TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,677 Reviews & Articles | 36,080 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Fractal Design Arc Cases Contest (Global Entry!)

ADATA S396 30GB Value Solid State Drive Review - The ADATA S396 30GB SSD

The second generation SandForce SATA II has arrived. We welcome the SF-2141 to the lab.

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 30, 2012 1:44 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: ADATA

The ADATA S396 30GB SSD

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_08_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

Here we get our first look at the ADATA S396 30GB SSD. This is a new case design for ADATA, but it still uses an aluminum chassis. On the front ADATA shows the capacity size and model number.

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_09_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

On the back ADATA lists the model number, AS396S-30GM and the warranty code. At the bottom right side ADATA also includes the Acronis software key for easily cloning the data from your existing drive.

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_10_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

On the side we found the standard mounting points so you won't have an issue installing the drive in your notebook.

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_11_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

The SATA power and data ports are where they should be and the included desktop adapter bracket offsets the drive to the side so the ports line up with your 3.5" drives.

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_12_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

Now for the good stuff, this is the new SandForce SF-2141 controller that uses four channels. On this drive the NAND flash is on the other side of the PCB.

 

TweakTown image content/4/5/4531_13_adata_s396_30gb_value_solid_state_drive_review.jpg

 

The ADATA website says that the S396 uses 25nm flash, but it doesn't give any information as to who manufactures the flash. The drive doesn't tell us much either. A couple of Google searches didn't turn up any information on 60073173 flash.

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Storage content at our Storage reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this content

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Latest Downloads

View More Latest Downloads

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?

Yes, Battlefield is doomed

No, Battlefield will live on strong

I'm not sure, but I know EA needs to improve its game

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Get TweakTown updates via Facebook!
Just click the "Like" button below