The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro in the test, energy-efficient and fast NVME SSD!

A while ago, the Intel 760p was already here in the test. The Intel 760p was able to score with a solid performance and very high energy efficiency.

This was largely due to the controller used by Intel. Now a reader has made me aware of the ADATA SX8200 Pro.



Although ADATA primarily promotes the SX8200 Pro for gamers, the SSD also relies on the particularly energy-efficient Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller, but with higher performance.

Of course, the question arises, do we have the perfect mix of a particularly fast and economical SSD at a reasonable price?

This is to find out in the test of the ADATA SX8200 Pro!

 

The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro in the test

The SX8200 Pro will be clearly addressed to gamers by ADATA. At least as far as marketing is concerned. At first glance, the SSD itself is quite inconspicuous.

You will receive a simple M.2 NVME SSD without large stickers or logos. After all, ADATA relies on a black PCB, which radiates a certain value.

However ADATA supplies a small heatsink. Which your “DIY” can stick moderately on the SSD or not. Wherein the heat sink is smoothly applied a little thick. This is a 0.3mm thick aluminum plate in the ADATA XPG look.

However, I expect that this heat sink in practice has quite a bit of benefit. This should help to distribute the heat on a slightly larger surface, which is used for heat dissipation.

As far as technology is concerned, ADATA initially relies on the Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller. This is a fairly current “high-performance” SSD controller with 8 channels and according to the manufacturer “Best in Class” power consumption.

The latter is surprisingly not an unimportant point, because even the very economical Intel 760p relies on the same controller. Is this the SX8200 Pro ideal for notebooks?

For the memory itself, ADATA uses TLC NAND as usual. Interestingly, this one has an ADATA branding and listens to the model number “12144539931GJDD”. However ADATA does not produce any memory itself. This is so despite ADATA branding of a large manufacturer (probably Micron?!) Purchased.

The DRAM chips, of which the SSD has two, are certainly from Samsung and hear the name “k4B2G16”. Overall, my 512GB SX8200 Pro has over 4GB of RAM cache.

In addition to the 512GB version, the SX8200 Pro is also available with 256GB and 1TB memory. According to ADATA also a 2 TB version exist, but I could not find it in the trade.

Interestingly, even the 512GB version is populated with modules on both sides. On the front there is the controller, 2GB RAM cache and two NAND chips. On the back there are two more NAND chips as well as another 2GB RAM cache.

In terms of durability, ADATA promises 320TB for the 512GB version, which would mean a slightly above-average durability. For the 256GB or 1TB, the TBW data is doubled or halved respectively.

Of course, this does not mean that the SSD will surely die after 320TB of written data. As a rule, SSDs hold up significantly more. The TBW specification is only a rough guide and is important for the warranty. This will expire if you have written more than 320TB of data to the 512GB SX8200 Pro or after 5 years.

As far as the performance is concerned, there are, as usual, slight fluctuations depending on the capacity you have selected.

Read Write
256GB 3350MB / s 1150MB / s
512GB 3350MB / s 2350MB / s
1TB 3350MB / s 2800MB / s

ADATA always indicates the reading speed of the SX8200 Pro at 3350MB / s regardless of the capacity. Writing, however, there are big differences. So the 256GB version is only 1150MB / s reach, the 512GB version neat 2350MB / s and the 1TB version strong 2800MB / s.

For this test I bought the 512GB version.

 

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Theoretical benchmarks

Let’s start with the synthetic benchmarks. Here, Crystaldiskmark is clearly the most important benchmark by which we start.

I think you can say that the performance of the SX8200 Pro is a positive surprise. Just reading the SSD is very strong. This creates in the top up to 3497 MB / s and is thus even a good deal faster than advertised.

But even with random access, the SX8200 Pro can score! Here, this can beat almost the entire test field including the top models from Samsung, very impressive!

Writing the performance with 2236MB / s still looks good, but somewhat weaker than advertised. Even with random access, the SX8200 Pro ends up in midfield.

Nevertheless, for a SSD in this price range, I would classify the achieved values ​​as strong!

The good values ​​are also confirmed by other benchmarks such as ATTO and ASSSD.

Even the access times made a good impression, which of course is a positive sign for an SSD intended for gaming.

 

Practical tests

But how well can the SX8200 Pro put the quite convincing benchmark results into practice?

Let’s start with a WinRAR test here. For this test, SX8200 Pro copied two .rar archives, one with 41GB and 47,000 files, and one with 25GB and 2,000 files. Archive NR.1 is my packed Lightroom Library, and Archive NR.2 is Bioshock Infinite.

Test package 1 has a lot of small data, package 2 is a bit mixed. The time was stopped until the unpacking process was completely completed.

