SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
SPECworstation benchmark is an excellent benchmark to test systems using workstation type workloads. In this test, we only ran the Storage component, which is 15 separate tests.
The ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB trades blows with the WD Blue SN550 1TB in SPECworkstation, winning two tests and losing three. The great Product Development score puts this drive near the top of the chart, but it does not fare quite as well on some of the other tests.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22C room, and is thus not representative of a cramped low-airflow case.
Without the heatsink installed, the ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB managed to get to 71C under load, which is quite warm. With the heatsink installed, it dropped by a single degree to 70C. Users will want to ensure there is some amount of airflow over this drive. Also, some motherboards now come with cooling for SSDs which may be good for this drive.
The ADATA SX8200 Pro 1TB is a mainstream PCIe 3.0 SSD that retails for around $135. At that price, the SX8200 Pro 1TB commands a moderate premium over a number of other 1TB NVMe SSDs. As a comparison, the WD Blue SN550 1TB is currently available for around $105 and offers specifications and performance that is a little lower overall but occasionally trades blows with the SX8200 Pro. At some point, it becomes a price/ performance trade-off and what you are comfortable with.
I do wish I had access to the SM2282EN variant of the drive, since some online benchmark numbers show higher results than what I achieved on the SM2262G version, but those differences could be due to other factors. In general terms, the SX8200 Pro 1TB offers more variable performance than some of the previous drives we have tested like the WD Blue unit, with both higher peak speeds accompanied with lower dips. For a consumer or general workstation boot drive, this behavior is not likely to pose a problem and the drive is a good performer. If your target market is to use a consumer drive in a NAS or caching type situation, that more significant performance variability could pose a larger concern.
At the end of the day, I consider the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB a solid drive. It is, perhaps, slightly overpriced in the context of other SSDs in 2020. It offers generally higher performance than the WD Blue 1TB drive and does so at a higher price point which makes sense. Buyers seeking a good PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD will not be disappointed.