We’ve reviewed several of Adata’s affordable, entry-level storage products in the past, and now it’s time to look at a higher-end SSD model, the XPG SX8200 Pro. XPG (which stands for Extreme Performance Gear) is a sub-brand of Edta, targeting gamers and enthusiasts who want to step up to high-performance hardware. The company says the XPG SX8200 Pro is the fastest-performing SSD ever, and it’s one of a small number of products that ship with a heat spreader to help with continuous heavy workloads. It is also relatively well priced in India, considering its intended target audience.
This model, like all PCIe SSDs, targets users who are looking for better performance than standard legacy SATA. It can also be an interesting option to upgrade to a compact laptop, where space is at a premium. Will Adata be able to beat Samsung and Western Digital giants SSD buyers? Read on to find out.
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro NVMe SSD Specs and Features
The NVMe standard allows SSDs to be included directly in PCIe bandwidth, not to be limited by the SATA standard, which was designed with very slow spinning hard drives in mind. The XPG SX8200 Pro uses the physical M.2 form factor, and M.2 slots are now commonly found on mid-range as well as high-end motherboards. This drive uses four PCIe 3.0 lanes.
Adata has designed a slim heat spreader for the SX8200 Pro SSD that you can choose to use if you wish. This is much simpler than the heatsinks that came with the Adata XPG Gammix S10 and WD Black SN750 that we reviewed. Our review unit came with it already attached, but it ships separately in the device’s retail box. Many motherboards have their own M.2 slot heat sinks that you may prefer to use for aesthetic reasons or because they are beefier.
We’re grateful that Adata hasn’t gone down the RGB LED route with this SSD. The red and black XPG logo on the heat spreader is quite sharp, but at least the M.2 modules are rarely seen once installed. There are chips on both sides of the module, which can make it a bit thick for some ultra-portable laptops.
Adata claims read and write speeds of 3500MBps and 3000MBps which is much better than the 1800MBps and 850MBps ratings of the Adata XPG Gammix S10. However, these are best-case numbers and only apply to the 1TB version of this SSD – the 256GB version has a much lower 1200MBps sequential write rating and the 512GB unit we’re reviewing claims 2300MBps, while readings remain the same . Adata will rival 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 Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller, this SSD promises class-leading power efficiency with 0.33W consumption when active and 0.14W in standby. SLC caching is a technique using which an SSD temporarily writes one bit instead of three to the TLC cell to speed up operations, and is said to prevent end-to-end data protection against data errors. That said, especially when overclocking which can introduce instability.
The XPG SX8200 Pro should not be confused with the older XPG SX8200 model. This drive is available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. A 2TB variant is listed internationally but is not available in India.
The Endurance is rated at 160, 320 and 640TBW for the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB versions, respectively. These aren’t the highest figures we’ve seen, but they are still pretty good. Warranty is five years.
There’s no mention of bundled software anywhere on the box and nothing on the drive, but we noticed that Adata offers two tools free of charge on the product’s website. Acronis True Image can help you migrate the contents of an old drive when upgrading a PC, while SSD Toolbox lets you run diagnostics, update firmware, monitor the health of the drive, and securely erase it. These are quite useful so it surprised us that the company doesn’t market Drive by promoting them.
Eda XPG SX8200 Pro Performance
We reviewed this SSD on our standard test bench, which uses an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wifi motherboard, 2x8GB G.skill DDR4 RAM, a 1TB Samsung SSD 860 Evo boot drive, an XFX Radeon R9 made by doing. 380X graphics card, and a Corsair RM650 power supply. We used the latest version of Windows 10 with all drivers and patches up to date.
We ran our tests with the heatspreader attached and without our motherboard’s heatsink. Windows’ Disk Management console recognized the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro and showed us a total formatted capacity of 476.94GB for our 512GB unit.
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 3518.5MBps and 2374MBps respectively; Little more than Adata promises. Random reads and writes were also pretty impressive at a queue depth of 8, at 1458.4MBps and 1411.5MBps, respectively.
Running the Anvil benchmark that tested a variety of workloads, we got a total of 14,971.96 for 6,458.39 for reads and 8,513.57 for writes. All these numbers show that the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro can deliver some of the best performance we’ve ever seen from an SSD (not counting the PCIe 4.0 Corsair Force MP600, which we tested earlier this year). Keep in mind that the 1TB version of this drive could theoretically achieve even higher speeds.
Adata has provided a blazingly fast NVMe SSD that can stand up to the Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus and WD Black SN750. It’s hard to make precise comparisons because we’ve reviewed different capacity versions of each of these drives, but you can see that the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro is on par with these two leading options in terms of speed, if not better. The company’s claims of power efficiency are also interesting as it is not a parameter that many take for granted.
We’re already seeing faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the market but AMD’s 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 some time for PCIe 3.0 to get older.
The best thing about this drive is its price. The 512GB unit we tested costs just Rs. is sold in 8,525 online which is better than both WD and Samsung options. There are really no drawbacks here. We recommend this SSD without question.
256GB: Rs. 5,150
512GB: Rs. 8,525`
1 TB: Rs. 18,500
- Includes optional heatspreader
- excellent performance
- power efficient
- useful bundled software
- five year warranty
Rating (out of 5)
- Display: 4.5
- Value for money: 4.5
- Overall: 4.5