Monday, November 13, 2017

ADATA SU650 SSD 240GB Review

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ADATA has stepped up its game when it released its first 3D NAND SSD with the SU800, bringing a great solution for those looking to get to upgrade their PCs with faster storage. Now, ADATA wants to further up its value for money as it announces the SU650, another 3D NAND SSD that looks to deliver more on cost to performance ratio.

Capacity120GB / 240GB / 480GB
Form Factor2.5"
Dimensions100.45 x 69.85 x 7mm
InterfaceSATA 6Gbps
Sequential R/W Performance (MAX)Up to 520 / 450MB/s
Operating Temperature0°C - 70°C
Storage Temperature-40°C - 85°C
Shock Resistence1500G / 0.5ms
MTBF2,000,000 Hours
Warranty3 Years
PricePhp5,225 / ~$99.99


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The SU650 comes in a rather flashy packaging. Its box features a reflective surface that while may be eyecatching, can be somewhat of annoyance to those who want things classy and edgy. While we can agree that what’s inside is what’s important, presenting a product to its intended market fittingly can lead to better chances of piquing their interest. But then again, it does stand out in its own way.

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Moving forward, the box contains the SU650 itself, a plastic spacer, and warranty and service leaflet. Everything is standard here, so we’re all good with that.


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We’re going to basically cover the aesthetics here since pretty much design on an engineering perspective on 2.5” SSDs are already standard, and almost always plastic. And with that said, the SU650 features that.

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Design-wise, the SU650 comes with a colorful bit of sticker sheet, and on the other side of it is another sticker sheet that with serials, certifications, and warranty code.  There are also mounting holes on each corner at the back, which should let you mount the SU650 to cases that allow it.


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ADATA rates the SU650 with read and write speeds of 520MB/s and 450MB/s respectively, and we’re here to test it out. ADATA also bundles its proprietary software for its SSDs called the ADATA SSD Toolbox that gives you handy tools for diagnosis, overview, optimizations, and so forth of your ADATA drive.

MotherboardECS Z270H4-I
CPUIntel Core i5 6500
Storage128 GB HyperX Fury SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD + ADATA SU650 240GB SSD
PSUCorsair VS450
CaseDeepcool Tesseract
OSWindows 10 Pro N
DisplayBenQ GW2270H

ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark is an industry leading benchmark that help measure performance of system storage such as hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays, and so forth.

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Crystal Disk Mark
We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests.

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AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark can determine an SSD's performance by conducting several specific tests on sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache.

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Real World Performance
For the real world performance, we'll be using a set of 20GB file consisting of 119 video files, as well as an archived 16GB to test it out. The time is measured in seconds, and of course, lower is better.

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At the end of the day, the ADATA SU650 isn’t exactly aiming to break speed records. Rather, it aims to deliver standard SSD speeds for users looking to get into faster storage solutions without breaking the bank. Synthetic benchmarks are pretty much where it’s rated at, so no complaints there. Real world performance on the other hand could be better, but then again, it would totally depend on your system setup. Overall, the ADATA SU650 is one of the cost-effective solutions available in the market to date if you’re still hesitant to jump on the SSD train. Simply put, it's an recommend.

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