Read-write speeds, as well as RAM, are always low. Individual users already look at the SATA III interface with its 6 gigabits per second as archaism, a relic of the past. M.2 and four PCI Express lanes - this is what is relevant today and maybe tomorrow.
- Model: ASX8200NP-480GT-C
- Form Factor: M.2 2280
- Interface: NVMe PCIex4 3.0
- Volume: 480 GB
- Controller: SMI SM2262
- Buffer: 1024 MB (DDR3-1600)
- Memory Type: Micron TLC 3D NAND
- Read / Write Speed: Up to 3200/1700 MB / s
- TBW: 320 TB
- MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
- Operating temperature: 0 ... 70 ° C
- Dimensions: 80 × 22 × 4 mm
- Weight: 8g
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: 8 700 rubles
The drive is packaged simply: a rigid plastic form with a thin cardboard cover.
In addition, there is only an aluminum radiator plate, painted on both sides with black paint.
Design featuresASX8200NP-480GT is an M.2 2280 form factor drive, which means 22 mm wide and 80 mm long. The volume is nominal 480 gigabytes, and in fact a little more than 447 gigabytes are available for work.
On the front side (which is facing up after installing the SSD in the motherboard or other device), the controller, a 512 MB DDR3 buffer and two NAND memory chips are soldered.
On the reverse side - another 512 MB of buffer and a couple of NAND chips. According to AIDA, they are made by Micron using TLC technology. This is the so-called second-generation 3D NAND, with 64 layers of cells.
The “ADATA” marking came from the fact that the memory was purchased from Micron not in the form of ready-made solutions, but as a “semi-finished product” - with plates without cutting and packing into cases. With this approach, the cost of a single chip is cheaper than when purchasing ready-to-install chips on a printed circuit board. To what extent this decision is justified from a practical point of view, time will tell.
The controller is SM2262, one of Silicon Motion announced in 2018.
Inside it is a dual-core processor with ARM Cortex architecture, which is not enough in comparison with competitors. There are improvements: compatibility with NVMe 1.3 technology, a redesigned error correction algorithm, clock speeds are increased. Added compatibility with DDR4 (as a buffer). The developer promises a sequential read speed of up to 3200 MB / s, write - up to 1700 MB / s. Strong statements, even though the reviews about this controller are only positive.
It's time to move on to the tests, watch the drive in business.
Test resultsCrystalDiakMark announces the theoretical speed of sequential reading is almost achieved, and by sequential writing gives an indicator slightly more than the promised SM. Optimistic. An excellent screen to demonstrate to customers before buying is the main argument for the SX8200.
AS SSD shows numbers much more modest and more realistic. This program has a good additional test, according to which you can make an impression of the indicators in real tasks. It turns out that the speed will jump from about 780 to 1800 MB / s, depending on the size of the files and the type of task.
AIDA64 will show a detailed picture. Sequential reading of large files - 2730 MB / sec “in the shelf”. The record is clearly divided into three sections. The first 155 gigabytes in SLC mode is slightly more than 1500 MB / s, then it drops to 500 MB / s, and another 55% drawdown is up to 300 MB / s.
In general, good, budget decisions show numbers much less. Take the Kingston A1000 and KC1000 that I have already visited - 1461/885 and 2647/1360 MB / sec, respectively.
With random reading and writing, the drive issued 1020 and 817 MB / s, respectively.
Kingston A1000 and KC1000 have lower digits - 375/451 and 377/522 MB / sec, respectively.
Next is about temperatures. The need for a radiator is not exaggerated. He, in a good way, is needed by all more or less high-speed M.2 drives, and in the case of high-performance and, as they say, “must have”. I could not find the exact data on the drive’s power consumption, but industrial solutions based on the SM2262G with a memory capacity of 1.9 GB consume more than 8 watts, and desktop versions are unlikely to differ in appetite several times. In short, an SSD is never cold.
Before installing the complete radiator, I ran tests with the complete heat sink of the Maximus X board, and then with a standard plate. The result - with active recording operations on the controller 52 degrees with an ASUS heatsink and 66 with a plate. In idle time - 39 and 42 degrees, respectively. Conclusion: if your motherboard comes with a more massive radiator with developed finning, use it, not a regular one. And I do not recommend operating the SX8200 without a radiator at all.
To assess the status of the drive, ADATA has a proprietary utility - SSD Toolbox. It provides basic information about drives connected to a PC, displays the volume of recorded data, temperature, and graphically displays the remaining service life. You can carry out quick or complete diagnostics of the state of cells, completely erase the data, and carry out the simplest system optimization for SSDs.
ADATA XPG SX8200 is a good drive for modern systems. The use of the new controller from Silicon Motion and 3D memory of the second generation have yielded positive results, read and write speeds have seriously increased. This SSD is suitable for gaming and work systems with low and medium recording load.
The price compared to competitors is adequate - less than 9,000 rubles. One thing - be sure to use a radiator. You can have a regular one, but it’s better to take something more solid, since there are many options for small money in Russian retail and AliExpress.pros
May not like
- High read / write speeds
- Adequate price
Final rating: 8 out of 10.