A 12 months in the past at CES 2020, ADATA previewed three upcoming PCIe 4.0 shopper SSDs deliberate for launch in 2020. As with many issues final 12 months, that did not go precisely as deliberate, however two of these drives have now hit the market—albeit with totally different mannequin names than ADATA was utilizing a 12 months in the past. The XPG GAMMIX S70 has now taken over as ADATA’s high of the road shopper SSD, and it’s beginning to hit the (digital) cabinets simply in time for CES 2021.
Final fall, ADATA launched the XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite as one of many first PCIe 4.0 SSDs focusing on mainstream shopper utilization. It makes use of Silicon Movement’s 4-channel SM2267 controller, so it is not aiming for the efficiency crown that almost all PCIe 4.0 fashions are vying for. The XPG GAMMIX S70 was additionally introduced final fall, however solely not too long ago hit the market. It was listed on ADATA’s personal on-line retailer earlier than the top of the 12 months, however did not hit any third-party retailers till it confirmed up on Newegg final week.
The GAMMIX S70 is especially attention-grabbing as a result of it marks the debut of a brand new competitor for high-end shopper SSD controllers. Innogrit was based by storage trade veterans together with a bunch of former Marvell workers. They got here out of stealth mode at Flash Reminiscence Summit 2019 with a full roadmap of consumer and enterprise NVMe SSD controllers, and at CES 2020 it appeared that their IG5236 “Rainier” controller had scored a number of design wins. The GAMMIX S70 is the primary we’re conscious of to really ship.
|ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 Specs|
|Capability||1 TB||2 TB|
|Type Issue||M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4|
|Controller||Innogrit IG5236 “Rainier”|
|Sequential Learn (MB/s)||7400|
|Sequential Write (MB/s)||5500||6400|
|Random Learn IOPS (4kB)||350k||650k|
|Random Write IOPS (4kB)||720k||740k|
|Write Endurance||740 TB||1480 TB|
|Present Retail Costs||$199.99 (20¢/GB)||$399.99 (20¢/GB)|
The GAMMIX S70 displaces the Phison E16-based GAMMIX S50 as ADATA’s flagship shopper SSD and goes up in opposition to different second-wave PCIe gen4 SSD just like the Samsung 980 PRO, WD Black SN850 and Phison E18-based drives just like the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus.
The Newegg listings for the GAMMIX S70 are at ADATA’s introductory MSRP of $199.99 for the 1TB mannequin and $399.99 for the 2TB, the identical worth factors because the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and barely cheaper than the Samsung 980 PRO or WD Black SN850. Our preliminary testing of the 2TB S70 has confirmed promising efficiency, however ADATA gave us a heads-up that there is a firmware replace on the way in which so we’re holding off on drawing conclusions for the second.
With the Phison E18 and Innogrit Rainier controllers now delivery, and the in-house designs from Samsung and Western Digital, we’re ready on solely Silicon Movement’s SM2264 controller to spherical out this second wave of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD controllers. A 12 months in the past, ADATA had deliberate to utilize the SM2264 within the third PCIe 4.0 SSD they previewed, however there isn’t any signal of it or another SM2264 merchandise being prepared but.
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