ADATA is Taiwan's largest manufacturer of flash storage and DRAM memory for computers. They have been at the forefront of SSD development for many years, bringing us famous SSDs like the SX8200, SX900, and S510.
Today, we have for review the ADATA Falcon SSD in the 1 TB variant. It comes in the M.2 form factor, using a fast PCI-Express x4 3.0 NVMe connection to interface with the rest of the system. Under the hood, ADATA is using a Realtek RTS5762DL controller, which we've seen on other SSDs before. It's a low-cost version of the RTS5762 controller with just four flash channels instead of eight, while keeping the full PCIe x4 interface bandwidth and support for AES encryption. The flash chips are 3D TLC, made by Micron. For cost reasons, a DRAM cache module is not installed.
The ADATA Falcon is available in capacities of 256 GB ($55), 512 GB ($70), 1 TB ($130), and 2 TB ($240). Endurance for these models is set at 150 TBW, 300 TBW, 600 TBW, and 1200 TBW respectively. ADATA includes a five-year warranty.
|Specifications: ADATA Falcon 1 TB SSD|
|Capacity:||1024 GB (953 GB usable)|
No additional overprovisioning
|Flash:||96-Layer 3D TLC Micron|
|DRAM:||N/A, 16 MB Host-Memory-Buffer|
|Form Factor:||M.2 2280|
|Interface:||PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Device ID:||ADATA FALCON|
|Price at Time|
|$130/13 cents per GB|