Model: ADATA XPG SX8000 256GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: ADATA Technology
Provided By: ADATA Technology (USA)

ADATA Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance memory modules and data storage solutions. Founded in 2001 with a staff of 20, this Taiwanese company set itself apart from the competition early on thanks to its professionalism, industry know-how and eye-catching product designs. Today, ADATA continues to lead the way through constant innovation and development of products that exceed customer expectations. Backed by technical expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and premium customer service, ADATA currently offers a variety of products including DRAM modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives.

Last fall, ADATA launched its first PCIe NVMe SSD, the XPG SX8000. Designed to deliver massive speed for gaming notebooks and high-end desktops, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2260 controller and is available with up to 1TB of 3D MLC NAND flash. In addition to providing higher storage density, 3D NAND offers greater efficiency and reliability than what you'd see with traditional 2D NAND flash.  The SX8000 also meets NVMe 1.2 specifications and is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 interface to deliver four times the read and twice the write performance of average SATA 6Gb/s SSDs.

The XPG SX8000 is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, ADATA sent us the 256GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 2,000 MB/s sequential read and 1,000 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 85,000 random read and 140,000 random write IOPS.

   ADATA XPG SX8000 256GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number ASX8000NP-256GM-C
Capacity 256GB
NAND Flash Micron 3D MLC NAND
Controller Silicon Motion SM2260
Cache 256MB DDR3
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2

Sequential Read 2,000 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,100 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 85,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 140,000 Max

MTBF 2 million hours
Endurance (TBW) 160TB

Power Consumption
Active (Typical) 0.33 W
Slumber (Typical) 0.14 W

Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 70°C
Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 85°C
Shock 1500G/0.5ms

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 22 mm x 80 mm x 3.5 mm
Weight 8g

Other Features
Advanced LDPC ECC technology
Intelligent SLC caching and DRAM cache buffer
RAID Engine and Data Shaping
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the XPG SX8000 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at ADATA's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the SX8000 have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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