Adata S596 Turbo SSD review

A solid SSD with a great new twist

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  • Great all-round specification, including USB port
  • Strong application performance


  • Some anomalies in synthetic tests

  • Long term performance an unknown

Being an early adopter of new technology can mean getting your fingers burned. So it was for the buyers of early solid state drives (SSDs) based on JMicron flash memory controllers. Their digits were scalded to the third degree.

The problem was stuttery, laggy drive performance. But that was then. The now is a brand new controller from JMicron and a glimmer of hope that the brand might just be resurrected in the eyes of performance enthusiasts.

Our first taste of the JMicron JMF616 comes in the form of the new ADATA S596 Turbo, a 128GB 2.5-inch SSD. It not only has that new controller going for it, but also the relative novelty of a built-in USB port. In other words, you can use this SSD as an external USB drive without the need for an enclosure.

Elsewhere, the ADATA S596 Turbo clocks in with pretty competitive specifications, including official read and write maximums of 260Mbps and 210Mbps respectively, and support for the all-important Windows 7 TRIM command.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product Family500
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameAdata
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity128 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Read Transfer Rate280 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate270 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100 mm
Product Series500
ManufacturerA-DATA Technology Co., Ltd
Product ModelS599
Product NameS599 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer Part NumberAS599S-128GM-C
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Equipped with the latest SandForce SF-1222 processor, AData's S599 Solid State Drive delivers remarkable performance. It offers a 280 MB/s read speed and 270 MB/s write speed at maximum. The S599 SSD achieved up to 50,000 IOPS in IOmeter tests, a performance unrivaled by similar products. Booting up platforms that run Windows 7 happens in less than 20 seconds, a 40% performance improvement compared to traditional hard drives. It's the perfect device for corporate-level computing applications as well as power users who seek super speed.

Package Contents
  • S599 Solid State Drive
  • 2.5" to 3.5" Bracket
  • Quick Installation Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)68 g