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Friday, 24 February 2017

GIGABYTE Announces for AM4 Ryzen Support

AORUS X370, B350 & A320 Motherboards Arise with the New AM4 Ryzen Platform

Delhi, India, February 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the rise of the AORUS Gaming Series Motherboards on the New AM4 Ryzen Platform from AMD. The AM4 Platform will host the X370, B350 and A320 Chipsets which all support the Ryzen CPUs. GIGABYTE will have all three chipsets available, each fully optimized for CPUs with 8-Cores and 16 Threads, for consumers who are interested in any segment of the platform. With user-centric features exclusive to GIGABYTE, consumers will find RGB Fusion, Smart Fan 5 and Dual Audio Chips that provides a solution like no other.
With anticipation building for the new platform, GIGABYTE has made no compromises with its innovative technologies. The fully customizable RGB LEDs from RGB Fusion will allow users to customize their system exactly the way they want. Smart Fan 5, an intuitive user interface, works in tandem with hybrid fan headers for optimum cooling performance and system protection. Moreover, RGB Fusion has made its way onto many accessories and peripherals already in the market. RGB Fusion Ready devices allow enthusiasts to control all of their RGB lit products from a single interface.

This is an exciting time for GIGABYTE as Ryzen processors will bring new technologies and innovations that many of our consumers have longed for,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit. “Even more so, GIGABYTE has continued to improve upon the platform adding exclusive GIGABYTE features that enthusiasts demand.

AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming 5


AMD X370 Chipset
  1. Supports New Generation AMD Ryzen™ Processors
  2. Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  3. Fast 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A 
  4. 2-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  5. NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 Connector
  6. Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  7. Creative® Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 support
  8. Dual ALC 1220 with Front & Rear 120dB SNR HD Audio with Dual Smart Headphone Amps
  9. Killer™ E2500 Gaming Network + Intel® Gigabit LAN
  10. USB DAC-UP 2 & 4 Front USB 3.0 Ports with Adjustable Voltage
  11. RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design
MSRP: INR 21,100

GA-AB350-Gaming 3


AMD B350 Chipset
  1. Supports New Generation AMD Ryzen™ Processors
  2. Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  3. Fast 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-A 
  4. Ultra Durable™ Metal Shielding over PCIe Slots
  5. Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  6. ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp
  7. Realtek® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  8. USB DAC-UP 2 & 2 Front USB 3.0 Ports with Adjustable Voltage
  9. RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design
MSRP: INR 9,900

Ryzen - Powerful in Purpose. Efficient in Design.

The new GIGABYTE Gaming and AORUS Gaming Motherboards will be built with support for Ryzen. Ryzen, built on the AM4 platform, has crucial technologies that ensure users have the most efficiency when it comes to performance and power consumption. With features like Pure Power, Precision Boost, Neural Net Prediction, Smart Prefetch and an Extended Frequency Range, Ryzen is ready to address the needs and demands of gamers and enthusiasts.

Ryzen Motherboards will be released on March 2nd, 2017. To find out more about the performance and features of GIGABYTE and AORUS Gaming series motherboards be sure to follow GIGABYTE.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

MSI unveils a low profile Radeon RX 460 for home theater PCs

MSI just heated up the compact PC gaming market by quietly launching their low profile Radeon  RX 460 graphics card. MSI updated its website with two models, one with 2GB of onboard GDDR5 memory (MSI RX 460 2GT LP) and one with 4GB of memory (MSI RX 460 4GT LP), both on a 128-bit bus.
On paper the configurations are same of both the offering except for the memory size. The card takes two expansion slots and stay cool via two fans all of the running on PCIe slot power with no need for any external power connector.
Its a wise move since the HTPC market is steadily growing and people demand for more and more options to help them game from the comforts of their living room couch, floor or well whatever they like to sprawl upon.

