Version and / or Patch Used: 2012 1.5
The ADATA SP920 and Crucial M550 both deliver the same battery time, but that's not really a good thing here. Other than the Intel 730 and Mushkin Chronos DX, the identical hardware pair are at the back of the 512GB capacity class.
Sadly, the ADATA Premier Pro SP920 isn't in any e-tail warehouse that we've been able to find, so we can't put our finger on the real-world price. The MSRP for the 512GB model we looked at today is $334.99, the same as the current selling price for the M550 512GB. ADATA gives you a nice accessory package with disk cloning software, desktop adapter bracket, and a handful of other goodies, including a new SSD Toolbox, all bits missing from the M550 package. That makes the buying decision easy when choosing between those two drives.
Moving beyond those two drives, we have to look at performance. If you don't write a lot of data to the drive, then the SP920 is very fast, but once you hit the drive hard, the performance decreases until the drive has time to clean up the mess. The best drive on the market at this time for consistent performance is the SanDisk Extreme II, so we need to use that as the starting point. The Extreme II 480GB just went through a price reduction and now costs $289.95.
It doesn't come with a SP920-like accessory package, so if you need the bits, you'll need to buy them too. This is partially why we wanted to see where the SP920 would end up on the price side of things. It's a solid SSD, but the Extreme II is better.
So, where does that leave the ADATA SP920? That's up to ADATA and their retailers. If the price becomes competitive with the Extreme II 480GB and you need the accessory package, go for it. Until then, go with the consistent performer and never worry about degraded SSD performance.
PRICING: You can find the ADATA SP920 (256GB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ADATA SP920 (256GB) retails for $159.99 at Amazon.
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