When high performance alone is not enough to impress, RGB lights are here to help. ADATA has officially introduced its XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD, which offer’s the company’s flagship M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 drives with customizable RGB lighting.
Set to be available in capacities ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB, the ADATA XPG Spectrix S40 RGB is based on Silicon Motion’s SM2262EN controller, paired with 3D TLC NAND memory (presumably from Intel or Micron). ADATA says that the drive offers up to 3.5 GB/s sequential read speeds as well as sequential write speeds up to 3 GB/s when SLC caching is used (data based on CDM benchmark). Meanwhile the drive is rated for 390K random read and 380K random write IOPS.
Apart from performance, the main selling point of the XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD is its customizable RGB lighting. ADATA is not listing how many LEDs the drive has, but indicates that they can be customized using the company’s proprietary software.
As far as endurance and reliability levels are concerned, the XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSDs are covered with a five-year warranty and are rated for 160 TB, 320 TB, or 640 TB written, depending on the drive’s capacity.
Overall, based on ADATA’s rated performance and endurance levels, the XPH Spectrix S40 RGB would appear to be very similar to the XPG Gammix S11 Pro/XPG SX8200 Pro, but which uses a new PCB featuring RGB LEDs and a new aluminum heat spreader. So, barring any greater changes, I’d expect to see similar real-world performance as the SX8200 Pro well.
|ADATA XPG Spectrix S40 RGB Specifications|
|Capacity||256 GB||512 GB||1 TB|
|Controller||Silicon Motion SM2262EN|
|NAND Flash||IMFT 3D TLC NAND|
|Form-Factor, Interface||M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3|
|Sequential Read||3500 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||1200 MB/s||2300 MB/s||3000 MB/s|
|Random Read IOPS||220K IOPS||390K IOPS|
|Random Write IOPS||290K IOPS||380K IOPS|
|DRAM Buffer||Yes, capacity unknown|
|TCG Opal Encryption||No|
|Power Management||DevSleep, Slumber (0.14 W).|
|TBW||160 TB||320 TB||640 TB|
ADATA’s XPG Spectrix S40G RGB drives will be available shortly directly from the company as well as from retailers like Amazon.com. The latest shiny SSD from ADATA will start at $69.99 for the 256 GB model, $99.99 for the mid-range 512 GB model, and $189.99 for the top-of-the-line 1 TB model. Prices and availability in other regions will vary.