount which is one of the reasons Hardware Canucks published this review of the drive.  The controller is Silicon Motion's talented SM225 which can interface with 1x/1y/1z nm TLC NAND from any manufacturer on the market, in this case 16nm SK Hynix 128Gbit TLC NAND.   As to performance, read speeds are very competitive at least until the 256MB DDR3-1600 cache fills at which point the speed does decrease, unfortunately read speeds are strangely slow even for TLC.  The three year, 90 TB written warranty is not spectacular but should give you at least some confidence in the reliability of the drive.  At the price you do make some sacrifices, but what a nice price.

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"With a price of just $80 and performance numbers that -on paper at least- look extremely competitive, is the AData Premier SP550 the budget SSD to get?"

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December 29, 2015 | 02:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think I would go with the Samsung 850 vnand devices right now if looking for something reasonably priced and the 950 if willing to pay more. I haven't seen anything bad about the 850 series yet.

December 29, 2015 | 04:44 PM - Posted by RabbitKing

Samsung 850 EVO drives of comparable size are street pricing only about $15US more than this, which is nothing considering Samsung has a much larger footprint and well-known reliability and performance.

Up to now, I've used Samsung SSDs exclusively and they've been just perfect, knock on wood. It would take a lot more than 15 bucks saved to get me to try this drive.

I would not want to turn around a few months from now with issues on this Adata drive and try to rationalize it by saying I saved enough money to buy a hamburger on the way home from Microcenter. It just isn't worth it to take a risk.

Edit: originally said the Samsung price difference was $20US. It's not even $20. It's $15US. 850 Evo 250GB MZ-75E250B/AM are $81.61 at Amazon. So there is even less need to look elsewhere.

December 29, 2015 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Reverend Clint (not verified)

I grabbed 2 850 evos on amazon for $77 a piece a few weeks ago.

December 30, 2015 | 05:14 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

I bought a 60GB ADATA for $60 3.5 years ago. Still working well. Maybe it's time to upgrade.

December 30, 2015 | 05:19 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

By the way, the current price is $62.

December 30, 2015 | 07:58 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Not low enough yet. Wake me up when it gets to "40$ for 256GB" mark. I'll be buying them in packages, then.

December 30, 2015 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

yep, still not cheap enough. heck i can pick up spinning 250gb disks for under 20.00

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