Model: ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB 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's currently offers a variety of products including DRAM modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives.

This fall, ADATA launched its latest consumer-oriented SSD, the Ultimate SU800. Designed for use in ultrabooks, notebooks, and desktops, this mid-range SSD is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2258 controller and is the first drive from ADATA to come equipped with 3D TLC NAND flash. In addition to providing higher storage density, 3D NAND offers greater efficiency and reliability than what you'd see with traditional 2D NAND flash. The SU800 also features intelligent SLC caching and a DRAM cache buffer to boost performance up to 560MB/s read and 520MB/s write, with LDPC error correction, Data Shaping, and a RAID Engine to bolster data integrity. To top it off, the SU800 supports DEVSLP (Device Sleep) technology, which extends the battery life of a device by reducing the drive's power consumption when it is idle.

The Ultimate SU800 is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, ADATA sent us the 512GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 560 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 90,000 random read and 80,000 random write IOPS.

   ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number ASU800SS-512GT-C
Capacity 512GB
NAND Flash Micron 3D TLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2258
Cache 512MB DDR3
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Interface SATA III 6Gb/s

Sequential Read 560 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 520 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 90,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 80,000 Max

Environment and Reliability
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock 1500G/0.5ms
MTBF 2 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 400TB

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100.45 mm x 69.85 mm x 7 mm
Weight 47.5g

Other Features
Advanced LDPC ECC technology
Intelligent SLC caching and DRAM cache buffer
RAID Engine and Data Shaping
DEVSLP (Device Sleep) supported
Supports S.M.A.R.T, TRIM Command, and NCQ
SSD Toolbox and Migration Utility
Three year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Ultimate SU800 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at ADATA's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the SU800 have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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