The S510 arrives in a vibrant and lively box. ADATA have kept the design to a professional level and listed significant features on the front with capacity, speed and physical size too.
Opening the box up reveals a plastic container holding the SSD, a 2.5” to 3.5” bracket and quick installation guide.
Packaging for S510 catches the eye
The accessories bundle includes 2.5” to 3.5” adapter
Observing the S510 from the front, we see that this SSD has a minimalist design. A black metal outer shell with a product label covers this front section – again, just like the packaging there are details on the capacity, speed and physicals size of this drive. There is also a disclaimer to warn users against voiding warranty.
The front of S510
Spinning the drive over, the back details the model number, warranty code, EAN code and serial number. The Disk Migration Utility key is also on the back of the drive. Being SATA 3 6GB/s the S510 has exactly the same connectors as a SATA 2 drive would have.
The rear of S510
From the pictures already, you will have noticed that S510 has this brushed aluminium surface texture. This instantly instils a sense of quality and prowess. S510 looks very good.
A brush aluminium appearance
Taking the cover off the S510 the internal PCB reveals some key characteristics. The PCB, Controller and NAND are very similar to other SSDs such as Patriot Pyro and Corsair’s Force Series.
Driving the S510 is SandForce SF-2281 controller. There are also 8 modules of Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND flash memory (29F64G0BCBAAA) on both sides and each flash module has up to 8GB.
An overview of S510 PCB, Controller and NAND
With the inspection now over let’s see how S510 performs whilst under testing conditions against a list of rival drives.