As with many of MSI's products, the low profile Radeon RX 460 uses "military class 4 components," which means both models only use MIL-STD-810G certified parts, including all solid capacitors with an aluminum core design.
The Radeon RX 460 is based on AMD's Polaris 11 GPU architecture with 896 stream processors, 48 TMUs, and 16 ROPs. MSI's low profile version sticks to AMD's reference speed of 1,200MHz (boost). That's good enough to play most games at 1080p, though if you prefer to crank up the eye candy and game at higher resolutions, you'll need something faster.
For the I/O port they've slimmed down the option to just a HDMI port and a DVI-D port. Though no prices have been reveled as of yet but we expect it to be a sub 10K INR card since the MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB OC single fan edition sells for around Rs 10,000 in India.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Best Games for Android 2017


Video games are loved by everyone and by everyone I mean everyone, yeah including your grandparents! A great way to pass your time, improve your skills and now also to socialize and make new friends. Mobile gaming is catching up like a wildfire and making progress at a phenomenal rate both in term so popularity and quality, gone are the days when it was all about a black and white snake slighting all over a tiny screen. Cell phones are an integral part of one's life & so does all the apps that one installs in it making mobile gaming a rich cult of and not just a casual time killer. With GPU and CPU advancements some mobile games are way better than most of the console games launched in their early stages.
So today I'll take a look at some of the best games that are available on Android today. Why Android? Simple! It's the big dog & has the largest market share amongst all the OS in the market today, infact if you are reading this on your cell phone or tablet right now there is a high chance that its Android and not iOS! As not everyone is equipped with a latest phone in the market I've not included just the high-end games out there but even the simpler ones that can run on almost every android phone today.

1. Clash of Clans

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

I know this one was the obvious choice but let's face it, we all love this game! Clash of Clans is a RPG where you get to build the strongest of villages with defenses and armies including special units called Heroes. Launched back in 2012 this game has witnessed constant and solid updates keeping its users hooked & never feels boring even after so many years. Multiplayer battles are really good and you can even socialize with your friends & clan members.
Download it today if you haven't.
What's Hot: Large variety of troops, infinite multiplayer matches and regular updates with a responsive UI
The Down side: In-App purchases can pit you against players with paid upgrades making it unfair at times.

2. Dead Trigger 2

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

If love FPS and haven't played this game then stop reading this right away and put the game on download first in the background. Dead Trigger 2 is one of the highly acclaimed FPS games on smartphones ever with an immersive gameplay and rich graphics. Shooting zombies and making your way through never felt any gorier, I mean better!
What's Hot: Seamless gameplay, nice variety of weapons and enemies. Doesn't get boring
The Down Side: Not easy to play on small screen devices.

3. Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

Coming from the house of Gameloft these two are the tried and tested veterans of the racing genre on Android phones with the latter being a classic. While Airborne offers nearly 100 cars and cutomization options to race across the streets of various land masses, Asphalt Xtreme takes the whole thing for off-roading with 35 vehicles and counting and five game modes! Multiplayer options are smooth and the game can run on almost every decent device in the market today.
What's Hot: Rich gameplay, large variety of vehicles and game modes.
The Down Side: Drains battery real quick and can cause lags in budget devices.

4. Pokemon GO

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

The game that caught everyone by storm including the stock market to be honest, the game was downloaded over 500 million times in the first two months of its launch itself! Launched in 2016 the game is an augmented reality UI based game where you roam around the real world catching Pokemon, battling for Gyms, and hitting up Pokestops to restock on items all with the help of your GPS so an active internet connection is a must. What more? You sure can lose weight by traversing so much everyday while reliving the old days in an attempt to personify the motto of 'Gotta Catch'am All'
What's Hot: Brings the classic back to life, infinite playtime and makes one explore new places
The Down Side: Needs an active internet connection all the time.

