ADATA AS596B-128GM-C 128GB SSD Review :: Test Setup and Performance

03-20-2010 · Category: Hardware - Hard Drives

By Benjamin Sun

I used an ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard that was also used in testing the last A-DATA SSD drive as it was setup and ready to run tests and supported both USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second. The rest of the test system is exactly what is used in our video card test platform as that gives a good sense of the performance of the drive.

Performance expectations for the drive are similar SATAII performance to the N002 across the board and lower performance using the USB 2.0 interface due to the bandwidth differences between USB 2.0 and 3.0. The drive itself has 128MB of DDR2 memory for cache and it should be interesting to see in what cases this drive performs faster in SATAII mode than the other N002 drive. USB 2.0 performance maxes out at 60MB per second theoretical.

Test System

  • Intel Core i7 920 CPU running at 2.66GHz
  • 3GB Kingston DDR3 1600MHz DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz (CPU default)
  • ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard running latest drivers and BIOS
  • ADATA AS596B-128GM-C 2.5 128GB SATAII and USB 2.0 MLC Internal/External SSD drive tested using the USB 2.0 ports on the ASUS P6X58D Premium board and SATAII connection on the board
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs 10000 RPM in RAID 0 mode for operating system install and running programs off the A-DATA drive
  • ATI RADEON HD 4870 1GB video card running Catalyst 10.2 drivers
  • DirectX 11
  • Windows 7 64-bit Professional


  • AS SSD benchmark
  • AS SSD Copy benchmark
  • ATTO
  • CrystalDiskMark
  • HD Tach
  • HD Tune
  • Sisoft Sandra Disk benchmark
  • PCMark Vantage