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ADATA Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB PCIe4 NVMe SSD benchmarked

2 TB ADATA Gammix S70 Blade PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD benchmarked (Image source: Best Buy)
2 TB ADATA Gammix S70 Blade PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD benchmarked (Image source: Best Buy)
The high-end ADATA Blade NVMe SSD and its super-thin heat spreader can fit just about anywhere including inside of thin laptops and the Playstation 5, but don't expect it to sustain maximum transfer rates for long periods unless if you plan on installing an even larger heat spreader.

The ADATA Gammix series of NVMe SSDs has been shipping on Xenia laptops for a while now, but models are now available as standalone drives for anyone to purchase separately and install. The PCIe4 x4 Gammix S70 series in particular comes in two flavors: one with a larger aluminum heat spreader (called the Gammix S70) and another with a smaller heat spreader designed to fit in the Playstation 5 (called the Gammix S70 Blade). The manufacturer has sent a 2 TB Gammix S70 Blade for our impressions.

For testing purposes, we installed the Gammix S70 Blade onto our Intel NUC11PAQi7 Panther Canyon mini PC which fully supports PCIe4 x4 NVMe drives. The system also has a built-in metal heat sink for the SSD, but we'll first test the ADATA SSD with only its included aluminum heat sink for a better representation of what users will get at purchase.

The first thing we wanted to check was how close we can come to the advertised maximum read and write rates of 7400 MB/s and 6800 MB/s, respectively. In practice, we're able to reach read rates of up to 6500 - 7000 MB/s and write rates of up to 4500 MB/s according to ATTO and CrystalDiskMark. File sizes should be 8 MB or larger to reach such speeds as shown by our results below.

The second thing we wanted to check was for how long the drive can maintain its maximum real-world performance of 6500+ MB/s. When running DiskSpeed Read in a loop, our drive would sustain 6600 MB/s for only a few minutes until falling down to just 890 MB/s as shown by our graph below. A temperature threshold is the likely culprit for the performance drop.

When rerunning the above test with the larger Intel NUC SSD heat sink installed, our drive was able to maintain its maximum read rate of 6500+ MB/s for significantly longer as shown by our screenshots below. This suggests that the thin heat spreader included with our Gammix S70 Blade is not all that effective at dissipating enough heat for maintaining maximum performance over long periods. Thus, if you want to fully exploit the PCIe4 bandwidth and SSD on your PC, then you may want to skip the thin heat spreader included with the S70 Blade and go with a larger aftermarket solution instead or just purchase the regular S70.

Running the same DiskSpeed Read loop test on the Acer Predator GM7000 would result in a stable transfer rate of 7000 MB/s whereas our ADATA S70 Blade would eventually fall to 890 MB/s. The Kingston KC3000 would have issues maintaining high transfer rates as well. All three drives are PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs. 

The 1 TB Gammix S70 Blade is now shipping on Amazon for $149 USD with the larger heat spreader while the 1 TB version with the smaller heat spreader (as reviewed) is $129 on Best Buy.

