With the SX8200 Pro, ADATA has a clean sweep of the consumer NVMe SSD market in performance. The series is blisteringly fast and well deserving of the "Pro" name. The 256GB model we tested today is only slightly faster than the previous generation in many ways, but it is an improvement that pushes this model to the top of performance ranking.
Priced at just $74.99, the 256GB SX8200 Pro carries a strong value. The 512GB model sells for $117.99, and we fell most of our readers would benefit from the increased performance and capacity, but users running a dual-drive configuration can save some money with the smaller capacity.
ADATA will not be the only company to launch a next-generation product based on the SM2262EN controller. In 2018 we saw flagship 8-channel controllers from Silicon Motion from HP, Intel, Mushkin as well as ADATA (with others outside of the US and European markets). Some may wait for Micron to release 96-layer TLC memory that could significantly reduce the overall sale price. At this point, we don't know when the new memory will come to market, but it's on our watch list for 2019.
At it sits now, the ADATA SX8200 Pro is the consumer NVMe SSD to beat when it comes to pure performance. There are some better overall values on the market, but this is the drive I would buy today for a long term upgrade.
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