If you’re lucky enough to own a Playstation 5 this holiday season, or you’re looking to upgrade your PC’s storage, you may have already considered a few NVMe drives. Why don’t you? The combination of quick access to your applications and the absence of moving physical parts makes it a winning combination… but the cost can be very high.
Enter XPG ATOM 50.
In a veritable realm of options, XPG places a rival in the high-speed storage market with its high-transfer NVMe drive and PS5 compatibility. However, can XPG deliver performance AND be cost effective? Let’s find out together.
- MSRP: $119.99 (Amazon)
- Controller: Realtek RTS5766DL
- Storage: 1TB Micron 3D TLC NAND
- Bus: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Sequential read: up to 5,000 MB/s
- Sequential write: up to 4,500 MB/s
- MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
- Warranty: Limited 5 years
- Compatible PS5
If you’ve done your research on NVMe drives, there are plenty of options on the market to choose from. So what makes XPG stand out? To answer that question, you need to look at ADATA, the parent company of XPG.
Headquartered in Taiwan, ADATA has become a global corporation providing storage solutions (hard drives, SSDs, flash memory), DRAM modules, mobile accessories and more in the market. consumer and industrial. XPG comes as ADATA’s arm focuses on the gaming market. From the case to the cooler, the RAM kit to the laptop, XPG’s stated goal is “future innovation defined by ambition”. A lofty goal; let’s start digging into the ATOM 50 to see if it’s worthy of the legend.
Under the hood, the ATOM 50 has 1TB of 3D NAND memory. While there are other drives in the ATOM family, the ATOM 50 is the only one that uses four PCIe 4.0 lanes. When this PCIe bandwidth capability is combined with the SLC cache and the Server Memory Cache, the ATOM 50 is advertised as achieving high speeds of 5,000 MB/s Sequential Read and 4,500 MB/s Sequential Write. The advertised write speeds are great, but seeing the ATOM 50 in action gives us a clearer picture of its capabilities. Let’s look at the numbers.
For the first battery test, we ran a series of synthetic benchmarks to give us baseline performance numbers for the XPG ATOM 50. To gather these scores, we ran the AS SSD Benchmark , CrystalDiskMark64 and ATTO Disk Benchmark.
Before we get into the data, here are the system specs for our test bench:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
- Cooler: Corsair H150i ELITE CAPELLIX 360mm
- RAM: 32GB Crucial Ballistix MAX 4000MHz DDR4
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X570S AERO WOOD
- GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition
- Warehouse: 1TB XPG ATOM 50, 1TB AORUS Gen4, 500GB Samsung 980 PRO,
- 2 TB Seagate FireCuda
- PSU: Corsair RM850x
- Case: Corsair 4000X
In the test results you will find 1TB AORUS Gen4, 1TB Kingston KC2500, 1TB WD_Black SN750, 250GB WD Blue SN500, 500 GB Samsung 980 Proand 256GB Patriot Scorch Referenced NVMe drives. We’ll also show numbers from one of the most powerful SATA III SSD offerings we’ve seen, SK Hynix Gold S31.
The majority of our comparison focus will revolve around the AORUS Gen4 and the Samsung 980 PRO as both are PCIe 4.0 x4 products. While many of the drives listed above are appreciated for their product generation and protocol differences, they are included to highlight the performance difference between PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 as well as big difference between PCI3 4.0 and SATA III.
We started experimenting with ATTO Disk Benchmark. If you’re not familiar with how ATTO Disk works, here’s a quick breakdown: the test will queue up blocks of data, all of which are different sizes. It then provides analysis of how the drive handles reading and writing these data packets to the drive. So how did ATOM 50 do?
In ATTO Disk, the ATOM 50 tested at 4.70 GB/s (read) and 4.56 MB/s (write). It lags a bit behind the end of advertised read speeds, but recorded speeds land in the ballpark where they’re supposed to be. Note that it’s not unusual in these tests to see some change. Remember: these are advertised fast viewing speeds. We also see a similar shot with the AORUS Gen4.
In AS SSD The ATOM 50 shows sequential speeds of 4329 MB/s (read) and 4597MB/s (write). Similarly, Gigabyte’s AORUS Gen4 MVNe capped read performance at 4217 MB/s during read, but couldn’t keep up with the ATOM 50 at 3910 MB/s write. Both fall short of the 5562 MB/s read speed of the Samsung 980 PRO, but the ATOM shows a similarity between itself and the performance leaders of PCIe 3.0, the WD_black SN750… topping out at 2795 MB/s (read) and 2590 MB/s (write).
The final piece of data for our synthetic tests will come from CrystalDiskMark. If you look at the graph, the XPG ATOM 50 performs quite modestly among the PCIe 4.0 NVMe drives we’ve had a chance to test. It rivals AORUS Gen4 in read speed, but surpasses it in write speed by a considerable margin.
To give us a better picture of the ATOM 50 in the wild, we ran a series of gaming tests to gather information on load times between scenes and into specific parts of a few games. play. We also record cold boot times to give a picture of how quickly the NVMe drive will get to your login screen.
For the XPG ATOM 50, we got a boot time of 26.73 seconds. In the Final Fantasy XIV: Shadow Bringers benchmark at max settings in 1440p, we found the total load time between the five scenes to be 9,443, making this test’s average load time 1,888 seconds between scenes. Keeping it in the Final Fantasy family, the UI loading of the Final Fantasy XV standard takes 21.15 seconds, and the transitions between scenes are barely noticeable. In the end, loading from the director into Destiny 2’s Tangled Shore took about 23 seconds.
In addition, the ATOM 50 had an impressive performance. This high-speed NVMe drive uses a sufficient portion of PCIe 4.0 to push it ahead of its predecessors, it fits the needs of the Playstation 5 (for those with this drive) and it does it. what seemed impossible in the morning of 2022: it was still a modestly priced piece of modern technology.
One place where we need to comment a bit is the included heatsink. It is a very thin heatsink that the end user needs to apply to the NVMe drive itself. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re super precise with these, but there’s a reason why I never labeled things as a kid: I don’t. While I could appreciate the option to use it with or without (for motherboards equipped with a heatsink), the idea of removing or re-inserting a catawampus heatsink gives me pause.
All things considered, if you’re looking for a PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe drive for your PC or PS5 that performs well within the protocol’s performance range, and you don’t want to break the bank in doing so, here could be a drive worth considering. For $119.99 USD, the XPG ATOM 50 serves as a cost-effective option for expansion or a higher capacity boot drive.
The product discussed in this article is provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.
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