We've tested some of Adata's affordable entry-level storage products in the past. Now it's time to take a look at a high-end SSD model, the XPG SX8200 Pro. XPG (which stands for Xtreme Performance Gear) is a sub-brand of Adata, which is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts who want to switch to more powerful hardware. The company claims the XPG SX8200 Pro is the most powerful SSD ever. It is one of the few of these products that come with a heat spreader to help keep workloads high. It is also relatively cheap in India in terms of the intended audience.
Like all PCIe SSDs, this model is aimed at users who are looking for better performance than that of the conventional SATA standard. This could also be an interesting option for upgrading a compact laptop where space is tight. Will Adata be able to attract buyers and compete with the SSD juggernaut Samsung and Western Digital? Read on to find out.
Specifications and functions of the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro NVMe SSD
The NVMe standard enables SSDs to connect directly to PCIe bandwidth instead of being limited by the SATA standard, which is designed for much slower rotating hard drives. The XPG SX8200 Pro uses the physical M.2 form factor, and M.2 slots are common today on both mid-range and high-end motherboards. This drive uses four PCIe 3.0 lanes.
Adata has developed a thin heat spreader for the SX8200 Pro SSD that you can use if necessary. It's much easier than the heatsink that came with the Adata XPG Gammix S10 and also the WD Black SN750 that we tested. It was already attached to our test device, but it is delivered separately in the device's sales packaging. Many motherboards have their own M.2 slot heatsink, which you prefer for aesthetic reasons or because they are more powerful.
We are grateful that Adata did not follow the RGB LED route with this SSD. The red and black XPG logo on the heat spreader is rather bright, but at least M.2 modules are rarely seen after installation. There are chips on either side of the module that may make it a bit too thick for some portable laptops.
Adata claims that read and write speeds of 3500 Mbit / s and 3000 Mbit / s are much better than the 1800 Mbit / s and 850 Mbit / s ratings of the Adata XPG Gammix S10. However, these are the best scenarios and only apply to the 1TB version of this SSD. The 256GB version has a much lower rating for 1200Mbps sequential write, and the 512GB unit we're reviewing claims 2300Mbps while reads remain the same. Adata will compete against the Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus and WD Black SN750, which both claim similar numbers.
Thanks to the use of 3D TLC NAND flash and the Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller, this SSD promises first-class energy efficiency with a consumption of 0.33 W in active state and 0.14 W in standby mode. SLC caching is a technique in which the SSD temporarily writes one bit instead of three into a TLC cell to speed up operations, and end-to-end data protection is designed to protect against data errors, especially when overclocking what can lead to instability.
The XPG SX8200 Pro should not be confused with the older XPG SX8200 model. This drive is available with capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. A 2 TB version is listed internationally, but does not appear to be available in India.
Endurance is rated at 160 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB at 160, 320 and 640 TB. These aren't the highest numbers we've seen, but they're still very good. The guarantee is five years.
The supplied software and the drive itself are not mentioned. However, we have found that Adata offers two free tools on the product website. Acronis True Image allows you to migrate the contents of an old drive while upgrading a PC. With the SSD Toolbox you can run diagnostics, update firmware, monitor the health of the drive and safely erase it. These are very useful, so we were surprised that the company did not market the drive through advertising.
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro performance
We tested this SSD on our standard test bench, which was equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, a Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 wifi motherboard, 2 x 8 GB G.skill DDR4 RAM, a 1 TB Samsung SSD 860 Evo startup drive and an XFX Radeon R9 is equipped with 380X graphics card and a Corsair RM650 power supply. We used the latest version of Windows 10 with all the latest drivers and patches.
We ran our tests with the heatsink attached and without the heatsink on our motherboard. The Windows Disk Management Console recognized the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro and showed us a total formatted capacity of 476.94 GB for our 512 GB device.
Of course, we start our evaluation with CrystalDiskMark 6, which uses both sequential and random data and is optimized for SSDs. We saw incredible sequential read and write speeds of 3518.5 Mbps and 2374 Mbps, respectively. little more than the promises of the Adata. The random reads and writes with a queue depth of 8 were also very impressive at 1458.4 Mbit / s and 1411.5 Mbit / s.
The Anvil benchmark, which tests a large number of workloads, gave points of 6,458.39 for reading and 8,513.57 for writing, which corresponds to a total of 14,971.96. These numbers all show that the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro can deliver the best performance we've ever seen from an SSD (without the PCIe 4.0 Corsair Force MP600 that we tested earlier this year). Note that the 1 TB version of this drive can theoretically reach even higher speeds.
Adata has delivered a superfast NVMe SSD that the Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus and the WD Black SN750 can withstand. Accurate comparisons are difficult because we tested different capacity versions for each of these drives. However, you may find that the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro matches these two leading options in terms of speed, if not better. The company's statements on energy efficiency are also interesting, as this is not a parameter that many consider.
We are already seeing faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the market, but the AMD Ryzen 3000 series and Threadripper 3000 series are the only CPUs that can support them, and only if you have a premium motherboard. It will take a while for PCIe 3.0 to become out of date.
The best thing about this drive is the price. The 512 GB device that we tested is only sold for Rs. 8,525 online, which is better than the options from WD and Samsung. There are really no disadvantages here. We recommend this SSD without any questions.
256 GB: Rs. 5,150
512 GB: Rs. 8,525`
1 TB: Rs. 18,500
- Optional heat spreader included
- Excellent performance
- energy efficient
- Useful software included
- Five year guarantee
Reviews (of 5)
- Performance: 4.5
- Price-performance ratio: 4.5
- Overall: 4.5