Last week, ADATA announced its new inexpensive lineup of SATA SSDs: the new Premier SP580 drives use Marvell’s 'Artemis' controller aimed at value storage, as well as TLC NAND flash from SanDisk.

The new ADATA Premier SP580 family consists of two models, with 120 GB and 240 GB of TLC NAND produced using 15 nm process technology by SanDisk. The new drives are based on the Marvell 88NV1120 controller and do not use DRAM cache, which lowers their cost and puts them further into the cheap SSD category: DRAM-less controllers are expected to populate the low-cost segment over the next year. The manufacturer declares 560 MB/s / 410 MB/s maximum sequential speed for the 120 GB version of the SP580 SSD. ADATA notes that the 120 GB version is slower than the higher-capacity model, but does not elaborate as to the 240GB specification. Keeping in mind SATA performance limitations and how these drives work, read performance of both Premier SP580 SSDs should be similar, but expect the 240 GB model to offer slightly better write performance.

ADATA Premier SP580
Capacity 120 GB
240 GB
Controller Marvell 88NV1120
NAND SanDisk 15 nm TLC
Sequential Read Up to 560 MB/s
Sequential Write Up to 410 MB/s >410 MB/s
TBW 70 TBW >70 TBW
MTBF 1.5 million hours
Form-Factor 2.5"/7mm
Warranty Three years
Availability Mid-2016

The Marvell 88NV1120 controller was specifically designed for entry-level SATA drives. It enables SSD makers to build DRAM-less solid-state storage devices and supports pseudo-SLC caching to speed up writing performance of TLC NAND-based drives, a near-must feature on low capacity hardware. One of the most important capabilities of the Artemis controllers is support for Marvell’s third-generation NANDEdge error correction control and management technology. This is based on low-density parity-check (LDPC) code and reduces data errors, improves data integrity and thus should increase the endurance of NAND from constant rewrites.

Formally, the Adata Premier SP580 is positioned above the Adata Premier SP550, which was introduced in August 2015, and should be one of the most affordable SSDs available. The SP550 is based on the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller as well as TLC NAND from SK Hynix. Performance specifications declared by the manufacturer are similar for both drives, hence, it is impossible to even make guesses regarding their real-world performance because of different controllers and different memory.

What should be kept in mind is that the SP580 is DRAM-less and could be $1.5 – $2 cheaper (the average spot price of one 4Gb DDR3-1600 memory chip at press time was $1.454) to make than the SP550, assuming that other costs (NAND flash, controller, etc.) are the same. If ADATA managed to make a DRAM-less SSD faster than a drive with DRAM cache, this could be an important achievement. In particular, it could enable manufacturers to improve the performance of inexpensive SSDs while making them even more affordable.

The manufacturer plans to release the 120 GB model first and then follow up with higher-performance 240 GB configuration. The more affordable model carries a $49.99 price tag, whereas the 240 GB version will have MSRP of around $79.99

Source: ADATA

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  • MrSpadge - Friday, June 17, 2016 - link

    No, that makes no practical difference. The OS still has a write cache, so everything in there still gets lost during a power failure.
  • DomOfSF - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - link

    I'd be speaking of OSs that don't have a write cache enabled, of course. There are going to be opportunities for badly implemented WCs (not the European acronym) at a few different levels. I'm speaking specifically of SSDs without some sort of "power loss protection", usually in the form of an array of capacitors that keep the system charged long enough to flush the DRAM buffer to NAND. See this lulzy article from 2014 as an example:

    Things are improving, as back in 2012/2013 the networking device company I worked at ran a similar trial and found that ALL non-Intel SSDs we tested survived only a few dozen power loss events before becoming irrecoverably corrupted. This is why I've only used Intel drives for anything I care about (everything other than Lightroom cache and my Steam\steamapps folder), but I'm the paranoid type.
  • DomOfSF - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - link DRAM as in no cache as in nothing to flush in a power loss event? Meaning no need for backing caps?

    Even if it is grossly slower than their DRAM-packing brethren, WHO CARES? This could be the in-between that many of us have been waiting for to finally dump spinning rust in our home arrays!
  • DomOfSF - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - link

    dbl post, thx web errors.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - link

    A lot of end user consumers and OEMs are extremely cost-sensitive which is one reason why conventional hard drives have loitered for so long (higher capacities being the other big one). As long as ADATA's drives offer performance that's substantially better than rotating platter magnetic storage, these new drives will probably sell just fine.
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - link

    "higher capacities being the other big one" Yes, but pretty sure that is the major one.

    Also, no DRAM doesn't mean it isn't susceptible to power loss issues. You don't know how the drive initiates. If it fails mid write, does it boot up and finish the write or just boot up to a blank state and you 4GB home movie is lost to the ather? :)
  • DomOfSF - Friday, June 24, 2016 - link

    my bad. I guess I'm not used to looking at cut-rate parts. I mean, who would make a drive that tops out at 240GB? :-|
  • DomOfSF - Friday, June 24, 2016 - link

    true...can't assume competence anywhere, where my data is concerned.
  • Ariknowsbest - Friday, June 17, 2016 - link

    If it can beat the SP550 and AMD Radeon R3 in price and performance it will probably do well. They seem to sell between 35 € for the 120GB version. Picked up the R3 for 35,16 € shipped last week. Now only my travel laptop and PS4 have spinning disks.
  • Michael Bay - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - link

    You need better capacities for that. But it`s a start.

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