A-Data launches speedy 300 Plus SSDs

Not content to just announce a 500GB solid-state drive this month, A-Data has pulled the curtain off another set of products: the 300 Plus series. These new 2.5″ Serial ATA SSDs have lower capacities than the half-terabyte offering, but they purportedly offer higher read performance.

The 300 Plus line includes 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants, and A-Data claims those drives can reach a sustained 250MB/s during reads—that’s about 9% faster than the 500GB XPG’s 230MB/s. However, top write speed ratings are the same for both drives (160MB/s). A-Data attributes the 300 Plus series’ higher read performance to a “special” mobile SDRAM buffer.

Again, for reference, Intel’s speedy X25-E SSD is rated for top write speeds of 250MB/s and top read speeds of 170MB/s. Intel uses also uses mobile SDRAM as a buffer—a Samsung chip with the part number K4S281632I-UC60, to be precise.

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    • Kaleid
    • 11 years ago

    24 SSDs
    §[<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs<]§ Very entertaining clip

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      The entire thing was full of facepalms. It would be so much easier and cheaper to use a real NAS box. They had also used the wrong kinds of benchmarks to truly display the setup’s power.

      Anyway, most of the feats in the video can be accomplished with a simple RAID 10 SSD setup. I do admit that the IOmeter benchmark’s theoretical throughput is impressive.

    • Faiakes
    • 11 years ago

    Is this another useless reference to possible Burst speed?

    If you do use this drive what kind of sustained read/write transfers can you achieve, and what kind of hardware would it require?

    The OCZ Vertex ones advertise similar speeds but the reality is much, much different:
    §[<https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=65061<]§[<

      • AKing
      • 11 years ago

      Ditto.

      Not only is peak bandwidth generally misleading because of all the latencies, but especially for SSD’s, as earlier reviews and reports have shown that they have shortcomings when it comes to handling random read- and write instructions simultaneously.

      Has that obstacle been overcame yet?

        • Faiakes
        • 11 years ago

        Actually, yes.
        I have experienced no stuttering whatsoever with my Vertex (and I punish my hardware). It did take a lot of tweaking though. There is a long page in the OCZ fora.

        My only gripe is that I was mislead about the actual abilities of the drive. Hearing 230MB/s Read 160MB’s write I thought I’d be seeing, at least, something close to that. Bo****ks!

          • 5150
          • 11 years ago

          New firmware is coming out in a week that sounds VERY promising. I just ordered a 120GB Vertex today. Did you align it?

            • Faiakes
            • 11 years ago

            Yes, of course (to 128).

            That was new one for me.

            • 5150
            • 11 years ago

            What size drive did you get? I’m still a bit hazy on the aligning thing….

            • Faiakes
            • 11 years ago

            The 30GB one.

    • adisor19
    • 11 years ago

    How does it compare to the Intel one in terms of price cause if it’s much cheaper, then i’d rather get this one.

    Adi

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Maybe you should wait for the benchmarks, not just the price.

        • Ethyriel
        • 11 years ago

        And not just benchmarks, but lots of personal reports regarding stuttering.

    • Chillectric
    • 11 years ago

    Is the X25-E still the fastest SSD on the market?

      • Vasilyfav
      • 11 years ago

      That’s the wrong question. The correct question is – does its controller still offer the best random combined read/write performance?

        • Chillectric
        • 11 years ago

        Well what is the fastest drive in terms of random reads, random writes, sequential reads, and sequential writes based on the performance of the disk controller, the onboard cache, and flash memory modules?

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    So… why are they called “300 Plus” again?
    They can’t sustain 300 MiB/s during reads, they don’t have >300 GiB capacity, and the only thing that can go above “300” is their price.

    Of course, they can still market it with something like this:
    §[<http://black20.com/black20-trailer-park/300-pg-version<]§

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      Because ZOMG it’s like a SATA II 3Gbit/s HDD, but plus moar!

      Over $9,000 internets cash monies says they’d tell you something like that if you asked for an explanation.

    • dale77
    • 11 years ago

    That would be top READ speed of 250MB/s for the X25-E

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    I AM SSD

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 11 years ago

      Meaning?? Super Super Dumb? Just kidding. Details, man!

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        A joke attempt aimed at the ‘300’ in the product name – ‘I am Sparta’ from the movie ‘300.’

          • 5150
          • 11 years ago

          Yeah, well I’m Spartan Plus.

          • Meadows
          • 11 years ago

          That was “This is Sparta”. You know, it was a city, not a person.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            I’m calling artistic license on this one.

            • SomeOtherGeek
            • 11 years ago

            But I thought it up first, so I’m suing you!

            • willyolio
            • 11 years ago

            well, since you changed every single word from the original quote, that’s one hell of a license. is it like an artistic license to kill?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            WRONG. Sparta is still in there!

            • willyolio
            • 11 years ago

            “I AM SSD” does not contain the word “Sparta.”

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            One of the S stands for Sparta…er yea.

            • willyolio
            • 11 years ago

            the first one or the second one?

            Sparta’s Solid Disk?

            Super Sparta Drive?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            Solid Sparta Drive works nicely I think.

            tbh I’m just pulling stuff out of my ass to save face 😀

            • elpresidente
            • 11 years ago

            I almost lol’d

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