5. Modern Combat 5

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

Modern Combat 5 is as real as it gets to real life battlefield tactical strike scenarios juiced into a mobile game. The missions and players are real world locations and human beings keeping everything as real as possible. Graphics are sharp and don't put unnecessary load on your phone making it easy to run on for almost all the phones out there. With multiplayer squad vs squad matches and a fast paced solo campaign this will definitely be loved by CS:GO players.
What's Hot: Moderate game size with a comprehensive gameplay experience. Isn't too heavy on the phone hardware
The Down Side: None to be true

6. Marvel Contest of Champions

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

Superheroes incoming! Getting updates and characters on a frequent basis Marvel Contest of Champions is your destination to pit friends against friends and foes against foes in a limitless combination of one on one battles. Detailed graphics, interactive gameplay & a underlying storyline told in form of chapters constituting of one on one battles is a plus point for this offering.
What's Hot: Good list of characters that keep updating occasionally.
The Down Side: Controls are a bit tricky and need to get used to

7. Vainglory

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

If MOBA games is your style then you can't give Vainglory a miss! Arguably the best MOBA game on Android till date the game features a MOBA gameplay where you fight your way through a mystical world using your skills and super powers to ultimately fight a boss and save the day. Playing in a team of four with three co-players being bot run you can pit against bots or even real players in multiplayer mode. More than two dozen characters to unlock & no freemium ware restrictions makes this game a must have.
What's Hot: Excellent graphics and can utilize Tegra engine. Controls are extremely responsive een during complex battle scenes.
The Down Side: None to be true

8. FIFA Mobile Football

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

Bringing the heat of the game to your precious smartphones the FIFA Mobile Football is a condensed version of the desktop version & the developers have done a fantastic job at reducing the size of this game at just under 100MB without affecting the gameplay even by a bit! Single and multiplayer matches with a team of your choice and composition is a key feature. Graphics are good and you can play the game for hours at a stretch thanks to its fluidic control system. A game must have for a football lover.
What's Hot: Small game size and rich list of players with a neat gameplay experience.
The Down Side: Graphics could've been a bit better with a slight increase in size

9. NOVA 3

(Price: Free with in-app purchases)

Gameloft brings the best in the line graphics to your tablets and smartphones in form of N.O.V.A 3, an action-packed shooter for your mobile phone or tablet where you play the role of an army man who comes back to our planet just to find out that it is invaded by aliens. This is an unwelcoming sign for him, and as you would expect, this leads to a wide range of missions and intense gameplay moments that you need to overcome in order to find out the truth and save our planet. You even get to use vehicles and mounted weapons to top everything up. In short it's like a miniature version of Crysis games on PC.
What's Hot: Impeccable gameplay with distinctive features that no other FPS has to offer in the market today.
The Down Side: Controls need a little getting used to and the game might not run on every smartphone.

10. Riptide GP Series

(Price: $2.99 or ₹200)

A fast paced, spine chilling, tidal wave conquering game putting you in the role of a high profile racer who loses his reputation and ranking after getting caught & now returns back to action in a quest to be the very best once again, sounds familiar isn't it!
A once pay and forget game with no in-app purchases makes it a lucrative offering for those who like fast paced action. Racing across water bodies on a high end water scooter while performing mid air acrobatics/stunts to earn extra points is something that will get you rocking up your seat for sure. You can even go multiplayer and race against upto 8 players at once.
What's Hot: Doesn't lag even on budget level devices and the controls are quite responsive for the pace of the game.
The Down Side: Less customization options for the player and vehicles. Some upgrades can be really tough to earn especially the top ones.

11. Rockstar Games

(Price: Varies)

The king of open world games is the king of the genre in mobile devices aswell. With almost all the games on PC either been ported to mobile device versions or developed exclusively from ground up Rockstar games offer much more than one can ask for when playing open world adventures. Ports include Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas while games like Max Payne Mobile, GTA: Liberty City Stories and GTA: China Town Wars are exclusively developed. Bully is also available where you deal with bullies and other problems being a school kid.
These games are heavily optimized for smartphones and if you have a controller than do use it to multiply the fun to a whole new level.
What's Hot: Most games are the exact replica of their PC versions so gameplay is top of the line. Support for graphics settings and controllers make it highly compatible on various devices.
The Down Side: Some game like San Andreas might not be playable on budget devices that are a bit old even on the lowest graphic settings.

