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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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