EVALUATION SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
In considering my final opinion, I decided to visit a few e-tailers to do a bit of a price comparison. The first thing that caught my eye was that the S511 enthusiast edition was available for $190, after manufacturers rebate, a rebate which didn’t apply to the S510 and made the S510 only $6 dollars cheaper. I don’t think there would be any question as to whether I would fork out that extra six dollars for the higher end version of the same drive, even if I didn’t need it.
My next move was to do a price comparison with the S510 brethren and found the only similar SSD of a lower price to be the Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD which is definitely a good thing.
AData has priced this SSD dead on considering that they have included downloadable migration software and the desktop adapter.
STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
Our ‘retail packaged and sealed’ AData S510 arrived with the newly updated SandForce firmware update (320ABBFO) which has met with very positive response with the SSD crowd and I don’t know of a single complaint of SandForce SSD BSODs since its release. Similarly, the performance of the S510 puts it right up there with the rest of the ‘new gen’ SATA 3 SSD crowd.
Last but not least comes the question of whether I would recommend the AData S510 for purchase. Overall, I find that the AData S510 SATA 3 SSD is a another of the many similar ‘SandForce Driven’ SSDs that we have seen recently but with a few extras that have to be considered. It’s price speaks of excellent value, it comes with a desktop adapter and, quite unexpectedly, we were surprised that the kit was bundled with Acronis Software. The AData S510 gets my full recommendation!
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