Alright folks so that's the list of the top 10 games available on the Android platform today. We've tried to include every game that's been loved and admired by every gamer out there be it casual or professional while keeping in mind that you can get the best game for your smartphone from the list not making it a Richie Rich exclusive!
I'm sure you must be having a few more name in your mind so why wait just drop the name down in the comment section below & we'll surely take a look. Now, Let the downloading begin!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Asus X370 and B350 motherboards prices leaked

 
Not a day passes by when we don't hear a progressive news about the upcoming and highly awaited Ryzen desktop CPU lineup from AMD. Today is no different but instead of the CPU we've got some new about the AM4 Motherboards that will support the Ryzen processors all the way upto the top end 8C/16T R7 1800X, quite a mouthful of name isn't i.
According to OC3D Asus AM4 socket motherboard prices have leaked out and we now have some insight into the features and price that they'll be up for grab in the market.
 
The top notch ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero comes with a price tag of $209 which interestingly is $20 cheaper than what the ASUS Z270 Maximum IX Hero, the high end Z270 PCH offering from Asus itself. This has not only solidified the fact yet again that AMD motherboards are cheaper than their Intel counterparts but its also worth noticing that prices are as low as $69 for the bottom level ASUS Prime B350M-A.
All these boards support overlcocking features and we are yet to hear about the prices for the entry level A320 chipset boards or other boards that will not support overclocking.
Its quite evident that not only the AMD Ryzen lineup would be competitive in terms of price but the supporting motherboards will offer competitive and equal features to that of those supporting the latest gen Intel Kably Lake processors. All this with a low price tag unlike the latter.
One thing that we can also draw from this is that we can expect even cheaper motherboards from other manufacturer's including MSI and the revamped Biostar that is shelling off its previous image as a 'budget only' manufacturer sine the advent of its Racing series motherboards.
All in all AMD Ryzen is becoming more and more tempting by each passing day.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Nokia - All you need to know about in 2017

 
Nokia, the name that can undoubtedly be considered as the unofficial synonym of cell phones is now back in the cell phone market. A brand that is not only the oldest in the smartphone realm being founded in 1865 in Finland as a paper mill, yeah it has its HQ in Finland not China like most of you thought of back in school days, but also happens to be the global leader in market share till early 2000 with a whopping 49.4% which is a unprecedented figure till date. So before I dig in deep to what Nokia is doing right now and what all models are rolling out or are about to roll out let's just take a look at this brand in retrospect. 
Nokia in its early days and till its downfall starting in 2007 was famous for its reliability & stability. The brand made cell phones that were so robust that even today you can see it ruling the meme world! Jokes apart the fact that Nokia 3310, the black and white cell phone, sold 126 million units worldwide creating a World Record that is yet to be broken. The brand made its presence so strong that I'm sure half of the people reading this article right now owned a Nokia phone atleast once in their life time not to mention being their first ever cell phone! Now that I've given you a flashback and made sure the signature 'Nokia Tune' rings in loop at the back of your head with your fingers itching to play the legendary Snake game yet again let's proceed further and get back to the present.

The Rise of the Phoenix

After selling its Devices and Services division to Microsoft in 2014 as the company ran into huge losses due to its inability to adapt to the ever-growing market's demand Nokia is back with its new partner HMD Global. Their new, revamped and Android powered range of smartphones begins with the Nokia 6 which officially launched in China last month with its pre-registration crossing over 1 million units & hence it Sold Out within a minute's time!
As of now we don't have much information upon what the models will be that Nokia plans to launch in 2017 but below I'll be trying to join all the dots and bring you everything down in one piece so as to give you a glimpse into the future of this iconic brand. Please note that apart from Nokia 6 all other phone's specifications are rumored and not yet officially confirmed.

1. Nokia 6

 
The first of the new era for Nokia comes in the form of a dual-sim 5.5' smartphone called the Nokia 6 which is powered by a 1.1Ghz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, Adreno 505 graphic processor (GPU) and 4GB RAM running on Android Nougat OS. Nokia 6 has a metallic body of aluminium 6000 series which feels great in hand & is already a blockbuster hit in China hopefully coming in to India by February end. Other specifications are bang on target and we can expect it to cost around Rs 16,800 in India giving it a budget segment smarphone tag.
Display - 5.5' Full HD
RAM - 4GB
ROM - 64GB + MicroSD Card Supported
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core
Camera - Rear 16MP, Front 8MP
Battery - 3000mAh
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 16,800
Launch Date - Launched in China, Coming Soon to India by February End

