How to Adata Falcon M.2 NVMe SSD Soaring above SATA

Adata’s latest SSD, the Falcon, has flown into our lab, hoping it will sit on our list of the best SSDs. Adata’s Falcon features multi-gigabit performance and 256-bit AES encryption support for added security, but also features a surprisingly beautiful look that is sure to complement the beauty of most builds. However, Adata’s Falcon is not the most responsive SSD available, as it lacks a DRAM buffer.

Adata’s Falcon M.2 NVMe SSD hard drive is what the company claims to be ideal for tasks such as video editing, industrial drawing and programming. Characteristic of the serial display number of 3.1 / 1.5 Gbps sequential read / write rate, as well as random performance up to 180,000 IOPS, write / write, the volume performance is sure to fit. But what really drives device-based AES is the adoption of potential consumers to support 256-bit encryption. Not only does Adata’s Falcon deliver data quickly, but it can do so by keeping it secure.

The Adata Falcon is available in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB and is very competitively priced, especially high-capacity models that come in at $ 0.12 per gigabyte for 1TB and 2TB models. The Falcon uses low-density parity-check (LDPC) ECC and comes with an endurance rating that competes with many high-end hard drives, such as the WD Black SN750 and Samsung 970 EVO Plus, but it still Tracks some SSDs that come with Fison SSD units. Controller. The 1 TB Falcon is written up to 600 TB during a 5-year warranty period.

Programs and stuff

Adata provides both SSD toolbox and cloning software. The SSD Toolbox allows you to monitor, diagnose and update SSD firmware, as well as “optimize” certain system configuration settings. Acronis True Image OEM enables you to clone your data to your new SSD and create a system image for backup purposes.

Close look

The universe looks more like a piece of jewelry than SSD. Typically, the heatsink on SSD is more synthetic than shiny and shiny, but the Falcon Gold-coated aluminum alloy heat diffuser and black PCB pair do well for the overall stunning look.

Realtek’s RTS5762DL, an 8-channel PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 SSD without DRAM controller, powers the drive. The chip supports dual ARM CPUs, and the package’s dimensions are much smaller than the RTS5762 we’ve tested on Adata’s XPG Spectrum S40G. Its overall size is comparable to the new Shrink Fison’s new Shrink Fison 1.3 SSD NVMe 1.3 SSD controller, which is evidence that it was also built on a 12nm processing node.

The RTS5762DL allows manufacturers to mount up to four NAND beams on the same side of a printed circuit board as a controller, which enables Flacon to maintain a thin one-sided M.2 2280 form factor at a 2 TB capacity point is. Sixteen third-generation Micron 96L (B27B) TLCs in our typical 1TB terrain with 512GB NAND die at bus speeds from 533-667 million metric tons / second. Adata allocates 7% of the NAND for hyper-saving.

While RTS5762DL lacks DRAM to buffer Flash Translation Layer (FTL) data, it uses NVMe’s Host Memory Buffer (HMB) feature to allow the controller to use a few megabytes of DRAM for the host system. While this is a minor penalty due to the latency associated with PCIe-to-DRAM communication and return, overall performance is generally better than solid state drives without DRAM technology. The drive format also supports wipe locks via NVM, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. Data report with working temperature sensor.

Compare Products

We pitched Adata’s Falcon against some of the best SSDs on the market, including Seagate’s FireCuda 520 with PCIe 4.0 x4 interfaces. All our other comparisons feature PCIe 3.0 x4 connections, except for the SATA Crucial MX500 SSD and WD Black, 7200 RPM hard drives. Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus, XPG SX8200 Pro from Adata, WD’s Black SN750 and Seagate’s FireCuda 510 represent the top-tier competition, while the WD Blue SN550 is one of the best SSDs without DRAM we’ve tested. We’ve also rolled out the Adata XPG Spectrox S40G which boasts DRAM-based variants of the Falcon Controller with the latest generation of 64L TLC and delicious RGB lighting.

Adata’s Falcon loads game scenes much faster than a standard hard drive, and is even capable of beating the Adata XPG SpectroX S40G. However, the DRAMless architecture is not for the most responsive gaming experience. The Falcon tracks most of the contestants by a second or two and comes in eighth.

Transfer Rates – DiskBench

We use the DiskBench storage benchmark tool to test file transfer performance with our custom data blocks. The 50GB dataset includes 31,227 files of various types, such as images, PDFs, and videos. Our 100GB includes 22579 files, of which 50GB are big movies.

Adata’s Falcon finished fifth in both the 50 GB and 100 GB file transfer tests. Overall, it outperformed the DRAM-based S40G by a large margin as well as the FireCuda 510 and WD’s Blue SN550. However, Falcon’s reading performance was not as fast as some advanced options.

Trace Test – PCMark 10 Storage Test

PCMark 10 is a tracking-based benchmark that uses a wide range of real-world effects, from common applications and common tasks to benchmark storage performance. The Express standard is more related to those who use their computers for leisure or basic office work, while the full standard is more related to the high end user.

The Falcon Crucial MX500 was the group’s least responsive, except for the older SATA SSDs and HDDs. Although the Adata XPG Spectrox S40G overtook the DRAMless Falcon with a single hair, to straighten the record, it still hangs near the WD Black SN750. Adhering to the standard of the full system, Adata’s Falcon once again surpassed the Spectrox S40G. Overall, the universe is closer to WD Black than the S40G.

Tracer test – specification 3

Like PCMark 10, Specworkstation 3 is a benchmark based on tracking, but in professional applications the system is designed to run more aggressively by measuring workstation performance.

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