We took a look at ADATA’s first NVMe solid state drive the XPG SX8000 back in early 2017. Needless to say it was not the best NVMe drive we tested at the time. Well today we have one of their newest drives the XPG SX8200. It makes use of Silicon Motion’s SM2262 controller paired with Micron’s 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. It seems like ADATA has got things right with this drive as both the controller and the NAND are some of the best currently available. ADATA puts specifications of this drive at 3200 MB/s read and 1700 MB/s write, so it is definitely an improvement over the previous generation. The drive is also backed by a 5-year warranty. Let’s put this drive to the test and see what it can do!
The ADATA XPG SX8200 comes in a small retail box, on the front there is a picture of the drive and it lets us know the capacity, that the drive uses 3D NAND, and that it uses the NVMe 1.3 interface.
Flipping over to the back of the box there is not a whole lot here, but it does let us know the speed of the drive and that it supports LDPC ECC, S.M.A.R.T., TRIM, and NCQ.
Getting everything out of the box you find the ADATA XPG SX8200 M.2 drive and a metallic heatspreader, which is not attached to the drive. I actually like that it is not pre-installed on the drive as many motherboards now come with integrated M.2 coolers.