Model: ADATA FALCON 1TB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: ADATA Technology
Provided By: ADATA Technology (USA)

ADATA Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance memory modules and data storage solutions. Founded in 2001 with a staff of 20, this Taiwanese company set itself apart from the competition early on thanks to its professionalism, industry know-how and eye-catching product designs. Today, ADATA continues to lead the way through constant innovation and development of products that exceed customer expectations. Backed by technical expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and premium customer service, ADATA currently offers a variety of products including DRAM modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives.

One of the latest additions to ADATA's line of solid state drives is the FALCON. Designed with creators in mind, this heatsink-equipped, M.2 form factor drive is powered by Realtek's RTS5762DL controller and is available with up to 2TB of 3D TLC NAND flash. The FALCON also utilizes HMB (Host Memory Buffer) and intelligent SLC caching to accelerate read and write speeds along with LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) error correcting code technology to ensure data integrity and extend the lifespan of the drive. To top it all off, the FALCON is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and is capable of 3,100 MB/s read and 1,500 MB/s write speeds.

The FALCON is available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, ADATA sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 3,100 MB/s sequential read and 1,500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 180,000 random read and write IOPS.

   ADATA FALCON 1TB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number AFALCON-1T-C
Capacity 1TB
NAND Flash 2nd Generation 64-layer 3D TLC
Controller Realtek RTS5762DL
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3

Sequential Read 3,100 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,500 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 180,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 180,000 Max

MTBF 1,800,000 hours
Endurance (TBW) 600TB

Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock 1500G/0.5ms

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 22 mm x 80 mm x 2.9 mm
Weight 9g

Other Features
Aluminum alloy heatsink
Advanced hardware LDPC ECC Technology
Supports SLC Caching for improved performance
AES 256-bit encryption support
Support Host Memory Buffer (HMB)
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the FALCON has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at ADATA's new PCIe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the FALCON have what it takes? Can it deliver the value and performance we've come to expect from ADATA? Keep reading as we find out.

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