ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB Performance Testing
We are moving towards using larger test sizes on our benchmarks, but on several tests, we also used the smaller default test sizes. This allows us to see the difference between lighter and heavier workloads. Unfortunately, our entire backlog of SSD reviews did not include this testing methodology, so we are doing the best we can with generating comparison charts.
BlackMagic Disk Speed Test
This is a popular speed test in the video community. It shows whether a storage device is suitable for throughput required at a given video format.
As a PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB has a good showing here and handles every format this benchmark can test for. Some previously tested QLC-based PCIe 3.0 SSDs do not pass all these tests, and no SATA based drive can do so.
CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64
CrystalDiskMark is used as a basic starting point for benchmarks as it is something commonly run by end-users as a sanity check.
Using the 1GB test set, the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB is very close to the advertised specs of 3500 MB/s read and 3000 MB/s write. 3500 MB/s is functionally the limit for a PCIe 3.0 drive, so read speeds are a dead heat with a number of other PCIe 3.0 drives. In this test, the ADATA is a step up from the WD Blue we previously tested, both for reading and writing.
While the read speeds of the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB are unaffected by the larger 8 GB test set, the write speeds lose a step. This write speed drop allows the larger Sabrent Rocket Q drives to take a lead in sequential write speed. The ADATA maintains its lead over the WD drive.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark has been a staple of drive sequential performance testing for years. ATTO was tested at both 256MB and 8GB file sizes.
The ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB has a bit of a rough showing in this first ATTO test, at least compared to other PCIe 3.0 SSDs. Performance significantly varies throughout the test, and in general drops off once the I/O size grows to >4MB. Our graph is drawn at the 32 MB datapoint, where the ADATA SX8200 Pro trades blows with the WD Blue SN550 drive, but overall the ADATA is the faster drive in this benchmark.
The larger 8GB ATTO test set does the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB no favors either. For read speed, our test drive has dropped to the bottom of the chart in terms of PCIe 3.0 based SSDs, while write speed still remains competitive. More important than positioning on the chart is the significant variability over the whole ATTO run. In comparison, one can reference our WD Blue SN550 1TB review to see that while the WD drive never reaches quite the same peak speeds, it turns in an overall much more consistent performance.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a comprehensive benchmark that gives us a very in-depth look at the performance of drives tested. This benchmark was run with both a 1GB and 8GB test size.
With Anvil running a 1GB test size, the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB turns in overall lower sequential read and write performance than with CrystalDiskMark, but higher than with ATTO. The read performance remains competitive overall with the other PCIe 3.0 SSDs, but write performance is a step behind the other drives. This is the first test where the ADATA drive suffers a definitive loss to the WD Blue unit.
With 8GB test size, there is a minor dip in the results relative to the 1GB results, but nothing worrying, and the ADATA SX8200 Pro maintains its relative positioning in the pack of results.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is another good benchmark for testing SSDs. We run all three tests for our series. Like other utilities, it was run with both the default 1GB as well as a larger 10GB test set.
With the smaller AS SSD test set, read performance continues to be mostly in line with other PCIe 3.0 SSDs we have tested, while write performance is a small step behind.
The ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB fares better in the move to the larger 8GB test set in AS SSD than some of the other drives on our list. This lets it move a number of spots up on our chart, and take both read and write score victories over various other PCIe 3.0 SSDs.
SPECworkstation, thermals, and our conclusion are up next.