Closer Look: Premier SP610 SSD
Solid state storage devices have gained popularity with performance-minded consumers because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple computer systems. Likewise, these drives install quite easily into both desktop and notebook platforms without any modification necessary. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the 256GB ADATA Premier SP610 solid state drive.
ADATA has a broad range of SSD solutions available in 2.5″, m.2, and mSATA form factors. The drive we’re reviewing today is the 256MB version of their Premier SP610 series, a value line of drives available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.
The SP610 256GB drive comes with a 2.5mm spacer for those installations requiring a 9.5mm thickness, and a quick start guide. On the back of the retail box is a QR code the buyer can scan to get a free copy of the Acronis True Image backup utility, which also allows users to easily migrate their systems to the new drive.
The ADATA Premier SP610 SSD is enclosed in a plain black metal chassis with a metallic sticker denoting the model and capacity. The back of the drive sports a label containing the drive’s model, capacity, and warranty code.
Standard 2.5″ mounting holes are tapped into the sides of the chassis, and a metallized security label obscures one of the screws you’d need to remove to take the drive apart. This drive is only 7mm thick, and you may need to use the included 2.5mm plastic spacer for some applications.
Opening the drive reveals a half-size PCB with 8 ADATA-branded flash memory chips (four per side), an SMI SN2246EN four-channel memory controller, and a Samsung 256MB DDR3 RAM chip for caching.
The reverse side of the board contains four more ADATA-branded flash memory chips.
With 256GB of synchronous multi-level NAND, ADATA specs this drive at 560MB/s read, 290MB/s write, and up to 75K iOPs. As you’d expect on any modern drive, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. are fully supported, and BCH error-correcting code can handle up to 66 bit errors per kilobyte.
In the next few sections we’ll test the ADATA Premier SP610 SSD, and compare this solid state drive to other retail storage products intended for notebook and desktop installations.