Game Load Time
Given the random read advantage with this drive, we fully expected it to dominate the game load-time test. The drive performed very well but didn't manage to surpass the record time set by the 1TB HP EX920 for a flash-based device.
You may wonder where HP is in the SM2262EN race, and we have an answer. HP released the first SM2262 in February of 2018, but it will be a few more weeks until the new EX950 comes to market. We have to wait and see if HP's proprietary optimizations hold up with the new generation and if the company brings 96L memory into the equation.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The SX8200 Pro's optimizations seem geared more for general applications. Only the Samsung 970 Pro is faster in the PCMark 8 Storage test that uses nine common applications to perform ten separate tests.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
ADATA has increased the performance under heavy workloads. This was always a concern with the SM2262 drives. The lower performance under workstation-level workloads kept the SX8200, EX920, and Mushkin Pilot firmly planted in a consumer SSD role and not a particular good option for more intensive tasks. The new 1TB SX8200 Pro sees a decent performance increase over the model it replaces, but still comes up short to the two Samsung NVMe drives.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The 1TB SX8200 Pro is the first flash-based drive to match the HP EX920's office-workload responsiveness score in the SYSMark 2014 SE test. The drive manages to meet the high bar set by the EX920 and get there using slightly less power.
Notebook Battery Life
The power saves are not enough to extend notebook battery life. This is the downside of heavy caching; it often takes more power due to the processing involved with folding the data from the SLC areas to the TLC area for long-term storage. Still, this drive matches the previous generation, so users don't give up any battery time.
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