Value for Money - 90%
Quality - 92%
Look/Feel - 94%
Extra's/Features - 70%
I had the great opportunity to review the ADATA XPG SX8200 NVMe SSD drive, it is not the first NVMe drive that ADATA has brought out and it will not be the last but it is the first one to really compete with other leading brands.
The SX8200 uses 64L 3D TLC NAND Flash which makes performance a lot better than it’s predecessors like the SX8000 which used 32L 3D MLC. This new use of better technology now makes the ADATA XPG NVMe drives a lot more competitive against other makes, and with great price offerings.
Below are some specs of the different drive sizes you get in the SX8200 range:
|Controller||Silicon Motion SM2262|
|NAND Flash||Micron 64L 3D TLC|
|Form-Factor||double-sided M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4|
|Sequential Read||3150–3200 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||1100–1700 MB/s|
|Random Read||200k–310k IOPS|
|Random Write||240k–280k IOPS|
|Write Endurance||0.37 DWPD|
Now SSDs and NVMe drives are not new and it has become a great option for everyone to own and not only enterprise or businesses. Gamer’s first adopted to use SSDs in their gaming mahcines and it has now spread to the general public. With NVMe drives becoming more affordable it not only gives the consumer a better performance offering but the size factor also opens the door for other opportunities like adding more space to smaller devices, adding more quantity drives to units and so forth.
I swapped out my factory installed NVMe SSD drive with the XPG SX8200 and could see a great performance increase from the get go, the transfer speed made big differences to my daily work. In a laptop heat is key, and I was very pleased to not see any heat increase on my laptop swapping out the drives. My old drive was 250GB in size, so it was also great to increase capacity as I tested the 480GB version of the SX8200.
Some things I think that brands can look at to increase added value in their NVMe offerings is a USB external connector cable to transfer data or some cloning software to assist with replacing existing drives. External casings for these drives are still quite expensive starting form about R400 locally. I managed to import one for just over R200 with Gearbest which worked perfectly to transfer my data but still had to do a reload instead of a clone. Some times it is better to do a fresh install and transfer data instead of a cloning but some people who are not very technical could struggle and get very frustrated doing a fresh install.
I’m very pleased with the performance of the ADATA XPG SX8200 NVMe SSD drive and very happy that ADATA has brought out a great competitor in the range. This is a cool option to look at for your next upgrade and something that will make a big difference in your performance.
Estimated RRP: R1302 (Starting at this price)
Buy Online: Raru, Loot.co.za or ComX
Release Date: 2018
- Looks great
- Competitive to other leading brands
- Good Price
- Need some extras in box