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In testing, Adata’s SE900G performance is solid given its pricing. The drive was fast and responsive in most scenarios, like in the game load and file reading tests, but came up a bit short in copying over the documents files folder and in the PCMark 10 test suite. When hammered, the SE900G absorbed the bombardment of writes like a champ due to its large dynamic SLC cache. It also maintained reasonable temperatures during large file transfers.
For the price, the SE900G is a solid pick for those wanting a fast 20 Gbps portable SSD. The WD_Black P50 and SanDisk’s Extreme Pro v2 currently fetch $330 each. The SE900G? It’s $40 cheaper at just $290 - that’s less than half the cost of the Thunderbolt 3 Samsung X5. The stylish RGB lighting is icing on the cake. We just wish that we could control the colors and effects.
However, with cheaper pricing comes trade-offs that you should consider, such as the shorter than standard three-year warranty and the lack of any protection against water. Additionally, the build of materials can change over time, meaning that Adata may swap in different components later in the production cycle. The company still guarantees the drive can hit its rated performance and endurance specifications, though.
The drive also doesn’t support hardware encryption, but as a gamer-oriented product, we can’t hold that against it. Overall, the Adata SE900G is a speedy USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 portable SSD that is priced well for what it brings to the table.
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Sean is a Contributing Editor at Tom’s Hardware US, covering storage hardware.