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ADATA XPG SX950 480GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 23, 2017 7:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ADATA

Final Thoughts

 

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The ADATA XPG SX950 480GB SATA III SSD was built with the idea of utilizing the best available components. Like we stated at the beginning of the review, the XPG SX950 is a premium class SSD that will appeal to those that want exceptional moderate and heavy workload performance with massive amounts of endurance. We find the XPG SX950 does indeed deliver those premium qualities.

 

 

In terms of synthetic performance, the XPG SX950 doesn't light up our charts. In fact, as far as synthetic performance is concerned, the XPG SX950 only delivers average performance. As we saw, the SX950 often delivered synthetic numbers that were lower than many of the lesser SSDs in our test pool. However, we consider synthetic performance to be far less important than moderate workload performance.

 

We firmly believe that any SSD that we consider a Tier-1 SSD must deliver outstanding real-world performance. Of all the tests we run, we believe that PCMark 8 and SYSmark most accurately represent real-world performance. Of those two tests, we feel that SYSmark holds the greater importance because it consists of actual applications running on the system disk. There is no way to optimize firmware for SYSMark. The results are as real as it gets, and this is where we find the XPG SX950 delivering the goods in a big way. The SX950 gave us a higher overall SYSmark rating than three of our current favorite SSDs. In fact, the SX950 gave us our highest SYSmark rating of any SATA SSD we've tested to date.

 

User Experience: In the end, it all comes down to user experience. The ADATA SX950 delivers a Tier-1 SSD experience that rivals that of any SATA SSD we've ever used. It is very responsive, boots super-fast and handles multi-tasking without skipping a beat. We came away impressed with the ADATA XPG SX950 SATA III SSD which is why it is TweakTown recommended.

 

Pros:

 

  • Application Performance
  • MLC Flash
  • Endurance

 

Cons:

 

  • Synthetic Performance

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality98%
Features95%
Value87%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: ADATA's SX950 480GB SATA III SSD is a premium SSD that delivers a tier-1 user experience.

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