AData S510 SATA 3 120GB SSD Review

 TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

This is The SSD Review Test Bench Number Two. A quick click on the photo will give you a better look.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide.

Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank ASRock, Crucial, CorsairOCZ, Fractal-Design, and Icy Dock for sponsoring components of our Test Bench.

SSD COMPRESSION AND TESTING FLUCTUATIONS

All SSDs are not created equal and many new SSD enthusiasts realize that when they test their new drive to confirm specifications and ensure all is in order. SandForce controlled SSDs use compression techniques in storage whereas many others do not. This creates a bit of confusion when enthusiasts test the drive with random data through benchmarking programs such as AS SSD and Crystal Diskmark (random data sample). The results seem to be lower than the listed specifications.

The results actually present a false portrayal of the drives ability when compared to other drives such as the Samsung 830 Series and Crucial M4 SSDs that we have reviewed previously. It is for this reason that all of our comparison testing is done through PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage HDD Suite simply provides evaluation results based on transfer speeds reached through typical user patterns. Vantage provides a better testing medium, in that, it sees through the typical synthetic benchmarks and provides us with true to life results of the drive.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, Anvil Storage Utilities, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage.

All do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or dont want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

Benchmark software used by The SSD Review is can be obtained by clicking on the title of each application as all may be downloaded without cost to the consumer.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO VER 3.9.3

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, operating temperature, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD.  We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with AAM.

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Vitiello

Same PCB of Corsair Force GT and Force Series 3

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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. 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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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.

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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!

Les@TheSSDReview
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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…

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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

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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.