March 01, 2016

Unboxing & Review: Apacer AS510S Pro Series SSD 256GB

Back in the days when SSD is still a new piece of technology that gives a steroid boost for computer system at that time, it cost you an arm and a leg just to own even the lowest capacity of 32GB, especially for the SLC NAND Flash variant. As what it is once called the toy for the rich, SSD nowadays has become more affordable with the availability of MLC and TLC NAND Flash as a better wallet friendly alternative and you can pretty much own a 120GB SSD at the price as low as RM150.   

In today's review, we will be examining the 256GB Apacer AS510S Pro Series SSD, special thanks Apacer for making this review possible. The Apacer AS510S Pro Series SSD retails at a very affordable price of RM 229 for the 128GB model and RM366 for the 256GB model, but before any further compliment, let us find out just how well will it perform compared to other SSD in our office!



At the front of the box, Apacer attempt to give the end user the 'rocket speed' impression if they were to upgrade their current mechanical hard drive to an SSD - we're not sure about the rocket speed thingy, but one thing for sure is that almost all SSD are faster than your average mechanical hard drive..

At the back of the box, you'll find a brief description on the OS compatibility, notice on the actual capacity along with a proper explanation of it, etc.

The Apacer AS510S looks rather plain, it's all black and the only information you can find on this side is the Pro series and Apacer logo.  

Other than the product serial number, there's nothing much can be found at the bottom of the SSD - Apacer might want to consider go for a smaller sized sticker that contains the necessary information i.e bar code, product serial number.

Synthetic Benchmarks

Anvil's  Storage Utilities
By far the most complete SSD Benchmark utility available. The Anvil's Storage Utilities not only comes with the standard SSD Benchmark function, it also includes other functions such as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests and option to configure the compressibility of the test data.

AS SSD Benchmark
Widely used SSD benchmarking utility that uses incompressible data to simulate the worst possible scenario for an SSD and thus giving a much lower sequential read and write speed result than what has been stated by the manufacturer as a result of the heavy workload.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The most frequently used benchmarking utility by many manufacturers for performance specification. As ATTO Disk Benchmark uses compressible data rather than compressible data, it results in higher benchmark scores. We've run the benchmark with transfer size ranged from 0.5KB to 8192KB and a total length of the test to be 256MB.

Developed by a Japanese coder that goes by the nickname Hiyohiyo, CrystalDiskMark is one of the most frequent used SSD Benchmark utility to measure SSD's read and write performance. There's 2 option for the test data used, compressible (0 fill) and incompressible (1 fill).

Real World Usage
We've conducted several test that with several SSD with at least 40% capacity occupied with various commonly used software to simulate the real world scenario. 

The Apacer AS510 performs pretty well in overall, it might not be the fastest SSD in the list but it's definitely not the slowest either. Its performance comes pretty close the Kingston HyperX Savage, which is considered as one of the best performing SSD that we've tested.  

Final Thoughts
While there's no doubt that the Apacer AS510S Pro Series is one solid performer, its bland appearance might somehow affect the decision of a small group of enthusiasts who fancies of cool looking enclosure and perhaps some additional bling elements. 

With SRP of RM366 for the 256GB model and RM 229 for the 128GB model, the Apacer AS510S Pro Series is pretty much a once in a lifetime deal that is worthy to consider for as its using MLC NAND Flash SSD that comes with longer lifespan compared to TLC NAND Flash SSD and we've seen TLC NAND Flash SSD that cost more than the Apacer AS510S Pro Series

  • Very good value for a MLC NAND Flash SSD
  • Decent performance 
  • Comes with a standard 3-year warranty
  • No extra accessories provided 
  • No technical specifications on the box