AData S510 SATA 3 120GB SSD Review


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.  Lets see how the AData S510 120GB SSD fares on Anvil Pro:

Anvil Pro does a great job of confirming our compressible benchmark results and also shows us some great disk response times and 4k results of 78, 348 IOPS.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write. This observation can again be seen with drives of different manufacturers that utilize similar components within and have very similar specifications.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.


The s510 pulled off a Vantage Total Points high of 61322 points with a high transfer speed of 402MB/s in utilizing Windows Media Player.  Lets take a look at the numbers:

blankLets take a look at the S510 amongst the other SATA 3 new generation SSDs we have tested this year:



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    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. 🙂

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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!

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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.

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    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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    Still rocking this SSD with 79380GB’s reads, 50395GBs writes and 50332 hours of uptime

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