ADATA has sent word of their latest SSD model, and it uses a totally different controller from their existing consumer SSD lineup. The SP920 SSD is available in 128GB and 256GB capacities today, with 512GB and 1TB to arrive soon.
With the SP920, ADATA have switched from Sandforce controllers to the same Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2 controller used in the Crucial M550 which came out 2 weeks ago. In fact, it looks almost identical, as you can see in this picture by Tech Report as posted in their review of the 512GB SP920.
We will have our review of the Crucial M550 up soon, and from that we can probably know what to expect from the SP920. Our last ADATA review was of the S511, which was an asynchronous NAND/Sandforce based SSD. This one should prove to be a lot better, especially in a used state.
ADATA have added some value to the product in the form of useful software. While the Crucial M550 doesn’t come with much in the way of software features, the ADATA SP920 comes with a software utility.
SSD Toolbox software can be really useful in keeping things running as efficiently as possible. Even more useful perhaps, is the inclusion of drive imaging software. The SP920 comes with a copy of Acronis True Image HD, which makes it easy to mirror an existing OS installation over to your new drive.
Smaller capacities are said to have fewer NAND channels, so that may be troublesome. We’ll have to wait and see for ourselves if that is the case.