Back when we took a look at the WD Blue SN550 1TB SSD, a reader commented they would like to see the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro added to our review charts. I agreed, and apparently so did ADATA because they have sent us over that exact drive to test. This is a mainstream drive from ADATA under their XPG gaming brand, and it features PCIe 3.0 x4 connectivity, a Silicon Motion SM2262G controller, onboard DRAM cache, and TLC NAND.
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB Overview
The ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB comes in a double-sided M.2 2280 (80mm) form factor.
The front of the SX8200 Pro is home to the Silicon Motion SM2262G controller, the DRAM cache, and half the NAND. The SX8200 Pro 1TB is not a new SKU, but interestingly enough earlier reviews for this drive showcased the drive with a different controller, the SM2262EN. I reached out to ADATA for comment, and they said “The performance of drives with 2262G is the same with the drives with 2262EN, and the drives with either or controllers can be seen in the market at the same time as well.” We do not have comparable benchmark performance numbers from the 2262EN version of the drive to validate their statement, so we will simply evaluate this drive on its own. With that said, buyers should be aware there are two versions of the drive in the wild and almost all of the other published reviews cover the 2262EN variant.
Also in the box is a thin user-applied heatsink. We will perform thermal tests to see if this heatsink is necessary, and then to see how effective it is.
The back of the drive has product information, and both another DRAM chip and the other half of the NAND. In total there is 1024GB of NAND onboard. Of this, 1000GB is available to end-users. This small 24GB reserved area is very common with consumer-class SSD models.
ADATA SX8200 Pro Specs
The ADATA SX8200 Pro line of TLC based SSDs ranges from 256GB up to 2TB in size.
Our review unit is a middle child in the SX8200 Pro line, offering good rated performance and endurance. It is interesting that ADATA has provided example benchmark results from some of the tests we run, though they do not provide the exact details of how their benchmarks are configured and very likely they do not line up with our testing methodology.
CrystalDiskInfo can give us some basic information about the SSD, and confirms we are operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds using NVMe 1.3.
Test System Configuration
We are using the following configuration for this test:
- Motherboard: ASUS PRIME X570-P
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (6C/12T)
- RAM: 2x 16GB DDR4-3200 UDIMMs
Our testing uses the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB as the boot drive for the system, installed in the M.2_1 slot on the motherboard. The drive is filled to 85% capacity with data and then some is deleted, leaving around 60% used space on the volume.
Next, we are going to get into our performance testing.