Adata Ul­ti­mate SU900 256GB


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I t’s hard for a SATA SSD to dis­tin­guish it­self. The SATA in­ter­face it­self acts as a bot­tle­neck on band­width, so no mat­ter how fast and flashy the tech­nol­ogy in­side your drive, it’s sim­ply im­pos­si­ble for a drive to race ahead of its ri­vals.

That’s not to say that all drives are iden­ti­cal. The Adata Ul­ti­mate SU900 was this month’s fastest SATA drive in our se­quen­tial read bench­mark. How­ever, look at the col­lated re­sults on p80 and it’s clear that we’re deal­ing with small mar­gins. For most prac­ti­cal pur­poses, the SU900 de­liv­ers the same over­all per­for­mance as any other drive in its class.

That be­ing the case, you might won­der what makes it a win­ner com­pared to, say, the Cor­sair Force LE. One fac­tor is the price: if 256GB of solid-state stor­age is enough for you then the SU900 is a very aŒord­able way to get it. (Oddly, the 512GB model works out slightly more ex­pen­sive on a per-gigabyte ba­sis.)

Then there’s the soft­ware. Reg­is­ter­ing your drive en­ti­tles you to down­load a copy of Acro­nis True Im­age HD 2015, to help move your op­er­at­ing sys­tem and per­sonal files onto your shiny new SSD. To be clear, this isn’t the full Acro­nis backup suite – it’s a much sim­pler tool that’s de­signed for the sin­gle job of mov­ing Win­dows from an old disk to a new one. Nev­er­the­less, it takes some of the stress out of up­grad­ing.

The box also in­cludes a 2.5mm spacer – help­ful if you’re re­plac­ing a lap­top drive – and, uniquely among this month’s drives, a 3.5in bracket, so you can eas­ily slot the SU900 into a desk­top chas­sis.

The only thing miss­ing is hard­ware en­cryp­tion; you can of course use third­party disk-en­cryp­tion soft­ware with any SSD, but this runs on your CPU rather than the hard­ware con­troller, mean­ing it’s a slightly less el­e­gant so­lu­tion. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, con­sider the Cru­cial MX300 in­stead. It’s per­haps a bit cheeky of Adata to de­scribe the U900 as an “Ul­ti­mate” SSD – that im­plies that there’s some­thing ex­cep­tional about it, which re­ally there isn’t. How­ever, a fair price and de­cent soft­ware bun­dle, as well as some thought­ful in-box ac­ces­sories, make this an SSD we’re happy to rec­om­mend.

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