Model: ADATA LEGEND 970 1TB PCIe Gen5 x4 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 970.  Designed for enthusiasts, gamers, creators, and professionals who need next generation storage, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Phison's PS5026-E26 controller and is available with up to 2TB of Micron's industry-leading 232-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The LEGEND 970 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 970 is equipped with a double-layer aluminum alloy heatsink with a built-in micro-fan as well as a fast PCIe Gen5 x4 NVMe 2.0 interface to deliver up to 10,000 MB/s read and 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 9,500 MB/s sequential read and 8,500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 1,300K random read and 1,400K random write IOPS.

   ADATA LEGEND 970 1TB PCIe Gen5 x4 M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number SLEG-970-1000GCI
Capacity 1TB
NAND Flash Micron 232-Layer (B58R) 3D TLC NAND
Controller PS5026-E26
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 5.0 x4, NVMe 2.0

Sequential Read 9,500 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 8,500 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 1,300K Max
Random Write IOPS 1,400K Max

MTBF 1,600,000 hours
Endurance (TBW) 700TB

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

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 80.6 x 24.2 x 17.9mm
Weight 57.1g

Other Features
Dual-layer aluminum heatsink with built-in fan
SLC Caching and DRAM cache buffer
Advanced LDPC ECC Technology
AES 256-bit encryption support
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the LEGEND 970 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at ADATA's new PCIe Gen5 SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the LEGEND 970 have what it takes? Can it deliver the value and performance we've come to expect from ADATA? Keep reading as we find out.

Prev Next >>