Model: ADATA XPG SX8200 240GB 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.

The spring, ADATA launched its latest PCIe NVMe SSD, the XPG SX8200. Designed for PC enthusiasts, dedicated gamers and overclockers, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2262 controller and is available with up to 1TB of Micron's 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash. The SX8200 also utilizes intelligent SLC caching and a DRAM cache buffer to accelerate read and write speeds along with LDPC error correction, data shaping and a RAID Engine for greater reliability and stability. To top it all off, the SX8200 is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and is capable of 3,200 MB/s read and 1,700 MB/s write speeds and a maximum of 280,000 random write IOPS.

The XPG SX8200 is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. For this review, ADATA sent us the 240GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 3,200 MB/s sequential read and 1,100 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 200,000 random read and 240,000 random write IOPS.

   ADATA XPG SX8200 240GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Part Number ASX8200NP-240GT-C
Capacity 240GB
NAND Flash 2nd Generation 64-layer 3D TLC
Controller Silicon Motion SM2262
Cache 256MB DDR3
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3

Sequential Read 3,200 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,100 MB/s Max
Random Read IOPS 200,000 Max
Random Write IOPS 240,000 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
Includes XPG heatsink
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the XPG SX8200 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 SX8200 have what it takes? More importantly, is it the best bang for your buck? Keep reading as we find out.

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