2. Nokia 8

 
Bound to debut at WMC 2017 this is anticipated as the flagship smartphone from Nokia and will have two variants both being dual-sim editions with one having the below mentioned specifications along with a Adreno 540 GPU and the other having a Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM any information on the camera front is still awaited.  Interestingly, the device reportedly runs a tweaked version of Android 7.0 Nougat, with the spec sheet noting a ‘Android FIH Edition’. There’s also a 12MP rear camera that is able to capture UltraHD 4K video, and comes with autofocus and touch focus features, twinned with a 12MP front lens with the same capabilityIf the rumors are to be true then this could be a very competent phone in the premium segment.
Display - 5.7' QHD (1440x2560)
RAM - 6GB
ROM - 64GB/128GB + MicroSD Card Supported
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Camera - Rear 24MP, Front 12MP
Battery - 3300mAh
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 29,999
Launch Date - 25 March 2017

3. Nokia Heart

 
Nokia plans to debut in the lower budget segment or the sub $150 with its Nokia Heart. The phone rocked up in a set of benchmark results on the GFXBench database and clearly is a downgraded version of the already launched Nokia 6.
This segment is dominated by Samsung and Redmi phones so what's the fate of Nokia Heart would be an interesting showdown to look out for.
Display - 5.2' HD
RAM - 2GB
ROM - 16GB+ MicroSD Card Supported
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera - Rear 12MP, Front 8MP
Battery - Not Revealed
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 12,500
Launch Date - March 2017

4. Nokia P1

 
Nokia P1 is expected to be a premium segment smartphone with top of the line features. The Cornering Gorilla Glass 3 on the screen will make it scratch proof and on the inside it'll be driven by a very powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM. Two variants are expected to roll out with slightly different screen sizes and features but the top model will be coming out first.
Display - 5' and 5.5' 2K Display
RAM - 6GB
ROM - 256GB
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835                                  
Camera - Rear 22.6MP, Front 5MP
Battery - 3500mAh
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 45,000
Launch Date - February 2017

5. Nokia E1

 
A metallic unibody design with a near edge to edge screen is what we are expecting from the Nokia E1 making it a crossover between a Nokia E series phone and a present gen HTC Smartphone.
Not much is out about this phone but a great camera and comfortable screen size is confirmed as of now and we can expect this phone to hit the market by the second half of 2017.
Display - 5.2' or 5.3' Full HD
RAM - 4GB
ROM - 16GB+ MicroSD Card Supported
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 652                                    
Camera - Rear 20MP, Front 5MP
Battery - 2800mAh
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 20,000
Launch Date - Second Half 2017

6. Nokia D1C

 
D1C will mark the return of Nokia back in the entry level smartphone market. The phone is rumored to launch in the second half of 2017 with two variants out of with the first one is named the D1C whereas the second one's name is yet to be out.
The Nokia D1C will be priced at around $150 for 2GB RAM and $200 for the 3GB RAM model.
Display - 5' HD and 5.5' Full HD
RAM - 2GB and 3GB
ROM - 16GB and 32GB + MicroSD Card Supported
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 430                                   
Camera - Rear 16MP, Front 13MP
Battery - Not Revealed
OS - Android Nougat 7.0
Price (Expected) - Rs 10,000 and Rs 18,000
Launch Date - Second Half 2017

The Future is Now!

So this is what we know so far from Nokia and its upcoming smartphone range though phablets and tablets are on the card but news about them are more tilted towards a bunch of mumbo jumbos rather than solid facts! Nokia in 2016 even acquired health tech firm Withings and this is a solid indication that we can surely see some healthcare products including fitness bands to be rolling out aswell by the end of 2017 giving their whole portable device line-up a more wholesome appeal much like its top competitor Apple & Samsung! Nokia even talks about "expanded VR leadership" for 2017 so it won't be a daring guess that they'll be coming up with VR Headsets aswell to support their smartphone lineup thus being the second one so far to have dedicated VR Headsets for cell phones after Samsung.
But the best part is that our favorite Nokia is coming back and its official so most of you out there, including me, can re-live the old days when holding a Nokia in hand was more of a self satisfaction than a mere show off. As a ripple effect do expect some innovation from the top brands in terms of pricing as well as features so it'll be a win-win situation for us customers, Hurrey to that!
With that being said I'll leave you guys here with some information and a lot of nostalgia to feed your imaginations as to what this second inning from Nokia will hold for us.  One thing is certain, Nokia is coming back and its coming back with a bang!

