Adata XPG SX8000 512GB

NOT THE FASTEST NVME DRIVE, BUT A DEF­I­NITE CUT ABOVE THE SATA CON­TIN­GENT, WITH STAMINA A NO­TABLE STRENGTH

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he XPG SX8000 is Adata’s topof-the-range M.2 SSD, and it ex­ploits the NVMe in­ter­face to de­liver speeds in ex­cess of any­thing over a SATA con­nec­tor. But It’s far from this month’s fastest drive: the Sam­sung 960 Pro is 70% faster when it comes to se­quen­tial reads, and around 80% faster at se­quen­tial writes. Even the mid-range Evo out­paced the XPG.

Still, in real-world us­age the XPG SX8000 feels snappy. That may be partly down to its hy­brid buŒer, which uses DRAM for short-term caching but can also ad­dress MLC cells in sim­u­lated SLC mode for faster ac­cess. With such tricks un­der its hood, the SX8000 bested ev­ery other drive in the multi-threaded read test.

The drive im­pressed us in PCMark 8’s stor­age tests: these ex­er­cises aren’t al­ways re­veal­ing, as they (ac­cu­rately) re­flect the fact that drive speed has a lim­ited im­pact on real-world ap­pli­ca­tion per­for­mance. Even so, it’s no­table that – as you’ll see on p90 - the XPG SX8000 came near the top of the list. It fin­ished the “Heavy Pho­to­shop” bench­mark in 353 sec­onds – a sec­ond be­hind the Sam­sung 960 Pro, and tied it for first in the Af­ter EŒects test.

There’s no need for spac­ers or brack­ets with an M.2 drive, so you don’t get any good­ies in the box aside from the unit it­self. There’s also no hard­ware en­cryp­tion on oŒer, but – as with Adata’s other drives – your pur­chase does en­ti­tle you to down­load Acro­nis True Im­age HD 2015, to help move an ex­ist­ing sys­tem onto your new drive.

The XPG SX8000’s strong suit is stamina. The 512GB ca­pac­ity model is rated for 320TBW, with a mean time to fail­ure of two mil­lion hours; in both cases that’s bet­ter than the Sam­sung 960 Evo, which prom­ises 200TBW and a life­time of 1.5 mil­lion hours. The drive also comes with a five-year war­ranty, ver­sus the Evo’s three.

Over­all, we’re in­clined to pre­fer the Evo – it de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter se­quen­tial per­for­mance, not to men­tion built-in en­cryp­tion. But the XPG SX8000 is worth con­sid­er­ing, es­pe­cially if you’re look­ing for heavy-duty reli­a­bil­ity.

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