Legit Storage Reviews
ADATA S596 128GB JMicron JMF612 SSD Review
|Date:||Tue, Jun 22, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Joe Evans -|
Capacity, Final Thoughts & Conclusions
After provisioning and the nominal space set aside by Windows, we see the yield left for user space on the ADATA S596 is about 112GB which is not unusual for a drive with 128GB of onboard NAND. Provisioning assists with performance preservation and drive maintenance such as using these as replacements for blocks that eventually go bad.
Performance on the drive is actually a little better than we expected as it generally posted better results than other JMicron drives we have tested and rivaled drives with other controllers in some tests. We only published one benchmark while the drive was attached via the USB 2.0 interface in the form of the HD Tune Pro file benchmark. This is simply because the USB 2.0 bandwidth doesn't even come near what this drive is capable of and really won't represent in any way the performance of the drive. Suffice it to say that it will saturate the available USB 2.0 bandwidth without taxing the drive whatsoever.
We found the S596 128GB online at Amazon.com for $319.49 and also found the 64Gb version for $166.10, also on Amazon.com. This puts the price per GB at roughly at $2.50 which puts them about in the middle of the pack in the realm of SSD's. There are a number of 128GB drives available for around $2.00/GB so better deals can be had. However, performance must be considered in addition to price and we found the S596 to be a solid performer hanging in the middle of the pack along with the relative price. Once availability is more widespread, the price will likely begin to drop. Having the extra feature of the USB 2.0 port does add extra value as well and must be kept in mind when considering the value proposition. We'd be remiss if we didn't add that the controller does support the all important TRIM function for those using an OS that supports the function as well.
Legit Bottom Line: The ADATA S596 is a very capable SSD and one of the better performing JMicron drives we've tested. Having the flexibility of accessing data via the USB 2.0 interface gives it an edge over drives missing this feature.
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Page 1 - ADATA S596 128GB SSD Intro
Page 2 - A Look Inside The ADATA S596
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - ATTO v2.41 & AS SSD Benchmarks
Page 5 - HD Tune Pro v4.01
Page 6 - HD Tach v184.108.40.206 & CrystalDiskMark v3.0
Page 7 - PCMark Vantage & SiSoft Sandra 2010
Page 8 - Capacity, Final Thoughts & Conclusions