The SWORDFISH comes in a small black box. Along with a picture of the drive, the front advertises a number of its key features including its 1TB capacity, PCIe Gen3x4 interface and 3D NAND. The back of the box provides a bit more information regarding the SWORDFISH's features and performance.


Physical Features:

The SWORDFISH uses the 2280 form factor for M.2 (NGFF) SSDs. It measures 22 x 80 x 3.85 mm and tips the scales at a mere 10.5g. The drive also has an "M key" edge connector which provides PCIe SSDs with up to 4x lanes of bandwidth.

Like ADATA's SX6000 Pro SSD, the SWORDFISH uses Realtek's RTS5763DL controller. This DRAM-less, PCIe Gen 3 x4 controller supports four channels with up to four chip enables (CE) per channel. The RTS5763DL is also compatible with 3D TLC/QLC NAND flash and offers features like AES 256-bit encryption, advanced low-density parity check (LDPC) technology and end-to-end data path protection.

For the 1TB version of the SWORDFISH, ADATA has opted to use its own Toshiba/SanDisk manufactured 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. If you'd remove the heatsink, you'd see that there are four 256GB NAND flash packages on top of the PCB. There is also no DRAM cache chip as the SWORDFISH's RTS5763DL controller takes full advantage of NVMe's Host Memory Buffer feature by using a small portion of the computer's memory to cache the mapping tables.