ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB 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 1801 that came out on 06/25/2015. 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 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.3 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.3 shows that the ADATA SU800 512GB SSD supports S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM and DevSleep. The drive we received had firmware version P0801A installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking.

ADATA SU800 CrystalDiskInfo

The overall capacity shows up as 476GB on the ADATA SU800 512GB SSD in Windows 10.

ADATA SU800 512GB Capacity

Does The ADATA SU800 SSD 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.

trim-su800

According to TRIMCheck v0.7 the SU800 512GB SSD executes the TRIM command correctly!

Let’s have a look at the performance!

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  • Starvin Marvin

    The review says ” The ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB drive performs like most any TLC NAND based value SSD and needs a lower price point to be a recommended pick!”
    Yet, in what is arguably the most difficult test, the Sustained Write test, it performed among the top four. Two of the other top performers, the Samsung 850 EVO and OCZ VX500 both cost 25% to 35% more at Amazon and Newegg. Only Crucial’s MX300 matched the ADATA for both price and performance. Four other TLC drives tested all fell well short of the ADATA’s performance and cost about the same. So, the review’s bottom line is a damn-it-with-faint-praise throwaway which signally fails to reflect the SU800’s solid achivement. I call that obvious negative bias.

  • Starvin Marvin

    Your description of the SU800’s sustained write performance is damning it with faint praise. For a budget-sector consumer TLC-based drive to sustain a high Write for over 170GB is truly outstanding. At the very least you should emphasize that home users are unlikely to EVER encounter any drop-off in Write speed with this SSD.

  • HERETIC

    Sustained Write-
    My calc says-342 sec x 521MB =178182MB =174GB

  • emv

    why no physical teardown showing inside of drive