Our trip to the ADATA booth at Computex this year revealed something rather special – this 1.6 TB SSD from ADATA called the SX2000.  Details of the NAND were sparse, but the SSD uses 2 TB total with free space for overprovisioning, the new SFF-8639 (PCIe) for connection and a new LSI controller under the hood.

Unfortunately there was not a working model on display, and this drive is currently aiming at the Enterprise space with no word on release date or pricing.  We were able to find performance numbers, sitting around 1800 MBps in read and write with 200K IOPS in 4K Random Read.

Similarly ADATA also had an M.2 module with similar specifications (up to 512 GB), called the XMP280E:

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  • wasabiman123 - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    Can your windows boot drive be an M2 drive? Because I would be all over that :D How expensive are these M2s gonna be?
  • Roland00Address - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    Even if this drive was 50 cents per usable gb that still means an $800 drive. And there is little chance it is going to be this cheap per gb when it is first released.
  • SleepyFE - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    Wrong math.
    The M2 is "only" up to 512GB so it will most likely cost 1$ per GB like. In europe the prices are about 1€ per GB, some disks more, some a bit less but it looks like that's where we'll stay for a while.
  • SleepyFE - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    Formed the sentence a bit oddly. It should say ...it will likely cost 1$ per GB like most.
  • Death666Angel - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    Not really true for me. I'm in Germany and prices for the most common SSDs are hovering around 60 cents per GB, sometimes more sometimes less.
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Agreed. As a back-of-the-envelope UK price you're looking at ~£0.65 per GB (Samsung 840) to ~£0.85 per GB (Samsung 840 Pro) in the UK at standard non-discount pricing, so I'd expect prices to be a similar / slightly lower in Euros.
  • Kristian Vättö - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    Currently you can't because there aren't any motherboards that support M.2 ;-) However, you will be once these become available.
  • Bob Todd - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    Unless their build wizard is lying, you've been able to order some Lenovo laptops with NGFF for at least a couple of weeks. I only know because I was screwing around building a low end E431 a while back and the "micro hard drive" (caching SSD) is listed specifically as NGFF.
  • IanCutress - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    The ASUS boards with mPCIe Combo II have M.2 connectors. Nothing on SFF-8639 yet though.
  • meacupla - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    hopefully compatibility and stability will be good.
    Adata is woefully lacking in firmware updates for their SSDs.

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