|ADATA S599 SSD AS599S-128GM-C|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 30 March 2010|
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First Look: ADATA S599
The ADATA S599 Solid State Drive is the third in their 500-series line of SSD products, coming right on the heels of the ADATA S592 and S596. Like past ADATA SSD's, the ADATA S599 arrives in a clean and friendly white retail box with their Hummingbird logo. ADATA underwent a corporate re-branding not long ago, so far they've succeeded in capturing consumer attention.
Once pulled from the package, the ADATA S599 shows off a simple black anodized aluminum finish on the metal casing that gives the drive a total weight of 63g.
Best suited for notebook and desktop computer installations, the 100GB ADATA S599 SSD could also be utilized for mission-critical backups or high-abuse data systems. The ADATA S599 Solid State Drive has been designed with a focus on high-performance data transfer speeds and data protection. Although the ADATA S599 model does not offer an integrated USB Mini-B port, several new 2.5" SATA enclosures utilize the SuperSpeed USB-3.0 standard for high-performance portable file transfers.
Standard 2.5" drive bay mounting points are pre-drilled and threaded into the ADATA S599 SSD, which allows for quick upgrade or addition into any existing notebook or desktop system. The mounting positions matched up to the drive bracket on my notebook computer, and after only a few minutes of drive cloning I was quickly loading the Windows-7 O/S without a hitch.
Unlike most Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, SSDs are nearly impervious to impact damage and do not require (or benefit from) any kind of special vibration dampening or shock-proof enclosures. ADATA utilizes a metal two-piece enclosure for their S599 model, which reveals the internal components after removing four small counter-sunk Phillips-head screws located at the sides of this SSD. The ADATA S599 has a warranty-void sticker along the seam, and removing the enclosure cover will remove consumer protection with it. Benchmark Reviews will reveal all of the internal components on our next section anyway, so just be patient and save your warranty protection.
Thanks to the SandForce SF-1200 SSD controller architecture (detailed in the next section), the ADATA S599 Solid State Drive suggests transfer speeds around 280/270 MBps read/write for high-performance enthusiasts. Now that you're acquainted with the basic exterior features for the S599 SSD, it's time to peek inside the metal enclosure and inspect the internal components...