We reviewed ADATA’s XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade and S50 Lite solid state drives. How did they stack up? Read our review below to see which of these XPG GAMMIX SSDs is right for you.
The XPG subdivision of ADATA continues the manufacturer’s tradition of making some of the best flash memory on the market. One of their latest lines is GAMMIX, a series of NVMe SSD drives that aim to provide PC enthusiast performance levels.
We’re looking at two separate versions in this review: the S50 Lite at 512GB and the more powerful S70 Blade at 2TB. While each version is targeting different audiences, they both sport similar specs and aim to deliver superior read/write speeds.
ADATA XPG GAMMIS S70 Blade & S50 Lite Specs
Below you can check out the specifications for both the S50 Lite and S70 Blade.
|S50 Lite||S70 Blade|
|Capacities||512 GB, 1TB, 2TB||1TB, 2TB|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|NAND||3D NAND||3D NAND|
|Size (LxWxH)||80 mm x 22 mm x 4.3 mm||80 mm x 25 mm x 15 mm|
|Interface||PCIe Gen4x4||PCIe Gen4x4|
|Max Seq. Read||3900 MB/s2||7400 MB/s2|
|Max Seq. Write||3200 MB/s2||6400 MB/s2|
|MTBF||2,000,000 hours||2,000,000 hours|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years|
What’s in the Box?
As you’d expect, there’s not much to expect from the inside of the box of an NVMe drive. However, the packaging itself very much has the look and feel of a gamer-focused product. Apart from being bright red, the box exterior of both the S70 Blade and S50 Lite is glossy and slightly reflective, which is a nice touch.
Inside each box, you’ll find the drives snuggly placed inside clear plastic holders. These gave us the impression that the drives were held securely, so there’s little reason to believe they’ve been damaged or rattled during transportation.
The drives themselves have very few differences in terms of appearance. The S50 Lite has a grey-silver heatsink plating already attached to help dissipate heat. Considering its read/write speeds, we don’t expect this drive will run any hotter than it needs to, so there’s no need for an additional heatsink.
Over at the S70 Blade, we see that it comes with a separate black metal plating. The reason is that this drive runs at near double the speeds of the S50, making it a drive that you may want to run under demanding conditions. This means you’ll want to opt for a beefier heatsink.
One particular case is the Playstation 5. The S70 Blade meets the sequential speed requirements dictated by Sony. In order to maintain similar performance levels to the console’s internal storage, you’ll want to get a better heatsink. We tested the 2TB version of the S70 out with the Sabrent Playstation 5 Heatsink, and the console’s initial benchmark showed 6200 MB/s2 read speeds which is pretty solid. You might be able to squeeze out more, though, with the 1TB version.
What’s worth mentioning is that these drives are compatible with ADATA’s SSD Toolbox utility for monitoring and updating them. You can also find a free copy of Acronis True Image on the company’s site. While not part of the box, both these programs will give you extra control of the S50 Lite and S70 Blade.
How are the S70 Blade and S50 Lite Different
From the specs, it’s clear that the S70 Blade is built to read and write data at lightning-fast speeds, making it an ideal choice for demanding, open-world games that require fast loading of assets. Tests on the PS5 show that the Blade is able to keep in pace with the console’s custom SSD that’s already touted as having monstrous levels of sequential reading.
The difference lies under the hood. The S70 Blade uses the latest InnoGrit IG5236 8-channel controller. In fact, it’s one of the first SSD drives to feature this spec of controller. The S50 Lite, though, uses the cheaper Silicon Motion SM2267EN controller, and that’s reflected in its price tag. Ultimately, this means that the S50 aims to deliver lower performance that’s fitting for mid-ranged gaming rigs. You’ll still get some decent performance as you’ll likely be running games at lower settings.
Which XPG GAMMIX SSD Should I Buy?
Your choice of XPG GAMMIX drive will ultimately come down to how demanding your gaming needs are.
The S50 Lite is a competent drive that can outperform some of the better-known names out there, such as the Samsung SSD 970 Pro. It also costs nearly half as much as the Samsung Pro and its older brother, the EVO, meaning it’s a higher value proposition overall. When you tack on the 5-year warranty, you’ve got a pretty good bang for your buck by picking up an S50 Lite.
The S70 Blade, though, is a much different beast. Benchmarks across the board so far are showing that it’s one of the highest performing NVMe drives on the market to date. Its superior controllers provide insane levels of performance with incredibly high sequential read/write speeds. This kind of performance comes at a hefty cost that is significantly higher than some of the other stronger contenders in this category, such as the Samsung SSD 980 Pro and Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 SSD.
The bottom line is simple. If you are building an absolute beast out of the best hardware money can buy, then you’d be remiss not to include the XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade into that. Of course, you’ll want to buy a more substantial heatsink to pair it with, as the included plating just won’t cut it. As we mentioned earlier, the S70 is also a solid pick for the PS5 as well, but the price may be a bit too much. For most other gaming use cases, the S50 Lite is not a slouch. Its performance levels are solid and beat out a lot of the contenders out there. On top of that, it’s got a very nice price tag that makes it affordable even for those building non-gaming rigs.
Below you can see all of the prices of the available versions of these two drives.
|Capacity||S50 Lite||S70 Blade|
Pros & Cons
|XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite||XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade|
|Solid performance||Some benchmarks show slow write speeds||Top-of-the-line performance||Very pricey|
|Some of the best performance-to-price ratios on the market||Exceeds PS5’s required read speed requirements||Needs a more substantial heatsink|
|Highly affordable||Fastest read/write speeds on the market|
|AES 256-bit full disk encryption||AES 256-bit full disk encryption|
|5-year warranty||5-year warranty|
|Includes ADATA SSD Toolbox and Acronis True Image (separate download)||Includes ADATA SSD Toolbox and Acronis True Image (separate download)|