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ADATA S510 120GB Solid State Drive Review

There is no doubt that OCZ technologies rule the SSD market right now, however the competition in recent months has certainly been heating up for them. Patriot for instance have been unleashing some fantastic performance oriented Solid State Drives, such as the Wildfire, and lately the Pyro SE. The competition is no less fierce in the budget sector with many companies continually driving down prices and increasing capacity.

The ADATA S510 120GB is firmly planted in the budget, price conscious sector and it serves a heady dose of performance for the modest asking price. Overclockers have the drive stocked for £119.99 inc vat, which means it is one of the lowest priced Sandforce 2281 powered 120GB drives on the market today.

In regards to overall bandwidth, the drive does suffers when dealing with incompressible data, with performance dropping significantly. In real world terms however, the majority of applications use compressible data, so performance is pretty much on a par with higher priced drives. We do advise caution however if incompressible data performance is a primary concern.

The bundle is surprisingly comprehensive, as ADATA include a useful 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch adapter in metallic blue, and the code for a personalised download of Acronis True Image. This software will allow for a complete mirror copy of a boot drive, which can then be simply replaced without any headaches. We use this software regularly and really rate it highly.


  • Extremely competitive price point.
  • Strong bundle, including Acronis True Image.
  • IOPS performance is excellent.


  • Incompressible data performance.

Kitguru says: The ADATA S510 120GB is one of  the best value for money SSD’s on the market today.

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Rating: 8.0.

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