ZADAK Announces First PCIe SSD: The Spark RGB M.2, NVMe Up to 2 TBby Gavin Bonshor on June 10, 2020 5:00 PM EST
ZADAK, a company that up until now has primarily been known for its memory modules, has just announced its first-ever PCIe 3.0 SSD. The ZADAK Spark PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 is exactly what the name says on the tin – a PCie 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD – and like so many other products these days, includes integrated RGB LED lighting, which is built into the inclusive aluminium heatsink.
In terms of performance metrics and specifications, the ZADAK Spark RGB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 is rated for sequential read speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s, while sequential write speeds go up to 3,000 MB/s. Meanwhile the drive will be available in three different capacities: 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.
One of the drive's more unique design feature focuses on the integrated RGB LEDs, which look to be equipped to the rear of the SSD. This design gives the Spark RGB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD more of an under glow, as opposed to a direct light source from the top of the black and silver aluminum heatsink. And rather than reinventing the wheel by developing their own lighting control system, ZADAK has opted to focus on making the the integrated RGB lighting compatible with the major motherboard manufacturers' existing ecosystems. As a result, the RGB lighting can be used with ASRock, ASUS, MSI, and GIGABYTE's RGB customization software, allowing users to sync the drive's RGB lighting with compatible RGB-lit motherboards and memory modules.
Unfortunately, ZADAK hasn't released a list of detailed specifications for the drive; so we don't currently have any information on the controller type, the thickness of the heatsink, nor has it released the type of 3D NAND technology it is using. But we do know that the ZADAK Spark RGB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD is set to be available in late July, with the 512 GB model starting at $119, while the the 2 TB version will go for $389.
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sing_electric - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkYeah, no way that's gonna fit; on the other hand, why would anyone get an RGB NVMe drive and stick it on the BACK of their motherboard, particularly when you can get a Samsung 970 Evo (or countless other SSDs from well-established manufactures) for exactly the same price/gb as this company's first-time offering?
eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - linkSmall suggested edit: ".....announces their first PCIe SSD.." . It's Zadak's first such drive, not the first such drive ever. Makes a difference, IMO.
shadowjk - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - linkThanks, I was getting confused and wondering if I had competely misunderstood the nature of existing SSD drives from other manufacturers.
sing_electric - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkGlad I'm not the only one who was confused for a second there. I actually glanced inside my case and thought "well, then what the heck did I install when I was doing my build?!"
StevoLincolnite - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - linkBoring.
No PCI-E 4.0?
DZor - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkTake an OEM M.2 SSD, put fancy RGB and heatsink and voila - new product.
sing_electric - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkWD Blue 500GB NVMe SSD: $65 https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SN550-500GB-NVMe-Inter...
RGB heatsink: $18 https://www.amazon.com/EZDIY-FAB-Heatsink-Cooler-T... (And be glad I searched this so Amazon won't think you're going RGB crazy)
Total: $83 and at least you know the heatsink's removable if down the line you say, wanted to mount it on a NVMe slot on the back of the motherboard.
Yeah, I get the monetary appeal to Zadak here...
Flunk - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkI feel like RGB now costs so little that manufacturers just add it to every consumer PC component regardless if it makes any sense.
Operandi - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkLets be honest.... it never made sense.
Tomatotech - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - linkOh come on, everyone can see the lovely RGB LEDs though a black (or grey) windowless PC case. What do you mean, you can't?