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Pros: Cheaper than when I purchased in July 2011.
SSDs heading in the right direction with $/GB.
Adata quick to release firmware.
Cons: Can get no where near rated speeds by Adata.
Tried several different controllers and compared to Vertex 3 (I owned one) and my current Wildfire they blow this SSD out of the sky albeit at a higher price.
Other Thoughts: Prior to firmware update:
Sequential Read: 354.73mb/s
Sequential Write: 73.44mb/s
4k Read: 16.17mb/s
4k Write: 56.73mb/s
4k-64Threaded Read: 59.11mb/s
4k-64Threaded Write: 73.97mb/s
Access Read: 0.23ms
Access Write: 0.28ms
After firmware update:
Sequential Read: 430.14mb/s
Sequential Write: 74.32mb/s
4k Read: 16.85mb/s
4k Write: 52.68mb/s
4k-64Threaded Read: 58.81mb/s
4k-64Threaded Write: 74.34mb/s
Access Read: 0.24ms
Access Write: 0.27ms
If you want a good way to penetrate into the SSD market this will satisfy most peoples needs. After using this for almost a year on an office PC it has suited it's requirements just fine.
Pros: Still going as fast as it did in July (when I wrote my first review).
Latest firmware update seems to have fixed all issues.
Little to no degradation in performance - have performed a fresh system install and now running 2 drives in JBOD in a laptop.
Cons: Writes are a little slower with the latest firmware compared to previous firmware - however very insignificant real world performance losses.
Other Thoughts: Purchased this drive in July 2011.
You must update your firmware in order to get the best of this drive.
Run update utility as administrator and in AHCI mode.
If your drive fails to show as updated, make sure you are running the drive in either sata0/1 ports. Also, don't use a Marvell controller to update the firmware.
AS SSD Benchmark (After fresh install)
Sequential Read: 500.72mb/s
Sequential Write: 168.07mb/s
4k Read: 15.71mb/s
4k Write: 57.75mb/s
4k-64Threaded Read: 173.14mb/s
4k-64Threaded Write: 133.94mb/s
Access Read: 0.22ms
Access Write: 0.33ms