Review: Adata XPG SX8200 480GB NVMe SSD
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Adata
Welcome to Myce’s review of the Adata XPG SX8200 480GB NVMe SSD (hereafter referred to as the SX8200).
The SX8200 uses Micron’s second generation 64 layer 3D NAND and Silicon Motion’s SM2262 Controller and Adata promises an outstanding level of performance to satisfy the demands of the PC enthusiast.
The use of SLC caching plus a DRAM buffer does bode well so please read on to see what we make of the SX8200.
In recent months Microsoft and Intel have acted to secure users against the security vulnerabilities arising from the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ flaws. Whilst this is good news the patches do appear to have an adverse affect upon storage performance. As part of this review we briefly assess the impact upon my Windows 10 Desktop PC test system (please see next page).
To get started let’s have a look at the SX8200’s packaging –
The SX8200 is supplied with a heat spreader. In the picture on the box cover the heat spreader has not been applied but it has been applied to the drive sitting on the plastic container. Attaching the heat spreader is very straight forward. Use of the heat spreader is optional, but I feel you are well advised to use it in a desktop PC.
Adata provides a useful SSD utility, which can be downloaded from Adata’s website; here is a screenshot to show the functionality it supports –
Adata also provides a license to use Acronis True Image, which can be used to migrate the contents of an old drive.
Market Positioning and Specification
This is how Adata positions the SX8200 –
Here is Adata’s specification for the SX8200 –
Adata does not specify an endurance level!
Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the impact of Intel’s and Microsoft’s ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ fixes…..
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