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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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...



 

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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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