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Adata launches the XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD

by Mark Tyson on 15 August 2017, 14:31

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Adata has launched a new PCIe SSD under its Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) memory and storage sub-brand. The new XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 is said to be the firm's fastest SSD yet thanks to the ultra-fast interface, DRAM cache and new Marvell Controller. As a bonus Adata says that the new SX9000 provides impressive durability and reliability, backed by a 5-year warranty.

In an email to HEXUS, Adata highlighted the data transfer speeds on offer and boasted of the longevity of the SX9000. The M.2 2280 form factor SSD uses the PCIe3x4 interface to deliver up to 2800MB/s read and 1450MB/s write. Other performance metrics include 310K/140K IOPS random 4K read/write. (The transfer speeds and IOPs performance listed may vary depending upon the SSD capacity and other external factors.) All in all users will benefit from pleasing attributes such as "fast boot, reduced cross-drive transfer times, shorter game loads, and quicker in-game asset delivery," says Adata.

While it boasts about employing "an all-new Marvell controller," in its email to HEXUS, neither Adata's SX9000 product specs page, nor the materials emailed to us, provide further details of this hardware component. However, we do know that the drive uses Advanced LDPC (low density parity check) ECC Technology for data integrity, and a DRAM cache (of unspecified size) to aid with performance.

The XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD uses MLC NAND Flash and Adata claims great durability and reliability for it. A 1000TB TWB (Total Bytes Written) rating is said to "outpace comparable models," and Adata quotes an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) figure of 2 million hours. Wear levelling will aid in the durability of the drive.

In the box with the 256GB / 512GB 1TB M.2 drive buyers will find "a sleek black XPG heatsink with pre-applied thermal compound". You are free to decide for yourself whether to install it. Unfortunately the image link showing off this heatspreader seems to be broken at the time of writing. Perhaps it looks similar to the recently launched XPG Gammix S10 SSD?



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XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280? Catchy.
fast boot and game load times?

both been tested and debunked already as they can't saturate sata let alone pci bandwidth- particularly games…booo for marketing bs again
.havoc;60142
fast boot and game load times?

both been tested and debunked already as they can't saturate sata let alone pci bandwidth- particularly games…booo for marketing bs again
the marketing is correct if you compare them to hard drives.. which I'm sure is the context the marketing team are using.

But as you said in the real world we'll see very little gain with pcie over sata ssd's except in very specific circumstances such as scratch disc for video editing etc.
.havoc;60142
fast boot and game load times?

both been tested and debunked already as they can't saturate sata let alone pci bandwidth- particularly games…booo for marketing bs again

Don't knock em till you try em. Night and day difference!
Wozza365
Don't knock em till you try em. Night and day difference!

I run an SSD only system (M.2 boot drive, 2 SATA SSDs) - and yes it is spiffingly quick. But if anything its slower to boot than standard SSD because it has to initialise the PCI interface before it can boot (annoyingly on my motherboard it requires a double post because of it).

Like LSG said there is some validity sure when comparing against a HDD - but I wouldn't compare the two myself. I would compare against other drives in a similar price to performance ratio and the same technology - which means to me at least its marketing BS. Put “faster than traditional HDD's” then I have no issue with the statement. Also - I'm not knocking the drive itself, just the fluffy statements that go with it.

Couple of good testing videos to have a gander at too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdF_aerWcW8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIXSSOzyLbs