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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ADATA S599 SSD AS599S-128GM-C
Features and Specifications
First Look: ADATA S599
SandForce SF-1200 SSD Controller
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark Tests
SSD vs Hard Disk Drive
ADATA AS599S-128GM-C Conclusion

ADATA AS599S-128GM-C Conclusion

Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our performance rating considers how effective the ADATA S599 SSD performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage products. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-1200 at 260 MB/s read and write, yet ADATA suggests 280/270 MB/s performance. In our benchmark tests, the ADATA S599 SSD performed at or above this rating. The ADATA S599 delivered 286/277 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark and trailed by 260/255 MBps in Everest, making this the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSD we've tested. Operational performance was very good in Iometer, where the S599 outperformed all other MLC SSDs and competed with SLC models. Based on these results, enthusiasts can expect high operational speeds and functionality for demanding applications.A-DATA_Hummingbird_Full-Logo_339x181.png

Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. ADATA has kept production costs down while maintaining attractive looks by using an anodized aluminum chassis for their S599 SSD. As SSD controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls is critical, and makes chassis design more important that it previously needed to be.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire SSD product segment, and the ADATA S599 is no exception. Although the ADATA S599 SSD is covered by a limited warranty, the duration and restrictions are unknown. ADATA recommends that you register your product to receive warranty support. Unfortunately, there are no online discussion forums/chat or local telephone service numbers available for technical support.

Benchmark Reviews has tested the ADATA S599 SSD against its closest competitors, and the performance results were impressive. High-performance enthusiasts will enjoy the a noteworthy 0.16 ms response time, which assures a nearly-instant reactions when called upon. Based on the SATA-3.0 SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor, the ADATA S599 SSD delivers native TRIM garbage collection and SMART support with impressive transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that lasts up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules. One drawback to ADATA's SSD series is that they lack any publicly available firmware updates and there no enthusiast community supporting the company.

As of August 2010, the ADATA S599 Solid State Drive is available online at NewEgg. Benchmark Reviews tested the 100GB capacity SSD for this article, model AS599S-128GM-C, which which sells for $295.99. If you're in need of a higher-capacity storage solution, the 200GB model (AS599S-256GM-C) is listed for $629.

In summary, the ADATA S599-series is a high-performance SATA-3.0 GBps Solid State Drive that builds on the powerful SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor. SandForce innovates the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime, and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. The ADATA S599 proved to meet or exceed its specifications, and 286/277 MBps read and write speeds are enough push the envelope of second-generation SATA performance. Unfortunately, most new SSDs coming to market are likely to be compliant with 3rd-generation SATA standards, and may also be faster. While the current retail prices make the ADATA S599 an attractive buy, expect even more discounts to come as additional SATA-6G SSDs join the market. ADATA made a wise decision to partner with SandForce for the S599, as it easily outperforms Indilinx-based SSDs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has used this SSD to publish our SandForce SF1200 RAID-0 SSD Performance review.

Pros:

+ Outstanding 286/287 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ SandForce SF-1200 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ Top-level enthusiast operational I/O performance
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ 100GB/200GB of high-speed SSD storage capacity
+ AES-128 Automatic encryption and password data protection
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Limited warranty and technical support
- Lacks integrated USB Mini-B data connection
- Not 3rd-Generation SATA-6.0 compliant
- No public firmware updates available

Questions? Comments? Benchmark Reviews really wants your feedback. We invite you to leave your remarks in our Discussion Forum.

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# I fail to see the subject under test in most of the chartsGreg 2010-03-30 16:21
Maybe the wrong charts were published.
Out of the 13 SSDs in the charts, none is the ADATA S599.
What gives?
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# The ADATA S599 is in the charts.Olin Coles 2010-03-30 17:07
I don't know what you're referring to, but the charts include the ADATA S599 SSD test results.
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# RE: The ADATA S599 is in the charts.Stas 2010-03-30 23:24
In CrystalDiskMark Tests too?
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# Read the article...Olin Coles 2010-03-31 06:46
If you actually READ THE ARTICLE, you'll notice the lengthy explanations for these two tests.
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# Updated Test ResultsOlin Coles 2010-04-21 16:01
The AS-SSD Benchmark and CrystalDiskMark 3.0 results have been updated, and comparison charts are now included. The new data reflects test results with 4K IOPS performance in mind. I have also removed HD-Tune entirely, since we've discovered that the random IOPS portion of this tool is not useful for SSDs.
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# RE: ADATA S599 SandForce SF-1200 SSDJustin 2010-03-31 04:54
The Crystal DiskMark and the HDTune Random IOPS charts are missing the ADATA S599.
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# re: ADATA S599 SSDLogan 2010-03-31 11:22
Oi Olin!

You ARE missing the ADATA S599 from the DiskMark AND the HDTune IOPS charts.

I read your article and it was ok but you really have to make sure that all tested items are on the charts if you expect consumers to make informed choices... I'm sure that ADATA would appreciate that most of all because at least on paper, they seem to have a smoking fast product.

Cheers..
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# RE: re: ADATA S599 SSDOlin Coles 2010-03-31 11:28
If you had read the article, you'd know that these two tests produced abnormal results. I explain this in full detail, and also reveal all of my results.
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# Intel ...Christopher27 2010-04-01 03:52
Intel has TRIM (and I suppose X-25E serie has GC also).
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# Sector alignment issuesAllan Stirling 2010-04-01 07:12
HDDs can suffer from sector misalignment as well. ##g-loaded.eu/2010/03/29/partition-misalignment-slows-4096-byte-sector-hard-drives/
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# RE: ADATA S599 SandForce SF-1200 SSDBen 2010-04-06 04:56
Although the details are listed, the missing chart information is misleading to people who just scan through the article. I suggest you publish all of your data in the chart with a footnote stating "abnormal results". Thanks for including it in the written review, but it would be eye-opening to see it compared instead of just referred to.
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# Which storage controller was used?gaspard leon 2010-06-21 07:25
In the "Test System" section it says: "Storage HBA: Integrated Marvell SE9128 3rd-Generation SATA-6.0Gbps Controller"

But in the tests it says the ICH10 was used... which is it?

This makes quite a difference... Also if you want to get the least lag, you need an H55 or P55 based board, the storage controller on those is really quick
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# RE: Which storage controller was used?Olin Coles 2010-06-21 07:29
ICH10 is used on SATA-3GB SSDs, and the Marvell SE9128 is used on SATA-6GB SSDs (currently only Crucial C300).

As for the H/P55 platform having less 'lag' than X58, you are basing this on what evidence? I'm disregarding this remark, since I've tested on both.
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# thanks for the quick replygaspard leon 2010-06-21 18:56
Yeah that makes sense, so only the Crucial was on the Marvell.

Re H/P55 I have not done a lot of checks but I noticed a little bit faster access times, and slightly higher scores under AS SSD Benchmark, which I attribute to the H/P55 design being newer, and not a "Separate" chip, since the north and south bridge are both in the one chip, so the latency is a litttle lower...

Overall the difference between ICH10R and 55 series is fairly slight, just thought you should know that it's probably the best platform I've seen so far for SSD latency.

You can disregard this if you like, just trying to keep up awareness of different platforms
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# iometer resultsChristian 2011-01-24 02:17
guys, i'm not able to reproduce your scores, can you send me your iometer's config. file? this will be very appreciated ... :)
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# RE: iometer resultsOlin Coles 2011-01-24 09:40
Sure thing! I've emailed you our Iometer configuration file. Make sure that you use the same version as we did in our article for best results.
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# Thanks!!!Christian 2011-01-24 09:55
Thanks mate! i'll try it soon ...
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# RE: ADATA S599 SSD AS599S-128GM-CAMOCO 2011-07-05 22:30
So I sent Adata an email about firmware updates:
Me;So,When is the new updated firmware for this drive coming out?I've and others
have been waiting months for it.As the 3.4.6 firmware has heat issues.

Adata;The firmware updates are released by Sandforce and we have not gotten any update on new firmware. However, if you are experiencing issues please let us know we can replace for a new S599, or exchange for S596 Turbo.

So what gives?Is there an update for this drive other than 3.4.6?
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