I must confess to have been very surprised here. The SX8200 Pro managed to unpack the test file package number 1 in just 279 seconds. This makes the SSD faster than the much more expensive WD Black SN750 or the Samsung 970 EVO.

Only the big Samsung 970 Pro reached a better time with 266 seconds. In test files 2, however, the SX8200 Pro was able to reach the top of the test field in 60 seconds.

Yes, I am also a little surprised by this very strong performance.

The unpacking of an archive is quite a writing-intensive process, but what about a read-intensive use? For example, with an AV scanner? For this test, I scanned the previously unpacked Lightroom folder using Windows Defender and stopped the time.

Again a fantastic result of the ADATA SX8200 Pro! Although this can not quite keep up with the Western Australian SN750, it can take second place in front of the Samsung 970 Pro.

Although reinstalling Windows 10 is not commonplace, it is an interesting test. For this I reinstalled Windows 10 from an original Windows 10 USB stick on the test PC.

In doing so, I stopped the time from resuming in the partition settings to the first forced user interaction.

Even with the installation of Windows 10, the SX8200 Pro is in the absolute top field! This can not quite reach the result of the Samsung 970 EVO and PRO, but is one second ahead of the Western Digital SN750.

SSDs such as the Corsair MP500 and Toshiba RD400 are being beaten again.

No SSD test would be complete without a Windows Start test. In this I stop the time the Windows 10 from pressing the power button to opening a TXT file (which is at startup) needed. In order to minimize errors, this is repeated three times and taken from the average.

In addition, there is a “second run” in which the VLC Play, Libre Office, FireFox and Avira installed and are in auto start.

For the first time, the SSD is not quite in the lead. With 32.77 seconds, the SSD is just under 2 seconds behind the top candidate.

The same applies to the boot process with additional applications.

Let’s take a look at PC Mark 10.

 

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temperature

NVME SSDs are a bit warmer. This is probably even understated, because NVME SSDs can get very hot!

NVME SSD heatsinks can make sense, but they do not always fit in any notebook or bring nothing if there is no airflow to which the heat can be released.

What about the ADATA SX8200 Pro? In this I test two situations, once “naked” and once with the included heatspreader.

So no matter whether with or without heatspreader it is possible to get the SX8200 Pro with constant load for throttling.

This seems to reach the limit of around 70 degrees from when the power is reduced in favor of the temperature.

70 degrees does not sound like a lot at the first moment, but apparently the temperature sensor is in a strange place, because above the controller I was able to measure higher temperatures than were read out via software.

Although throttling can not be completely prevented even with heatspreader, but it is difficult. In addition, the surface temperature drops a good deal.

If possible, use the heat sink or even better a larger heat sink.

 

power consumption

For notebook owners, the power consumption of SSDs is quite relevant.

Unfortunately, measuring the power consumption of NVME SSDs is not that easy. Therefore, I have to use a trick here, I use an external NVME SSD housing and measure the power consumption of this including the SSD.

This of course falsifies the absolute values ​​somewhat, but 1. The case itself requires little power 2. The case always needs the same amount of energy for all SSDs.

So pay less attention to the absolute values ​​and much more to the values ​​compared to other SSDs.

The ADATA SX8200 Pro is one, if not the most economical, SSD I’ve ever tested. In itself, this is not surprising.

The Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller used here is designed for high energy efficiency. So Intel uses the SM2262EN in its particularly economical 760p, which in idle and standby delivers almost identical low values ​​to the SX8200 Pro.

Only under load, the SX8200 Pro is a bit more power hungry, which is compared to the Intel 760p either on the other NAND or slightly higher performance.

 

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Conclusion

The ADATA SX8200 Pro can easily be described as an insider tip among the SSDs! At first glance, the SX8200 Pro is a rather unspectacular NVME SSD, as there are many.

However, in the test, this was completely convincing! In many benchmarks, the SSD could even put in front of the Samsung models, which is impressive. The SSD does a good job of reading as well as writing.

The true highlight of the SX8200 Pro is certainly the power consumption. Thanks to the SM2262EN controller, the SSD is very economical in idle and standby mode! It is here on the level of the Intel 760p, which is fully trimmed on energy efficiency.

However, the SX8200 Pro has a higher performance than the Intel 760p!

This would make the ADATA SX8200 Pro the perfect SSD for gaming notebooks. So devices where a very high performance is desired, but nevertheless a high energy efficiency is not unimportant.

Only the heat development of the SX8200 Pro can be quite high under full load, but this is the only criticism I can think of.

Even the price is under 100 € for the 512GB version and under 200 € for the 1TB version very fair!

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