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ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS (ASP920SS-256GM-C) 256GB SSD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Setup and Testing Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark
  6. ATTO Benchmark
  7. AIDA64 Access Test
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. TRIM Test
  10. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  11. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  12. Futuremark Benchmarks
  13. Anvil Benchmark
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All


ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS 256GB uses a Marvel 88SS9189 controller, the same controller that is used in Crucial M550. This controller adds LPDDR (or low-power DDR) and improved DevSleep implementation. In fact, if you’re familiar with Crucial M550’s PCB layout, it’s no different from this drive.

What’s different is the SSD uses eight chips of 20nm 32GB Micron MLC 128Gbit NAND chips. Crucial uses 128Gbit NAND for its 512GB and 1TB units, whereas they use 64Gbit NAND for lower capacity 128GB and 256GB unit. I haven’t tested Crucial units so it would difficult for me to say how the performance differs in benchmarks and tests. But Micron’ 128Gbit NAND cost lesser therefore helps to bring 256GB units as the new mainstream choice for users who require faster load for everyday computing requirements.

What I can say is how this drive performs in comparison with other drives…

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This is the second ADATA SSD that I am reviewing, the earlier one was SX900 SSD. With the exception of colour combination, ADATA mentions the list of details like how it did before. This is a desktop kit, so it comes with an SSD tray and the required set of screws, along with free Acronis key. ADATA also specifies that it’s a 7mm Z-height drive. It should be noted that the drive comes with a 3-year warranty and it’s labelled on the packaging.

The drive comes with a tray, a spacer for notebooks with 9mm z-height HDD space and couple of reading materials. The tray is plastic, but on the bright side the 3.5” mounting holes has a brass ring so its fair enough.


ADATA is probably the only SSD maker who doesn’t have a ‘Warranty Void’ sticker. Not that I am complaining…

The other side of the PCB has an adhesive tape for the controller and the cache.

There are 8x 32GB Micron Synchronous MLC 128bit NAND chips. Along with the Marvel 88SS9189 controller, there’s a Micron DRAM Cache.

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The drive’s S.M.A.R.T. does not give a lot of details, especially ‘Total host write’ and Health Status. In any case, I did about 25TB total host write. There’s only MU01 firmware available on the site.

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It gives me great pleasure to say that I get hardware support from the manufacturers to review not only their own products but others on behalf of the readers. It’s some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached, and that help me to help you! Thumbs up to these guys! I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS 256GB SSD
MB+Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS
Power Supply Corsair TX750
PC Chassis Lian Li A70F Full Tower

The Benchmarks and tests that I am using are as follows:

  • AS SSD (Pass 3) Read and Write (Pass 3)
  • ATTO (Pass 3) Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3
  • Aida64 Access Test Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3
  • Boot Load Test (Windows 7 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)
  • TRIM Tests: Tested by comparing PCMark Vantage HDD scores with SSDs with Clean, 50% Fill, 75% Fill, idle for 1 hour for TRIM testing.
  • CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size
  • HDtune Pro Benchmark Sequential Write and Read Pass 3
  • PCMark 7 HDD test
  • PCMark Vantage HDD Test
  • Anvil Benchmark: 4/16/32GB File Size in both 0% and 100% Fill test

This synthetic test in gives a good idea about Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive. It uses Compressed Data (like CrystalDisk Mark).

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ASSSDREAD

ASSSDWRITE

ATTO

Though ADATA didn’t mention which benchmark they’ve used, they advertised its 25GB unit to churn out up to 560MB/s read and 350MB/s as Write. If you’re considering that to be run using ATTO Benchmark via a native SATA 6Gb/s port, yeah pretty much meets the advertised performance. Considering how certain SSD makers over exaggerate about their SSD’s performance in a vague manner, at least, ADATA seems to do it right in this case.

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ADATA SP920SS has better read access speed compared to Seagate 600 240GB SSD, but not as good as SanDisk Extreme II 240GB, Samsung 840 250GB and Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD drives.

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Write, on the other hand is stable at 0.06, just like Seagate 600.

BOOT

ADATA SP920SS’s boot load stays between 13-16 second boot.

TRIM

TRIM works just fine.

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CDMREAD

CDMWRITE

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HDTUNEREAD

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PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Benchmark

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PCMVANTAGEFor PCMark Vantage x64 HDD test, except application loading it has a decent performance.

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The drive is quick especially with importing pictures and starting application tests, slower only to Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD.

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0% Fill Test

46% Fill Test

67% Fill


ADATA Premier Pro SP920SS 256GB uses a Marvel 88SS9189 controller, the same controller that is used in Crucial M550. This controller adds LPDDR (or low-power DDR) and improved DevSleep implementation. In fact, if you’re familiar with Crucial M550’s PCB layout, it's no different from this drive. What’s different is the SSD uses eight chips of 20nm 32GB Micron MLC 128Gbit NAND chips. Crucial uses 128Gbit NAND for its 512GB and 1TB units, whereas they use 64Gbit NAND for lower capacity 128GB and 256GB unit. I haven't tested Crucial units so it would difficult for me to say how the performance…

Review Overview

Performance - 8
Endurance - 10
Price per GB - 7.5
Overall Value - 8

8.4

BBQ Score

Summary : The ADATA SP920SS 256GB doesn’t really bring any special performance when compared to other SSDs, especially with Samsung 840 Pro. There are certain workloads where the drive performs nicely, but in many tests its mediocre for an SSD.

In any case, ADATA is probably keeping this drive for mainstream users, although, for a product that uses the ‘pro’ word, I would like to have seen a higher-than-mainstream performance, at least somewhere between SanDisk Extreme II and Samsung 840 Pro.

ADATA SP920SS Premier Pro 256GB
India U.S. U.K.
NA $184.49 £108.27

 

SanDisk Extreme II 240GB
India (Online) U.S. U.K.
NA $159.99 £109.99

 

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
India (Online) U.S. U.K.
NA $134.99 £91.99

Its strange to see that ADATA SP920SS is more expensive in the US in comparison with SanDisk Extreme II and Samsung 840 EVO then it is in the U.S. Samsung EVO 250GB makes a lot more sense for UK buyers compared to US counterparts. You should note that you’re getting only the SSD with Samsung EVO, and not the desktop kit that others give.

  • Desktop Kit
  • 3 Years Warranty
  • Decent Transfer and Boot Load fit for mainstream users
  • Mediocre performance for an SSD

India

NA

United States


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