Memory prices are dropping all the time and with DDR3 around the corner you can certainly expect a faster drop in price. Of course, there are still memory modules out there which you could set you back a few hundred pounds but let’s face it. Who needs extremely tight timings and the extra clock cycle other than hardcore overclockers who like to milk their system until it begs for mercy? Most of us wouldn’t mind having a decent performing system providing the innards of which it will comprise of are of reasonable value. Talking of value, A-Data memory is quite competitively priced. Just a quick search on various internet price comparison websites will show you this.
“Founded in May, 2001 by Chairman and CEO Mr. Simon Chen, A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd. has quickly risen to become one of the world’s largest memory and flash product providers. At the beginning, with DRAM modules as the major product line, A-DATA’s mission was to become “The Global Leading Brand of Memory Products.” Later on, recognizing the market’s trend, A-DATA diversified its product portfolio to include Flash peripherals and multimedia solutions. Capitalizing on the strong growth of DRAM memory and flash related products in the market, based on DRAMeXchange 2006 and iSuppli 2006 reports, A-DATA ranks second in the world for DRAM Modules and fourth for Flash Disks respectively.”
Testing & Performance
We had the opportunity to test out some A-Data memory modules in the past so it’s been a while since then. Unlike many other manufactures (especially with their low priced solutions), A-Data holds more confidence in their products despite their prices being low. It is for this reason you will usually find a pair of Vitestas with a lifetime warranty. How’s that?
MSI P6N SLI Platinum
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Western Digital Raptor 10,000rpm
MSI Geforce 8600GT 256MB
Testing CL 4-4-4-12:
SuperPI 2M Calculation 20 Iterations – 37.58s
SiSoft Sandra Int – 9010
SiSoft Sandra Float – 9067
The above results are pretty good considering these modules retail at a very appealing price point. The reliability of these modules is also quite good, running burn-in tests for a good few hours at its stock timings and clock speed revealed no problems. Of course as this is only a brief look at these modules we won’t delve into OCing them. One of the reasons for this is simply because the sample we received is of early production and came in packaging with misinformation.
Once we get our hands on some final verions of some A-Data modules we’ll put them through their paces. But as these modules stand, they would certainly go well with those who don’t need blisteringly fast memory especially if you’re running the new Core 2 Duo processors which don’t benefit greatly from the speed increases. These modules use very standard heatspreaders with nothing fancy but for the price that these modules retail for it’s not much to worry about.
Next we take a quick look at the 8GB compact flash card available from A-Data with a speed rating of 266x. This particular series is referred to as Turbo. The advantage of having such a large card would probably be seen more by photographers using digital SLRs with a high megapixel count and fast continous shooting (8 fps and above for example). Shooting in the RAW format most SLRs provide would definitely be a more viable option if you plan to take over a 100 or so. This 8GB card will have no problems at all.
We have been using the 8GB card in our SLR for a while now and it seems to work absolutely fine. Read and write speeds with this card under Windows is very snappy and the same goes for using the card in our camera. Previewing images on our SLR is very quick with no delay. We use a Canon EOS 5D so the raw files are fairly large at 12 megapixels.
HD Tach is a very useful utility. It doesn’t really lie (well of course it doesn’t otherwise that would defy the point of this tool being made anyway). You can see a max write speed of 19.5 MB/s in burst write with an average of 18 MB/s this is an “OK” speed. It’s very annoying when manufactures stick numbers like 400x or 500x speed on their cards. The only way to truly determine that is by testing. As in this case though, for 8GB the sequential and most importantly random data access times are fairly decent.
Both of these products deserve consideration if you’re looking into either of the two types of products because they are decent performing and reliable. We hope to see more A-Data products in the near future where we will take a look indepth at how they perform. This has been a brief look from us guys here at tech-gear, maybe an introduction to A-Data and what sort of products they produce. Not a huge name here in the west but it soon could be.
Stay tuned for more.