Adata XPG SX950 SSDs are ready to game

When it comes to SSDs, the "gaming" adjective can mean a couple of different things. Intel would have enthusiasts buy its spanking-new, 3D XPoint-based Optane SSD 800P drives. Another point of view is that a gaming SSD is a low-cost, large-capacity device holding a game library and sitting beside a turbo-speed NVMe boot disk. Adata's latest XPG SX950U drives seem to adhere to this second notion. The drives combine a Silicon Motion controller, DRAM and SLC caching, and 3D NAND chips to deliver speeds that come close to saturating the SATA interface.

The XPG SX950U drives don't offer the type of ludicrous throughput delivered by modern NVMe drives, but the presence of SATA ports mean they should be easy to add to just about any desktop system. The drives come in 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB capacities. Sequential throughput can go up to 560 MB/s when reading and up to 520 MB/s when writing. All four models can hit that read speed, but the 120 GB version peaks out at 300 MB/s when writing, likely due to a smaller number of parallel flash chips.

Adata backs its XPG SX950U SATA SSDs with a five-year warranty. The 240 GB model is available now from Amazon for $140, but we'd probably skip past that in favor of the 480 GB version currently on sale for $180.

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    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    kinda hard to consider this when the 500GB 860 EVO is selling for $150 these days.

    • mikewinddale
    • 2 years ago

    I bought a 128 GB Adata SU800 back in February 2017 for $49.99 to upgrade an old laptop, and I just bought a 128 GB Adata XPG SX850 (not 950) a few weeks ago for $44.99 to upgrade another old laptop.

    I can’t tell the difference between the SU800 and the SX850, because their promotional brochures and datasheets basically list all the same features. Makes me wonder if they’re the same drive. The Adata SU900 and XPG SX950 are both MLC, and the SU800 and XPG SX850 are both TLC, and all 4 use SMI controllers. I’m not sure whether they use the same NAND, but I wonder if these are pairs of re-branded identical drives.

    But in any case, they’re perfect for upgrading an old computer. Just large enough for a Windows 10 / Ubuntu dual boot with enough space to install basic productivity applications.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    When the MX500 is a top-rated drive and sells for less than half the cost/GB of these AND is in stock at most retailers, I think the only comment here is

    OMG WTF?

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      No kidding. The MX500 500GB is cheaper than the XPG 240GB.
      Heck, even the Samsung 850/860 EVO are cheaper/GB….they’re never gonna sell any of these at this price.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah, this SSD is way over priced. I get it’s a gamer thing but no tween gamer in their right mind is going to spend that much money on a smaller drive without RGB LED’s.

      • clocks
      • 2 years ago

      These are new. I assume the price will drop on them fast, just like most ssd drives.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        The 25c/GB cost of an MX500 isn’t even the street-price, that’s the MSRP! I’d expect the street price of the MX500 to drop once it has been on the market a little while.

        This Adata drive looks like a press release that got lost in the mail and arrived half a decade too late, I had to double-check that I wasn’t looking at a 2013 waybackmachine.com cache of Techreport.

          • DPete27
          • 2 years ago

          The odd thing is that Adata generally offers pretty low-cost SSDs compared to the market. Heck, even their [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIADF16R02569<]NVMe SX8000 512GB SSD[/url<] is cheaper than the SATA based SX950U 480GB.....

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Someone in the marketing department used the wrong prices, or someone in charge of setting the prices just screwed up, is my guess.

            Maybe the prices were set with different NAND and this was intended to be a 250/500/1T/2T product, but NAND shortages forced them to swap NAND and nobody noticed the prices needed changing?

            Either way, someone dun goofed.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Good grief. I haven’t been checking SSD prices for a while now but.. $140 for 240GB? That’s like a throwback to the earlier days of SSD adoption!! 0_o

      • MOSFET
      • 2 years ago

      Yes, it is. For more perspective, I just recently looked at Newegg invoices from 2011 purchases of a pair of Corsair F90’s. $190 each! To their credit, they’re still go-to boot drives for almost anything that isn’t my main PC.

      Also a Corsair F120 from 11/27/2010 at $230. This just left my possession last week when I sold an FX-8320 system for $200 (it was worth [i<]way[/i<] more than that, but it still leaves me with an FX-8320 system!)

        • DavidC1
        • 2 years ago

        You think that’s a lot?

        I bought the 80GB Intel X25-M(G1) in late 2008 for $800 CDN, close to $900 after taxes. Exchange rates between two currencies were quite similar.

        Loved it. Still use the drive.

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