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ADATA XPG SX930 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SATA III Gaming SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jul 23, 2015 1:34 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ADATA

Final Thoughts (plus a giveaway)

 

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We like to focus on real-world performance because that is what really matters to the end-user. The SX930 doesn't deliver stellar synthetic performance and that's fine by us, because it performs quite well with our real-world simulations. The 120GB and 240GB drives excel in moderate workloads and the 480GB drive excels with both moderate and heavy workloads. We believe the 480GB SX930 delivers essentially equivalent performance to that of Crucial's BX100 500GB SSD. We feel that the main competition for the SX930 is going to be Crucial's BX100. As long as pricing is equivalent between the 480GB SX930 and 500GB BX100, we give the advantage to ADATA because of SX930's five-year warranty, accessory package, and superior flash.

 

 

It is important to note we did not run the SX930 series against our top tier drives. We feel that the SX930 is more of a value-class SSD than it is a performance SSD because of its four channel configuration. We will also note that the drive we consider the fastest SATA-based SSD, Samsung's 500GB 850 EVO, performs about equivalent to the 480GB SX930 when running a heavy workload in a steady-state. It all comes down to pricing. At launch, the SX930 480GB has an MSRP of $200, which is a bit high for our liking and in all likelihood will drop significantly when the drive becomes available through retail channels. We would like to see the 480GB SX930 selling for about $150 to be really attractive. It is also important to consider that the SX930 ships as a complete package. You get everything you could need included when you purchase an SX930, giving it the edge when pricing is equivalent to that of its competition.

 

Our experience while running the SX930 as our OS volume has been very good. It delivers an excellent SSD experience. You will be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and premium performance-class SSDs. We have no reservations in recommending the ADATA SX930 to our readers, it is an excellent performing SSD with quality flash and a great warranty.

 

We are pleased with ADATA's XPG SX930 SSDs and we are sure you would like one of your own to supercharge your computing experience.

 

GIVEAWAY: TweakTown is going to give three lucky readers their own SX930. Each will win one of the three SX930's used for this review. This contest is not sponsored by ADATA and the drives have been opened so they will not carry any warranty. In order to win, leave a comment below and like our Facebook page. Winners will be announced on this page right here, one week from now, on July 30, 2015.

 

THE WINNERS:

 

120GB - David Denlinger

240GB - Jason Susavidge

480GB - John Walker

 

The winners above have been contacted via Facebook message. Please check your "Other" inbox and reply ASAP.

 

 

 

ADATA XPG SX930 SATA III SSD

 

Pros:

 

  • Quality MLC flash
  • Extensive Accessory package
  • Five-year Warranty

 

Cons:

 

  • Random write performance with data on the drive
  • MSRP

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality including Design and Build89%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: An SLC acceleration layer on MLC flash is something we like. The ADATA bundle is one of the industry's most complete and a five-year warranty backing the XPG SX930 will give peace of mind.

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