With the fab companies pushing the price of mainstream SSDs down to new lows, many question how long customer builders like ADATA, Kingston, Corsair, and so on can still compete. Over the last two years, we've seen many of these companies turn to increasing the value of the overall package.
Today, we're looking at the ADATA SP610, a low-cost value based SSD that doesn't just stop with the SSD. Several months back ADATA followed several other SSD makers and released an SSD Toolbox, software that allows end users to monitor, configure and manage an SSD. ADATA also includes Acronis True Image HD with the companies value based SSDs.
The company didn't stop there, even ADATA's low priced drives like the SP610 also ships with a full accessory kit that includes a desktop adapter bracket and 7mm to 9.2mm z-height bracket. This is in an era where such accessory packages are reserved for premium SSDs with prices closer to .75 cents per GB.
The other way ADATA, Corsair and several others are able to shave initial costs is to use low-cost controllers that arrive with firmware. The SP610 uses a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. Silicon Motion builds the customer's firmware just like LSI/Avago/SandForce/Seagate (I couldn't just pick one), that means a large portion of the development costs fall on Silicon Motion and Silicon Motion can spread that cost between the customer builders.
The SM2246EN is a 4-channel controller designed for value-class SSDs and can use a wide variety of NAND flash. For mainstream users, the controller performs very well under typical mainstream user workloads, but latency does increase under enthusiast workloads.
ADATA's target market for the SP610 is mainstream users and gamers looking for high capacity with a low cost. Let's see how the SP610 256GB does for that market today.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
ADATA released the SP610 in four capacity sizes - 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and a massive 1TB model. Today, we're focusing on the 256GB model ADATA sent over first. The write performance varies between these drives, the larger the capacity, the higher the write speed.
Our 256GB sample reads sequential data at 560 MB/s, but only has a sequential write speed of 290 MB/s. The two larger capacity size SP610 drives write at 450 MB/s and the 128GB model only writes sequential data at 150 MB/s.
As we mentioned above, the SP610 includes a nice accessory package. Included is a desktop adapter bracket, z-height shim, instructions and the ability to download two critical pieces of software. ADATA backs the SP610 products with a standard three-year warranty.
At the time of writing, Newegg only had the 128GB in stock and at roughly $1 per GB. I'm sure you are thinking the same three letters that I am - W.T.F. When Newegg runs low of stock, the company raises the prices to slow demand. I'm fairly certain that's the case here. The flagship ADATA SP920 256GB only costs $129.99 at the time of writing, and the SP610 256GB should cost significantly less than that when widely available.
PRICING: You can find the ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD 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 Premier SP610 256GB SSD retails for $119.99 at Amazon.
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