Taiwanese memory and storage manufacturer, ADATA Technology has just released a new line-up of solid state drives which are promising optimized performance and high durability thanks to the implementation of 3D MLC NAND Flash technology. The new XPG XS950 range claim read/write speeds of 560/530MB per second in either 240GB, 480GB or 960GB variations, with the stand out specification not coming from the speed of the drive, but instead the warranty. ADATA has given the XPG range a 6-year warranty. With other durability claims of up to 2 million hours, ADATA is clearly confident that they have managed to produce a reliable drive, although that reliability and 3D MLC NAND does come at a cost. With and MSRP of $139.99, $249.99 and $449.99 for the 240GB, 480GB and 960GB respectively, it might be out of the price range for some users. And while no exact release date has been set, we have been advised that a release is imminent. Keep reading below for the full press release and specifications list.
- Capacity: 240GB / 480GB / 960GB
- Form Factor: 2.5″
- NAND Flash: 3D MLC
- Controller: SMI
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 100.45 x 69.85 x 7mm
- Weight: 58g
- Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
- Performance(Max): Read 560MB/s, Write 530MB/s: Maximum 4K random read/write IOPS: up to 90K/90K
*Performance may vary based on SSD capacity, host hardware and software, operating system, and other system variables
- Operating temperature: 0°C – 70°C
- Storage temperature: -40°C – 85°C
- Shock resistance: 1500G/0.5ms
- MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
- Warranty: 6 years
ADATA Press Release
The SX950 is the first 2.5″ SSD from XPG which implements 3D NAND Flash for higher density, optimized performance, and high durability, fully meeting gamer expectations for speed and stability during the most intense action. With up to 960GB, users can store bigger games and more titles. With support for intelligent SLC caching and DRAM cache buffer, maximum read/write speeds on the SX950 reach 560/530MB per second. This makes instant boot and faster loading times a reality for gamers. In addition, the SX950 features LDPC ECC and RAID Engine technology, which strengthen data protection and integrity.
Choose your gaming space
Thanks to the flexibility of 3D NAND, we can offer the SX950 SSD in diverse capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Whichever capacity you go with, the SX950 is a valuable ally in gaming success.
Faster boot, quicker loading
With SX950 gamers can boot PCs and load games much faster than when using an HDD or even 2D NAND SSD. Cut down waits and get into the action faster.
Superior performance leads to victory!
Implementing a high speed SMI controller and multiple performance-boosting technologies, the SX950 offers read/write up to 560/530MBs and 90K IOPS (4K random).
3D NAND Flash – higher capacity and reliability
Utilizing advanced 3D MLC NAND Flash, the SX950 features improved power efficiency and reliability compared to 2D NAND SSDs.
Stand out with optimized performance
With support for intelligent SLC Caching and DRAM cache buffer, the SX950 can accelerate sequential and 4K random read/write speeds to shorten the system response time, giving you an edge.
High stability with LDPC ECC Engine and RAID Engine
Thanks to support for LDPC (low density parity check) error correcting code and RAID Engine, the SX950 protects data and extends the P/E (program/erase) cycle for improved durability and a longer SSD lifespan.
High TBW – more durable than ever!
SX950 SSDs with MLC Flash outperform comparable models by providing high TBW up to 800TB and ultra-long MTBF of 2 million hours.
An easy upgrade
Bundled with a 2.5mm spacer and a 3.5″ bracket, the 7mm-thick SX950 can easily fit in ultrabooks, gaming notebooks, and high-end desktops for hassle-free and quick upgrades.
The SX950 is equipped with 3D MLC NAND Flash and backed by a 6-year warranty – our longest yet for consumer SSDs!