ADATA's tagline for this model is Level Up With Incredible Performance. The new SX8200 Pro, at least the 1TB model we tested today, is a leap from the previous generation. The difference is a lot like Samsung's EVO line to the Pro line. The potential for a better user experience is there, but you have to have the workload to take advantage of the performance.
The SX8200 Pro gives us that sweet 18,682 random read performance so right out of the box users will benefit. That's twice the random read performance of the best SATA SSDs and a three times more than the average. In real-time, that's maybe a second or two shaved off a game load screen but it's not like we count the seconds that tick by when a game loads. You will notice a more responsive experience when opening applications, opening folders, and doing just about everything that reads from the boot drive. You don't have to hunt for applications that benefit from the high random reads.
If you goal is to increase performance in multimedia functions, like our example of using IMG Burn to change the file type of a movie, the high queue depth 1 and 2 performance will increase as well. This is really one of the fastest drives we've tested for general computing other than anything with Intel's Optane technology. That said, this is still not a perfect choice for workstation use. The Silicon Motion NVMe controllers continue to increase heavy workload performance, but it's not there yet. You do have to write a lot of data, more than what I normally write every day, to see the performance drop off.
We're surprised with ADATA's pricing for the SX8200 Pro. I'm not complaining! The 1TB model is only a few dollars more than the model it replaces but will have to compete with for a limited time. The price difference is so close on the 1TB models that we don't even differentiate the two. ADATA could have justified a $50 price increase for the Pro but didn't, and we like it that way.
If I were buying a 1TB SSD today there are only two models I would consider. On the lower-end of the budget comes the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro (and Corsair Force MP510 if you can find it), and the drive we tested today. If you can space the extra $25 go for the SX8200 Pro with class-leading random read performance and an impressive notebook battery life score that may become useful over the time you own the drive.
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