Friday, 10 February 2017

ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB M.2 SSD Review


ADATA keeps releasing new hardware every now and then, some being a revamped or reshaped version of a previous product or an entirely new product all together, both ways keeping their catalogue both rich and universal.
Today again we have one of their storage products for review and this time its the ADATA Ultimate SU800 M.2 256GB SSD. Technically this is the same Ultimate SU800 2.5' SSD but in a M.2 form factor to cover a larger base of audience. The SU800 is the second SSD in the world to use the 3D TLC NAND technology instead of the conventional 2D NAND.

Its named 'Ultimate' but don't get confused since its a budget oriented drive and not a gamer/enthusiast grade drive like the ADATA XPG SX930 that we had a look at few months back. The SU800 comes in capacities from 128GB going all the way upto 1TB though the 1TB variant is still to see the day light! Claimed by ADATA to have read/write speeds of 560MB/s and 520MB/s respectively the one we have today is the 256GB variant carrying a price tag of $85 or Rs 6000 in India making it a entry level SSD.

Packing and Accessories


With the SU800 M.2 ADATA has brought in a welcome change to their packing style and shifted to a glossy multi-color packaging from the plain white one. The front clearly specifies the drive capacity, the brand logo and a big product image along with the product name at the bottom left corner.
On the back nothing much is printed except for the product name and vital details such as the various contact details to the ADATA customer care service.

Open the box and you'll find just the SSD securely packed in a plastic retainer. No manual or installation guide is provide along which is acceptable since no one needs it now.
Overall the packing is clean, simple and informative with nothing to complain about.

Closer Look


Looking at the Ultimate SU800 you'll notice that its small, I mean like very very small! It complies with the 2280 form factor & hence, measures at just 22mm x 80mm x 3.5mm. Its a good thing since most motherboards only support M.2 drives of upto 80mm in length making the ADATA SU800 M.2 quite a universally compatible drive.

Since this is a 3D NAND based drive so the PCB is bare at the bottom since chips are twice in density over a conventional NAND chip. The top has a controller, DRAM buffer and three 3D NAND chips to complete the package.

The controller over here is the entry level Silicon Motion, Inc (SMI) SM2258H which is a quad channel controller supporting Low-Density Parity Check Error Code Correction (LDPC ECC), TBW (total bytes written), DEVSLP (Device Sleep) and even RAID but has no support for AES-256 data encryption.

The 3D TLC NAND on the SU800 are from Micron model number NW838. Each die is a 384Gbit chip with and has 96GB of storage capacity giving the drive a raw capacity of 288GB in total.

Besides, the SU800 drive uses a pseudo-SLC caching by dedicating one third of the 384Gbit from the Micron 3D TLC NAND chips creating a large buffer! If its been implemented effectively then we can expect high performance from this drive. A a dedicated 256 MB of DDR3 DRAM cache is also provided to compliment this installation. The module used is the Nanya NT5CC128M16IP-DI IC and is DDR3L-1600 with 11-11-11 timings.

Test Setup and Benchmarks

We used a new test bench to benchmark the ADATA Ultimate SU800 M.2 SSD.
CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 9
RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz Memory Kit
Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX Push Pull Configuration
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1050Ti Gaming X
Storage: Adata Ultimate SU800 M.2 120GB SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i 860W 80+ Platinum
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

The drive was easy to fit in and installed without a problem. Following our usual SSD testing methods we formatted the drive and put it as a secondary drive with our main SSD loaded with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The entire test suite was run twice to obtain the best possible reading, each session performed after a fresh system restart. Out of the 256GB promised only 238GB on this drive is usable so around 7% of the total space is reserved for memory buffer.

