Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup


Before the warranty voidance maneuver:

The guts:

A closer look at the rear shows some of the power logic and 8 of the flash parts:

In front we have another 8 flash packages and the SandForce 2281 controller:

Now for a closer look:

It appears ADATA went with another vendor (or themselves) who are packaging IMFT 25nm Synchronous flash dies, presumably at a lower cost. This change took place some time after initial production, as initial models contained IMFT-labeled flash.

Testing Methodology

Our tests are a mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out! 

Test System Setup

Tests for this review were conducted with our tried and true Z68 SandyBridge testbed as well as a shiney new ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. We are still qualifying the new board, but have found results to be +/- 2% of the prior Z68 board – well within the best data scatter of a typical benchmark.

PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rig. 

Hard Drive Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
Hard Drive G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
Sound Card N/A
Video Card Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Video Drivers Intel
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-650TX
DirectX Version DX9.0c
Operating System Windows 7 X64
  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test


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