Drive Information & Testing Procedures
To get things started you’ll need to install the ADATA XPG SX8200 in an open M.2 slot on your motherboard. Here is a shot with the heatspreader on right before we installed it.
Once we have the drive installed and formatted we can see we have 447 GB of usable space.
Opening up CrystalDiskMark we can see that we are running firmware SVN105 and we are using NVMe Express 1.2.
For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks on your drive for comparison.
Sisoftware Sandra Physical Disks Benchmark (download)
ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
AS SSD Benchmark (download)
Anvil Storage Utility Professional (download)
PCMark 8 – Storage Benchmark (download)
AIDA64 Storage Benchmark (download)
We also made these optimization changes…
– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enabled in the BIOS
– Windows 10 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 10 power saving settings are disabled
So let’s get into testing!