Thursday, August 25th 2016

ADATA Launches the Ultimate SU800 3D NAND SSD

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Ultimate SU800 SATA 6Gb/s 3D NAND solid state drive, part of a complete range of SSD offerings that utilize advanced 3D NAND Flash. At the forefront of SSD innovation and development, ADATA has committed to transitioning to 3D NAND across its entire SSD portfolio, from mainstream consumer offerings to hardened industrial application models designed for the harshest environments.

The Ultimate SU800 is a mid-range model that makes the most of 3D NAND, or stacked Flash, representing a considerable upgrade for existing 2D NAND SSD users and a massive step up for HDD users. With its incorporation of floating gate cell NAND and a high quality SMI controller, the Ultimate SU800 arrives in diverse capacities - 128GB to 1TB. It embodies the 3D NAND generation with higher density, improved performance, and increased reliability when compared to 2D or planar NAND Flash SSDs. ADATA plans to expand the Ultimate series of solid state drives with higher-end SU900 by September.
Reaching higher densities than ever
With multi-layered 3D NAND Flash, the Ultimate SU800 packs exponentially greater storage density into the same 2.5" form factor of current SSDs. It therefore ships in 128GB to 1TB capacities, offering customers more choice. Whether as an OS boot drive or a mass storage location, the Ultimate SU800 has diverse needs covered. The increased storage density also makes 3D NAND Flash SSDs more energy efficient than 2D NAND Flash drives, as while density grows power draw remains identical. This is even more notable when comparing the Ultimate SU800 to 2.5" internal hard drives: power savings reach 80%, especially with DEVSLP (device sleep) low power mode support. The Ultimate SU800 is an easy fit in ultrabooks, notebooks, and desktops, measuring 7mm thin and bundled with a 2.5mm spacer. Its power-saving operation helps extend mobile PC battery life even more so than current SSDs.

Tangible performance improvement
The Ultimate SU800 provides users with the benefit of more consistent performance across different capacities, another plus of 3D NAND technology. Driven by an SMI controller, read speeds reach 560MB/s and write speeds top out at 520MB/s, roughly a 10% increase over 2D NAND Flash models that use TLC chips. The Ultimate SU800 supports both SLC Caching and DRAM Cache Buffer to enable variable speed increases based on task load and available system resources.

Robust reliability - reinforced
By virtue of its higher density, 3D NAND Flash offers greater redundancy and reliability compared to planar NAND Flash. The technology is able to withstand more read/write cycles, endowing the Ultimate SU800 with an impressive MTBF (mean time before failure) rating of 2,000,000 hours. That equals a 25% increase when put next to 2D NAND SSDs, which average 1,500,000 hours. ADATA has incorporated LDPC (low density parity check) error correcting code, data shaping, and even a RAID Engine in Ultimate SU800 firmware to ensure the best durability possible. Combined with meticulous ADATA component design, sorting, and testing, the Ultimate SU800 offers assured quality, backed by a 3-year warranty.
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27 Comments on ADATA Launches the Ultimate SU800 3D NAND SSD

#1
ZoneDymo
Well this is it people, apparently this is the "Ultimate" so we wont see any better ever from here on out.
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#2
P4-630
ZoneDymo, post: 3511745, member: 66089"
Well this is it people, apparently this is the "Ultimate" so we wont see any better ever from here on out.
Ultimate Xtream ? :p
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#3
hojnikb
Any word on which exact controller this uses ?
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#4
Nobody99
So the whole article basically states this SSD uses 3D NAND which is more reliable than 2D NAND. Why companies never include information technical information because there is a difference between 16nm, 20nm, 40nm... Do they just expect us to assume these things? For who the f*** are these informations even intended, layman people do not read these things and for technical people it is to extensive while carrying very little information. Is this vanity and self-gloating about one's product?
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#5
AsRock
TPU addict
hojnikb, post: 3511753, member: 148747"
Any word on which exact controller this uses ?
Silicon Motion
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#6
ADATA-Izzy
ADATA Rep
Silicon Motion controller, TLC Flash, and Ultimate is relative - currently this is the ultimate, the series will have other models in future :-)
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#7
hojnikb
AsRock, post: 3511888, member: 40310"
Silicon Motion
That would only be helpful, if siliconmotion made only one controller.
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#9
ssdpro
No more TLC please... putting "3D" in front doesn't make it better. And FFS the mfg is pumping MTBF as a reliability stat.
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#10
Prima.Vera
Time to move on to a different interface than SATA 3.0 ...
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#11
Caring1
ssdpro, post: 3512910, member: 131037"
....And FFS the mfg is pumping MTBF as a reliability stat.
It is an indicator of reliability, as the manufacturer warrants it.
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#12
Nobody99
Prima.Vera, post: 3512981, member: 98685"
Time to move on to a different interface than SATA 3.0 ...
Kind of hard since HDDs are still using it. So in the foreseeable future it is going to be U.2/M.2/PCIe/SATA for SSDs and SATA for HDDs. Kind of sucks but they should have thought about this earlier before the already outdated SATA Express and mSATA came to market and now it's a real mess.
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#14
AsRock
TPU addict
Prima.Vera, post: 3512981, member: 98685"
Time to move on to a different interface than SATA 3.0 ...
Time for some SATA 4 that's for sure.
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#15
Nordic
The Ultimate SU800 is a mid-range model
Contradictory.

