When it comes to SSDs, ADATA has never fallen short at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. 2016 is no different. From demonstrations of upcoming products to include both NVMe SSDs using the newest SMI and Marvell controllers, to a new release using the little known Maxiotek MK8115 controller, and even the newest Seagate SF3514 controller, ADATA seems to be unequaled yet again. Let’s start with the ADATA SX8000NP, the worlds first 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD…and it seems to be in good hands!
ADATA SX8000NP 2TB NVME SSD
The ADATA SX8000NP is capable of capacities of 2TB and higher, uses a SMI 2260 controller and will be available in either a M.2 or U2 form factor. Both are shown here with the U2 form factor shown with the blue PCB, M.2 below and labeled:
Performance between the two is a bit of a trade off with the U2 form factor showing slightly better write performance while the M.2 excels in read speeds:
Looking back at our previous to reports from Computex this week, we saw that the Micron Ballistix TX3 provided a similar comparable for the SMI controller while the Plextor used the Marvel 88SS1093 NVMe controller, codenamed ‘Eldora’. ADATA will be marketing the Marvell controller in their enterprise SR1020 SSD.
ADATA SR1020 ENTERPRISE NVME SSD
This SSD is PCIe 3.0 X4 (4 lane) and performance for each form factor is very similar as shown here:
In comparing the SMI and the Marvell NVMe SSD controllers, we can see that Marvel performance is much stronger and stands at about 2400MB/s read and 1200MB/s.
ADATA SU700 SATA 3 SSD
Getting away from NVMe for just a minute, we find a new controller in the mix. The ADATA SU700 is equipped with the Maxiotek MK8115 SATA 3 controller, Micron 3D TLC NAND Flash memory and is a DRAMless replacement for the hard drive.
The Maxiotek MK 8115 is actually a JMicron controller branded under Maxiotek. Performance is very similar whether utilizing DRAM cache memory or not. This SSD should be seen as a very value oriented entry to the SSD scene, possibly even with the best prices available for any base level SSD sought by those migrating from the hard drive:
ADATA ENTERPRISE SR1030 SATA 3 SSD
Last but not least, ADATA also demonstraed their newest SR1030 SATA 3 enterprise SSD which contained a Seagate SF 3514 controller. This SSD is one of the first examples we have seen of Seagate’s use of the original SandForce IP and this SSD uses Micron Planar 3D MLC synchronous NAND flash memory.
The SR1030 supports SHIELD, RAISE and Durawrite technologies and will be available in capacities from 128GB to 1TB. Performance can be seen at 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write as shown here: