We've seen attempts at doing RGB SSDs in the past and in our opinion, they have for the most part been failures. Some were nothing more than blinking LED's, with no user control. Others had to have a hard-wired connection to the motherboard to even light up or function correctly.
The SSD we are reviewing today finally does RGB right and does so on the most popular formfactor of all - M.2 x 2280. ADATA's XPG Spectrix S40G lets you do RGB your way. RGB effects are completely customizable via ADATA's XPG RGB control software:
ADATA's XPG RGB software is compatible with most motherboards. The software provides 14 preset lighting effects to choose from. You can select your desired brightness on all the effects and the speed of the effects on certain of the factory presets. There are four separate user profile tabs where you can save your favorite custom creations.
We took this video of our Spectrix S40G with the RGB effects running at default and the speed turned all the way up. The video doesn't really do it justice, but even so the results are stunning in our opinion. This is RGB done right, and on the right formfactor.
ADATA's XPG Spectrix S40G NVMe PCIe Gen3.0x 4 M.2 SSD is available in 256GB, 500GB and 1TB models. Let's dive in and take a closer look:
Current pricing shows that you will pay roughly a $30 premium for RGB. We are fine with that because you get, what is in our opinion, the most gorgeous SSD ever made. At the heart of the XPG Spectrix S40G is Realtek's RTS5726 NVMe controller. The RTS5726 is Realtek's current flagship Gen3 x4 SSD controller. This is the first time we've tested an SSD based on this controller, so we are anxious to see what kind of performance it will deliver.