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ADATA Gammix S11 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

ADATA Gammix S11 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

As we speak we get a chance to take a look at one other M.2 NVMe based mostly SSD within the ADATA Gammix S11. The Gammix collection of merchandise are sometimes half of a better efficiency line and the Gammix S11 drive is not any totally different. The modules are capable of attain speeds as much as 3200MB/s sequential reads and 1700 MB/s on writes which, on paper, locations it up there with different fanatic degree drives.

The Gammix S11 shares the identical internals and specs with the SX8200 however differ on a worth degree with the S11 costing a bit extra. The primary distinction between the 2 are the included warmth spreader on the S11 and branding, however underneath the hood include the identical bits together with the Silicon Movement SM2262 controller and Micron 2nd era 3D TLC NAND. The S11 ought to run a bit cooler with the heatsink and efficiency ought to be in the identical ballpark. We have been capable of put the drive by means of our testing suite and see if the paper specs match up with precise outcomes. Learn on to see how the Gammix S11 fared in our testing.

Specs and Options

The ADATA Gammix drives is available in three capacities – 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB with efficiency scaling up because the capability will increase. For instance, the 240 GB drive is rated at 3200/1100 MB/s Reads/Writes with 200Okay/240Okay IOPS whereas the 480 GB and 860 GB fashions run 3200/1700 MB/s with 310Okay/280Okay IOPS. The S11 outperforms the S10/SX8000 from final yr because of the new internals.

Generationally, the S11 differs from the S10 in each the controller used in addition to the NAND. The XPG Gammix S11 makes use of the newest Silicon Movement SM2262 controller and pairs it with 2nd era 64-layer Micron 3D TLC NAND. This mix of controller and NAND improves efficiency considerably over the outgoing SM2260 based mostly fashions (Gammix S10, XPG SX7000/8000). Additionally up to date is the NVMe protocol shifting from 1.2 to 1.three.

In contrast to our earlier evaluation on the Toshiba OCZ RC100, the ADATA Gammix drives all are available a 2280 measurement and use each side of the PCB. On one aspect are the storage modules, a NANYA DRAM module (512MB complete by way of 2x 2Gb ICs), and the controller, whereas the opposite aspect has one other DRAM module and storage modules.

Along with the brand new internals, the drive consists of an already hooked up heatsink which isn’t simply there for aesthetics. The brand new heatsink is claimed to drop temperatures by about 10°C in comparison with M.2 SSDs with no heatsink. If that isn’t ok, ADATA additionally presents (individually) the XPG Storm heatsink which they are saying is the primary M.2 2280 SSD add-on heatsink available on the market. It’s product of aluminum with a plastic shroud and incorporates a tiny fan for lively cooling. The system additionally consists of three RGB LEDs underneath the shroud and is suitable with RGB lighting management apps from the key motherboard producers.

On the software program aspect of issues, the Gammix S11 helps Low-Density Parity Examine (LDPC) error correcting know-how ADATA says can detect and repair a wider vary of knowledge errors for extra correct knowledge transfers and an extended SSD lifespan. As well as, the drive helps RAID Engine and Knowledge Shaping they are saying ensures knowledge integrity and delivers an prolonged SSD lifespan for longer-lasting stability.

ADATA Gammix S11 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD SpecsCapability240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GBInterface NVMe 1.three PCIe three.zero x4ControllerSilicon Movement SM2262FlashMicron 64L 3D TLCType IssueDouble-sided M.2 2280 B + M KeyDimensions (LxWxH)80 x 22 x three.5 mmDRAM Cache512MBSequential Learn/Write SpeedsLearn: 3150-3200 MB/s
Write: 1100-1700 MB/s4KB Random Learn / Write (QD32)200k-310okay IOPS
240k-280okay IOPSLively / Idle Energy.33 W (typical) /  .14 mW (slumber)Service & Help5 YearsEndurance / MTBF960 GB – 640 TBW
480 GB – 320 TBW
240 GB – 160 TBW
2,000,000 MTBFPricing960 GB – $279.99
480 GB – $154.99
240 GB – $99.99
ADATA Storm Heatsink – $35.99

Packaging/Product Tour

Our first glimpse of the retail packaging for each the M.2 PCIe SSD and the Storm heatsink present they comply with the XPG theme with black packaging together with an image of the product within the center. Adorned across the edges are mentions of capacities and options whereas on the Storm field its RGB lighting compatibility is listed.

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From the slideshow above, customers are capable of see the packaging for the S11 has a flip prime lid exposing the drive in addition to itemizing options on the flap. The 2280 measurement drive matches comfortable in type becoming foam contained in the packaging to stop delivery injury. The Storm is packed equally sitting securely in cardboard with the included equipment (energy leads, screw, RGB management wire).

Our first take a look at the drive exhibits its warmth spreader hooked up and searching good hiding the ICs whereas flipping it over, exposes a DRAM cache chip and hidden underneath the label, extra ADATA storage modules. After taking the heatsink off (hooked up with a thermal pad solely) we’re capable of see the controller, DRAM cache, and NAND.

The photographs above are close-ups of the Silicon Movement 2262 controller, ADATA labeled 2nd Era 64-layer 3d TLC NAND, in addition to the NANYA DRAM Cache IC which weighs in at 2Gb every for a complete of 512MB of DRAM cache capabilities.

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The slideshow above exhibits footage of the Storm heatsink base displaying the thermal pad in addition to the system’s RGB LEDs in motion.

Software program

ADATA, like different SSD producers, additionally embrace entry to free software program to get the standing of the drive within the system. ADATA’s known as SSD ToolBox.

