Specifications, Pricing and Availability
OK, maybe A-DATA did cut one corner with their quick to market launch and that is with the listed specifications page on their website. I have no idea what this is supposed to represent, but a full detail breakdown it is not. Whatever, we don't mind too much because it lets me bypass talking about things like shock resistance which is high with all SSDs and the other annoying things that most enthusiasts could really care less about or already know about. Stuff like how SSDs use less power to operate when compared to platter drives that have to rotate physical platters and move little arms all over to place just to read and write data. All of this takes power and notebook battery power is something you would rather use on watching movies or getting that late report finished on your cross country flight so you can tell your boss that it was finished, but you forgot to send it over before hopping on the plane shame on you.
When it comes to performance we see the same numbers that just about everyone else is claiming with their SF-1200 products. The difference is that the S599 is already on the way to retailers and e-tailers and most of the others are still waiting on things like boxes, manuals and such. The industry standard for obtaining such performance numbers is ATTO and A-DATA lets us know exactly where the numbers were taken from. ATTO doesn't take into account several factors that determine real world performance and we will be able to see that today when testing with the new Intel RST 9.6 driver.
Yes, I've been stalling on the cost and that is what you really want to know about since I built it up so high already. We have been told that the 100GB model that we are reviewing here today will have an MSRP of 380.00 USD. A-DATA has two different capacity drives that should hit online stores this week, the 100 and 200GB versions of the S599. I have yet to hear the pricing on the 200GB model, I was a little shocked when I heard 380 (380 FTW!!) that I forgot to even inquire about the 200GB MSRP, but that is all right; we will just have to try to get on in for a review. Like always, we expect a few of the etailers to raise the cost of the drives when they first hit the shelves and two weeks later you will finally be able to pick one up for the MSRP. A month after that we may start to see the cost go even lower.
Let's take a look at everything you get in the A-DATA S599 package.