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ADATA XPG SX8200 240GB & 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 29, 2018 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: ADATA

Final Thoughts

 

ADATA's SX8200 rights all the wrongs of its predecessor the SX8000. Going from worst to first isn't something you see every day. It has been a long time, maybe this is even the first time we have felt that what ADATA is serving up on the storage front is better than the competition.

 

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As we see it, ADATA's SX8200 is proof that someone is paying attention to performance that actually matters. The same argument we use for Optane applies to the SX8200. It's all about low queue-depth random read performance. After all, in a typical consumer use case scenario, your computer is reading random data 70-80% of the time you are using it. 95% of the random data read occurs at queue depths below four, making random read performance at low QD by far the most important performance metric.

 

Our synthetic testing, most notably our response testing, clearly shows that the SX8200 is in a league of its own when reading random data at QD1. It's not only far better than any TLC we've tested, it's also better than any MLC SSD we've tested. We attribute this performance mainly to Micron's stellar 64-Layer TLC flash. Silicon Motion's SM2262 is also a big factor as is ADATA's choice of configuration and firmware expertise.

 

 

Throughout our testing, ADATA's SX8200 delivered the best low queue-depth random read performance for a consumer flash-based SSD we've seen to date. Looking back at our charts, we are most impressed with how the SX8200 dominated our SYSmark testing. Despite its capacity handicap, the SX8200 absolutely crushed Samsung's 1TB 970 EVO and SanDisk's 1TB Extreme Pro when running actual applications. Performance, where it matters, is performance that is tangible to the end-user.

 

Performance where it matters is what we are looking for more than anything else. Right behind that is of course pricing and warranty. And finally, we like to see management and cloning software included for free. ADATA gives us everything we are looking for in the SX8200. Best performance for flash where it matters. Low pricing, 5-year warranty, high endurance and a nice software bundle that is available for free via download.

 

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If user experience could be shown in by just one number, it would be the number highlighted above. In terms of overall performance when running moderate workloads, you can expect the SX8200 to deliver moderate workload performance that is as good as it gets for flash. The user experience delivered by an SSD this fast is incredible. The SX8200 boots as fast or faster than any flash-based SSD we've tested to date, multitasks with ease, and never lags no matter what you throw at it. A true Tier-1 SSD experience.

 

We are pleasantly surprised by the total package that is the SX8200. Like we stated earlier, it is our new lab favorite. ADATA's SX8200 is TweakTown recommended and Editors Choice awarded.

 

Pros:

 

  • Low QD Random Read
  • Application Performance
  • Included Software
  • Pricing
  • 5-year Warranty

 

Cons:

 

  • No Proprietary Driver

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance99%
Quality100%
Features100%
Value98%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: Performance where it matters is what the SX8200 delivers.

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