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[Memory Express] ADATA Swordfish M.2 NVMe PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD, 1TB $129.99

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[Memory Express] ADATA Swordfish M.2 NVMe PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD, 1TB $129.99

Specs:

Specifications: ADATA Swordfish 1 TB SSD
Brand: A-DATA
Model: ASWORDFISH-1T-C
Capacity: 1000 GB (931 GB usable)
24 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller: Realtek RTS5763DL
Flash: 96-Layer 3D TLC, Sandisk
Rebranded
DRAM: N/A, 16 MB Host Memory Buffer
Endurance: 480 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID: NVMe ADATA SWORDFISH SCSI Disk Device
Firmware: V9002s45
Warranty: 5 years
Performance (Max) Read 1800MB/s, write 1200MB/s
Maximum 4K random read/write IOPS 180K/180K

ADATA is using a Realtek RTS5763DL controller, which is Realtek's entry-level budget SSD controller with four channels, but the full PCIe x4 interface bandwidth and support for AES encryption. The flash chips are 96-layer 3D TLC flash made by Toshiba/Sandisk. ADATA has rebranded the NAND chips and merely states these to be "3D NAND flash". For cost reasons, a DRAM cache module is not installed. ADATA Swordfish performs very similar to those QLC drives. The Crucial P1 is 1% faster, and the Sabrent Rocket Q is 2% slower. Comparable entry-level TLC drives are the Intel 660p, WD Blue NVMe, and ADATA SX6000 Pro, which seems to be a close cousin of the Swordfish. [Intel 660p is actually QLC and has DRAM. The Intel 760p is the one that is TLC (and also has DRAM).] **The fastest drives in our test group, like the ADATA SX8200 Pro, HP EX950 and Kingston KC2000, are around 10% faster—definitely noticeable, especially when it comes to workloads that are not pure consumer. ADATA isn't including a DRAM cache chip on the Swordfish, so DRAMless.

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/adat ... tb/15.html
https://www.anandtech.com/show/9799/best-ssds

Enjoy!
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Those pricing errors from previous weeks have set a rather high bar to beat.
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chatbox wrote: Those pricing errors from previous weeks have set a rather high bar to beat.
I guess wait for the next one.
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chatbox wrote: Those pricing errors from previous weeks have set a rather high bar to beat.
they shipped?
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Freebush wrote: Specs:

Specifications: ADATA Swordfish 1 TB SSD
Brand: A-DATA
Model: ASWORDFISH-1T-C
Capacity: 1000 GB (931 GB usable)
24 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller: Realtek RTS5763DL
Flash: 96-Layer 3D TLC, Sandisk
Rebranded
DRAM: N/A, 16 MB Host Memory Buffer
Endurance: 480 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID: NVMe ADATA SWORDFISH SCSI Disk Device
Firmware: V9002s45
Warranty: 5 years
Performance (Max) Read 1800MB/s, write 1200MB/s
Maximum 4K random read/write IOPS 180K/180K

ADATA is using a Realtek RTS5763DL controller, which is Realtek's entry-level budget SSD controller with four channels, but the full PCIe x4 interface bandwidth and support for AES encryption. The flash chips are 96-layer 3D TLC flash made by Toshiba/Sandisk. ADATA has rebranded the NAND chips and merely states these to be "3D NAND flash". For cost reasons, a DRAM cache module is not installed. ADATA Swordfish performs very similar to those QLC drives. The Crucial P1 is 1% faster, and the Sabrent Rocket Q is 2% slower. Comparable entry-level TLC drives are the Intel 660p, WD Blue NVMe, and ADATA SX6000 Pro, which seems to be a close cousin of the Swordfish. The fastest drives in our test group, like the ADATA SX8200 Pro, HP EX950 and Kingston KC2000, are around 10% faster—definitely noticeable, especially when it comes to workloads that are not pure consumer. ADATA isn't including a DRAM cache chip on the Swordfish, so DRAMless.

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/adat ... tb/15.html
https://www.anandtech.com/show/9799/best-ssds

Enjoy!
In the comparisons section of your paragraph, the Intel 660p is actually QLC and has DRAM. The Intel 760p is the one that is TLC (and also has DRAM).
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3express wrote: In the comparisons section of your paragraph, the Intel 660p is actually QLC and has DRAM. The Intel 760p is the one that is TLC (and also has DRAM).
Thanks for the correction.
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Comparable to WD Blue SN550?
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chatbox wrote: Those pricing errors from previous weeks have set a rather high bar to beat.
what was the price, same brand?
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forgetpwd wrote: what was the price, same brand?
92$ WD NVMe SN750 1TB. Sold on CDW.ca
It was last Friday I believe the sale (error) occurred.
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forgetpwd wrote: what was the price, same brand?
From CDW.ca: WD SN750 1TB without heatsink: $92 + shipping
From MCS: WDSN750 1TB with heatsink: $142 + free shipping

Let's get back to this ADATA deal. It's not bad at all @$130. Speed is a bit on the entry level side of things though.
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tbh, I've had 2 ADATA SD cards die, and an older ADATA SSD die.

def would not trust these drives.
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wlee wrote: Comparable to WD Blue SN550?
Last set of benches I checked, iirc, the WD Blue won every single one.

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