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The SSD Toolbox is an entire utility used to watch in addition to optimize the drive. The colourful software program is ready to run diagnostics (each a fast and ‘full’ diagnostic), set temperature and capability alerts, Safe Erase capabilities, in addition to system optimizations which embrace adjusting settings for Superfetch, Prefetch, and automated defragmentation talents. General it retains an eye fixed on the drive and can assist arrange your working system for peak efficiency with the drive. In my restricted use with the software program, it labored as described.

Check System and Check Strategies

We set up the drive as a secondary gadget on the check system and run the listed benchmarks towards it. Whereas sometimes, many will use these drives as system drives, the check machines may be totally different as will individuals’s OS implementation within the first place, so we attempt to isolate as many variables as potential in an effort to have the outcomes as repeatable as attainable with any reviewer who might check drives.

Under are the exams we run with a quick description.

  • Crystal Disk Mark – Run at Default Settings (5 Passes)
  • AS SSD – Run at Default Settings
  • ATTO – Run at Default Settings apart from the QD Set to 10
  • Anvil Storage Utility Benchmark – Default Settings

A particular thanks goes out to EVGA for offering the CLC 240 CPU Cooler and 750W G3 Energy Provide to chill and energy the system, G.Talent for the Trident Z DRAM, and Toshiba OCZ for the 480GB TR200 SSDs storage operating the OS, benchmarks, and video games. With our companions serving to out, we’re capable of construct matching check methods to mitigate any variations discovered between utilizing totally different hardware. This enables for a number of reviewers in several places to make use of the identical check system and examine outcomes between reviewers minimizing system variance.



Crystal Disk Mark – Reads

Crystal Disk Mark – Writes

In our first check, Crystal Disk Mark (CDM) Reads, the S11 carried out nicely within the excessive queue depth reads marking the quickest drive we’ve examined to date at 3179 MB/s however comes again right down to the center of the pack outcomes with decrease queue depths. 4K reads lead the pack by a good margin right here and present middling efficiency on writes with a bigger queue depth.

On the writes aspect of CDM, once more we see strong efficiency at a better queue depth coming in 2nd place by a slim margin and reaching its specified learn speeds. Decrease queue depth reads additionally carried out nicely with a center of the pack end result once more. 4K writes at a deep and shallow queue depth carried out admirably settling in the midst of the pack.


AS SSD – Reads

AS SSD – Writes

In AS SSD, the S11 actually shined right here beating out the competitors throughout the board in reads and writes regardless of the queue depth. That is the primary drive we’ve examined which broke the 50 MB/s mark with a 63 MB/s reads in 4K file sizes. Whereas sequential throughput is necessary, the overwhelming majority of information are a lot smaller so 4K efficiency is a vital metric on how properly the drives carry out each day. Outdoors of the 4K outcomes, one will discover the same efficiency right here between the SX8200 and S11.

AS SSD – Entry Occasions

AS SSD – General Rating

Entry occasions in AS SSD have been additionally the quickest we examined which results in the general rating. The ADATA S Gammix S11 managed to attain larger than all drives we’ve examined right here with a rating of 3846, barely beating out its SX8200 twin.


ATTO – Reads

ATTO – Writes

In ATTO, the Gammix S11 performs fairly admirably, main the SX8200 and the Patriot Hellfire by a small margin in reads. Writes, however, go to the Hellfire, with the S11 and SX8200 performing primarily the identical. Nothing out of the bizarre in ATTO testing.

Anvil Storage Utility

Anvil Storage Utility

In our Anvil Storage Utility outcomes, the S11 scored 13,279 which is the quickest outcome we’ve seen thus far.


The ADATA Gammix S11 carried out nicely throughout our testing buying and selling blows with its inexpensive twin the SX8200 ($140 @ Newegg) and the Patriot Hellfire, each of which we reviewed (SX8200 and Patriot Hellfire) right here at Overclockers.com. The S11 proved itself to have fanatic degree efficiency (however not the perfect), whereas not asking for a premium in comparison with different drives out there (Samsung 970 Professional for $198. Although when wanting on the Samsung 970 Evo for $155, it’s at present priced a bit much less and, on paper, outperforms it. It doesn’t include a passive heatsink, nevertheless. To that finish, there’s a number of competitors out there for this measurement and velocity M.2 NVMe drive.

Alongside these strains, ADATA gives the Storm lively heatsink which can match on any drives. For a further $28 on Amazon, customers are in a position so as to add a heatsink that may hold the M.2 drive beneath cool and assist forestall any throttling because of thermal circumstances. The Storm heatsink at full tilt was audible over the video card and system followers however a easy adjustment and that noise of the tiny fan was combined in with different ambient system noises. A possible disadvantage on utilizing this merchandise is that it’ll not match beneath a video card because it sits about 1/2″ above the PCIe slots. That out of the best way, the Storm stored temperatures round 9°C cooler with the fan on low than with the heatsink alone maintaining it properly underneath the throttling level. If the plan is to make use of the drive closely, this is usually a good add-on to stop potential throttling.

The ADATA Gammix S11 delivered to the desk its second era 64-layer 3D TLC NAND together with the brand new Silicon Movement SM2262 controller which introduced efficiency up considerably from the earlier era Gammix S10 SSD. These options together with the RAID Engine and Knowledge Shaping assist the drive’s integrity and endurance with the S11 480 GB sporting a 320 TBW and 5-year guarantee to again it up. At this worth level, there are a number of choices which can do the job for the fanatic, so be sure you take a look at critiques and the info as that’s about the one approach customers can see a distinction in such quick drives. Pricing is truthful amongst its competitors and efficiency is sweet for the worth so the Gammix S11 receives an “Approved” award.

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Joe Shields – Earthdog

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