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"With more and more laptops and motherboards supporting mSATA drives for primary storage, ADATA is quick to give the same performance as we would normally see from a 2.5″ drive. Its worth noting however that if you’re looking at one of these for a desktop system, its worth waiting until motherboard manufacturers start implementing 6Gbps mSATA ports as a standard feature over SATAII. On the laptop front however mSATA at 6Gbps is becoming very common so this is a worthy contender for the short-list."
"The use of the custom firmware to reduce the NAND space used for redundancy will also benefit those using portable systems where storage space is at a premium. This change in storage level doesn't seem to impact performance though as the drive easily hits the levels we would expect from a desktop based Sandforce drive. Peak speeds are great on the SX300, media use isn't quite as strong (really only likely to affect video editors) but real world use is otherwise very competitive. That said we should also note that if adding this drive in to replace a mechanical drive, or in addition to one, the video performance will be hugely improved by the ADATA model."
"A closer look at the sequential thoughput rates reveals that this drive offers what you've come to expect from SandForce drives these days. Regarding sequential reads we see a maximum value of 543 Megabytes per second. Concerning sequential writes the drive tops out at 508 Megabytes per seconds. When it comes to random IOPS we measured more then 25'000 IOPS for 4k random reads and about 66'000 IOPS for 4k random writes. According to the specs this drive should be able to deliver 550 Megabytes per second when doing sequential reads and 505 Megabytes per second when it comes to sequential writes. Therefore ADATA doesn't make empty promises with their XPG SX300 SSD. What you have to know about SandForce based SSD is the fact that struggle a bit with non compressible data, which means that only with compressible data you'll be able to reproduce our performance values."
"The SandForce controller is certainly an excellent medium for excellent drive performance, even if limited by a SATA2 port on a SATA3 drive. Moving to an SSD on a laptop, in particular, creates a much better experience with must faster startup and shutdown times and improved battery life. With an ADATA SSD in my laptop, it can shut down and restart in the time that it can hibernate and boot up. For just under $1 per gigabyte, the ADATA SX300 provides very nice enhancements over a conventional mechanical hard drive. Even though I'm using it on a SATA2 interface and I know I am missing out on some raw performance, to the naked eye, day-to-day tasks would not show much difference."