Adata’s Premier SP580 is an SSD for the masses

Adata's Premier line makes up the majority of the company's SSD offerings, and the baseline SP550 is frequently among the best-priced SSDs around. Another member is joining that family today: the Premier SP580 SSD. This budget SSD is equipped with TLC flash, a Marvell controller, and a SATA 6Gbps interface. Adata is quoting sequential numbers of 560MB/s for reads and 410MB/s for writes. As we've come to expect for budget drives, Adata doesn't specify random I/O performance.

Performance like that won't set anyone's hearts alight, but the marketing for this drive emphasizes that it is suitable for "any" computer, which we think suggests a very low price. The new drives support a "simulated SLC" mode, which should help performance in some cases. We reviewed the Premier SP610 back in 2014, and found it to be exceptionally power-efficient, a quality that Adata is also promoting for the SP580. The company claims the disk uses 0.5% of the idle power of a hard drive. Adata didn't specify pricing or availability for the new drive, but it will be offered in 120GB and 240GB capacities.

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    All manufacturers practically say their products are power efficient and suitable for many or all computers, assuming it’s not something that requirs an M.2, Thunderbolt, Firewire port, or something not all PCs have. All PCs have SATA connectors though, so no SSD manufacturer that makes SATA SSD drives will have trouble saying their stuff works with practically every PC out there.

    • Rza79
    • 3 years ago

    Today, I tried a Kingston UV400 for the first time. It noticeably felt faster than the SP550 in general desktop usage (snappier). So Marvell’s special sauce is still worth something.

    • Acidicheartburn
    • 3 years ago

    Just 120 and 240 GB? I realize that the vast majority of PC and Mac users don’t need more than 240 GB of capacity, but that still seems a bit odd to offer this drive in only such relatively small capacities. It’s going to be hard to convince a prospective computer buyer that a laptop with 240 GB storage is better than a laptop with 500 GB or 1 TB of HDD space, as most people aren’t going to understand the difference. Storage space has been relegated to a “more is better” checkmark on the box of computers for people who don’t have a clue what that really means these days, so I don’t see these drives making much of a splash in the home computer industry with regards to adoption by laptop makers. Still, I’m curious to see what kind of performance and price the 240 GB drive goes for. I have some family members with some older laptops that could benefit from an SSD.

      • blahsaysblah
      • 3 years ago

      They bought spare capacity from an old plant. The original manufacture already made their profits and moved onto denser chips.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I’m surprised they get that performance from bit-dense TLC in 240GB capacity actually. Likely the 120GB isn’t as fast.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe the controller only supports a paltry number of channels and that limits capacity.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      The masses can only afford up to 240GB drives, max.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Performance like that won't set anyone's hearts alight, but the marketing for this drive emphasizes that it is suitable for "any" computer, which we think suggests a very low price. [/quote<] About time the ol' Trash-80 got some solid-state lovin! Oh wait, it already had cartridges! At least this time, it will be able to write to the cartridge instead of just reading from it.

      • blahsaysblah
      • 3 years ago

      Around $10 using HDD prices?

      • chubbyhorse
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, but will it run TRSDOS 3?

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Screw that. I want OS-9!

          • chubbyhorse
          • 3 years ago

          Only CP/M 2.2 for the master Zilog 80.

      • Deanjo
      • 3 years ago

      I’m having one hell of a time fitting it into my MC-10.

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