Those looking to make the jump to a solid state drive or perhaps replace an existing SSD that’s past its prime now have a couple more options to consider. ADATA has launched two new SSDs with optimized firmware for the US and Canadian markets, known as the Premier SP800 and the Premier Pro SP900.
The company’s Premier SP800 is a SATA 3Gbps drive with rated transfer speeds of 280MB/sec read and 260MB/sec write with random 4K writes reaching 44,000 IOPS. The SP800 is available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Other extras include full TRIM command support, a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting adapter and a copy of Acronis True Image HD.
If more speed is what you need, ADATA has you covered with the Premier Pro SP900. This SATA 6Gbps unit boasts maximum sequential read and write speeds of 550MB and 520MB, respectively. 4K random writes are rated at a maximum of 85,000 IOPS. Users can opt for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB varieties which include the same bundle as the SP800.
The drives were first unveiled back in February and ultimately released overseas but those on this side of the pond had to wait it out. ADATA didn’t provide an MSRP for either drive but I was able to find the SP900 starting at $79.99 for the 64GB version and topping out at $259.99 for the 256GB model. I didn’t have any luck locating the SP800 at several different online retailers.
The Kingston HyperX SSD has a slim 2.5" design, measuring 10.1 x 6.9 x 9.3mm and weighing 94 grams. It consumes 2.0 watts of power when in use and just 0.455 watts in standby. The HyperX touts read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 520MB/s using SATA 6Gb/s.
The OCZ Vertex 4 Series 64GB model packs read and write speeds of 460MB/s and 220MB/s. The 128GB version is much faster with 550MB/s reads and 420MB/s writes. The 256GB and 512GB models feature the same 550MB/s reads, but writes are boosted to 465MB/s and 475MB/s, respectively.
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