ADATA SU800 SSD Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes occurring after publication which might render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on this conclusion, as it represents our rating specifically for the item tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our first rating is performance, which compares how effective the ADATA SSD Ultimate SU800 performs in benchmark operations against competing SATA-based solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, ADATA specifications suggest 560 MB/s maximum reads and 520 MB/s write speeds from this mainstream SSD. In our storage benchmark tests SU800 validated the published speed rating. ATTO Disk Benchmark tests proved the 512GB Ultimate SU800 SSD was good for delivering 565/525 MBps peak read/writes speeds, placing it among the top performers. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced 523 MB/s reads,ahich is the fastest we’ve seen, but performance dropped to 202 MB/s for the later 2/3 of the write testing. Sequential read/write speed tests with AS-SSD Benchmark produced 526/497 MBps, and 550/508 in CrystalDiskMark tests.
The ADATA Ultimate SU800 solid state drive sent to us for testing does not have any advertised IOPS rating, but even mainstream users might want to know where this storage device settles in comparison. Using Iometer operational performance tests configured to a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O’s per target across 100% of the drive, our benchmarks produced a noteworthy 70,887 combined IOPS performance. This places operational I/O performance well ahead of many other SSDs, with exception to branded ‘high performance’ SSDs. Looking at 4K 32QD test results using AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, this point was further reinforced.
Performance for SU800 SSD is best summarized as very fast, and very capable of heavy I/O tasks.
Solid State Drive storage devices are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they’re usually forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, the Solid State Drive is intended to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what’s expected in terms of the appearance. ADATA has created a sleek 7mm profile with a dark painted finish on the Ultimate SU800 series.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire solid state product segment, allowing ADATA to stand behind the quality of their product with a three-year warranty. SSDs are by nature immune to most abuses, but add a hard metal shell and the chance for failure is reduced to internal component defects. If there are ever any problems with a Ultimate SU800 SSD during the warranty period, end-users may submit and RMA request.
As of March 2017, the 512GB ADATA Ultimate SU800 SSD tested for this review was available online for $134.99 (Amazon | Newegg). This price settles into the average for budget solid state storage at this capacity. 128GB, 256GB, and 1TB versions are also available from these same retailers, and typically with rebate incentive.
In conclusion, Ultimate SU800 delivered impressive transfer speeds with benchmark results often near the top end. While ADATA’s Ultimate SU800 is marketed to the mainstream user, operational IOPS performance still meets the demanding needs of enthusiasts. That being said, Ultimate SU800 should not be used for server installations. Benchmark Reviews recommends the Ultimate SU800 to those gamers and enthusiasts with a need for speed.
+ Impressive 565/525 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ SATA 6Gb/s controller supports TRIM and NCQ
+ 3-Year ADATA product warranty support
+ Offered in 128/256/512GB/1TB storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life
– Less impressive continuous linear write performance
– Some manufacturers offer 5+ years of warranty support
- Performance: 8.75
- Appearance: 8.75
- Construction: 9.25
- Functionality: 8.75
- Value: 9.00
Final Score: 8.9 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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