ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD Review

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Anvil Storage Utilities

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.1.0

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 4, 16, and 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Anvil SSD Benchmark with 100% Compression (incompressible data):

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Benchmark Results: The Anvil SSD Benchmark showed that with 100% compression (incompressible data) the ADATA SU800 512GB drive scored 4,586 points.

Anvil SSD Applications Benchmark at 46% Compression:

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Benchmark Results: With the compression at 46% to help mimic real world applications better we found the overall score dropped by just four points and that is well within the margin of error for a general run. 

4k-read

Benchmark Results: We used Anvil to check the 4K QD32 Random Read performance and found we were getting just over 83,000 IOPS and that is close to the drives rated 85,000 IOPS. 

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Benchmark Results: When it came to 4K QD32 Random Write performance we found that the SU800 512GB drive was capable of just over 82,000 IOPS. Again, not too far off the 85,000 IOPS we were told that we should be able to get.  

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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