Model: ADATA LEGEND 960 1TB PCIe 4.0 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 LEGEND 960. Designed for professional-level tasks such as 3D graphics, film production and computer-aided engineering, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2264 controller and is available with up to 2TB of 3D TLC NAND flash. The LEGEND 960 also utilizes dynamic SLC caching and a DRAM cache buffer to improve read and write performance as well as advanced hardware Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) code technology and AES 256-bit encryption to ensure data security and integrity. To top it all off, the LEGEND 960 is equipped with a slim, aluminum heatsink as well as an ultra-fast PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4 interface to deliver up to 7,400 MB/s read and 6,800 MB/s write speeds.

The LEGEND 960 is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, ADATA sent us the 1TB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 7,400 MB/s sequential read and 6,000 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 730,000 random read and 610,000 random write IOPS.

   ADATA LEGEND 960 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number ALEG-960-1TCS
Capacity 1TB
NAND Flash Micron 176-layer (B47R) 3D TLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2264
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4

Sequential Read 7,400 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 6,000 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 730,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 610,000 Max

MTBF 2,000,000 hours
Endurance (TBW) 780TB

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

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 80 x 22 x 2.15 mm
80 x 22 x 3.13 mm (with heatsink)
Weight 9g / 11g (with heatsink)

Other Features
SLC Caching and DRAM cache buffer
Advanced LDPC ECC Technology
AES 256-bit encryption support
Works with PS5
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the LEGEND 960 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at ADATA's new PCIe 4.0 SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the LEGEND 960 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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