When high performance alone is not enough to impress, RGB lights are here to help. ADATA has officially introduced its XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD, which offer's the company’s flagship M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 drives with customizable RGB lighting.

Set to be available in capacities ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB, the ADATA XPG Spectrix S40 RGB is based on Realtek controller, paired with 3D TLC NAND memory (presumably from Intel or Micron). ADATA says that the drive offers up to 3.5 GB/s sequential read speeds as well as sequential write speeds up to 3 GB/s when SLC caching is used (data based on CDM benchmark). Meanwhile the drive is rated for 390K random read and 380K random write IOPS.

Apart from performance, the main selling point of the XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD is its customizable RGB lighting. ADATA is not listing how many LEDs the drive has, but indicates that they can be customized using the company's proprietary software.

As far as endurance and reliability levels are concerned, the XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSDs are covered with a five-year warranty and are rated for 160 TB, 320 TB, or 640 TB written, depending on the drive's capacity.

Overall, based on ADATA's rated performance and endurance levels, the XPH Spectrix S40 RGB would appear to be very similar to the XPG Gammix S11 Pro/XPG SX8200 Pro, but which uses a new PCB featuring RGB LEDs and a new aluminum heat spreader. So, barring any greater changes, I'd expect to see similar real-world performance as the SX8200 Pro well.

ADATA XPG Spectrix S40 RGB Specifications
Capacity 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Model Number AS40G-256GT-C AS40G-512GT-C AS40G-1TT-C
Controller Realtek
NAND Flash IMFT 3D TLC NAND
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Sequential Read 3500 MB/s
Sequential Write 1200 MB/s 2300 MB/s 3000 MB/s
Random Read IOPS 220K IOPS 390K IOPS
Random Write IOPS 290K IOPS 380K IOPS
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown
TCG Opal Encryption No
Power Management DevSleep, Slumber (0.14 W).
Warranty 5 years
MTBF 2,000,000 hours
TBW 160 TB 320 TB 640 TB
Additional Information Link
MSRP $69.99 $99.99 $189.99

ADATA’s XPG Spectrix S40G RGB drives will be available shortly directly from the company as well as from retailers like Amazon.com. The latest shiny SSD from ADATA will start at $69.99 for the 256 GB model, $99.99 for the mid-range 512 GB model, and $189.99 for the top-of-the-line 1 TB model. Prices and availability in other regions will vary.

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Source: ADATA

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  • azfacea - Friday, May 24, 2019 - link

    yea lets stick some more nonsensical LEDs on a hot SSD.
    whats more stupid than the RGB trend? sheeting on the kitchen table comes close i'd say.
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  • osteopathic1 - Friday, May 24, 2019 - link

    Hush now... I want one of these. Reply
  • nandnandnand - Friday, May 24, 2019 - link

    Why settle for a normal SSD when you can get a blinky rainbow one for just twice the price?! It's a great value!

    What are you... POOR?
    Reply
  • eek2121 - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    Not really twice the price, more like $0.04 more per GB. Reply
  • jordanclock - Friday, May 24, 2019 - link

    The LEDs are fine, but the look wouldn't fit into many builds. And even though the LEDs are customizable (to whatever extent that means), they're using proprietary software so good luck getting the colors or patterns to match anything else in a build. Reply
  • abufrejoval - Friday, May 24, 2019 - link

    My track record with ADATA has been consistent over the last four years with dozens of items:

    * Wonderful DRAM, works as advertised and for many years w/o problems

    * Terrible Flash, mostly µ-SD and USB; fails catastrophically without warning nor remedy. There isn't a single ADATA Flash device that hasn't outright failed or behaves erratically, except a single

    Gammix S11 Pro 480GB, which was reviewed here. Keeping my fingers crossed....
    Reply
  • eek2121 - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    I have an ADATA 960GB SSD that has performed faithfully for quite a while. Reply
  • lejeczek - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    It's for donkeys. Reply
  • Chaser - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Maybe in 15 years when I might have to replace my Optane 900. Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, May 27, 2019 - link

    I guess they haven't learned from Kingston's Hyper X Fury (which is an SSD which overheats constantly because of all the RGB lighting). I hope this doesn't suffer from the same problem. Reply

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