Excerpt: All SSD drives have one thing in common, speed. And lots of it. These little lightweights are the superchargers that will boost whatever OS it is that you are using. That's all sounds very good, but good things do come at a cost, and SSD drives have yet to get off their high horse with ridiculous price points considering the storage capacity they offer in return.
Summary: The market is full of versatile SSDs on second-generation SandForce controllers. However, they are not the same. Let’s see how the flagship ADATA product stands out among many other alternatives.
Summary: The S511 series SSD from ADATA is again a product that will offer some serious performance for hopefully a slightly more acceptable amount of money. Comparing apples to apples, SATA3 SSDs like Corsairs Force series, the OCZ Agility 3 and Vertex 3, Patriots WildFire and so on are neck and neck with each other. Overall IOPS performance is where they rock alright thanks to the SandForce controller.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Outstanding 559/516 MBps read/write speed with ATTO, TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption, SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE, DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime, Top-level enthusiast operational I/O performance, 3-Year ADATA product warranty support, 60/120/240GB high-speed SSD storage capacities, Lightweight compact storage solution, Resistant to extreme shock impact, Low power consumption may extend battery life
Cons: Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty, Expensive enthusiast-level product, Firmware appears to throttle performance
Summary: ADATA's S511 SSD offers great performance, even when compared to competing drives with higher capacities. The same SSD using the same controller, firmware & flash chips will be faster, the larger its capacity is. We see OCZ's Vertex 3 240 GB flagship, 4% faster than the ADATA S511 which is very reasonable given the S511's smaller capacity. Actually I think the S511 might be a bit faster than the Vertex 3 when 120 GB versions are pitted against each other.
Pros: Good performance, SATA 6 Gbps support, Supports TRIM, 3 year warranty, Nice looking, rugged metal case, 3.5" adapter included
Cons: Needs SATA 6 Gbps controller to perform best, Can not win price/performance (against Crucial C300/M4)
Conclusion: The ADATA S511 60GB SSD is a consummate performer in its own right. Super-fast in applications that take advantage of data which can be compressed through the drive's DuraWrite technology, it falters to being, in mid-2011, an average performer if your dataset uses lots of compressed files.
ADATA S511 120gb SATA 3 Review: PCMark Vantage and Conclusions
12 June 2011
Excerpt: The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete.
ADATA S511 120gb SATA 3 Review: System Test Protocol and Initial Testing
12 June 2011
Excerpt: This is The SSD Review Test Bench and a quick click on the photo will bring it up full size for closer inspection. MOTHERBOARD : Gigabyte P67A-UD7 ATX LGA 1155 Intel SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor RAM : Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 SDRAM GPU : MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II OC Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 POWER : Corsair Professional...