Closer Look: SSD Ultimate SU800
The ADATA SU800, for SSD Ultimate 800, is a mainstream 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive that builds upon 3D NAND flash technology that provides higher storage density, efficiency, and reliability than traditional 2D NAND. It features intelligent SLC caching, and a DRAM cache buffer to aid read/write performance. SU800 includes LDPC ECC and Device Sleep technologies. ADATA’s 512GB SU800 SSD is available online for $134.99 (Amazon | Newegg).
Solid state storage devices have gained quick 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. The SU800 SSD is designed for the mainstream performance consumer segment, and gives personal computers a much faster response time that can help boost productivity.
The ADATA SU800 offers a different TBW rating (total bytes written) for each capacity: 128GB = 100TB, 256GB = 200TB, 512GB = 400TB, and 1TB = 800TB. Ultimate SU800 is designed for 2,000,000 hours MTBF, and backed with a 3-year limited ADATA SSD warranty.
Unlike fragile Hard Disk Drive (HDD) magnetic storage products, SSDs are not nearly as sensitive to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures.
The Ultimate SU800 SSD features a 7mm thick chassis that comes with an matte black metal finish. ADATA utilizes a standard two-piece metal enclosure for the Ultimate SU800 SSD, with product branding at the top panel and product information label on the bottom. Internal components are revealed by removing a small counter-sunk screw located along the side of this solid state drive.
Standard 2.5″ drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled into the SSD chassis with fine screw threading, allowing this drive to fit directly into notebook computers that use SATA connections. For older notebooks that fit a 9mm drive, users should purchase a plastic adapter that fits atop this 7mm SSD. The threaded mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of migrating my system quickly booted-up.
ADATA SU800 SSDs are available in 2.5″ form factor only, as they’re intended for the mainstream consumer market. ADATA offers their SU800 series in four capacities for the SATA 6Gb/s interface: 128GB, 2456GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
In the next few sections we’ll test the Ultimate SU800 SSD, and compare this solid state drive to other retail storage products intended for notebook and desktop installations. For reference, ADATA advertises 560 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds for Ultimate SU800.