ADATA SU900 512GB Ultimate SATA SSD Review

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The SSD Benchmark Test System & TRIM Support

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update build 14393) and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 10 also had the power option set to high performance. We also disabled Turbo mode on the Intel Core i7-5960X to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.

ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard with BIOS 3505 that came out in March 2017. We used Intel RST storage drivers, the exact version was 14.5.0.1081. The Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB 2400MHz memory kit was run at 2666MHz with 15-15-15-28 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive.

Intel X99 Test Bench

Intel LGA 2011v3 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 5960X

Motherboard

ASUS X99 Sabertooth

Memory

Crucial Ballistix 2400MHz 32GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 10 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 shows that the ADATA SU900 Ultimate series supports S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM and DevSleep. The drive we received had firmware version Q0125A installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking. The drive we got from ADATA was pre-tested before it was sent to us with over 530 GB of host writes and over 3,060 GB of total NAND writes, so someone at ADATA pushed this drive pretty hard in the one hour that it was turned on.

The overall capacity shows up as 476 GB on the ADATA SU900 Ultimate 512GB SATA III SSD in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

Does The ADATA SU900 Ultimate SATA III SSD Series Support Trim? 

Most SSDs today support the TRIM command, but we still run a quick test to ensure that the command is being properly passed through to the SSD and being done. A great free utility called TRIMCheck can be run to ensure that TRIM is functioning properly.

According to TRIMCheck v0.7 ,the ADATA SU900 Ultimate SSD series does execute the TRIM command correctly!

Let’s have a look at the performance!

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  • Be My Guest

    Good warranty … fair price … outstanding TBW.

  • Nate, it could be better if you add Windows booting time, applications loading time, games loading time, and file transfer speed (or time) to reflect “real world” performance.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the feed back and I wish there was a fast and easy way to do what you are asking when you are behind on reviews and only have so much time in the day.

      Boot times are tough to do as there really is no good way as stop watches don’t work well. I’ve done them as recently as last month though and had a script that times how long it took to open chrome – http://www.legitreviews.com/intel-optane-memory-review-32gb-module-3d-xpoint-tested_193876/3

      It takes under 150ms to open the chrome web browser, so you can’t stop watch that. I’ve not looked into making a script for game times, but if you know how to make one or can help let me know.

      The other issue is ROI (Return on Investment). Installing Windows on each drive and setting up the drives and downloading the latest updates takes a good 1-1.5 hours. You then have to load up all the apps and games from our local steam files and then do all the testing and extra charts. It might add an extra 4-6 hours to the review process, but I’m not sure it’s really worth the time.

      For example the market for this drive is really small. ADATA won’t be selling millions or hundreds of thousands of these drives as the market is pretty small. Likely only tens of thousands of drives will made and sold before this product goes EOL. The traffic on specific SATA SSD reviews is small. Take YouTube results for example. There is only one review on the ADATA SU900 Ultimate SSD on YouTube and it was from 2 months ago and has just 1,400 views. (see below) I’d love to tell you that this review has been read 100,000 times since it was published, but it hasn’t been. It’s been read by just over 1,000 unique visitors so far and no one has bought a drive through any of our Newegg or Amazon affiliate links. The traffic on SATA SSD reviews is pretty small to be honest and is one of the reasons you’ve seen so many hardware reviews sites close down in recent years. The ones that are doing well have diversified (Many are focusing on mobile, and some are doing movie reviews and other stuff to bring in a wider audience to get traffic numbers up).

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90d850a363acd55d838a4f5bed72d8fbbd4f47d34a53d2c60e9b0fa087200d4c.jpg

      • As a hardware reviewer myself(one working on the SU900 currently at that) I feel your pain specific application times are so small and honestly unless a drive is particularly amazing(or horrible) the real consumer impact is very small it’s something I struggle with drawing a final conclusion when I have to look at all the differences and ask myself, can the reader actually feel 20mb/s ? will they notice the .02 second difference here or there? SATA SSD reviews need to be done but we can only spend so much time on a specific drive before we’re beating a dead horse.