Like all of its rivals on the storage market, A-Data has been quite active and has offered some product or another for every consumer segment, such as SATA 6.0 Gbps SSDs or USB 3.0 external hard drives. Now, the company has decided to follow up with another solid state drive, making a point of adding enough functionality to make it stand out amongst its peers. The product goes by the name of S596 Turbo and is a solid state drive with the ability to communicate via two interfaces instead of just one.
The S596 Turbo is powered by the JMF616 controller developed by JMicron. It also has a buffer of 128M DDR2 and transfer speeds that are about 20% higher than those of its predecessor. To be more specific, the device can read at up to 260 MB/s and write at up to 210 MB/s. Of course, A-Data was sure to throw in support for the Windows 7 TRIM command, as well as Static wear-leveling technology that extends lifespan
The other outstanding feature of the product, besides its speed, is the aforementioned dual-interface design. For once, the newcomer can plug into a SATA II port and be used like any other 2.5-inch SSD in a PC, laptops especially. The other interface is the mini-USB, which lets it act as an external, portable device. Not only that, but a 3.5-inch converter will even let it be installed in a desktop, should end-users so desire. As for the casing, it is constructed out of aluminum and combines the benefits of heat dissipation and aesthetic value.
The A-Data S596 Turbo can have capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. End-users will have the option of downloading Norton Internet Security 2010 for free (60-day trial), by means of which they will be able to provide the necessary security features. All models are accompanied by a 3-year warranty but, unfortunately, have not been priced yet.