The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite is our very first look at the Silicon Motion SM2267 controller and how the budget PCIe Gen4 market is coming together. It is really exciting to see affordable native PCIe Gen4 controllers finally making it to market. The XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite is a value oriented mainstream drive and is what we could consider an entry-level drive. It performed pretty good in most benchmarks, but it did outstanding in our game load time test. It simply blew away all the other NAND Flash based drives and that is a pretty big deal to gamers that are looking for quick load times.
It also seems like a pretty durable little drive as the XPG Gammix S50 Lite features TLC NAND Flash memory and a pre-applied heatsink. ADATA backs this 1TB model with a 740 TBW endurance rating and a 5-year warranty, so it should give you many years of performance before it gives up the ghost.
When it comes to pricing the XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite that we reviewed here today is available at its MSRP of $149.99 with free shipping over at Amazon. The only kicker is that it shows an in stock date of December 28th, 2020 with a delivery date of January 2021. Not many people are going to want to wait 2-3 months for an SSD purchase, so just a heads up that you might have to hunt one of these drives down.
UPDATE 10/23/2020: The XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite is now in stock and the price was dropped to $139.99 shipped for the 1TB drive that we reviewed today. That makes it $0.14 per GB and we are happy to see it priced below the MSRP!
At the end of the day the XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite shows that more PCIe Gen4 drives are entering the market and at lower price points. The Silicon Motion SM2267 controller seems to be decent for lite workloads, gaming and overall general use. Once this drive becomes in-stock and goes below MSRP it will be one to keep an eye on. This looks like it could be the value play for the PCIe Gen4 market!
Legit Bottom Line: The XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite 1TB drive is the most affordable PCIe Gen4 SSD on the market and does extremely well at game load times!