I guess you can't market a product "The mid-range SU800."
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#16
ADATA-Izzy
ADATA Rep
james888, post: 3513215, member: 96457"
Contradictory.

I guess you can't market a product "The mid-range SU800."
There will be an SU900, with a higher spec controller and an MLC version
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#17
ManofGod
Prima.Vera, post: 3512981, member: 98685"
Time to move on to a different interface than SATA 3.0 ...
Why? Except for benchmarks, the difference between PCIe and Sata for these drives are insignificant. However, Sata 4 would be good but, hard drives do not fully use Sata 3 and SSD's are moving towards the M.2 form factor anyways. (Yes, I know the M.2 supports both Sata and PCIe but, Sata 4 limits would be reached a lot faster than Sata 3 was.)
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#18
Nobody99
SATA 4.0 could have two modes, one for HDDs (AHCI) and one for SSDs (NVMe), that way there would be good compatibility but it would be very hard to actually make implement this. Be nice though if there were only SATA 4.0 and not SAS+SATA available. You would need PCIe and SATA in the same physical bus which is SATA express but that didn't really stick. It is a mess.
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#19
Nordic
ADATA-Izzy, post: 3513277, member: 165484"
There will be an SU900, with a higher spec controller and an MLC version
But will it also be ultimate? :);)
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#20
ADATA-Izzy
ADATA Rep
Yes, after discussing it with the group product manager, it's clearer. SU700, SU800, and SU900 are the Ultimate series. All use 3D NAND (TLC, TLC, MLC) and basically max out SATA III. Hence Ultimate within the SATA III context.
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#21
Nordic
Awesome. I used an adata sp900 for years in my desktop. Now it is in my laptop.
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#22
alfaclvi
ADATA SU800 blocks(hangs) bios of ACER Aspire 9410. Phoenix Bios version 1.24. NOT DETECTED.
All other 2.5 inch disks are recognized OK.
Also, Samsung EVO 850 SSD is recognized OK.

*SU800 is OK on other PC bios and when attached on SATA to USB controller
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#23
ADATA-Izzy
ADATA Rep
alfaclvi, post: 3548472, member: 168027"
ADATA SU800 blocks(hangs) bios of ACER Aspire 9410. Phoenix Bios version 1.24. NOT DETECTED.
All other 2.5 inch disks are recognized OK.
Also, Samsung EVO 850 SSD is recognized OK.

*SU800 is OK on other PC bios and when attached on SATA to USB controller
We haven't noticed this conflict, but thanks for sharing, will let the firmware team know your impressions
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#24
alfaclvi
@ADATA-Izzy

Thanks for your responce. I have already informed ADATA. I tried everything they suggested, cleaned contacts, checked disk on other PC. I was ready to send it back because I thought it was a laptop issue. It is almost 9 years old Laptop but it works fine on windows 10. Then removed Samsung SSD EVO 850 from another laptop and inserted on ACER 9410 just to check Bios. And it was instantly recognized. No Bios hang. Entered bios setting and Samsung was on IDE line.
I believe this is a firmware issue and can be easily fixed by ADATA programmers.
I read that sometimes there are similar problems even with Intel SSD on Intel motherboard Chipset and are fixed by Intel programmers.
I hope the firmware team see the issue and fix.
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#25
ADATA-Izzy
ADATA Rep
Will post here if any word arrives from them, thanks for your understanding
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