With the 1TB ADATA SX8200 Pro it wasn't as clear, but with the 512GB model, there isn't any question. This is the fastest consumer NVMe SSD shipping today (not counting Optane SSDs) for its capacity. The SX8200 Pro gives us a nice incremental performance increase from the previous generation and it only costs a few dollars more.
On the performance front, the SX8200 Pro 512GB dominates this capacity. The MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro doesn't lag too far behind and costs less, but for the best user experience, the SX8200 Pro is what you want to buy.
The original SX8200 480GB currently sells on Amazon for $194.70 while the 1TB model is only $5 more. The same drive with a red heat sink (S11 GAMMIX) costs $104.99, right around where the SX8200 was just a week ago. The new 512GB SX8200 Pro currently sells for $117.99, or around $15 more than where the base model once was. Given the performance advantage, we recommend the new Pro model over the older series even when its price goes back to $105.
There really isn't anything negative to say about the SX8200 Pro. For early 2019, this is the perfect NVMe SSD. ADATA's SSD Toolbox and other software complete the package and the 5-year warranty is a nice extra. We would like to see more endurance on the Pro series, but the included 320 TBW rating is a step up from 4-bit per cell and entry-level NVMe SSDs.
It will be interesting to see what other companies bring to market at CES. We don't know when Micron's 96L TLC will come to market, but we suspect others will release products with the new SM2262EN controller and existing 64L flash like ADATA to get a new product to market in 2019. ADATA was the first to strike, and as of now, this is the best new SSD of 2019.
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