Adata XPG SX8200 SSD review

Adata XPG SX8200 SSD review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Until recently, getting a fast NVMe solid-state drive with good storage would require spending quite a bit of money. Although the prices of the best SSDs have fallen over the last couple of years, it’s still quite difficult to find a drive that is fast and capacious at an affordable price.

With the Adata XPG SX8200, however, those conventions are thrown out the window – it delivers a respectable performance that can compete with Samsung and WD’s best SSDs at a more affordable price.

Adata XPG SX8200 SSD: Features

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For just $78 (£77, AU$145), you can get 240GB of storage on the Adata XPG SX8200. You can effectively double your storage for $159 (£124, AU$219) if you choose the 480GB model. You can get the most capacious XPG SX8200 for $329 or £290 (about AU$445) if you really need it.

The Adata XPG SX8200 is priced like a budget SSD, but its performance puts it in direct competition with the WD Black NVMe and Samsung 970 EVO.

A 250GB WD Black NVMe starts out at $99 (£109, AU$179), followed by the 500GB version at $194 (£199, AU$299) and the 1TB drive at $399 (£394, AU$619). At its lowest price point, the Samsung 970 EVO is $109 for a 250GB drive, $199 for a 500GB drive, and $399 for a 1TB drive.

With sequential read/write speeds of 3,060 MB/s and 1,765 MB/s, the XPG SX8200 is unable to keep up with these higher-end drives. Compared to the WD Black, the XPG SX8200 comes in at about 12% and 29% slower in both read and write speeds. Additionally, the Samsung 970 EVO boasts a write speed of 2,511 MB/s and a read speed of 3,562 MB/s.

WD Black and Samsung 970 EVO are more expensive by up to $70, and the difference in performance is also relatively minor.  Adata’s marketing is particularly targeted at gaming, where their products are used anyway.

It’s not exactly mind-blowing, but the XPG SX8200 does what it’s supposed to do. With the Silicon Motion SM2262 controller, the device uses a 64-layer 2nd Generation 3D NAND TLC flash. This allows the drive to deliver excellent performance, capacity, and power efficiency while keeping the price low. The Intel 760P uses this same technology, but thanks to the SLC caching on the XPG SX8200, you’ll get better performance – at a lower price.

As a result of this technology, Adata is able to provide a stellar random read speed of 403 MB/s, which means it is one of the fastest SSDs you can buy today for most people. It should be possible to load files and programs in a flash.

Performance

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According to Adata, the XPG SX8200 can reach speeds of 3,200 MB/s read and 1,700 MB/s write, and our tests didn’t really differ that much from those claims. In addition to having a low asking price, it offers random read and writes speeds comparable to those of Intel Optane drives.

The result is raw performance in the real world. As we tested this drive by transferring a 10GB file, the results absolutely blew us away – the task was completed in 7.1 seconds, faster than any SSD we’ve tested in the past year. The results were somewhat different when the same benchmark was run with a 10GB folder instead – delivering a middle-of-the-road speed of 19.45 seconds. While the speed isn’t slow by any means, it isn’t very fast either.

The Adata XPG SX8200 provides outstanding performance. The Adata XPG surpassed our expectations on all counts, even though we expected average marks all around.

Pros Cons
Great everyday performance Sequential write speeds could be a bit faster
Fantastic price point
Fast random read/write speeds

Conclusions

With all things considered, the Adata XPG SX8200 is one of the best SSDs we’ve ever tested. You’ll get better performance if you spend more money, but that’s pretty much always the case.

Essentially, Adata succeeded in pushing all of this high-end performance into a drive that should be available to most people. As more SSDs like this become affordable, we may see the end of prohibitively expensive NVMe drives sooner than expected.