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AData S510 SATA 3 120GB SSD Review

After our SSD review of the AData S511 a few months back, we  knew there had to be a S510 in line for release with asynchronous memory as its host and we weren’t wrong.

Our SSD review today examines the AData S510 SATA 3 120GB SSD. On releasing the S511, AData has followed the lead of several ‘SandForce Driven’ manufacturers in an effort to provide consumers with selection in their SSD purchase.  This choice, for most consumers, is not as far off as one may expect.

THE PRICE vs. PERFORMANCE DILEMMA

Regardless of the flash memory in use, the SandForce SF-2281 controller is capable of equal read and write performance just over the 500MB/s mark.  If you are a typical consumer who does not expect to push your system, deciding on whether to choose an SSD with synchronous or asynchronous memory will prove to be a somewhat useless process as you will never see any visible difference between the drives. If you are purchasing a solid state drive for your business and you are work with incompressible data such as videos, photographs and music, however, you definitely want to understand the difference between the two.

The most easily understood explanation between ‘sync’ and ‘async’ NAND flash memory is simply that ‘sync’ performs better when the user has a specific task at hand (as described), whereas, SSDs containing ‘async’ NAND flash memory are…cheaper. They cost less. In comparing AData’s own S511 that we reviewed the S510 that we will look at today, the ONLY physical differences between the two are their name and the type of memory used.

In short, the S510 will be found at a better price whereas the S511 is higher performing in specific situations that the professional will need to consider.

S510 SSD SPECIFICATIONS

The S510 is a SATA 3 SSD (6Gbps) and available in capacities of 60 and 120GB.  The 120GB version is capable of performance of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write with 85,000 IOPS at 4k random write disk transfer.  In an effort to make sure all is very clear, AData has published the performance results of the S510 (while testing with incompressible data) which reduces the overall speed to 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write.

Kudos to AData for their openness and, whether displayed by the SSD manufacturer or not, most ‘async’ housed SSDs will have similar performance with incompressible data.The S510 comes with a limited 3 year warranty as well as a desktop 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter and free migration software.  The software is a retail copy of Acronis True Image and the authorization code found on the back of the SSD itself must be used to validate the installation.

S510 PHYSICAL COMPOSITION

The main components of the the S510 are the green printed circuit board, SATA 3 interface that connects to your computer, the SF-2281 processor and 16 pieces of Micron 25nm 8GB asynchronous NAND flash memory of which we see eight pieces on each side of the PCB.  The actual total of the NAND is 128GB (16×8), however, one memory module (8GB) is necessary for SandForce firmware and over provisioning needs. Formatting reduces the end user capacity further yet to 112GB.

About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • Vitiello

    Same PCB of Corsair Force GT and Force Series 3

  • MartinB105

    I’m glad I found this review because I just bought one of these drives on an impulse without checking reviews and I wasn’t really sure if I’d made a good choice, so it’s nice to see that I actually bought a decent SSD purely by chance. :)

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Yes you did and welcome to the site Martin. Don’t be afraid to become a member of our Forums if ever you need assistance or can provide such for others. We have a community of great people.

  • TkTk

    Hey, I set this brilliant SSD up on my new pc in IDE through my GA-Z68AP-D3. I use a HDD as a secondary drive. Do you recomend I switch through to AHCI or will it make no difference? Thanks in advance, this site is brilliant!

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Performance is proven to be 10-15% better with AHCI, however, there is still the adage that if something isn’t broken why fix it right? Might consider a complete backup to external and then the switch unless there is nothing to lose of course…

  • Kevin

    I have 2 laptop computers…… a Dell 1505e…… Intel Centrino T2400 1.83gb processor ……. and a Lenovo R61e (almost new condition) with a 540 Celeron Processor …… which one would you keep for general use…. I plan on giving one to a relative …… I use for office documents etc….. Than You…… Kevin

  • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

    Power consumption on a laptop is of a very minimal difference between SSDs and, for that reason, I don’t utilize such in my decisions. You will find what you are looking for in manufacturer website specs.

  • Benjamin Hojnik

    Anyone tried to downgrade this drive ?
    I currently have 5.0.2a firmware onboard (came with 3.3.2) and i want to downgrade back, becouse in 5.0.2a trim is broken and my speed has degraded..
    I really dont want to brick my drive, yet im not sure if adata will ever update its firmware page..

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