XPG SPECTRIX S20G review: the RGB family is expanding

ADATA XPG adds a new top of the range to the list. This extends the manufacturer’s SSD family with the new SPECTRIX S20G. Here is the review!

Here he is, the younger brother of SPECTRIX S40G, is the new S20G and goes to position itself directly under the previous model. If the previous model offered 3,500 MBps declared in sequential reading, and a range that varies between 1,200 MBps and 3,000 MBps for sequential writing, with a Realtek RTS5762 controller supplied, here we go just below in terms of performance.

The aim of this product is to offer average performance at a lower price, but without renouncing the aesthetic side, very refined in this variant. Let’s get to the heart of the review to analyze this new SPECTRIX S20G from ADATA.

XPG SPECTRIX S20G review: the RGB family is expanding

XPG SPECTRIX S20G review: the RGB family is expanding

On an aesthetic level, we find embedded in the design two strips aimed at RGB lighting, a block that is part of a heat sink made of aluminum.

The SPECTRIX S20G relies on a type interface PCIe Gen3x4, no 4.0 therefore. But we still find technologies capable of ensuring stable performance, such as support for Caching and Host Memory Buffer protocols, dates from SLC memories. The company also claims to have equipped this SSD with systems Low-Density Parity-Check (LDPC), to ensure the correction of any writing errors.

The SSD has the classic format M.2 2280, and is able to run at temperatures ranging from -85 degrees, up to 70 degrees C °. In addition, you will have a 5-year warranty from the time of purchase. There is also support for the AES 256 encryption.

With the SPECTRIX S20G model, the company declares reading speeds of 2500MB / s and writing speeds of 1800MB / s. It will be like this? We have subjected it to several tests to verify its effectiveness.

The field test | XPG SPECTRIX S20G review

Starting with CrystalDiskMark, used to measure the maximum theoretical performance in sequential read / write with random data of various sizes, we found performance in line with what the company declared, indeed, even higher as you can see from our tests. We measured write speeds of 3,275MB / s, and 3,136Mb / s read with 1GB files.

XPG SPECTRIX S20G review: the RGB family is expanding

Performance that essentially goes to reveal itself even in daily use, as the SSD is always fast in daily applications, both in reading and writing, of course, we are certainly not faced with performance from PCIE 4.0, but to be a Gen 3 SSD × 4, that’s not bad at all.

Moving on to the software instead Atto Disk Benchmark, one of the best tools available for measuring storage performance, we researched the performance consistency of our XPG SPECTRIX S20G in review today. With ATTO we tested building block sizes. Sequences of 32 MB of 4 KB files, but also 32 MB of 1 MB files.

In this test we can see for 1 MB files the writing performance of 2.91 GB / s, and the reading performance of 2.58 GB / s., while for more demanding files such as 4 Kb cuts we found write performance of 301 MB / s, and read performance of 388 MB / s. Similar performance achieved even with 4GB file cuts.

The conclusions

The performance of this SSD does not make one exclaim the miracle, they are in the sufficiency, a little more, but we cannot expect more, we still have a Gen 3 × 4 protocol. Even if though, in daily use the performance is certainly pleasant.

However, it is true that with a few more handfuls of money, you can find models with a more performing 4.0 interface. In short, it is a good SSD overall, and above all nice to look at, but to choose if you really need to make a limited upgrade on a motherboard that does not have PCIE 4.0 and you do not intend to make a generational upgrade. He is handsome, and handsome, but for his category.

It is available for the price of 100/120 Euro (according to the Store), for cutting from 1 TB (the one in our possession), but it is also available in denominations of 500 GB at the price of 75/85 Euro (according to the Store). Stay up to date on our pages for all the news from the hardware world.

An SSD with a pop of color

Points in favor

  • Design
  • Materials
  • Illuninazione

Points against

  • Slightly high price
  • Performance not at the top