ADATA is Taiwan’s largest manufacturer of flash storage and DRAM memory for computers. They have been at the forefront for many years now, also recently announced the launch of a new pair of new solid state drives, the FALCON.
|FALCON 265GB||FALCON 521GB||FALCON 1TB|
|DRAM||DRAM-less – HMB||DRAM-less – HMB||DRAM-less – HMB|
|MEMORY||Micron 96L TLC||Micron 96L TLC||Micron 96L TLC|
|SECURITY||AES 256-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption|
|ENDURANCE||150 TB||300 TB||600 TB|
The latest one uses 3D NAND flash memory and delivers a read/write speed of up to 31000/1500mb per second. ADATA tells us that using the 3D NAND flash memory allows higher efficiency and increased reliability compared than the earlier ones.
ADATA provides both an SSD toolbox and a cloning software. The SSD toolbox allows the user to monitor, study and update the firmware of SSD as well as ‘optimize’ a few system configuration settings. Acronis True Image OEM enables us to clone our data to our new SSD and also create system images for backup purposes. With the help of LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) error correcting code technology, the ADATA’s FALCON can detect and fix errors to ensure data integrity and also enjoy an extended lifespan. AES 256-bit encryption keeps the data inside password-protected, safe and away from prying eyes.
On a closer look, a FALCON looks more like a piece of jewelry more than an SSD. Usually, the heat spreader on an SSD is more rugged but the FALCON’s gold-finished alloy heat spreader and black PCB pair up, stands for more stunning and elegant looks.
FALCON PROS AND CONS
If looking for a more efficient yet flashy looking drive, FALCON can be well considered, the drive delivers fairly consistent and predictable performance at a very reasonable price.
|speeds of up to 3100/1500MB/s||Not as responsive as fellow competitors|
|Suitable for both desktop and notebook||Slow write performance when cache fills|
|The elegant looks|
|Large dynamic write cache|
|Migration utility and SSD toolbox|