ADATA Ultimate SU800 240GB SSD Review


Windows 8.1 Start Up with Boot Time A/V Scan Performance

When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. We have chosen Windows 8.1 64bit Pro as our Operating System with all ‘fast boot’ options disabled in the BIOS. In previous load time tests we would use the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line; this however is no longer the case. We have not only added in a secondary Anti-Virus to load on startup, but also an anti-malware program. We have set Super Anti-Spyware to initiate a quick scan on Windows start-up and the completion of the quick scan will be our new finish line.



Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit fared in the Adobe crucible!

With our attention turned to more realistic scenarios, the ADATA SU800 does perform a lot better than the synthetic test results would lead one to believe. By the same token, competing models like the Toshiba OCZ VX500, Crucial MX300 and pretty much any other drive in the same cost per GB range beats this drive like it owes them money.

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