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ADATA Launches XPG SX7000 PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 2280 SSD

ADATA launches a new NVMe drive called the XPG SX7000 and it is a more budget friendly drive than the recently released XPG SX8000. Where the SX8000 uses 3D MLC NAND, the new SX7000 is built with 3D TLC NAND flash instead.

The 3D TLC NAND has been paired with an SMI controller and while it isn’t as fast as the bigger brother, it still delivers a great performance. The performance difference will be noticeable whether you come from an SATA SSD or HDD as the SX7000 can deliver up to 1800 MB/s read performance and up to 850 MB/s write performance. The random performance is a point where you really feel the difference from the SATA interface and this drive is able to deliver up to 130K IOPS reading and 140K IOPS writing.

The use of 3D NAND allows for great capacity options and it is no different for this series. The new SX7000 drive will be available as 128GB, 256G, 512GB, and 1TB models. The drive meets the NVMe 1.2 specifications and uses a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface for the connection. The standard 2280 form factor will also make the drive highly compatible with both portable and stationary systems.

M.2 SSDs not only exceed SATA drives in performance, they are also more power efficient. That’s particularly useful for notebook owners as a reduced power consumption means more battery time. The 3D NAND ADATA uses on the SX7000 also helps in that regard, making it a great choice for first time NVMe adopters. The SX7000 has a strictly-verified and stress-tested MTBF (mean time between failures) figure of 2 million hours, 25% more than most 2D NAND drives.

Features include pSLC (pseudo single-level cell mode) for improved speed during heavy data loads, a DRAM buffer further helps with the throughput, the LDPC ECC technology prevents data corruption, while the data shaping distributes the data evenly across flash cells.

ADATA backs the new XPG SX7000 PCI-Express 3.0 x4 M.2 2280 SSD with a 5-year warranty.

Bohs Hansen

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