Crystal Disk Info V7.0.5

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Crystal Disk Info shows us that a bunch of useful SMART attributes are presented to the end user. Total reads and writes as well as NAND writes are shown. TRIM, NCQ, and DevSleep are shown to be supported as well. The firmware version we are testing with today is version P0925A.

ATTO Disk

ATTO Disk Benchmark measures transfer rates across specific lengths for any storage system. ATTO uses RAW data, I set my transfer size from 0.5 to 8192kb. This is generally the most reliable benchmarks for today's SSDs.

As we can see the drive is hitting the exact advertised speed over here with 563Mb/s read speed though 508Mb/s write speed is a bit lower than the 520MB/s mark but that can be a system anomaly.

CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that analyses different types of hard drive. Giving sequential benchmark write and read statistics in MB/s. A simple program that is very useful.

The read/write speed again can be seen in almost coherence with our previous tests.

Anvil Storage Utility

The next test is Anvil Storage Utilities, which is a really great piece of software. The SSD benchmark gives you scores for both read and write as well as a combined score.

Anvil also includes Threaded IO tests, which test IOPS. We ran both the random read and random write tests. The results are below.



AS SSD

The AS SSD software determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains five synthetic and three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system caches. In Sequential tests, the program measures the time it takes to read and write a 1 GB file respectively.


From the images its clear that the SSD not only hits great speeds in the benchmark but also the copy benchmark shows respectable speeds which is something most consumers will be interested in.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition v5.80

AIDA64 is one of the best tools out there to check the system stability, error diagnostics and even to validate overclocking.
It has a set of suites for almost every hardware out there including SSD/HDD. So we started of with AIDA64 disk suites.




As we can see that the drive is hitting great speeds and is extremely consistent in read and write activities.

HD Tune Pro

HD Tune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it. Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.
It was necessary to use it even after so many tests just to give all of you a graph of how constant the speed is on this SSD as many SSDs tend to fluctuate on the read/write speed which ultimately gives you unstable performance.

At 450.3Mb/s average read speed and a very consistent graph the drive is definitely performing well.

PCMark Vantage

We used the PCMark Vantage HDD test which is one of the best range of test suits out there for measuring the performance of any HDD/SSD. Tests are conducted by simulating real life tasks such as Windows Start up, Gaming etc.

With 68783 as the total score and minimum speed at 240.467Mb/s in the 'adding music to Windows Media Player' test the drive comes up with some very impressive stats. This is important since these are emulation of real life usage!

PCMark 8 Professional Edition

PCMark 8 Storage Test unlike PCMark Vantage scores and records the SSD performance through a set of application execution and related tasks such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and even through games like Battlefield 3.

The test ran for over an hour and we were presented with impressive scores of 4986 and all applications were executed in respectable time frames.

My Verdict

The ADATA SU800 2.5' SSD was the second in the market to use the newly developed 3D NAND technology and the same blueprint and components have been used to create the SU800 M.2 SSD that we reviewed today. Since both these products are same under the hood their merits and demerits are similar aswell.
The SLC buffer once filled up due to large data size being written on it brings down the write speed of this SSD to a abysmally low number which can reflect as a slow boot time if used as a primary drive. Apart from that the performance of this SSD has been an identical match with the spec sheet provided by Adata and scores beautifully in the PCMark 8 suite which is as close as it gets to real world performance.
Adata took a clever step by introducing the M.2 version of the SU800 since you cannot find many M.2 SATA III SSDs in the market today that offers such respectable performance and capacity at a 6K INR price tag! Also as M.2 SSDs are conventionally secondary storage drives the SU800 gains more value as its slow speed as aboot drive gets somewhat hidden. The 'Ultimate' tag might not be justifiable by performance but as an over all package we can consider it to be true to some extent.
I recommend the Adata Ultimate SU800 M.2 SSD to anyone who's looking for a high capacity M.2 drive for his desktop or laptop coming in at an affordable price and backed up by a three years warranty period.
I give it a 7/10 earning our Silver Award