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
87.8 pt ∼88%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
67.5 pt ∼68%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
58.3 pt ∼58%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
53.6 pt ∼54%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
36.7 pt ∼37%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
13.7 pt ∼14%
DiskSpd
seq read
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3630 (3511.15min - 3630.17max) MB/s ∼100% +63%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
2229 (2205.36min - 2228.8max) MB/s ∼61%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2068 (2046.82min - 2067.79max) MB/s ∼57% -7%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
1566 (1557.38min - 1565.96max) MB/s ∼43% -30%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1392 (1389.99min - 1391.88max) MB/s ∼38% -38%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
429 (426.55min - 429.27max) MB/s ∼12% -81%
seq write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3504 (3409.87min - 3503.8max) MB/s ∼100% +45%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
2421 (2375.86min - 2421.35max) MB/s ∼69%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1887 (1880.31min - 1887.23max) MB/s ∼54% -22%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1810 (1639.55min - 1810.32max) MB/s ∼52% -25%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
1213 (454.38min - 1213.29max) MB/s ∼35% -50%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
408 (403.91min - 408.11max) MB/s ∼12% -83%
seq q8 t1 read
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
6794 (6533.05min - 6794.19max) MB/s ∼100% +2%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
6663 (5388.13min - 6663.17max) MB/s ∼98%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3415 (3195.01min - 3414.88max) MB/s ∼50% -49%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
2121 (1959.37min - 2121.01max) MB/s ∼31% -68%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1699 (1607.68min - 1699.07max) MB/s ∼25% -75%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
467 (426.34min - 466.73max) MB/s ∼7% -93%
seq q8 t1 write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
4867 (4865.94min - 4867.49max) MB/s ∼100% +15%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
4221 (4145.44min - 4221.36max) MB/s ∼87%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3400 (3383.13min - 3399.9max) MB/s ∼70% -19%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1873 (1713.16min - 1872.55max) MB/s ∼38% -56%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
1248 (414.41min - 1248.45max) MB/s ∼26% -70%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
483 (472.07min - 482.85max) MB/s ∼10% -89%
4k q1 t1 read
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
66 (65.66min - 66.02max) MB/s ∼100% +27%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
55.8 (55.66min - 55.82max) MB/s ∼85% +8%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
51.8 (51.42min - 51.83max) MB/s ∼78%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
41.8 (41.45min - 41.8max) MB/s ∼63% -19%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
29.4 (21.8min - 29.38max) MB/s ∼45% -43%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
22.1 (5.61min - 22.1max) MB/s ∼33% -57%
4k q1 t1 write
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
223 (200.71min - 223.16max) MB/s ∼100% +45%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
156 (133.05min - 156.14max) MB/s ∼70% +1%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
154 (150.27min - 153.77max) MB/s ∼69%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
83.2 (82.75min - 83.2max) MB/s ∼37% -46%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
63.9 (62.82min - 63.93max) MB/s ∼29% -59%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
60.6 (60.37min - 60.61max) MB/s ∼27% -61%
4k q32 t16 read
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3117 (3085.18min - 3117.44max) MB/s ∼100% +165%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
1178 (1166.27min - 1177.66max) MB/s ∼38%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1146 (1123.37min - 1146.36max) MB/s ∼37% -3%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
813 (810.85min - 813.32max) MB/s ∼26% -31%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
331 (329.92min - 330.85max) MB/s ∼11% -72%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
168 (164.34min - 167.81max) MB/s ∼5% -86%
4k q32 t16 write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2636 (2619.44min - 2635.84max) MB/s ∼100% +378%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1089 (1047.09min - 1088.53max) MB/s ∼41% +97%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
739 (122.91min - 738.54max) MB/s ∼28% +34%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
552 (539.28min - 552.43max) MB/s ∼21%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
502 (468.48min - 501.52max) MB/s ∼19% -9%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
284 (277.52min - 283.94max) MB/s ∼11% -49%
AS SSD
Score Total
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
6725 Points ∼100% +49%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
4505 Points ∼67%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
4036 Points ∼60% -10%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
3013 Points ∼45% -33%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
1497 Points ∼22% -67%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
638 Points ∼9% -86%
Score Read
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2660 Points ∼100% +56%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
1707 Points ∼64%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1439 Points ∼54% -16%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1001 Points ∼38% -41%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
615 Points ∼23% -64%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
192 Points ∼7% -89%
Score Write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2676 Points ∼100% +30%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
2051 Points ∼77%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1923 Points ∼72% -6%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1486 Points ∼56% -28%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
598 Points ∼22% -71%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
345 Points ∼13% -83%
Seq Read
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
4565 MB/s ∼100%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3257 MB/s ∼71% -29%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2562 MB/s ∼56% -44%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
2069 MB/s ∼45% -55%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
2006 MB/s ∼44% -56%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
445.5 MB/s ∼10% -90%
Seq Write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3937 MB/s ∼100% +98%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
1985 MB/s ∼50%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1904 MB/s ∼48% -4%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1265 MB/s ∼32% -36%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
1203 MB/s ∼31% -39%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
440.5 MB/s ∼11% -78%
4K Read
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
60.9 MB/s ∼100% +38%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
51.3 MB/s ∼84% +16%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
44.29 MB/s ∼73%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
41.66 MB/s ∼68% -6%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
39.24 MB/s ∼64% -11%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
12.69 MB/s ∼21% -71%
4K Write
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
203.7 MB/s ∼100% +145%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
136.9 MB/s ∼67% +65%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
83.1 MB/s ∼41%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
75.7 MB/s ∼37% -9%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
63.5 MB/s ∼31% -24%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
51.8 MB/s ∼25% -38%
4K-64 Read
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2283 MB/s ∼100% +89%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
1206 MB/s ∼53%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1143 MB/s ∼50% -5%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
740 MB/s ∼32% -39%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
366.3 MB/s ∼16% -70%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
134.3 MB/s ∼6% -89%
4K-64 Write
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
2206 MB/s ∼100% +25%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
1770 MB/s ∼80%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
1733 MB/s ∼79% -2%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
1092 MB/s ∼50% -38%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
340.5 MB/s ∼15% -81%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
249.2 MB/s ∼11% -86%
Access Time Read
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
3.629 ms * ∼100% -9205%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
0.075 ms * ∼2% -92%
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
0.064 ms * ∼2% -64%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
0.056 ms * ∼2% -44%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
0.047 ms * ∼1% -21%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
0.039 ms * ∼1%
Access Time Write
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
0.347 ms * ∼100% -130%
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
0.253 ms * ∼73% -68%
Intel NUC11PHKi7C
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
0.193 ms * ∼56% -28%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
0.154 ms * ∼44% -2%
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB
0.151 ms * ∼44%
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
0.083 ms * ∼24% +45%

* ... smaller is better

DiskSpd loop test with the included Blade heat spreader. Note the performance dip to just ~890 MB/s before the end of the first test
DiskSpd loop test with the included Blade heat spreader. Note the performance dip to just ~890 MB/s before the end of the first test
Rerunning the DiskSpd loop test with the much larger Intel NUC heat spreader. The ADATA drive is able to maintain its maximum transfer rate throughout the test unlike with the smaller heat spreader
Rerunning the DiskSpd loop test with the much larger Intel NUC heat spreader. The ADATA drive is able to maintain its maximum transfer rate throughout the test unlike with the smaller heat spreader
CDM 8
CDM 8
ATTO
ATTO
SSD surface temperature after running DiskSpeed in a loop
SSD surface temperature after running DiskSpeed in a loop
AS SSD
AS SSD
Retail box includes the drive and slim Blade heat spreader. There are no paper manuals or screws
Retail box includes the drive and slim Blade heat spreader. There are no paper manuals or screws
The heat spreader sticks to the SSD with adhesive
The heat spreader sticks to the SSD with adhesive
Slim Blade heat spreader. The regular S70 comes with a larger heat spreader that is too large for the PS5
Slim Blade heat spreader. The regular S70 comes with a larger heat spreader that is too large for the PS5
Blade heat spreader installed
Blade heat spreader installed
ADATA SSD with its included heat spreader installed on the Intel NUC
ADATA SSD with its included heat spreader installed on the Intel NUC
Larger heat sink included with the Intel NUC
Larger heat sink included with the Intel NUC
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Allen Ngo, 2022-02- 2 (Update: 2022-02- 2)